Reviews by Tag: friendship

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Darius the Great Is Not Okay

By Adib Khorram
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Sumlina A.
Jun 7, 2024

Darius the Great is Not Okay is a young adult novel by Adib Khorram that focuses on Iranian American teen Darius Kellner’s transformative journey to Iran with his family. Darius feels like a social outcast as he battles his crippling depression, lack of Persian culture in his identity, and bullying from classmates like Trent “Fatty” Bolger and Chip Cusumano at school.

Teen Review
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I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives

By Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Z. Ahmed
May 24, 2024

This heartwarming non-fiction book shows the unlikely pen-pal friendship between Caitlin, a young student from Philadelphia, and Martin, a teenage boy from a struggling family in Zimbabwe. Through their exchanged letters over six years, the two develop a deep bond that reveals their extremely different backgrounds. Caitlin wants to make a difference in the world, while Martin dreams of getting an education and escaping poverty. However, cultural differences, financial difficulties, and distance stand in the way of their bond.

Teen Review
Whichwood

Whichwood

By Tahereh Mafi
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Leilani G.
May 13, 2024

Many avid readers of today may know author Tahereh Mafi, creator of the Book Tok-popular series, Shatter Me. While I love Shatter Me as much as the next person, I have another book that I believe to be Mafi’s most eloquent work.

Teen Review
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Betting on You

By Lynn Painter
Star Rating
★★★

Rated by
Leilani G.
May 3, 2024

Betting on You, by Lynn Painter, is the quintessential young adult romance novel. Bailey is dealing with her parents’ divorce and move to a new town when she meets Charlie, a witty and cynical boy who doesn’t believe in love. They are forced together on an hours-long plane ride, and by the end can’t be more thoroughly annoyed with each other. They part ways, expecting never to meet again, until they find themselves working together at the same waterpark.

Teen Review
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If He Had Been With Me

By Laura Nowlin
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Sumedha S.
May 3, 2024

If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin is a moving story about self-discovery that follows childhood best friends who grow apart but continue to have a shared connection. Autumn and Finn have been raised as family since childhood with their mothers being best friends and living next door to each other. After they began middle school, popular Finny and alternative Autumn found different friends, styles, and relationships as they stopped interacting with one another.

Teen Review
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Mall Goth

By Kate Leth
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
k_the_great
May 3, 2024

Mall Goth is a Teen fiction graphic novel by Kate Leth. In this book, Liv Holme is a goth girl who loves the mall in her new town. She struggles with problems at home and being herself in her new setting. A teacher at school makes her feel welcome, but she faces some harsh realities. The mall is her escape from her problems. In her new town, Liv finds herself and true friendship.

Teen Review
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Holes

By Louis Sachar
Star Rating
★★★

Rated by
Lucas F.
Mar 22, 2024

Holes by Louis Sachar is an incredible novel about fate, where Stanley Yelnats is incarcerated for stealing sneakers at Camp Green Lake, a deserted desert of a camp, where Stanley is warped into a mystery 200 years into the making. In a story where there are no coincidences, Stanley must reckon with his family’s “curse”. A magical and enchanting book, the coincidences and three concurrent storylines that wrap up together are incredible. This novel is a masterpiece of story retelling and has so many satisfying details.

Teen Review
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone

By J. K. Rowling
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Rishi Tek
Mar 22, 2024

The initial installment in J.K. Rowling's renowned Harry Potter series, this book follows 11-year-old Harry as he receives an invitation to Hogwarts, a school of witchcraft and wizardry. Discovering a plot by a powerful wizard to obtain the sorcerer's stone for immortality, Harry, accompanied by loyal friends Hermione and Ron, ventures to thwart the evil plan. It is filled with imaginative elements, such as a gripping scene where Harry catches a flying golden ball on his broomstick. 

Teen Review
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So This Is Ever After

By F.T. Lukens
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
I Read for Fun
Mar 1, 2024

So This is Ever After is a hilarious story of finding love in just the right way. The book is full of DnD vibes and laughs. Arek is a perfect protagonist for the story and an amazing one in general. He is funny and relatable (I’m a girl saying this). Arek is an awesome character, and the story is an amazing story.

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