Reviews by Tag: love

Teen Review
Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal People

By Sally Rooney
2
Rated by
Emily N.
Dec 7, 2021

The story of love, heartbreak, betrayal, and reunion between the two main characters, Connell and Marianne. Told over the course of a few years, readers follow their journey through high school and college as they navigate their ever-changing relationship. I really wanted to like this book. After everything I had heard about Sally Rooney, I had high expectations for this book, and unfortunately, I feel like it didn’t quite live up to the hype. Normally I am a big fan of romance, but this one just didn’t cut it for me.

Teen Review
Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium

By Lauren Oliver
4
Rated by
Emily N.
Dec 7, 2021

Delirium is the story about a dystopian society where love is a disease and people are forced to take the “cure” when they turn 18 in order to be unable to fall in love. Lena is very excited to get the cure until she falls in love with a boy named Alex only a few months before her 18th birthday. The concept of the book alone was enough to make me love it. I love dystopian stories, and Delirium was a super fascinating take on totalitarianism.

Teen Review
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the End

By Adam Silvera
4
Rated by
Danielle H.
Oct 21, 2021

Two boys named Mateo and Rufus have the rest of the day to do whatever they please to do in the short remainder of their lives. They both want to figure out where their lives go and what they are going to pursue in the future. But when they are told they are going to die today by the Death-cast they become stuck. When they end up finding each other and go on these emotional and adventurous activities together and build a connection. When it comes down to their last moments together will they truly die or not?

Teen Review
Cover photo of the book Lovely War

Lovely War

By Julie Berry
4
Rated by
Caroline P.
Oct 21, 2021

You will find it hard to put down Lovely War by Julie Berry! The book is a combination of historical fiction and myth. The Greek gods Aphrodite, Hephaestus, Ares, Hades, and Apollo appear in the 1940s, as Aphrodite is found secretly meeting with her lover Ares. Stalling for time, Aphrodite recounts what she calls “the love story of the century.” The gods interrupt each other and talk over each other to jointly tell the World War I story of two couples: Hazel and James, and Collette and Aubrey.

Teen Review
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Max Gladstone

This Is How You Lose the Time War

By Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
5
Rated by
Lisa J.
Oct 19, 2021

Red shouldn’t have picked up the letter. Shouldn’t have betrayed her people. Shouldn’t have replied. But she did, and now nothing will ever be the same again. Red is a time traveler working for the Agency, a technotopia, while Blue is an agent for the Garden, a vast, organic entity rooted in nature. As rivals, they travel through strands of alternate realities and dimensions, influencing them to guide the path of the future in an all-encompassing war. They were made to be enemies — so why does it feel so right when they craft the words that bridge the untraversable gap between them?

Teen Review
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

By Suzanne Collins
5
Rated by
Grace A.
Oct 6, 2021

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins is a prequel to the famous Hunger Games series. The novel follows President Snow during his youth, before he became a ruthless power-hungry leader. Coriolanus Snow is an eighteen year old boy living in the Capitol. The Hunger Games is a new concept in which the twelve districts are punished by having to sacrifice two children to fight to the death amongst the other eleven districts.

Teen Review
If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson

If You Come Softly

By Jacqueline Woodson
4
Rated by
Sarah J.
Jun 30, 2021

In If You Come Softly, Jeremiah and Ellie are seen by society to be on opposite poles, however through clashing events, their worlds collide. Ellie, a Jewish American girl is learning of Jeremiah’s African American culture. During that time, they are faced with backlash from others that continuously attempt to separate them. Despite this, the pair manages to fall in love and become an interracial couple. Across many obstacles, the pair still believes that they fit perfectly in each other’s worlds.

Staff Review

The Edge of Never

By J.A. Redmerski
5
Rated by Debbie F.
Aug 26, 2014

Camryn and Andrew both have secrets. And when they unexpectedly meet on a Greyhound bus they prove that fate can’t be ignored. Andrew has decided to take a bus to Wyoming rather than catch a flight to see his father. Camryn has hopped on the bus with no particular destination in mind.  From the moment Andrew steps on the bus, he is drawn to Camryn, and their first contact is intense. She thinks he is pompous, he thinks she is beautiful.

Staff Review

The Edge of Never

By J.A. Redmerski
5
Rated by Debbie F.
Aug 26, 2014

Camryn and Andrew both have secrets. And when they unexpectedly meet on a Greyhound bus they prove that fate can’t be ignored. Andrew has decided to take a bus to Wyoming rather than catch a flight to see his father. Camryn has hopped on the bus with no particular destination in mind.  From the moment Andrew steps on the bus, he is drawn to Camryn, and their first contact is intense. She thinks he is pompous, he thinks she is beautiful.

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