Monday, October 27, 2014

Boot Camp Book Review

Boot Camp
By Todd Strasser

Garret’s parents agree their son needs to change.  He is taken from his home in the middle of the night and sent to Lake Harmony, a boot camp for “troubled teens”.   While the camp goes to extremes to mold him into the perfect child his fellow inmates try to recruit him to attempt an escape plan.  As the camp slowly chips away his hope and dignity he realizes that the escape plan might be the only way out of the torturous camp life.  If the risky plan fails, the consequences could drastically change his life for the worse.

Boot Camp had an interesting plot, but the storytelling was rushed. The book described events that could occur, although, the author did over exaggerate certain topics in the book.   A boy would enjoy this book over a girl due to the high violence level. It was an easy book to read, however it requires a higher maturity level. Overall the book had an interesting story line but it could have had a slower pace. Emma B. Teen Reviewer


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lord of the Flies Book Review

 Lord of the Flies by William Golding

 Lord of the flies by William Golding is a fictional novel about boys trying to survive on an island after the plane that they were on crashed. In the novel the boys are alone with no adults to keep them under control. In the novel by William Golding the boys have to run the island by themselves. Teenage boys running an island by themselves can lead to many problems and in the novel like expected it did. In the novel the boys struggle for power, all of the boys want to be in control of the island. One of the boys called Piggy finds a shell that the boys call a conch. The conch is very important and is used as a symbol of power and authority. Throughout the novel the boys fight, kill each other, struggle for power and hunt.
 The author’s style of writing was not hard to understand, but it was not easy to understand. The author of Lord of the flies wrote using details, but the writing was not too hard to understand. I actually really liked the author of the novels style of writing. I thought that the novel was very well written. I think it would be helpful for a teen to really get an idea of how hard it would be to live on an island with kids your age, with no adult and having to find food on your own, struggle for power, and also build shelters. These poor boys did not know when or if they ever would be rescued.  I thought that Lord of the flies by William Golding was a very good and interesting novel. I would recommend that every teen reads this novel because it really has a powerful message. I would give Lord of the flies by William Golding a rating of 5 stars out of 5 stars because I thought that it was a great novel.  Nicole S.; Teen Reviewer

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Catching Fire Book Review

Catching Fire
            Suzanne Collins has written the thrilling second novel of her trilogy, Catching Fire. Katniss has just left the arena as a victor along with Peeta after defying the Capital by holding out the poisoned berries. The Capital hates her for doing this and plans revenge on her, fearing that she might spark a rebellion. The Capital throws her and other previous victors back into the arena as an act of showing their power over their districts and that no one, even the victors,  can challenge their authority. Back in the arena, Katniss and Peeta make allies, Finnick, Mags, and Johanna, in order to survive the hostility of the other victors and try to make it out alive.   In the end, Katniss must find the will to survive and help her people.  

            Suzanne Collins wrote this book perfectly. It was very intriguing with action and humor and every word was easy to comprehend. This book would make more sense if you read the Hunger Games, her first novel of the trilogy. This book would appeal to any teen who likes adventure, survival and a little bit of romance. I also believe if you likeDivergent, or The Maze Runner you will also enjoy this trilogy.  Elizabeth B.; Teen Reviewer

Love, Rosie Book Review

Love, Rosie
            Cecelia Ahern has written the astounding novel entitled, Love, Rosie.  It describes the friendship and lives of Rosie and Alex.  Rosie and Alex have been best friends ever since they could remember, but both their lives will turn upside down.  First, Alex tells Rosie that his family is moving away from Dublin and to Boston.  Rosie is devastated, but they still keep their friendship strong, even though Alex has moved thousands of miles away.  Alex and Rosie were supposed to attend the Debs, a ball, together.  Things do not go as planned because Alex cannot make it back to Dublin to go with her.  Instead, Rosie has to find a last minute date, Brian the whine.  She does not talk to Alex for what she thinks is a week, but is really three.  Rosie then discovers that she is pregnant, and decides to keep the child because she vowed that she would never abandon her child.  Rosie and Alex always keep in touch with one another throughout the years, and people still try to tell them that they are perfect for each other.  Rosie and Alex each have to find creative ways to reach their dreams.  In the end, they will have to realize for themselves, if they were really meant to be together.

          Cecelia Ahern’s writing style is easy to understand and it is neither too wordy, nor too formal.  She writes the novel as if she were a teenager so it is easy for people to read.  This book would appeal to anyone who wants to laugh while reading, and to people who like a little romance in their novels.  Elizabeth B.; Teen Reviewer

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Speak Book Review

Speak by Laurie Halse Andersen

Speak by Laurie Halse Andersen is a realistic fiction novel about a young high school teenager named Melinda. In the realistic fiction novel by Laurie Halse Andersen Melinda has to find herself important and worth talking. Melinda has to overcome a fear of talking after she attends a party which she really shouldn’t have attended. Melinda attends a party and many bad things go on at the party one of which is drinking. Melinda was not responsible at the party and did many things that she shouldn’t have done. Melinda got drunk and got peer pressured into doing something with a boy that was not appropriate for her to do at her young age. After the party and throughout the novel Melinda gets bullied and has to learn how to overcome her fear of talking about the horrific events.

 I personally thought that Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson was a great book that really teaches young teens very important messages. The book teaches teens not to do something stupid like drink because it can ruin your life forever. The book also teaches that if you do something that you cannot tell your parents about, then it is wrong and you should not be doing it. The author’s style of writing was very easy to understand. It would be helpful for a teen to know about drugs and alcohol and how they are very bad for any person to use and especially high school teens. I would recommend this book to all teens because I think that it was a great book that teaches lifelong lessons. I would give Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson a 5 star rating.  Nicole S.; Teen Reviewer

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Valentine Princess Book Review

Valentine Princess by Meg Cabot

The book, Valentine Princess by Meg Cabot, is about a princess named Mia and her boyfriend Michael, as well as Lily who is Michael’s sister and Mia’s best friend.  This Valentine’s Day will be the Princess Mia and Michael’s first Valentine’s Day as couple, but Michael does not believe in Valentine’s Day, he believes it’s a plot by Hallmark, 1-800-Flowers, and Russell Stover to make us do their corporate bidding.  Princess Mia on the other hand does believe and she wants to get Michael a Valentine, but he doesn’t want one and Mia doesn’t know what to do.  This book is about how they come to celebrate Valentine’s Day and compromise.  Caliegh D.; Teen Reviewer

The Princess Present Book Review

The Princess Present by Meg Cabot

The book, The Princess Present by Meg Cabot, is about a royal family who lives in New York but spends their holidays in Genovia with their royal grandmere.  Mia, her best friend Lily and her boyfriend Michael, as well as their families all spend the holiday in Genovia.  On Christmas day the whole family exchanges gifts and Michael and Mia wait till the end to exchange theirs.  The gifts they give each other are very personal, but comical in the way they go about it.  In the end, the book shows, it isn’t about the gift but the thought behind them.  Caliegh D.; Teen Reviewer

Perfect Princess Book Review

Perfect Princess by Meg Cabot

The book, Perfect Princess by Meg Cabot is a challenging book about multiple princesses and what they gave up and went through to become princesses.  Mia for example, was just a normal ninth grader and the next thing she knew she was a princess talking about tiaras and tariffs with her royal grandmere.  There are a variety of princesses; basically what this book is saying is to get in touch with your inner princess.  Something all these princesses have in common is they all made a major impact on society.  They all went through princess training and are still in princess training.  Princesses can only learn from their triumphs and mistakes, just as humans can learn from their past and mistakes as well.  Caliegh D.; Teen Reviewer

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire Book Review

The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire
Cassandra Clare has done it again! She has now written the final novel in The Mortal Instruments series, entitled City of Heavenly Fire.  In this spellbinding novel all of Clary’s friends, Jace, Simon, Izzy, and Alec, go on a crazy adventure, in order to save the mundane world and the Shadowhunter race.  Sebastion, Clary’s older brother, has made dark shadowhunters and created an army to rule the world.  Clary, Jace, and their friends have to find Sebastion and stop him and the Seelie Queen and Court.  Together, Clary, Jace, Izzy, and Alec, go to infinite lengths to destroy Sebastion.  They travel to untold places, where anyone who ventures there does not return. Simon will sacrifice everything and anything to save his friends and his girlfriend, Izzy.  In the end, it will be Clary’s choice if she will hail to master Sebastion.
Cassandra Clare writes using language and words that are easily understood.  She grabs you in with every word, sentence, and chapter.  She leaves you wanting more and more.  If you read The Infernal Devices series, before The Mortal Instruments, some characters, like Tessa Gray, and parts will make more sense.  This novel would appeal to anyone who likes fantasy, adventure, and some romance.  I believe that anyone who likes The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner series, will definitely like The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire.  I recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure with angels and demons. Elizabeth B.; Teen Reviewer


The Fault in Our Stars Book Review

 The Fault in Our Stars By John Green

The realistic fiction novel The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a novel about two teens and their love story while battling with a life threatening disease called cancer. The two main characters named Hazel and Gus meet at a support group in which they meet each other and eventually fall in love with each other. Throughout the novel Hazel and Gus grow closer together as a couple and fall in love with each other. Hazel and Gus both have great personalities and have their ups and downs with each other but it only brings them closer as a couple.  Hazel and Gus are a couple that really demonstrates an example of real true love.  Gus and Hazel go on a vacation together to visit Hazel’s favorite author. Gus uses his wish on her. That great trip was a great time for them. After that trip cancer really took its turn on the kids.

 The author of the novel, John Green has a great style of writing. John Green’s writing is great and he writes with great detail. John green uses many literary elements including metaphors. The author’s style of writing was not too hard to understand, but it was not too easy to understand. The author’s style of writing was medium. Before reading this book it would be helpful for a teen to understand what cancer really is and how bad of a disease it is. This book would appeal to teens over the age of 13 who like love stories. I would not recommend is novel to kids under the age of 13 because there are some parts in the book that they might not understand and there is an inappropriate part that you must be mature in order to read it.  All in all I personally thought that The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was a great novel and I think that it defiantly deserves a 5 star rating. Nicole S.; Teen Reviewer.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Paper Towns Book Review

Paper Towns
            Paper Towns is a jaw-dropping novel by John Green is full of mystery, adventure, and love.  Quentin (Q) is in love with Margo Roth Spiegelman, but she does not know that.  Margo has fascinated Q for as long as he can remember but he has never had the courage to go up to her and tell her.  They have been friends since the very beginning as well, but went different ways when they got older.  That all changes on one fateful night, when Margo climbs through Q’s window and proposes a plan of revenge that she needs Q’s help with.  Together they go on an adventure and humiliate Margo’s enemies like, Margo’s boyfriend and her past friends.  But when Margo does not come back after a couple of days Q starts to worry.  Margo disappears from time to time but he knows that this time is different.  She is not a missing minor anymore, so the cops do not really search for her.  Therefore, Q starts his own search for her with his friends, Ben and Radar, and Ben’s girlfriend and Margo’s ex-best friend, Lacey.  They travel to many places and go on an outright crazy journey just to find her.  Along the way they find clues that they believe will lead them to her, but will it be enough to find her?

            John Green uses writing that is easily understood.  He is descriptive but not too wordy.  The novel makes you think about yourself and who you really are.  Each word and sentence will leave you wanting more until you find out who the real Margo is and where she went.  People who love adventure and love coming together into one novel will like this book.   Elizabeth B.; Teen Reviewer

Every Day Book Review

Every Day
            David Levithan’s novel, Every Day, is an astounding novel.  It describes true love and sacrifice between the relationship of the protagonists, A and Rhiannon.  A does not have a body of his own; He switches everyday into a new one.  He meets Rhiannon when he is in her boyfriend – Justin’s – body.  He suddenly falls in love with Rhiannon, but how do you explain to someone that you inhabit a different person each day?  A keeps meeting her as someone else, but she has no idea it is him.  When A feels he can really trust her he tells her about his life and that this is how it has always been.  One boy, named Nathan which A inhabited, thinks that he has been possessed by the devil and questions him through emails and has now become a problem for A.  A must find a way to take care of Nathan and find a way to make Rhiannon happy with the idea of being able to love him.
            Every Day showed love and all the different perspectives of life and people.  For instance, A becomes a homeschooled boy for one day but then the next he is a popular girl living the life of luxury.  Levithan used uncomplicated language to portray the characters and to describe the plot.  Levithan wrote a book that leaves you wondering about how you look at the world and how you should look at it.  Anyone who enjoys reading about supernatural occurrences, love, and adventure will certainly like this book.  Elizabeth B.; Teen Reviewer

Monday, February 10, 2014

Catherine Book Review

Catherine by April Lindner

April Lindner's second book is a modern retelling of Wuthering Heights, and is told in two points of view:

Catherine, and her daughter Chelsea, 20 years later.  Catherine just met Hence, the boy she's sure is the love

of her life.  He works as a janitor in her dad's nightclub, which is legendary among bands.  Her dad is okay

with the relationship, but her brother, Quentin is not.  He poses as the antagonist to their relationship,

although Hence also becomes this when he expects more of Cathy than she can give.  Told interchangeably

is Chelsea's story: she came to New York to find her mother, Cathy, after she discovers a letter hidden

from her from her father.  Once she comes to the nightclub that her mother once lived in, she meets Hence,

who now runs it.

This book is pretty interesting, and a much easier read than Wuthering Heights, because it's not written in the

olden English language.  The characters are all intricate, and there are many plot twists that seem obvious in

hindsight.  The only complaint is the older character of Hence--he is stoic and rude for a lot of the book,

only to come out of his shell once Chelsea mentions Catherine.  All in all, Catherine, is an interesting book

that lots of people would like.  Briana B.; Teen Reviewer

A Wounded Name Book Review

Wounded Name by Dot Hutchison

 A modern-day retelling of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Dot Hutchison’s debut doesn’t disappoint. Ophelia has lived a relatively quiet life on the estate of the Hamlet’s with her father, brother, and the Hamlet family. However all that changes when the patriarch of the Hamlet family suddenly dies in suspicious circumstances. Now Ophelia must deal with his son, Dane, who has suddenly fallen in love with her and is also showing signs of becoming insane. Not to mention, Ophelia can see magical creatures. This story doesn’t disappoint any modern Shakespearean fan. Briana B, Teen Reviewer

Requiem Book Review

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

The last book in Lauren Oliver’s Delirium trilogy doesn’t disappoint. Told in the point of views of old best friends Lena Haloway and Hana Tate, Requiem takes us through their struggle to do what they believe is right in a world where love is outlawed and seen as a disease. Lena has allowed herself to love and is trying to overthrow the people who make people take a cure in order to prevent themselves from love. Meanwhile, Hana is one of the cureds who is fighting against Lena and her people. With incredibly well-developed characters, amazing setting, and an excellent plot, this book will leave everyone amazed. Briana B, Teen Reviewer

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

That Was Then, This Is Now Book Review

      “That Was Then, This is Now” by S.E. Hinton was a good book. It is mostly about two teenage boys named Bryon and Mark. Bryon’s mom had adopted Mark when he was little. His parents had gotten drunk and killed each other. The boys are best friends, but start to find that they are growing apart. Bryon seems to be maturing and growing up while Mark isn’t. Bryon soon learns that Mark has been dealing drugs to make money. Even though this was to help pay his mother’s hospital bills, Bryon knew it was wrong. He has to decide whether to keep this a secret or tell the truth. This could just possibly change everything.

          I think the author fulfilled her purpose in what she set out to do. Bryon is the narrator of the story and the plot flows. S.E. Hinton explains how difficult it is to grow up and face adult-like challenges and choices. It shows that life isn’t always easy. I feel like this book would be more for high school students. It is appealing to teens because it deals with growing up. It shows how sometimes our friends can change. Some mistakes cannot be forgiven. Even though I had hoped for a happier ending, I think that is the whole point of the story. Sometimes life isn’t fair and choices that we make can change everything. I think this title is worth having in the library collection. Most kids will like it, especially if they like S.E. Hinton. Elizabeth Y.; Teen Reviewer

Friday, January 24, 2014

Ship Breaker Book Review

 “Ship Breaker” by Paolo Bacigalupi
                “Ship Breaker” by Paolo Bacigalupi is set in the near future, where the world is ravaged by unpredictable weather, including Category 6 hurricanes. There are those who are extremely wealthy, and there are those who are extremely poor, like Nailer. Nailer is part of a light crew that strips old ships of things such of copper wire that they sell for money. Not much money, but enough to get him, and his alcoholic father by. However, Nailer’s whole world changes after a storm causes a clipper ship to wreck near his shore. Nailer saves a girl off this ship, Nita. This is a girl he can ransom for more money than he’s ever known. But, Nailer is not so sure that he can sell Nita, a girl who’s done no wrong, to a man who will hurt her.

                Paolo Bacigalupi’s writing style is flows smoothly, and therefore, is very comfortable to read. The tone is fast paced to reflect the fast paced speed of the plot, and it keeps the reader hooked. Teens who enjoy adventurous books as well as novels set in the future will find “Ship Breaker” a good read. Also, teens who have an interest in boats may find this book interesting because Nailer is fond of ships and discusses them in the novel. “Ship Breaker” is a very interesting novel, and could be a good choice for anyone.  Dwijayini H., Teen Reviewer

The Fault In Our Stars Book Review

 “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green
                “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green follows the story of Hazel, a teenage girl battling cancer. Hazel is somewhat forced to go to a support group where she meets Augustus, or “Gus” as well as his friend Isaac. The three become close friends, but there’s something more between Hazel and Gus. As their love blossoms the pair take a trip to Amsterdam, Netherlands, where Gus breaks some terrible news about his cancer to Hazel. 
                John Green’s writing style is easy to understand and reflects the way teenagers today think and speak. He tells Hazel’s story in a captivating way that makes it hard to put the book down. Green’s eloquent use of language really captures human emotions well. The plot is not predictable, which keeps the reader interested.

                John Green fans will find “The Fault in Our Stars” another wonderful novel, and a refreshing change from Green’s other books. Also, high school students will enjoy this book because Hazel’s life can be easily related to. Those who like Realistic Fiction may find this book a good choice for them. However, “The Fault in Our Stars” is a book that most people can enjoy because of its relatable nature. Dwijayini H., Teen Reviewer