Teen Book of the Month Reviews

"I cannot live without books."--Thomas Jefferson


March 2017 Teen Book of the Month

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon


Image result for everything, everything"With the upcoming movie release, a lot of my friends have been encouraging me to pick up the novel Everything, Everything. The book takes place in Los Angeles, where 18-year old Madeline Whittier is forced to stay in her house for her entire life, due to a disease known as SCID. Her world consists of her mom, her nurse, Carla, and her books. It is a very lonely, comfortable, and disconnected life to live. However, when the new neighbors move in next door, including a certain teenage boy by the name of Olly, everything changes. Immediately, Madeline’s whole world is thrown out of orbit into another solar system, and her newfound view might cause her to see some new and surprising details from her past world.



Everything about this book was great. The story had a nice plot twist, and I loved the overall flow of the book. It was a quick, but hooking read. The characters were very well-developed, and the way Madeline told her story was excellent. I became very attached to all of the characters, too. I also liked the way the book was composed; the illustrations and the short chapters were nice. The perspective of this novel was so eye-opening, because of how unthought of the main character’s inner struggle was. I had never imagined what it would be like living inside my house for the foreseeable future because of some disease, and this left a lasting impression on me. In addition, because it took me a month to actually pick up the book yet four
days to read, I came to a realization when I put it down: typical teen romance novels don’t have to be extremely cheesy, hence why I don’t normally read
them. They can be focused on an individual’s inner conflict and add love as an accessory to the novel. I encourage anyone who wants to get a reality check on what they should be grateful to have, or in need of a quick, yet powerful read, to pick up the novel Everything, Everything."

-Review by Alex, age 16
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December 2016 Teen Book of the Month

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
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"Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is far more than your average teen book. It's a riveting, thrilling ride that leaves you on the edge of your seat from cover to cover. The book's intriguing, original world has complex themes of racial tension, while also featuring standard entertaining elements of romance and rags to riches. Red Queen is set in the country of Norta which is ruled by the Silvers, elite people with supernatural powers and silver blood that rule over the country's work force, the regular human Reds. The protagonist Mare Barrow is born a lowly average Red but the book takes her on a journey that places her in the royal palace and at the center of a Red rebellion, while also discovering her own hidden powers.

The novel is a nonstop ride with entertaining politics, action and humor with a cast of intriguing characters that make Red Queen worth the read. The book has so many diverse themes, anyone would enjoy it. Red Queen is Victoria Aveyard’s first novel and there are currently two more books in the series. This novel is definitely worth the read and has great potential for a future franchise. Anyone can enjoy the great action, humor, and adventure this novel takes the reader on."



-Review by Evan, age 17

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January 2017 Teen Book of the Month

What Light by Jay Asher
whatlight.jpg"From Jay Asher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why, comes a romance that will break your heart, but soon have you believing again. . . .


Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic
setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up
and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the
season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at
Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. 

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other...

What Light is a love story that's moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable."

-Review from Goodreads

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February 2017 Teen Book of the Month

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
thesunisalsoastar.jpg"Natasha believes in science and facts,
things she can quantify. Fact: undocumented immigrants in the U.S., her family
is being deported to Jamaica in a matter of hours. Daniel’s a poet who believes
in love, something that can’t be explained. Fact: his parents, Korean
immigrants, expect him to attend an Ivy League school and become an M.D. When
Natasha and Daniel meet, Natasha’s understandably distracted—and doesn’t want
to be distracted by Daniel. Daniel feels what in Japanese is called koi no yokan, “the feeling when you meet
someone that you’re going to fall in love with them.” The narrative alternates between
the pair, their first-person accounts punctuated by musings that include
compelling character histories. Daniel—sure they’re meant to be—is determined
to get Natasha to fall in love with him (using a scientific list). Meanwhile,
Natasha desperately attempts to forestall her family’s deportation and, despite
herself, begins to fall for sweet, disarmingly earnest Daniel. This could be a
sappy, saccharine story of love conquering all, but Yoon’s lush prose
chronicles an authentic romance that’s also a meditation on family,
immigration, and fate.


With appeal to cynics and romantics alike, this
profound exploration of life and love tempers harsh realities with the beauty
of hope in a way that is both deeply moving and satisfying."

-Review from Kirkus Reviews

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