Archive for the ‘Review’ Category

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June Teen Book Club

May 8, 2010

In a future world, all babies are born.  However, between the ages of 13 and 18 parents can make the decision to have you “unwound”.  Your body will then be harvested to be used in other people’s bodies.  In the book, three teens are coming of age and are trying to uphold their values and maybe save their own lives.

Come join us for a discussion of this book on Saturday June 5th from 1-2pm.  Pick up a Book Club copy of the book in the Teen Tower before the event.  New members are always welcome!

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Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu

April 21, 2010

Lucy has a dark family secret. She has been burned before when a friend discovered what goes on in Lucy’s house, so now she knows she has to guard the secret with her life. When the awesome guy she has a crush on asks her out, and she finally has a best friend it seems like life is going great. She only has two years left until she’s 18 and can leave the house and her unbalanced mom behind. All she has to do is make sure no one ever sees the inside of her house. What could go wrong?

This book is a realistic look into the world of hoarding and its effect on families. The story is told in a fast and interesting way. The description of the house and Lucy’s struggles against the filth leave the reader gagging on the stench. I felt like I was right there in the clutter with her.

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Happyface by Stephen Emond

April 21, 2010

This book is Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets high school. The story is told in journal form by a teen guy who is a geek. Reminiscent of Diary of a Wimpy Kid it has drawings in the margins of the page as well as emails, comics, and notes on napkins. Happyface gets the chance to change schools and reinvent himself. He changes his whole image from nerd to cool guy, but can he keep up the ruse?

This is a book for older teen guys. It deals with fitting in at school, girls, and late night computer use. It’s not for everyone but guys who enjoy a funny story might enjoy it.

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Out of Sight Out of Mind

April 12, 2010


Tracy is the most unpopular girl in school, and since no one sees her, she has become invisible. Amanda is the coolest and meanest girl in school. Everyone wants to be her, but she has secret…If she feels sorry for anyone she changes places with them. She can’t afford to be nice to anyone, or she might end up being them. Amanda makes the mistake of feeling for Tracy and now she is stuck as Tracy. What she didn’t know is that Tracy and 8 others go to a “special” class. Eight people in her regular school have “gifts”, powers that let them do extraordinary things. Now that Amanda is in on the secret, how will she deal? How will she get her body back and deal with the threat in the school? This is the first book in the Gifted series. Fans of the Percy Jackson series will enjoy the action and the way that special teens are living in the regular world.

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Getting the Girl by Susan Juby

April 12, 2010

All the girls at Harewood High School live in fear of being D listed. “D” for defiled. No one is sure when or how the tradition started, but once a girl is on the D list no one talks to her or looks at her. She doesn’t exist. Mack is a 9th grader who is afraid the girl he likes will be defiled because she is dating an older guy who’s last girlfriend got D listed. There is only one thing he can do. Mack has to take on the case, and solve the mystery. He has to find out who the defiler is and make him or her stop.

This story is laugh out loud funny in some places. Mack is a very realistic 9th grade guy who likes to cook, loves girls, and is a little embarrassed that his mom is so young and pretty. Guys and girls will like this funny and sometimes serious mystery.

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The River by Mary Jane Beaufrand

April 12, 2010


Veronica’s family left the big city and moved to the country to open an Inn and to escape the dangers of the city. When Veronica finds a dead body in the river behind their house the little town is turned upside down. What could have happened? Is is an accident or is it a murder?

This book is a page turner. The story unfolds quickly and the surprises never stop. It’s a must read for mystery lovers.

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Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd

March 22, 2010

Dade just graduated from high school and can’t wait to get out of Iowa.  His parents marriage is disintegrating.  He has no real friends.  He’s still in the closet and his “relationship” is a complete secret.  However, things change during the summer.  He meets Lucy and Alex.  Alex happens to be gay as well.  Lucy is a lesbian.  For the first time, he feels comfortable coming out of the closet and he has real friends.

This book was so good.  I had a hard time putting in down.  The relationships in the book are great.  Dade learns to be who he really is and finds people who accept him.  Dade still has a lot of issues to deal with, but learns how to deal with things through his relationships.