Archive for the ‘Realistic Fiction’ Category

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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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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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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.

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Pop by Gordon Korman

March 15, 2010

Marcus Jordan moved to a new town in the middle of the summer before his junior year.  The new town has a amazing football team and Marcus is a quarterback.  He is determined for the team.  He begins playing in the park before the practices begin.  While practicing, a older guy, Charlie,  starts playing with him.  Marcus thinks this is odd, but he is good and teaches Marcus a lot.  When practices begin, it is obvious nobody wants him around, but Marcus keeps working and practicing with Charlie.  As time goes on, Marcus begins to realize that there is something wrong with Charlie.  Not only that, but Charlie is the father of the high school quarter back.  Now Marcus, is alienated from the team and can’t explain his new friendship to anyone.

Pop is a good book that is about more than football.  Marcus is a great character.  He is so caring and naive about the situation at hand.  He wants to do good by everyone, but knows it will get him in trouble.  Charlie is such a complicated character, but shows the reader the issues that can develop through football.  I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good sports book.  I really enjoyed it.

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Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

March 4, 2010


Carter is a typical freshman boy.  He has good friends that make fun of him constantly, he is really into sports, he doesn’t care about school and all he can think about is girls.  As a freshman, he is trying to figure all of this out, but he is constantly screwing things up in every part of his life.  At the beginning of the year he has a girlfriend named Abby, but he manages to screw everything up because he can’t keep his mouth shut.  He tries to be the best at every sport, but can’t seem to figure everything out.  Will Carter ever figure out how to keep his mouth shut, impress the girls and his friends?

I found this book hilarious.  Carter is a likable character that everybody can find themselves in.  A few of the scenes are over the top, but overall Carter is great.  He is learning who he is and who he wants to be.  I think he really finds it in the end.

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Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

March 2, 2010

Parker Fadley has been let back into school and allowed to graduated as long as she does all her homework, doesn’t get caught drunk in school and meets with the school counselor once a week.  She is still trying to push everyone away and but also telling everyone she is fine.  The worst part is no one knows why “Perfect” Parker Fadley went from perfect to a drunk loser who tries to commit suicide.

I really enjoyed this book.  Parker was a frustrating character who you love to hate.  I wanted so badly to find out why she did the things she did that I just couldn’t put the book down.  I would recommend this book to teens who are looking for a great realistic fiction book with a twist.