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Teen Book Review

Romance

Played (by Liz Fichera)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Sierra, Deer Run TAB

This book was a sequel to Hooked. It was great and a definite recommended read.The girl and boy main characters begin by hating each other. They come from different backgrounds. They couldn't be more complete opposites could they? The story takes quite a few turns and it includes the characters but does not focus on the previous story.

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The Fault in Our Stars (by John Green)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Casey, Deer Run TAB

This tragic, heartwarming story of Hazel Grace, a dying teenager cancer patient, meeting the soon to be love of her life, Augustus Waters. Every day is a struggle to breathe, literally. Hauling around a tank supporting her life, Hazel is a homebody with her parents, watching ANTM and taking college classes. Her mother forces her to join a support group, claiming depression is taking her. There, she meets Augustus. The rest of the story is of the adventures and the roller coaster of life that only goes up. To read this is to read of teenage love in an original way.

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The Fault in Our Stars (by John Green)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Casey, Deer Run TAB

This tragic, heartwarming story of Hazel Grace, a dying teenager cancer patient, meeting the soon to be love of her life, Augustus Waters. Every day is a struggle to breathe, literally. Hauling around a tank supporting her life, Hazel is a homebody with her parents, watching ANTM and taking college classes. Her mother forces her to join a support group, claiming depression is taking her. There, she meets Augustus. The rest of the story is of the adventures and the roller coaster of life that only goes up. To read this is to read of teenage love in an original way.

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Of Poseidon (by Anna Banks)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Carolyn, Corporate Parkway TAB

Emma, soon to be high school senior, goes on her last summer vacation with her best friend to Florida, for fun in the sun and swimming in the ocean, which she is dreading. Emma has been distant from the water ever since a near death experience when she was a child, but she is trying not to make a big deal of being in the water. They go for a swim and something terrible happens, Emma's' best friend gets attacked by a shark, and some one strange rescues her, but how is she even alive? She was under the water for a very long time, and she even fought the the shark back!

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The Program (by Suzanne Young)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Emily, Deer Run TAB

This book is definitely for those over 13. But, there is a big love triangle, struggle for all of those admitted into the Program. They strip people of their most precious memories and only let them keep those necessary.

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Second Chance Summer (by Morgan Matson)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Lianna, Spencer TAB

The Edwards family has never been really close; everyone always seems to have their own separate things to do. Taylor’s younger sister, Gelsey, has ballet, Taylor’s older brother, Warren, has scholarly activities, and Taylor has an annoying knack for running away when things get tough. But that changes when Taylor’s dad receives tragic news about his health. The family packs up the car and heads to their old lake house for the summer. They have not been there in five years, having been too preoccupied—unintentionally or not—to return the past five summers.

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Of Poseidon (by Anna Banks)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Elizabeth, Corporate Parkway TAB

Emma thought that she was just a normal teenager until she met Galen. Galen is a Syrena, or a mermaid, as the humans call them. He is convinced that Emma is a Galen, even if she doesn't believe it herself! This book is fun, dramatic, and action-packed. The characters are so real, believable, and lovable. I highly recommend this book to anyone who can read! :)

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Second Chance Summer (by Morgan Matson)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Elisa, Spencer TAB

Taylor Edwards is known for running away when things get hard. Her first thought when she finds out her dad is struggling with cancer is get away. This time, however, running away will not make it go away. If only for her father, Taylor agrees to go back to the family’s old lake house for her father's last summer, not knowing she will also be confronting the past she abruptly left five years ago. These new cramped living quarters force Taylor to quit ignoring her two exceptional siblings.

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Beautiful Creatures (by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Sydney, Middendorf-Kredell TAB

Beautiful Creatures is a very good book. It is the kind of book where you're anxious for the end, but enjoy the whole thing. Lena is new in town and is staying with her Uncle Macon, the town shut-in. Lena and her boyfriend, Ethan, have been sharing the same dream before they even met for months. They also can talk to each other, in their minds. Ethan soon finds out that Lena is a Caster, technically another word for witch, wizard, sorcerer, sorceress. On Lena's 16th birthday, she will find out if she's Dark or Light, bad or good.

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Carrie Pilby (by Caren Lissner)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Fairen, Spencer TAB

Carrie Pilby is a 19 year old prodigy that has just graduated from Harvard University. However, Carrie’s intelligence does not reflect her social skills at all. Carrie has never fit in with other kids and now she is a stuck up thoughtful girl that questions everything; she is not outgoing and thinks that the best world is the one that let’s her be in bed (her dad pays for her apartment). That is, until she opens up to her therapist (whom she doesn’t really like at first but her dad is paying so, why not go and see him?).

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