Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Teen Book Reviews, Part 1

Looking for a good book to read? Check out these book reviews written by teens in our Summer Reading Program!

Name and Age: Selena S., 16 years old
Book Title: Now I’ll Tell You Everything
Author: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Star Rating: 5/5
Review: Admits that there is more of herself in Alice than in any other character of the Alice series. Yet she can see herself in Pamela, too, and now and then Elizabeth. Sylvia Summers was created out of a beautiful speech teacher she had in college and Lester?! One-hundred percent from her imagination.

 Name and Age: Mercedes M., 16 years old
Book Title: Emmy and Oliver
Author: Robin Benway
Star Rating: 4/5
Review: Overall, this book was amazing! I’m glad I got the chance to read it. In the book, it gives you different insights on friendship, family and love. This is now one of my favorite books. There were a few things I wish the author could’ve mentioned in the book, but I love it all the same. I recommend this book for anybody who enjoys romance or anything that involves bravery in a character.
 Name and Age: Russell P., 13 years old
Book Title: Choosing Up Sides
Author: John H. Ritter
Star Rating: 5/5
Review:  I like baseball and I like long books. The book made me think about playing baseball and going to church.

Name and Age: Roberto P., 14 years old
Book Title: Night John
Author: Gary Paulsen
Star Rating: 5/5
Review: I like this book because the author put emotion and lots of feeling in the characters. It made you feel like you were with them and felt their pain. I like this book and what it taught me.

 Name: Jayden B.
Book Title: 13 Reasons Why
Author:  Jay Asher
Star Rating: 5/5
Review: I think it brings to light how bullying, in many different ways, can take a toll on a person. It was an interesting spin on holding people accountable for their actions. At the same time I did find it to be an unrealistic vision of suicide but overall it was a good read.

Name and Age: Madison B., 16 years old
Book Title: Sweetness and Lightning
Author: Gido Amagkure
Star Rating: 5/5
Review:  I love the story and all the characters. One of the most amazing part of this series is how they combine recipes into the stories. It always makes my hungry and someday I will make every dish in the series!

Name and Age: Hope C.,  13 years old
Book Title: Wonder
Author: R. J. Palacio
Star Rating: 5/5
Review: It is a really good book and it is written really well.

Name and Age: Andrea F., 13 years old
Book Title: Ender’s Game
Author: Orson Scott Card
Star Rating: 4/5
Review:  The book was very intense in every page I turned. Scott Card has a way in putting the plot in a very exciting way that makes it a very gripping story.

Name and Age: Jodi D., 14 years old
Book Title: When Calls the Heart
Author: Janette Oke
Star Rating: 5/5
Review: This story is of a determined young lady who ventures out into the west to teach, unknowing of what the future may hold for her and others. This book intrigues me because of her growing faith in God. As Elizabeth learns more about life on the prairie, the people she has grown to love, and trusting in God, her entire life changes.

Name and Age: Jacob P.,  14 years old
Book Title: Outcast of Redwall
Author: Brian Jacques
Star Rating: 5/5
Review: This book was awesome because of its variety. It had lots of action, emotion, good food, betrayal, schemes, and love. Some books you read and are just boring. This book wasn’t.

Name and Age: Leah C., 15 years old
Book Title: America the Beautiful
Author: Ben Carson
Star Rating: 5/5
Review: Really informative and interesting. Has lots of great advice for the future of our country.

Name and Age: Jodi D.,  14 years old
Book Title: The Sacred Shore
Author: Janette Oke and J. Davis Bunn
Star Rating: 2/5
Review: Even though this book has a very heartwarming story, I felt that it didn’t hold my interest very long and seemed to be a little short-paced.

Name and Age: Lauren D., 14 years old
Book Title: The Mysterious Benedict Society (series)
Author: Trenton Lee Stewart
Star Rating: 5/5
Review: The Mysterious Benedict Society books are my favorite because they have a lot of mystery and suspense. I also love how the characters solve problems in clever ways, and outsmart their opponents.

Name and Age: Noah T.,  14 years old
Book Title: The Invisible Man
Author: H.G. Wells
Star Rating: 4/5
Review: While this is an excellent classic with many twists and turns, it has an unsatisfactory ending. I feel also that the book ended too abruptly.

Name and Age: Selena S., 16 years old
Book Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Star Rating: 5/5
Review: The main character is a graduate of Radford University and currently lives in Blacksburgs, Virginia, with her family. She is also the author of the best books in the world, they are so great. I like to read in my room.

Name and Age:  Victoria S., 13 years old
Book Title: Deep and Dark and Dangerous
Author: Mary Downing Hahn
Star Rating: 5/5
Review: I think its 5 stars because the book always kept me on the edge of my seat and I enjoy scary, mysterious books.