the princess saves herself in this one

This poetry book written by Amanda Lovelace is an empowering read for women and girls everywhere. With poems ranging in size, the words are captivating and can be interpreted in many ways. The Princess Saves Herself in this One is based off of some of Amanda’s own experiences, thus bringing the words to life.

Best for older teens as it deals with mature themes and topics.

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If you are a fan of Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey, check out this poetry book!!!

Alex and Eliza: A Love Story

51dKyfgX6xL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_       Alex and Eliza: A Love Story is the perfect read for anyone obsessed with the musical Hamilton. This cute and romantic book written by Melissa de la Cruz explores the relationship between Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler.

     This is a fictional novel, even though some of the characters are real people and there is real places mentioned. The story switches perspectives, so you get to see what both Eliza and Alex are thinking.

    If you want to know more about the love story of Elizabeth and Alexander, pick up this book!

“Not very much is know about Alex and Eliza’s romance, except that they fell hard and fast and were so in love that Eliza carried a poem he wrote for her in a necklace she wore until the day she died.” -Melissa de la Cruz, page 358: Acknowledgments 

 

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is about two boys who end up making a film for their friend Rachel, who is dying of cancer. Written by Greg, the main character, the book follows his interactions with Rachel and his friends and family, his life at school, and his films. After many visits with Rachel, who is now a fan of his once secret films, he loses his low profile at school.

This book is full of funny moments and charm. Even though the book is sad at times, Greg, Rachel, and Earl (Greg’s friend), always give you something to laugh at. The book is full of ups and downs for these kids, but will have you smiling.

 

Before I Fall

 

Before I Fall is a gripping tale of Samantha, a high schooler. After a fatal car crash, Samantha wakes up the next day and relives her death date 7 times. For a whole week, she tries to figure out a way to save herself and stop the crazy cycle. However, it turns out Samantha is not just trying to save herself….

This was a well-written story with lots of intense scenes. It was a page-turner for any reader and had a beautiful ending. Be sure to check it out and also look for it in theaters in March 2017 starring Zoey Deutch!

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Teen Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by  Jennifer E. Smith

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith is a light read about following your heart and forgiving your family. The story follows Hadley, a teen from the U.S. who travels to England for her father’s wedding. Although she is dreading the wedding, Hadley’s trip improves when she meets a cute British boy on her flight. They grow close, but get separated once in England. Reluctantly, Hadley goes to her father’s wedding. When Hadley chooses to listen to her heart, her journey becomes much more exciting, and she may have a chance at mending her relationship with her dad and finding the boy of her dreams.

I enjoyed reading The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, which was an easy read. While the story is unlikely to occur in real life, it had some elements that can relate to anyone. Jennifer E. Smith portrayed Hadley’s struggle with accepting her father’s new life beautifully. I also enjoyed the ending, which provides closure for every character. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an easy read with meaningful themes. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight will definitely leave you wanting to hop on a plane to England right away!

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Abbigail-12th grade

Teen Book Review: In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

This non-fiction book is basically about the murder of the Clutter family. From the beginning, the author lets the reader know this, and this to my surprise does not ruin the story. The author describes the life of the family and their relationships with one another as well as with their neighbors. He creates a bond between the reader and the family. Along with this, he describes the life of the murders, their motives, and true feelings. Truman helps the reader understand the murders enough so that one will not completely hate but even pity them. The book also includes the effect the death has on the neighborhood, the murders’ actions and consequences after the family’s death.

I personally enjoyed the book which was a surprise since I usually do not read non-fiction books. I enjoyed it because of the way the author formatted it. Unlike other informative works of literature, the tone was not dull. It seemed to have more of the feel of a story than an informative book, like a textbook. I also liked the fact that I was able to learn a few things, mostly geographical, about Kansas. The vocabulary also wasn’t difficult like Old English you may see in books like The Scarlet Letter. The only thing that I at first didn’t like because I found confusing was how the author went back and forth. He talked about the family, then the murders, then the family again and so on. I later appreciated how he did this since it helped me know what the murders were doing at the time the Clutters were doing something.

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Rosaamelia-11th grade

Teen Book Review: The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

This novel is about a woman and her child and the difficulties she goes through. She has committed a sin that in her society is very grave. Due to her sin of adultery, she is an outsider, is treated as such, and has put her lover’s life in danger. Though she is disrespected and is full of sadness as time progresses and her child grows, her love for her paramour does not dimish. As time progresses she gains hope as she sees a way to be happy with her lover. Plans are made but never fulfilled. This story if full of symbolism and has deeper messages than what is just printed.

I personally enjoyed it. It is a bit of a difficult read because of the Old English so it may be best to read it slowly to fully understand it. The love story is very beautiful and emotional. I teared up at some parts which seem very unusual since it is “only a book”. It is a great way to expand one’s vocabulary.  I was constantly searching up words which annoyed me. Right now I am actually thankful though because I was able to learn new words. If you think about what you read so many ideas and realizations come with this book! Overall, great book.

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Rosaamelia-11th grade

Teen Book Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves cutesy romance novels. The book is about a girl named Lara Jean who writes a love letter whenever she falls in love with a boy to get over them and she keeps it in a box in her bedroom until one day her letters are stolen and mailed out and Lara Jean has to deal with what happens next. I enjoyed the book greatly because of the relationships Lara formed with her sisters and her friends throughout the story. Also it’s a fun book to read during the holidays.

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Amber-9th grade

The Last Star

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The Last Star, just recently released in May of 2016, was a highly anticipated book for many. It was the third and final book for The 5th Wave series. The final book is full of twists and turns, surprises, and shocking reveals.

Cassie Sullivan’s world has been turned upside down. The Others have taken everything from the billions of people on earth. When the aliens start to pursue their final attack on Planet Earth, Cassie knows she has to stop them and save the humankind.

“If this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.”-Cassie Sullivan, The 5th Wave

Book Review- All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes

All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes by Maya Angelou, is the story of a Black American’s experience living in Africa.

“We wore skeletons of old despair like necklaces, heralding our arrival, and we were branded with cynicism…we carried the badge of a barbarous history” The books toys and challenges the idea of home and ancestral roots, and if they are synonymous.

Are Black Americans truly at home in America? Angelou asks this question during her tenure in Ghana. Angelou tells this story almost episodically, reflecting on different events that occurred during her stay in Ghana.

One of my favorite events was when she met Malcolm X. She is skilled in capturing her peers personality, especially Malcolm X’s charisma, cleverly describing him as, “America’s Molotov cocktail , thrown upon the White hope that all Black Americans would follow the nonviolent tenets of Dr. Martin Luther King.”

Although this is a short book, with Angelou’s beautiful prose and purposeful dialogue, this book felt rich, whole, and complete with a compelling final message.

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Sydney,  Age 15