Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Paper Planes, by John Green

In Paper Towns, by John Green, the main character Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. One night, she climbs through Quentin's bedroom window and asks him to join her on an adventure. After a night full of action, Quentin does not see Margo for weeks. Driven by his love and the promise of adventure, he sets out to find her- and so begins a journey that changes him forever.

This book is great for teens. I liked it, though at times it was a bit cheesy for me. The book did speak a lot of truth, though. People are not always who you make them out to be in your mind, and it is disappointing to realize this. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a light read. 

Reviewed by Anonymous, grade 11
Pacific Park Library

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan

This book starts off the Heroes of Olympus series, which caught my interest. It starts off as Jason wakes up in a bus not knowing how he got there or who he is. He is sitting next to a girl, whose name he finds out is Piper, who claims they are a couple. To make things worse, a boy who is sitting on the bus as well, whose name is Leo, claims that he is Jason's best friend! Jason realizes that they are taking a trip to the Grand Canyon, and that this is a summer camp. Though things turn upside-down when they are attacked at the canyon and are taken to camp half-blood and told they are demigods. Now they must go on a journey to save the queen of the gods, Hera.

In my opinion, The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, starts off very well by introducing the characters and getting to the plot in a fast and simple style. Jason not only has to remember who he is and where he is but also has to go on a journey with two people who he barely knows and save the queen of the gods. This book caught my attention because I have a great interest in roman and Greek mythology, and that I had already read the Percy Jackson series. It starts the Heroes of Olympus series very nicely with the bonding of the characters and quest to find out who Jason really is, which keeps you wondering the whole story.

Reviewed by Arvin O., grade 9

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Secrets of Boys, by Hailey Abbott

http://catalog.gpl.internal/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=13R1559E10E50.61418&profile=gcent&source=~!horizon&view=subscriptionsummary&uri=full=3100001~!676803~!6&ri=7&aspect=browse_search_page&menu=search&ipp=20&spp=20&staffonly=&term=Abbott,+Hailey&index=PAUTHOR&uindex=&aspect=browse_search_page&menu=search&ri=7#focusIn the book, The Secrets of Boys, by Hailey Abbott, Cassidy Jones has her summer all planned out; she and her BFF, Larissa, have jobs lined up at a super-trendy clothing boutique and her gorgeous, surfer boyfriend, Eric, wants her to spend time in the sand with him. Sadly, her ultra-organized and goal-oriented parents have decided she should spend her summer in an intensive language program at a university.

Can I just say how cute and romantic this book is? This book definitely will interest teenage girls. It has a plot that we can relate to and it never gets boring. It's also super easy to read. It's not one of those books that keeps you thinking for hours after you read it, but it still has a meaning. SPOILER ALERT There is this HOT TA that all girls will fall in love with while reading a description about him. Just Saying.

Reviewed by Iren H., grade 10
Glendale Central Library

Physics of the Impossible, by Michio Kaku

A truly revolutionary way of explaining the world of the impossible and letting us in on when our space fantasy of the future will arrive, Michio Kaku did the absolute best job of explaining the things that we only dream of. Physics of the Impossible classifies the impossibilities in three categories: class 1, which is in the near future, class 2, which are the impossibilities that will most likely show up in a century, and class 3 impossibilities, ones that might never be possible with the standard laws of physics. Taking us through time travel, parallel universes, speed of light travel, and force fields, it excites the reader of what the potential of physics really are.

As a physics enthusiast, I was one to love this book. It had exactly what I was looking for, an easy yet advanced foresight into the laws of physics and what can be done and what can't be done. Yet one very important thing I learned from this book was that, anything truly is possible, all that has to happen is a change in the laws of physics. It is really exciting to think that one day humanity will evolve into one that can be what only Hollywood movies are today. The potential of Physics is limitless when there are great minds to resolve these problems that we run into today.

Reviewed by: Arvin O., grade 9
Glendale Central Library

The Accidental Tourist, by Anne Tyler

Summary: Macon Leary is the protagonist in Anne Tyler's The Accidental Tourist. He and his soon to be ex wife are dealing with the recent death of their son, Ethan who was killed at his summer camp. Their loss puts a huge strain on their marriage, making them realize just how different they are, and helps cause their divorce. When Sarah leaves him, Macon takes his dog, Edward, to be trained by Muriel, who is a peculiar woman. During their training sessions, they get to know each other better and start going out. Macon is now stuck between two women. Should he choose his ex-wife who he's spent most of his life with or does he choose Muriel who has taught him to be more carefree?

Opinion: The Accidental Tourist was a very interesting book. I liked the way the author portrays Macon. Over time you grow to be attached to him and you can't help but feel sorry for him and his ways. There were some points in the book where it was hard to get through, especially in the descriptive parts. But when it's two characters just talking to each other like regular dialogue, it's addicting to read. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes love stories such as these. If you like Nicholas Sparks' novels you'll probably like this book as well.

Reviewed by Nayri T., grade 10
Casa Verdugo Library

Inhuman Remains, by Quintin Jardine

http://catalog.gpl.internal/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=13929Q09HJ640.20962&profile=gcent&uri=link=3100007~!1042341~!3100001~!3100002&aspect=browse_search_page&menu=search&ri=3&source=~!horizon&term=Inhuman+remains+%3A+a+Primavera+Blackstone+mystery+%2F&index=PALLTI#focusPrimavera Blackstone is a single mother living with her son after her husband died. Primavera had traumatic experiences in her past that make her very protective and attached to her son, Tom. Knowing she was a private investigator before, she gets pulled into a dangerous adventure by her Aunt Adrienne when she asks her to help her find her son, Frank. She finds him and finds out that he was into some shady business but Adrienne gets kidnapped and now they have to try to find her and save her in time before she is killed. As they try to make their way back to her, they encounter many difficulties and face a lot of danger. In the end, they may be too late to save her or themselves when they get into trouble.

I thought that Inhuman Remains, by Quintin Jardine, was a great book. It was mysterious and suspenseful at times. I also liked how the characters had an interesting background that was used to develop the story. The events that happened are also dramatic and they made me want to keep reading to find out what happened. I think many teenagers would enjoy reading it because it is an exciting book about adventure and crime. It made me think about the events that happened in the beginning of the book because of the twists and turns the plot had. Overall I thought that this book was exciting and I would recommend it to teenagers and above because there was some content that is unsuitable for younger readers. 

Reviewed by Kaylee, grade 9
Montrose Crescenta Branch

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Grimm Legacy, by Polly Shulman

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 This book is amazing to read! The words are magic in themselves. You go on this amazing adventure with Elizabeth and you can almost feel the magic seeping out of the book, but maybe too much. Once you read it the first time, it's great. the second time, it's still a good book, but not quite the same. After your first use of the book, after knowing all the tricks, and the plot twists, it is just not as exciting. Anyone who loves old time Disney movies will definitely love this book. It wasn't my favorite book, but try it, it might be yours!

Reviewed by Emily, grade 9
Montrose Branch Library 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Inheritance, by Christopher Paolini

In the book Inheritance, or, The vault of souls, by Christopher Paolini, Eragon and Saphira continue their fight to free Alagaesia from Galbatorix's evil reign. They try to find a way to gain more power so they can defeat the evil king when the time comes. They get help from Arya, princess of the elves, Eragon's cousin Roran, and Nasuada, leader of the Varden. As unforeseen events occur, the dragon and her rider must push through their difficulties to try to fight for the freedom of Alagaesia. They fight for all the people who have already fallen in battle as a result of the struggle between the Empire and the Varden and they fight for those who do not have the means to stand up for themselves. In a final battle between good and evil, Eragon gives all he has left to try to save his friends. 
 I thought this book was amazing and it is one of my favorite books. It contains a lot of action and the relationships between the characters make the book so much more interesting. I loved this series of books and this was a great end to it. I would have liked the ending to have not been so abrupt but I still think that it is one of the best books I've ever read. I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read adventure stories because this is a great example of what an adventure story should be like. This book makes me think about how people can do things that are so morally wrong while still believing that they are doing what is best for the world. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend this book to everyone.

Reviewed by Reviewed by  Kaylee, grade 9
Montrose Library  

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank

http://catalog.gpl.internal/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=1391D478K0X29.644&profile=gcent&uri=link=3100007~!511632~!3100001~!3100002&aspect=browse_search_page&menu=search&ri=1&source=~!horizon&term=Diary+of+a+young+girl&index=PALLTI#focusThe Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank, is about a young Jewish girl growing up in Europe during Nazi rule. this book portraits all the struggles that her and her family had to endure in order to survive . they were reduce to live like animals just so that the Nazi army wouldn't find them and killed them.

I think this books very inspirational because it shows the will of people to survive and keep going during hardship. this book was also very sad because it was and injustice everything that happen to the Jewish people.

Reviewed by Juan M., grade 12
Glendale Central Library

Loose girl : a memoir of promiscuity, by Kerry Cohen

http://catalog.gpl.internal/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=139E6432K652Q.541&profile=gcent&uri=link=3100007~!954204~!3100001~!3100002&aspect=browse_search_page&menu=search&ri=1&source=~!horizon&term=Loose+girl+%3A+a+memoir+of+promiscuity+%2F&index=PALLTI#focusThis book is about a girl who's parents recently got divorce and she was looking for some how get attention and stand out more. At the time Kerry Cohen was 11 when she realize the power that she has over men just for her body. She loved the attention she received and she just keep wanting more and more of it but she didn't realize that the attention she was receiving from man was all negative and it made her seem bad.

Loose girl : a memoir of promiscuity, was a good book it talked about how girls use their bodies to get any attention they could get from other people they don't care if the attention is positive or negative . It also shows that girls have a lot of self esteem issues and they try to cover it by having a guy telling them how pretty they are but in reality the guy is just looking after one thing and would say anything in order to get it .

Reviewed by Juan M., grade 12
Glendale Central Library

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins

Anna Oliphant, a senior in high school, was a completely normal teenage girl until her suddenly decided to enroll her in the American School in Paris, an elite boarding school. Anna is reluctant to leave her best friends and her almost-boyfriend Toph behind, but she is shipped to France nonetheless. There she meets Etienne St. Clair, a beautiful, British boy who she quickly becomes close friends with. The only problem: he has a serious girlfriend.

Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins,  is one of the cutest, most heartwarming teen books I have read. The plot captured my attention from the beginning, and the idea of boarding school in Paris really intrigued me. The book was filled with humor and kept me laughing throughout. The characters are believable, fun, and easy to fall in love with. I sincerely enjoyed this novel from start to finish. I would recommend Anna and the French Kiss to teenage girls who enjoy cute, romantic novels and I would rate it a 10 out of 10. Anna and the French Kiss is an absolute must-read!

Reviewed by Rebecca S., grade 9
Glendale Central Library

Monday, March 10, 2014

Seven Kinds of Ordinary Catastrophes, by Amber Kizer

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Seven Kinds of Ordinary Catastrophes, by Amber Kizer, was honestly one of the funniest young adult books I've ever read. I was literally laughing out loud constantly! It was well written, engaging, and overall a great read! It was also refreshing to read a book for teens in which the whole plot did not revolve around a love triangle, since that seems to be very popular right now. I would recommend this book to teenage girls looking for a good, funny book, and I would give it an 8/10.

Reviewed by Rebecca S., grade 9
Glendale Central Library

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Break, by Hannah Moskowitz

Jonah is 17 years old and his goal is to break every bone in his body so they can grow back stronger. Jonah's family is falling apart; he needs the strength. His 16 year old brother, Jesse, is allergic to almost everything and has horrible reactions to half the stuff in their house, and Jonah spends his days worrying about him. Naomi, Jonah's best friend, records all of Jonah's stunts as he attempts to break his bones, but she doesn't know the reason behind it. Nobody knows. When Jonah's friend Charlotte finds out about his unique form of self harm, she decides to get him some help and he ends up in a psych ward. Will Jonah give up on his disturbing goal, or will he continue hurting himself and his family?

When I first picked up this book, I thought the plot was very unique. Disturbing, but unique. I didn't expect to enjoy the book as much as I did. I loved the characters and I definitely got attached to Jonah and Jesse the most. I liked the brotherly bond they had; instead of being cliche siblings who don't get along, they were the opposite. Jonah and Jesse loved each other and were always there for each other, which isn't common. I also thought Jonah and his breaking bones issue was interesting, because it was a new type of self harm that I had never heard or read about. Overall, Break by Hannah Moskowitz was a very original book, a quick read, and I would recommend it to teenagers who like reading about conflicted characters with somewhat dysfunctional families.

Reviewed by Maggie P., grade 9
Glendale Central Library

Big Girl, by Danielle Steel

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The book Big Girl, by Danielle Steel, made me so sad for a couple of reasons. The main character has a weight problem. It's sad how this is such a HUGE problem in our society. Her parents don't like or support her because she doesn't look like them. This book is also very inspiring. Her story made me realize that you do not have to be skinny to be successful and loved in life. You will find that one, who makes you feel like you're the most beautiful person in the world.

Reviewed by Iren H., grade 10
Glendale Central Library

Monday, February 24, 2014

Plain Kate, by Erin Bow

Plain Kate is a novel by writer Erin Bow. Plain Kate is about a young orphan girl who is accused of being a witch because of her talent in wood carving. Plain Kate takes up with a man who claims to be a witch and wants to take her shadow from her. When Plain Kate finds herself forced to move on, she agrees to trade her shadow for some food and other items she needs in order to travel safely. Plain Kate then learns that the witch plans to use her shadow to seek revenge for his sister's death and bring the sister back to life. Plain Kate is a story of strength, of love, and of loneliness that will leave the reader in tears by the final page.

Let me start by saying, this story was exceptional. The writing is beautiful. I wasn't shocked to find out Erin Bow is also a poet, because her writing is amazing! I truly loved every moment, it held my attention from start to finish. I was never bored. In fact, I savored it, actually finding myself a bit disappointed when I had to put it down and be done. I wasn't ready to leave the characters. Every town Plain Kate travelled to, no matter how evil it appeared, there was always someone good, always someone there worth saving. Plus, everyone in this story was selfless, giving themselves to help others. It was amazing how the author ties it all together in the end. This is a sad story, a story about survival and also one about giving up the things we love. I can't rave enough about how wonderful I thought this book was. It also illustrates the value the companionship a pet can provide, since I love animals, this set well with me. I do have to warn readers, this was a very sad story, a fairy tale with less than a "happily ever after" ending. I respect the way it ended, though. The conclusion made sense. Its all about doing what is right, even though it's painful and leaves the reader feeling badly. I commend the author for making the story feel real and creating something powerful enough to make me cry. It comes to show that in reality, not every fairytale story gets a happy ending.

Reviewed by: Pamela F., grade 12
Central Library

Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare

In the book Clockwork Prince, by  Cassandra Clare, Tessa Gray is torn between choosing Will Herondale and James a.k.a. Jem Carstairs. As they continue to try to convince Council to let Charlotte and Henry keep running the Institute, they also have to fight the Magister, Nate Gray, Jessamine, and Benedict and Gabriel Lightwood. Many problems arise as they discover more and more disturbing events that have occured. Will goes to Magnus Bane to try to get rid of his curse only to find out that it had no effect on him because of the circumstances in which it was placed on him. After he finds out he rushes to try to tell Tessa only to find out that she is already with someone else. They continue to try to solve their problems with their friends by their sides.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I really want to read the next one in the series. It had lots of twists and turns and the characters' interactions added lots of depth to the book. I liked the fact that it takes place in Victorian times and that there are small details that make it seem more real. The magical elements in the book are also very intriguing and they keep you interested. I would recommend this book to teenagers who like books about magic or adventures in general. As I was reading the book, I had to think back to events that happened before and I also had to use my imagination to visualize the scenes in my head. I thought that it was a really exciting book and I recommend it to anyone looking for a good book to read.

Reviewed by Kaylee, grade 9
Montrose Branch Library

Monday, February 17, 2014

Tiger's Destiny, by Colleen Houck

I will admit that this last book did upset me a bit. It is, or was, "supposedly" the last of the series but thankfully the author is planning the fifth and very last book in 2015. I really hope there is big change because this one was very disappointing in my opinion. It emphasizes how much of a love triangle the three are in and shows Kelsey's true colors. I realized I was not alone when I began despising Kelsey's character in this novel. Many readers and fans of the series were upset as well that she becomes such a selfish person and disregards the feelings of both Ren and Kishan. At the end I believe she chose to be with the wrong person and THAT was what upset me most.

Tiger's Destiny, by Colleen Houck, is continues with the trio, Kelsey and brothers Ren and Kishan. Ren and Kishan were previously cursed Indian princes who both happen to have an undeniable love interest for Kelsey. Kelsey seems to be very heartless and cold towards the two as she disregards their feelings and shows very little interest for anyone other than herself. She loves both brothers and refuses to let go of one or the other. She eventually chooses to be with Kishan, instead of perfect soulmate Ren. Since the beginning, each story shows the strong connection between Ren and Kelsey yet in the end she chooses to be with Ren's brother Kishan. It is as if the Twilight Saga ended with Bella being with Jacob instead of Edward Cullen. I really hope the fifth book returns Kelsey to Ren.

Reviewed by: Pamela F., grade 12
Central Library

Monday, February 10, 2014

Sharp Teeth, by Toby Barlow

Sharp Teeth, by Toby Barlow, takes the werewolf myth to new heights. It makes you question, "if there were werewolves, not just a single werewolf or a couple, but lots and lots of werewolves, what would they do?" In the novel, Toby Barlow believes that they would form packs like wild dogs, except they wouldn't be dogs, they'd be men. Sometimes, they'd be strong, intelligent, powerful men like, for example, lawyers. The most powerful individuals would become the alpha dog of a werewolf pack, grow the pack's strength, bind it together, and give it purpose. What sort of purpose? The same purpose any pack of wild dogs, or better yet men would want, power.

Sharp Teeth is truly a pleasure to read. It is a book about werewolves that roam Los Angeles and the drama, betrayal, love and loss that occurs among and between different packs. It also tells a love story about one werewolf who happens to fall in love with a dogcatcher. Mostly though, it's a story about identity, community and the things we do in order to feel like we belong somewhere, with someone. It's about all the things every book is ever about, but it looks at common themes from a fresh perspective, a werewolf's perspective. Normally I wouldn't be interested in a book about werewolves but this one was exceptional.

Reviewed by: Pamela Nicole Flores, grade 12
Central Library

Tiger's Voyage, by Colleen Houck

Tiger's Voyage, by Colleen Houck, summarize's Ren's journey as he breaks his tiger's curse. He is no longer the bengal tiger he's been cursed into for hundreds of years now but back into his natural form as an Indian Prince. Along the way, Ren looses memory of his love for Kelsey and she quickly becomes heartbroken. This was a turn I didn't expect the story to take, I felt more and more drawn in with every page. As the reader, you almost feel sorry for Kelsey because the author truly captures the hurt that she's feeling. Ren and Kelsey grow apart and Kishan has a newfound affection for Kelsey. By the end of the book, you're dying to know what will happen with Kelsey and Ren.

I think its a great book overall. It isn't your typical fantasy love story. There's action and suspense and love like no other. One moment you're stuck in a scene in the jungle and the next at the corner of your seat reading quickly trying to discover what will happen next.There's fights and arguments to beautiful poetry to hurtful feelings between each character. I was throughly entertained and satisfied with this novel. It only keeps me wanting to read more as each did before. This is one of four of the books, and third in the sequel. When I had finished the book, I was already running to Barnes & Nobles to get the next one immediately.

Reviewed by: Pamela F., grade 12

Monday, February 3, 2014

Tiger's Quest, by Colleen Houck

Tiger's Quest, by Colleen Houck, is one of four from the original Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck. It tells a story of a 300-year old Indian prince who is cursed as a tiger. He is trying to break the curse and along the way comes across small-town girl and recently graduated high school student, Kelsey Hays. Kelsey leaves with the prince, Ren, to India and both quickly come across his brother, Kishan, who is also has the same curse. While trying to break the curse, Ren and Kelsey find many challenges they must overcome before Ren is able to return to his natural form as a human. The story has a fantasy forbidden-love feel that reminds me of the Twilight Saga. Overall it tells a good story.

This is a sequel to the first novel, Tiger's Curse. Although in the first novel, the author mainly focuses on Kelsey and her perspective as an outsider. Soon you realize that Ren is actually a human being in the form of a tiger. It is not until the end when you realize that Kelsey and Ren have feelings for each other. Whereas in this story, it focuses on the love connection between the two. Kelsey and Ren return to India where they run into his dark, bad-boy type of brother, Kishan. There are many parts in the story that hook you into the book and make you want to keep reading.

Reviewed by Pamela F., grade 12.

Eclipse, by Stephenie Meyer

In Eclipse, by Stephenie Meyer, Bella and Edward are madly in love, but she also has a strong friendship with Jacob.  She is loving her life at this point, but than Victoria the vampire had to create an army of ''new born'' vampires to battle Edward's family and kill Bella for revenge. While Edward's and Jacob's families work together to successfully destroy Victoria and her army. In the end Bella chooses Edward over Jacob and decides to marry Edward.

I love the book but I was a little upset that Bella had to choose Edward over Jacob. But I'm glad I read it.  It was very interesting and it had a lot of detail.  But I can say I was more interested reading this book than I was interested about reading Twilight.

Reviewed by J.M., grade 12

Central Library

New Moon, by Stephenie Meyer

In New Moon, by Stephenie Meyer, Edward and his family leave Forks because he believes he is endangering Bella's life. Bella goes into a depression until she develops a strong friendship with Jacob , she finally knows he can shape himself to a wolf. jacob protects bella from Victoria, a vampire seeking to avenge the death of her mate James Bella and Edward are reunited, and she and the Cullens return to Forks.

Ireally love the book it made me want to read the whole series.  I saw the movie also and its nothing compared to the book in my opinion. the book explains so much. I loved the book I would strongly recommend it.

Reviewed by J.M., grade 12
Central Library

It Happened to Nancy, by Anonymous

It Happened to Nancy, by Anonymous Teenager,  is about a girl who is 14 and got raped by a guy she met at a concert. She was scare about what happen but in her heart she though she love the guy.  She tried looking for him but couldn't find him anywhere becuase he had giving her the wrong information. She later found out that she was infected with HIV. After a while of fighting against the disease she finally past away.

In my opinion this book was very touching.  It shows the dangers of everyday life. It also helps other teenagers to realize the dangers and helps them be safe.  I really liked the book I would recommend it to teenagers.

Reviwed by J.M., grade 12.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Catch-22, by Joseph Heller

http://catalog.glendalepubliclibrary.org/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=13P10292L360M.53085&profile=gcent&uri=link=3100007~!502345~!3100001~!3100002&aspect=browse_search_page&menu=search&ri=1&source=~!horizon&term=Catch-22+%2F&index=PALLTI#focusCatch-22, by Joseph Heller, is a satirical novel set on the island of Pianosa during World War II. It revolves around the bombardier Yossarian and his desperate attempts to get out of flying any more missions. He's stuck in an endless loop since the colonel in charge seems to raise the mandatory amount of missions as Yossarian is about to reach them. So he is trapped on an island with a group of other pilots, navigators and bumbling military officials. There's no way out for him - he can request a psychological evaluation to declare him crazy and send him home, but the mere act of doing so will prove he isn't crazy according to Catch-22.

I'm glad I decided to read Catch-22. I think it's one of the best books I've read this summer. It goes beyond a social satire and becomes almost a philosophical satire in some parts. I really liked the part about Milo's syndicate as well as Yossarian's general attitude toward things, especially the missions. The general atmosphere of absurdity that pervades the storyline and events makes the book a fun read. It's also refreshing that a modern-day "classic" is written in a more accessible voice, as opposed to the stuffy prose of earlier summer reading lists. I really enjoyed Catch-22 and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for something to read.

Reviewed by Anonymous, grade 12.
Grandview Library

The Catastrophic History of You and Me, by Jess Rothenberg

Brie's life ends at sixteen.Her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally. But now that she's D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there's Patrick, Brie's mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her forever after.

The Catastrophic History of You and Me, by Jess Rothenberg, is one of my most favorite books ever if not my MOST favorite. I read all 375 pages of it in few hours. It was really interesting and heartbreaking (no pun intended). It's a phenomenal love story that makes the readers be like "Whaaa..?". There is also a HUGE plot twist that surprises you so much! I would recommend this book to everyone. It's a story that needs to be read by millions of people.

Reviewed by Iren H., grade 10
Glendale Central Library

Waiting For You, by Susane Colasanti

At the beginning of her sophomore year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, more importantly, a boyfriend. So when the handsome and popular Derek asks her out, Marisa thinks her long wait for happiness is over. But several bumps in the road—including her parents’ unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and a shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek—test Marisa’s ability to maintain her new outlook.

This was my first time reading Susane Colasanti, and I really enjoyed it! She definitely has a style to her writing, it was simplistic and enjoyable. It flowed very nicely, making it a very easy read. Waiting for You is an emotional, fun, sort of coming of age story all centered around a first love. Although I predicted whom our heroine would end up with ultimately, it didn't keep me from turning the pages at warp speed! I liked the serious elements that Colasanti presented too. It was definitely not something I was expecting, but I think it really added to the overall prose of the story.
Reviewed by Iren H., grade 10
Glendale Central Library

Something Like Fate, by Susane Colasanti

Lani and Erin are bonded for life. One thing that connects them is their fascination of fate. Lani wonders how much of our lives has already been decided and how much we can actually influence. Since the Unknown can unexpectedly change our lives forever, how much can we really control? From the minute Lani meets Jason, she can't deny the intense connection they share. It feels like she's known him forever. She's not sure if he feels it, too. But it doesn't matter. Because Jason is Erin's boyfriend. Lani is determined to ignore her feelings for Jason, no matter how powerful they are, rather than risk hurting her best friend.

Something Like Fate, by Susane Colasanti, was VERY cliche but also very entertaining. The character development was not very decent. But this book just talks too much about fate, destiny and all that stuff. Also, this book uses some weird words for dialogue. I also think that the main character, Lani, was very typical and predictable. She's too good and nice. She also gets persuaded by other people's words easily like going against one of her friends because her other friend said a few things about her. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romance books. Even though the plot was a bit dramatic and cliche, it was still a fun and light read that I did enjoy quite a bit.

Reviewed by Iren H., grade 10
Glendale Central Library

Bittersweet, by Sarah Ockler

The story Bittersweet, by Sarah Ockler, starts with Hudson being on the verge of becoming a figure-skating star. On the day of a very important competition, she discovers her parents are about to divorce and her whole life shatters into pieces like a beautiful ice sculpture. Fast-forward 4 years. Hudson Avery is now 16 and, besides going to school, she works in her mom's diner, baking the most delicious cupcakes ever. She's permanently hung her skates, but when the occasion arises for a spot in the limelight again, Avery starts to wonder if anonymity is really what she wants in life and what her dreams are really made of.

Holy cupcakes, this book was sweet! I don't know what I was expecting when I started Bittersweet, but it definitely wasn't this: a deep, provocative, compelling yet fun story. I completely fell in love with Hudson; her struggles, her relationships, her plethora of mistakes, her revelations, and, of course, her cupcakes!

Reviewed by Iren H., grade 10
Glendale Central Library

If I Stay, by Gayle Forman

In a single moment, everything changes. In the book If I Stay, by Gayle Forman, Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...

My impression? It was good. Not fantastic, but okay. Decent. Tolerable. But I'm a bit irritated with this book right now, because it is one of those books that has been ridiculously overrated. Yeah, it was sad. But not 'devastating'. Not 'heart-wrenching'.This book was fine, but I honestly think that if I had read the first chapter and then read the last chapter I wouldn't have missed much. Yes, her parents were both beautiful people who will be missed. And I have to admit the whole story of he brother's life and death tugged at my heartstrings. But at the end of the book, I found myself feeling more bored than anything. This book wasn't new, or original, or groundbreaking. It was a way for me to kill time while I waited for my Mom to pick me up from school. I've seen stuff like this novel a million times before, and most of them were a lot more sad. Sorry Forman, but I'm not impressed.

Reviewed by Iren H., grade 10
Glendale Central Library

Twenty Boy Summer, by Sarah Ockler

In the book Twenty Boy Summer, by Sarah Ockler,  According to Anna’s best friend, Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there’s a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn't told Frankie–she’s already had her romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

This was undeniably one of my most favorite debut novels this year. Anna and Frankie were phenomenal characters. I totally understood Anna, I got her right away, but it took me the entire novel to finally get Frankie. Incredible. Ockler's depiction of Anna's emotions was beyond spectacular, I can't even begin to imagine how it felt to write that, because I know how it made me feel reading it. Wow. And how fantastic was the writing!This book is captivating.

Reviewed by Iren H., grade 10
Glendale Central Library

Where She Went, by Gayle Forman

It's been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever. Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future-and each other.

"Where She Went", by Gayle Forman, is the sequel to "If I Stay". I should say that I liked this book more than the first book. The story in this is not as boring as the first. Many things happen this book that warm your heart. It is a little bit predictable, but it still is an amazing entertainment. The ending's very romantic and cute. I'd rate this book 7/10 and would recommend it to teenagers(girls and guys).

Reviewed by Iren H., grade 10
Glendale Central Library

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Looking Glass, by Richard Paul Evans

The story speaks about an ex-preacher named Hunter Bell who left the church after losing faith in God and living life gambling when his wife died from giving birth and about a woman named Quaye McGandley who was sold by her parents during the Potato Famine in Irish to America. These two go through harsh conditions in life as they meet together and fix their broken hearts and fall in love.

 The Looking Glass, by Richard Paul Evans, was one of the most captivating book I have ever read. Once you start reading, you can't put it down. There was not a single thing I didn't like about this book. I think many people would like this book if they were investing in a really good book to read. The book made me think that people can beat the odds, like Quaye, who was sold from her homeland to America and abused by her husband and like Hunter who lost faith in everything after his wife's death, but they beat the odds as they fall in love together to fix their broken hearts. Overall this book is possibly my favorite book of all time. I would keep this book in my shelf forever. That's just how good this book was.

Reviewed by A.H., grade 9
Montrose Library 

Unbelievable, by Sara Shepard

Unbelievable is the fourth book in the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard. This book picks up right where the last one left off. Each of the four girls (Spencer Hastings, Aria Montgomery, Hanna Marin, and Emily Fields) are dealing with their own personal nightmare. Will their troubles ever end? Well in this book, they just might. Will the girls get closer and closer to not only revealing A's true identity, but finding out who really killed Alison DiLaurentis? But how will the girls narrow down it down when everyone seems to be a suspect? Who can they trust?

Oh my, where do I start with this book. This one was by far the best of the series. Every single possible problem that could happen occurs but I like how the author shows the characters persevering and how they manage to pull through with everything. It's not a peaceful ending and that's what makes the book even better. It has so much action and drama, you can't put the book down. When things finally seem to make sense, you're once more thrown off and that's my favorite things in books. The ending is just perfect and it's not typical.

Reviewed by Nayri T., grade 10
Casa Verdugo Library

Beautiful Darkness, by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Darkness, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is the second amazing installment in the Caster Chronicles. After the death of her uncle Macon, Lena's mourning has driven her to depression. For obvious reasons she blocks out everyone in her family, and most shockingly, Ethan. The events of her sixteenth birthday had lasting effects on everyone, the most negative of them on Lena. She starts to hang out with the wrong crowd, Dark Castors. Ethan is being ignored by Lena, and on top of that, he's getting weird visions with unbelievable details. With Lena's worrisome behavior and the odd visions, Ethan just doesn't know what to do. Will he need to enlist the help of a lifetime friend?

After reading "Beautiful Creatures" I was extremely pleased and was delighted to find out there was a sequel. I had high hopes and was even happier when they met! Kami Garcia ended Beautiful Creatures with a hint to what Beautiful Darkness would be about, but I never expected the bombshells that were revealed! I love the unique details Garcia incorporates into the novel and her writing style. One of my favorite aspects of the book is Ethan's and Lena ability to Knelt, communicate with their minds. I think that the third book will be even more amazing than the rest and can't wait to read it! I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a dangerous forbidden romance.

Reviewed by Kristine K, grade 10 
Casa Verdugo Library

The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

In The Call of the Wild, by Jack London, a abnormally large and powerful dog named Buck lives happily with his owners in Santa Clara Valley in California. His whole life changes when he gets taken away to get sold at Canada. He gets trained as a sled dog, but the other dogs there aren't exactly friendly. He has learned that he has to fight for everything against other dogs. He has never even laid a single paw against any type of animal. But he soon finds out its fight or be killed. Will Buck answer to the Call of the Wild?

The book was FANTASTIC! It makes any book look like its been written by a amateur. The book explains the dogs mind so well. It can also be sad at some times and in a way, kind of dark. Well it is survival of the fittest after all. Its fun to watch something like Buck, a kind dog that would never hurt, into a fierce sled dog that must fight to survive. It was heavily detailed, and great in explaining the plot. I would recommend this to teens, because a child well won't understand what is going on in the plot, because of the way it was written. Read it. It is marvelous.

Reviewed by Ray B., grade 9
Montrose Library