Friday, August 15, 2014

Teen review of "Twenty Boy Summer" by Sarah Ockler

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

When I started reading the book Twenty Boy Summer I did not know what to expect. I really enjoyed reading this book, and could not put it down once I started reading it. This book is a mixture of realistic fiction, and romance. I would recommend this book to teenage girls who like to read heartfelt books that they could relate to. Twenty Boy Summer is a heartfelt book about a teenage girl learning to love and let go.

Anna and Frankie are best friends. What Frankie doesn't know is that Anna has been in love with Frankie's brother Matt since she was ten years old. Their whole lives, Matt, Anna, and Frankie have been really close and really good friends. At Anna's birthday party, Matt and Anna finally share a kiss. After that, they spent many nights sneaking out, and talking under the stars. Anna had made a promise to Matt that she would not tell Frankie about their love, because Matt wanted to tell her himself. When Matt tragically dies in a car crash that the two others survived, Anna is forced to keep that promise forever. A year later, Frankie and Anna are going to spend 20 days in Zanzibar Bay. Frankie is set on making sure Anna has a summer romance. But Anna believes that if she does, she will forget all about Matt.

This book's author, Sarah Ockler, did a very good job in writing this heartfelt, emotional book about love and loss. I could relate to the pain of losing a best friend and that kind of relationship. I would be lying if I said I didn't shed a few tears reading this book. This book explains how it feels to lose someone that is close to you and that is someone you love. I know that there are many people that can relate to that pain. In Twenty Boy Summer, Anna is trying to let go and learn to love again. This is what makes this book inspirational in a way. I would definitely recommend this book, and I loved reading it.

- Julia

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer reading: more teens recommend...

Jonah recommends Hero by Mike Lupica:

"It keeps you guessing after every page, and it took an unexpected turn in the final pages."
Jessica recommends Bloodlines by Richelle Mead:

"It's the second series of a great number of books, full of romance, action, adventure, and mystery."
Robin recommends 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northrop:

"Solomon Northrup tells how he survived being a slave for 12 years after being kidnapped from the north. He opens readers' eyes to understand what he, and many other slaves, went through and exposes the horrors of slavery in his own words."
Martha recommends Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins:

"It is both funny and romantic."
Andrew recommends Divergent by Veronica Roth:

"It was a great read and once I started I couldn't put it down."
Tanya recommends Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell:

"I definitely recommend this book! It was an amazing journey I happened to take at 2:00 a.m., but I couldn't put it down. Literally. I felt like it'd be a book many readers (hard-core readers) would be able to relate with. All of it, the romance and the humor. They all made an extraordinary plot."
Elizabeth recommends Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard:

"I recommend this book because it is a little spooky, but you can still relate to it."
Emily recommends Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater:

"This book contains thorough character development added with an interesting plot that tells a tale on individuality and life choices."
Jocelyn recommends Dangerous Girls by R.L. Stine:

"The story involves two teenage girls who become vampires during summer camp, one of them tries to restore her normal life, the other does not. This story is filled with adventures and mysteries."
Glorielly recommends Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer:

"I recommend this book because being a nerd it was good to see for a change that the nerdy A+ student gets the guy and actually has a life other than studying."
Chance recommends Lockwood and Co. by Jonathan Stroud:

"I recommend it if you like ghost stories and horror."
Daniyah recommends Drama by Raina Telgemeier:

"A very good comic interesting and funny."
Kenyan recommends Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool:

"You will never view ∏ (3.14 etc.) the same again."
Alexa recommends The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak:

"It's very descriptive. The author puts a lot of figurative language into the book that makes you read more and more. An absolutely breathtaking plot by the narrator, Death. If you like historical fiction and feel words are a source of power, this is the book for you!"

Deniz recommends Dear Life, You Suck by Scott Blagden:

"It takes you on a journey of self-discovery. The main character's life 'sucks' and wants out, but things start to change for him and he learns to let go."

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer reading: Teens recommend...

Throughout the summer middle school and high school students have been filling out Recommend Read entries, recommending books they've enjoyed. Here is a small sampling (more to come soon!):

Olivia recommends The Finisher by David Baldacci:

"I recommend this book because it is a thrilling, non-stop adventure in a town called wormwood and the Quag."
Erika recommends Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo:

"I would recommend this book because is very interesting and fascinating. You can't put it down."
Delaney recommends The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter:

"It is an interesting take on the Persephone myth. It shows the deeper relationships between the gods and what they have gone through."
Keri recommends City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare:

It keeps your interest with some twists and suspense! It is action based and rarely is there a time where you feel even a little bored with this story!"
Emma recommends Skinny by Donna Coomer:

"This is a great book and is very compelling. It talks about a rising problem in the U.S… obesity. This talks about one girl's story to overcome her weight."
Martha recommends Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen:

"It is beautifully written and has a great romance."
Emily recommends Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick:

"This book had a well-thought plot and amazing characters. The story incorporated suspense and mystery, making it a rivetting and wonderful read."
Deniz recommends The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith:

"It is a very good mystery/crime book and it's actually by J.K. Rowling. Who doesn't like her? ;)" 
Emma recommends Looking for Alaska by John Green:

"This is by far the best book I have ever read written by the best author! This book discusses deep thoughts and really gets you thinking while telling a great story!"
Maeve recommends Yellow Fang's Secret by Erin Hunter:

"If you like sorrow and everything going wrong this book is for you. P.S. You will definitely cry while reading this book. The cruelty of reality really shows in this book."
Tanya recommends From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer:

"I highly recommend this book -- it had an addictive plot, with excessive humor and action, very well written. The adventure of the school loner and the school heartthrob is sure to hook many teenagers. You do learn a lot from Kylie Flores, about taking risks, about living life."
Jessica recommends Trapped by Michael Northrop:

"It is a great book with a lot of cliffhangers and is full of mystery and will keep you on the edge of your seat."

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New books to read during summer break

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
FINAL BOOK IN THE SERIES! Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian--but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance..
After the End
by Amy Plum
Juneau grew up fearing the outside world. The elders told her that beyond the borders of their land in the Alaskan wilderness, nuclear war had destroyed everything. But when Juneau returns from a hunting trip one day and discovers her people have been abducted, she sets off to find them. And leaving the boundaries for the very first time, she learns the horrifying truth: World War III never happened. Nothing was destroyed. Everything she'd ever been taught was a lie.
Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose 
by Mary Rose
A real-life teen describes in words and sketches the course of her desperate journey to fit in and find love, a no-holds-barred effort that escalated to life-risking measures.
Bullying Under Attack
edited by Stephanie H. Meyer
A collection of stories and poems by teenage writers that looks at the subtleties of harassment, the myriad reasons victims may be chosen, and how one day, as adults, they will be able to help.
The Selection Stories: The Prince and the Guard by Kiera Cass
In "The Prince," Maxon reveals there was another girl in his life before America; and in "The Guard," America falls for Aspen Leger, a Six who has risen in the ranks to become a member of the royal guard.
Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins
Anna Whitt, daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, join forces with her true love Kaidan Rowe, as the Nephilim gather together one last time to fight against the demonic Dukes for their freedom.
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Quiet Emily's sociable and daring best friend, Sloane, has disappeared leaving nothing but a random list of bizarre tasks for her to complete, but with unexpected help from popular classmate Frank Porter, Emily gives them a try.
Buzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey
Seventeen-year-old Millie joins forces with her classmate, gorgeous but mysterious Chase Colton, to try to uncover who murdered head football coach "Hollerin' Hank" Killdare--and why.
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Seventeen-year-old Harper Price's charmed life is turned upside down when she discovers she's been given magical powers in order to protect her school nemesis David Stark, who's an Oracle.
Ruins by Dan Wells
The final book in the Partials series.
Girls Like Us by Gail Giles
Graduating from their school's special education program, Quincy and Biddy are placed together in their first independent apartment and discover unexpected things they have in common in the face of past challenges and a harrowing trauma.

I Have a Bad Feeling about This
by Jeff Strand
Everything unathletic sixteen-year-old Henry was dreading about survival camp turns out to be true--or even worse--when armed killers arrive and survival takes on a whole new meaning for the campers.
Endless Knight
by Kresley Cole
Evie has fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. As one of twenty-two teens given powers following the apocalypse, she knows a war is brewing, and it's kill or be killed.
Cold Calls by Charles Benoit
While on suspension, Shelly, Eric, and Fatima, who have nothing else in common, try to identify and stop the person who blackmailed each of them by phone to perform very specific acts of bullying at their high schools.
Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour
While working as a film production designer in Los Angeles, Emi Price finds a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend which leads her to Ava, who is about to expand Emi's understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.
Dorothy Must Die by D.M. Paige
Amy Gumm, the other girl from Kansas, has been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to stop Dorothy who has found a way to come back to Oz, seizing a power that has gone to her head -- so now no one is safe!
The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions as his trail leads straight to the one place they must protect at any cost -- the last vampire-free zone on Earth.
September 17 by Amanda Lewis
Presents a fictionalized account of the sinking of the City of Benares, which was torpedoed by a German U-boat during World War II as it secretly transported ninety British children to Canada.
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
Rose and her parents have been going to Awago Beach since she was a little girl. It's her summer getaway, her refuge. Her friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had, completing her summer family. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and Rose and Windy have gotten tangled up in a tragedy-in-the-making in the small town of Awago Beach. It's a summer of secrets and heartache, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.
Now and Forever by Susane Colasanti
When Sterling's boyfriend Ethan's band becomes a YouTube sensation, she's thrown head-first into the glam world of celebrity.
V is for Villain by Peter Moore
Brad Baron and his friends discover dangerous secrets about the superheroes running their society.
Reborn by C.C. Hunter
The first book in a new series set in the Shadow Falls world.

Nantucket Red by Leila Howard
Sequel to Nantucket Blue. Cricket's lifetime of overachieving has paid off: she's headed to Brown University in the fall, with a spot on the lacrosse team and a scholarship that covers almost everything. When Cricket is offered the chance to earn enough cash to afford a real college experience, she heads back to Nantucket for the summer. But it's hard to focus on earning money for next year, when a friendship blossoms with Ben, the gorgeous surfer and bartender who encourages Cricket to be free, even as she smarts at the pain of seeing Zack, her first love, falling for her worst enemy.

See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne
Riley Spencer never thought twice about keeping secrets from her parents, but when she finds a birth certificate with the name Jane O'Callahan hidden in her baby book, she must consider that her parents are lying to her.
Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan
Brilliant fifteen-year-old Josie has a knack for languages, but her sister's engagement has Josie grappling with the nature of true love, her feelings for her best friend Stu, and how anyone can be truly herself, or truly in love, in a social language that is not her own.

Oblivion by Sasha Dawn
Sixteen-year-old Callie Knowles fights her compulsion to write constantly, even on herself, as she struggles to cope with foster care, her mother's life in a mental institution, and her belief that she killed her father, a minister, who has been missing for a year.
Guardian by Alex London
Sequel to Proxy. The only way to stop people from getting sick is to get the network back online. That means reversing the very revolution that Syd and Knox began.

Zom-B Mission by Darren Shan
B Smith's first mission for the Angels involves relocating human survivors from London to a barricaded community in the countryside. But will the evil influences that enter New Kirkland pose an even greater threat than the living dead outside the barricades?

Tease by Amanda Maciel
A teenage girl faces criminal charges for bullying after a classmate commits suicide.
Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
In an alternate United States where Day and Night populations are forced to lead separate--but not equal--lives, a desperate Night girl falls for a seemingly privileged Day boy and places them both in danger as she gets caught up in the beginnings of a resistance movement.
Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood
After her mother leaves and her brother and father grow increasingly distant, thirteen-year-old Iris finds solace and friendship in Trick, a fourteen-year-old gypsy boy.
Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs
Spending the summer before her senior year at a camp for gifted and talented students, Gloria struggles with the recent loss of her grandmother while trying to meet new friends and make the best of her new circumstances.
We are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt
Since their parents divorce when they were young, Nell and her sister Layla have been each other's stability and support. When Layla starts to pull away, Nell discovers a secret: Layla is involved with one of their teachers. Nell struggles with what to do.
The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer
When a sleazy reality television show takes over Ethan's arts academy, he and his friends concoct an artsy plan to take it down.
Free to Fall by Lauren Miller
In a near-future world where everyone is controlled by their smartphones, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn suddenly begins listening to the voice within--which kids are taught to ignore--and discovers a terrible plot at the heart of the corporation that makes the devices.
The Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross
In 1897 part-automaton Mila seeks an independent life in London's West End while Finley Jane plunges headlong into the Aether, hoping to outmaneuver the Machinist who has taken Griffin King captive.