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Ana Recommends: Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda/ Becky Albertalli PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 April 2016 00:00

altThis book is about a gay teenage boy named Simon Spier, who is not openly gay. He has been exchanging emails with another boy who goes by the name Blue when they talk through emails. Unfortunately Simon’s email to Blue falls into the hands of Martin, the class clown, who blackmails him into getting his friend to like him. Simon and his friends are going through the normal troubles of high school not to mention this being piled on top of it. He will have to step out of his comfort zone to make sure his friend, Blue and his sexuality don’t get out.

I personally wouldn’t have picked up this book on my own. (I actually started reading it because of a book club) Once I started this book I absolutely loved it. I love how it shows what some people go through, hiding their identities, because they are afraid of what will happen. I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5.

(Ana, Evanston Teen)


We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 March 2016 08:47

altThirteen-year-old Stewart and Fourteen-year-old Ashley couldn't be more opposite. She's uber popular, on the top of the social pyramid at school, and couldn't care less about her grades (some of the time). He's extremely smart but socially awkward with people his own age. They would have never crossed paths had their parents never decided to move in together. Now they're forced into an awkward not-really brother-sister relationship.

 Stewart wants to try to be friends with Ashley, especially since he's had a rough year. His mother recently died and there have been a lot of changes in his life. New school, new friends, new house and he wants to find the positive things about living with a new family. Ashley on the other hand wants to have nothing to do with any of it. She's hiding the real reason her dad moved out of the house and goes to extreme lengths to make sure no one finds out--including Stewart. Ashley assumes Stewart's arrival at school is a threat to her position in the social pyramid.

Through a series of unfortunate events surrounding a common frenemy, Ashley and Stewart realize that they may be just what the other needed. Nielsen weaves a story of friendship through unlikely means in We Are All Made of Molecules.

(Ashley, the Loft)

Ana Recommends: Teen Idol / Meg Cabot PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 March 2016 00:00

altJenny Greenley is just normal junior in high school other than the fact that she is the school's anonymous advice columnist. When Luke Striker, A famous Hollywood star, comes to her school to research a role she is trusted with the secret of who he really is. Eventually everyone finds out and Jenny's life turns chaotic.

I really liked this book. I just picked it up and it took me 2 days to read it. I really like the fact that you can sort of relate to it. Of course not the part about the celebrity but the parts about teenage drama. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Evanston Teen)
The Woods: The Arrow Vol. 1 / Jaems Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 March 2016 00:00

altIt was just another average school day at Bay Point Prep in Wisconsin, but suddenly a searing light blazes through the school.  Students and staff rush outside to figure out what happened and find themselves surround by a world they don’t recognize.  There’s massive arrow shaped structure stuck in the ground outside some woods.  Some students think the arrow beckons them to enter the woods and to find answers. Others think it’s best to stay at the school and come up with a survival plan.  For both groups it becomes very clear that they need to get to the bottom things fast when monsters start attacking and devouring their classmates.   The Woods: The Arrow Vol 1, has a little bit  of everything with monsters, suspense and some classmate drama, plus Volume 2: The Swarm is out now too. 

(Renee, the Loft)

It's Kind of a Funny Story / Ned Vizzini PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 February 2016 00:00

Cover image for It's kind of a funny story Brooklyn teenager Craig Gilner has very high standards for himself. Even after getting into a prestigious college prep high school in Manhattan, Craig still feels like he's not good enough. He compares himself mercilessly to his peers, and feels like everyone else has a better handle on how to be a success and keep it all together.

After struggling with depression, Craig gets on medication. His family is relieved, and he starts to feel much better. However, Craig gets too confident in his mental health and goes off his meds. After a few weeks, the depression returns -- and so does the suicidal ideation. He saves himself from a suicide attempt by checking himself in to a mental hospital.

While in the mental hospital, Craig has a surprisingly funny adventure of meeting people who are lonely, longing and struggling just like he is. Through the rough, but often hilarious, road of recovery, Craig finds his way to the other side of living a life without anxiety.

(Kayla, the Loft)


Honor Girl / Maggie Thrash PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 February 2016 09:43

altEvery summer, Maggie Thrash goes away to Camp Bellflower in the Appalachian Mountains. At fifteen, she's used to the routine of peaceful summer normalcy like camp sing-alongs, crafts, weird counselors and being surrounded by noisy teenage girls who tease each other about crushes. What she didn't expect was to fall in love with one of those girls.

While getting her head inspected for lice, Maggie's meets Erin, an older camper who is wiser and a bit of a loner herself. Maggie immediately feels something towards Erin but knows she shouldn't as Camp Bellflower isn't the place for girls to fall in love with girls. Maggie pines over Erin in secret, unsure how to cope with how she is feeling. She turns to the camp's rifle range as a way to channel her feelings and turns out to be an ace shot. But her emotions are difficult to bottle and it's only a matter of time until they explode.

Maggie Thrash's memoir, Honor Girl, is a story about self-discovery and heartbreak, humor and sadness. It's a lovely read for anyone who has ever felt just outside of anything and wanted in--Thrash gets that feeling and writes an honest story about it.

(Ashley, the Loft)

Ana Recommends: How to be Brave / E. Katherine Kottaras PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 07 February 2016 00:00

alt How to be Brave is a book about a girl named Georgia. Georgia’s mom had just died as she was going into a new school year. As the year progressives she decides that instead of just mourning she is going to live her life to the fullest. The thing she wants to do are endless but sometimes the things you do can end things you didn't want to end. Can Georgia overcome her obstacles or get lost along the way? Read to find out.

         I really liked this book. I know there are a lot of teenage books that have to do with deaths now a days, but this one was really good. Usually when you think of someone dying you don't think of it as an opportunity to live life to the fullest which is exactly what Georgia is doing. I give it a 3.8 out of 5 stars. I really liked the book but at times the specific type of writing really annoyed me.

(Ana, Evanston Teen)


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