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Tangerine / Edward Bloor PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 October 2015 00:00

altI love the book Tangerine.  It has a very good ending showing how he turned legally blind.  I did not rate it a 5 though because it heavily involves soccer for which I know nothing about so that brought it down 1.  Other than that I loved how descriptive the author is for the scenery to the lemon scented trash bags to how he felt (tiny spoiler) with the white spray paint, and I think only great books have awesome description.

(Helen, Evanston teen)



Ana Recommends: City of Bones / Cassandra Clare PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 12:34

alt City of Bones is the first book in the mortal instruments series. In the book Clary finds out that there is another world hidden in her own. There are different species that are more powerful than anything you could ever imagine there. One species is called the Nephilim or better known as the Shadowhunters. There job is to hunt and kill demons. The other species include werewolves, vampires, warlocks, and faeries. They are known as downworlders they are said to be half demon and half human.

 I love this series I started it about a year ago and then I became too busy to read the rest of the series. I finally got a chance to come back to the series and I’m even more infatuated now then I was then and I’m now on the fourth book. If you love adventure, romance, and teenage angst then be sure to read the Mortal Instruments series. I give it  4.8 out of 5 stars.

(Ana, Evanston teen)


Future Perfect / Jen Larsen PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 October 2015 16:50

Ashley Maria Perkins is tall, broad, and brown. A straight-A student, volleyball player, perfectionist in a fat body.Cover image for Future perfect Ashley has loving friends and an adoring boyfriend, but her grandmother can't accept Ashley's size. Each year on her birthday, her grandmother will offer Ashley an index card with a hand-written proposal for a luxurious gift ... at a price. Whether it was "lose 50 lbs" for a Paris shopping spree, or "lose 70 lbs" for a brand-new car, Ashley has long been demeaned and tempted by her grandmother's absurd offers. Not once has she contemplated actually taking the bait. Until her 17th birthday.

Ashley has long dreamed of attending Harvard, just like her long-gone mother did. And when her grandmother offers her full tuition to Harvard if she agrees to get gastric bypass surgery ... Ashley is tempted to compromise her body acceptance to live her dreams.

Set in the San Francisco suburbs, Jen Larsen's YA debut Future Perfect is the follow-up to her memoir about her experience receiving weight loss surgery. She tells a narrative with a similar subject matter, but perhaps a different ending than the one she herself lived. This novel touches on transgender and racial politics beyond just the issue of body image. It's a compelling read that asks big questions and urges the reader to root for Ashley all along the way. 

- Kayla, Loft staff

Nimona / Noelle Stevenson PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 October 2015 00:00

altI found Nimona to be quite enjoyable. I really enjoy a good graphic novel, and Nimona has gotten great reviews, so I thought I'd give it a read. Plus, graphic novels are very quick reads; I finished Nimona the day that I started it.'

The plot is kind of funky, but the author makes it work. For some reason, I felt like I was reading a video game. The story just felt like it was one portrayed in a video game. I don't know why. I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this book, because it's not exactly "my kind of book". The illustrations aren't that great, but they're fun nonetheless.  

(Isabella, Evanston teen)

Ana Recommends: The Haunting of Sushine Girl /Paige McKenzie PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 October 2015 13:13

altImagine you always knew you never really fit in anywhere. That you were always different but didn't know why. Sunshine Griffith never really fit in and as soon as she turned 16 her mom moved her away to Ridgemont, Washington from Austin, Texas. As soon as Sunshine gets to Ridgemont, she felt very uncomfortable and creeped out by her house. Sunshine was always close to her mother since she was adopted. So when her mom starts acting strange, she begins to worry. She meets a boy named Nolan who very quickly becomes her friend. Together they find out what is happening to Sunshine's life.

I loved this book [The Haunting of Sunshine Girl]. I usually can't get through creepy books, so to be able to get through this was awesome. The book was not only creepy but it also had a little chemistry between the characters. I really like the fact that Sunshine learns more about herself. The only thing I didn't like was that the book ends in a cliffhanger. I give it 3.8 stars out of 5 because I really liked it.

( Ana, Evanston Teen)


The Wrath and the Dawn / Renée Ahdieh PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 October 2015 00:00

altWow, I'm stunned by this book. The Wrath and the Dawn is beautiful both in writing and in story. I absolutely adore fractured fairytales (is Arabian nights a fairytale? ) and this book is now one of my favorites. I love Sharzhard as a main character and thought she was a very strong female character. I wasn't the biggest fan of the love triangle, it made sense but wasn't needed. I also felt like the ending was just there to get people to read the next book. Overall I really enjoyed this book though! It's so great everyone needs to read it!  

(Katrina, Evanston teen)

These Shallow Graves / Jennifer Donnelly PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 October 2015 00:00

altWhen Jo’s father passes away unexpectedly her comfortable, high class life is suddenly caught up in a whirlwind.  When it becomes clear there’s more to her father’s death than first thought, Jo, inspired by edgy journalists like Nellie Bly, is determined to find out the truth. Set in New York, during the late 1800’s this historical fiction piece is fast paced, dramatic and full of plot twists. Jo’s search for answers brings her to the newspaper her father’s company owns and there she meets good looking, smart talking reporter, Eddie, who agrees to help her track down answers. The more searching Jo and Eddie do the more secrets, lies and feelings for each other they find.   Even if you’re not normally a fan of historical fiction These Shallow Graves has tons of appeal with gripping suspense and heart wrenching romance.


(Renee, the Loft) 

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