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The Boy in the Black Suit / Jason Reynolds PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 14:04

altMatt has worn a suit every day since his mom died. He wears it because he works at a funeral home where he watches the funerals of other people. He enjoys looking for the person at the funeral who is suffering the most because it makes him feel better. The funeral home gives him peace when his own home just makes him uneasy--it reminds him of his mother and his dad is spiraling back into his alcoholic ways. 


The owner of the funeral home, Mr. Ray, takes Matt under his wing and keeps Matt from frying off the deep end when Matt's dad lands himself in the hospital after a nasty car accident. Mr. Ray lets Matt in on the secret of his past and teaches Matt that letting go is sometimes easier than keeping everything bottled in. 


During a particular jovial funeral, Matt meets Lovey, a girl who has been through more than he has and she doesn't cry during the service. Matt waits for the breakdown but it doesn't come and Matt is immediately smitten. Through a series of "dates" Lovey breaks through Matt's shell and shows him that it's okay to be lonely and sad and that maybe, if you let someone in, they will understand help you through the pain. Jason Reynold's The Boy in the Black Suit is an urban tale about a teen coming to terms with the death of his mother and what it means for his life now.   


(Ashley, the Loft)

Positive / Paige Rawl PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 September 2015 00:00

altWhat if you realized that not every kid went to the doctor all the time? What if one day you figured out what HIV positive meant on your medical records? Paige Rawl spent the first part of her life unaware that she was HIV positive until one day she put all the pieces together.  When she confides in her best friend about her condition she thinks her secret is safe, but within hours it’s all over her school.  Paige’s life has suddenly taken a nasty turn.  She’s bullied and harassed every day, but with the help of her mom and real friends slowly she conquers all the negativity.  Paige’s account in Positive is moving and eye opening and recommended read for everyone!

 (Renee, the Loft)
A Feast for Crows / George R.R. Martin PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 September 2015 00:00

altA Feast for Crows: In the 4th installment of George R.R. Martins series 'A Song of Ice and Fire' many characters are locked in perilous situations, and more still are dead. The book, while having excellent characters and a thick plot, lacks the fast pacing that many young readers these days need. Many areas of this book keep me on the edge of my seat, but many also bore me, making me want to skip ahead of the slow chapter. It isn't a quick read like many of my previous summer reads, taking me nearly 3 weeks to finish, but all in all, it was a fulfilling experience and I can't wait to read the 5th book.  

(Tess, Evanston teen)

Butter / Erin Jade Lange PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:00

altButter is an okay book with a strange idea behind it. Butter decides that at his 423 pounds he doesn't need to live anymore so he sets up a website where he will do a live video of him eating himself to death. Then he becomes popular because of his messed up idea and when his expiration date arrives he has to decide weather he wants to be a coward and live or be a legend and eat himself to death.  

(Kristen, Evanston teen)

Challenger Deep / Neal Shusterman PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 12:42

Caden Bosch is altheaded towards the deepest part of the ocean--in fact, the deepest point on Earth--Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. He's headed there with a crew of mutinous misfits, a talking pirate and a captain who fills Caden's head with thoughts of both profound wisdom and utter absurdity. At the same time, Caden pretends to join his high school's track team. Instead, he wanders around town for miles. His two friends begin to notice his increasingly odd behavior but think little of it. When Caden is made the ship's artist-in-residence, he begins to record the crew's journey through images. 


Through carefully written prose and alternating chapters, Caden's reality becomes revealed to the reader. We discover, at nearly the same time as Caden, who the characters of Caden's orchestrated fantasy are and why they do what they do. Neal Shusterman's Challenger Deep is a poignant journey into the sea of a broken mind and the lengths it takes to swim to the surface. For fans of USA's "Mr. Robot," Challenger Deep is a must read. 


(Ashley, the Loft)

The Heir / Kiera Cass PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 August 2015 00:00

altBeing a huge Selection fan, I got this book the day it came out, and finished it a short while later. It was very good. I’m not sure I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed the first three, but it was still a great read nonetheless. The B&N edition had pictures in it as well.

Basically, The Heir takes place 20 years after the events of the first three books, and it follows the selection of Maxon and America’s daughter Eadlyn, heir to the Iléan throne. The only thing I was peeved about, is Eadlyn. She’s kind of snobby, whiney bitch. Which is very surprising considering her parents are anything but. I wish Cass would have referenced what became the other girls from America’s selection. Specifically Kriss. The only mention of them, besides Marlee who makes appearances, is a library called the “Newsome Library” and America’s references to her without using her name. Remember Celeste? Anyways, I don’t exactly understand why some of the suiters that are left aren’t all that attractive. I mean, why can’t their descriptions be modified to be handsome. I guess the man I’m rooting for is Kile Woodwork. They’ve known each other since they were babies because he’s Marlee Woodwork’s (nee Tames, America’s best friend during her selection) son. And then there was that cliff hanger. I am so worried about my favorite character.

All in all, The Heir is definitely worth your time.  

(Isabella, Evanston teen)

The Trouble With Half a Moon / Danette Vigilante PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 August 2015 00:00

altThe plot is very sad, about an child who is being abused, and a family with a son who died. But once you start reading you can't stop and it is very funny.

The Trouble With Half a Moon is sad, but very well written! Makes you want to read to the end.

(Abby, Evanston teen)


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