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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) 

Invaded / Melissa Landers PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:00

altInvaded: The suspense in Melissa Lander's sequel to her YA novel, Alienated, is perfect. The book kept me reading late into the night wondering what would happen to the teen blogger, Cara, on this foreign new planet. The books also leaves readers at a cliffhanger, and I cant wait until the third book comes out!  

(Tess, Evanston teen)

Belzhar / Meg Wolitzer PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 September 2015 00:00

alt I really enjoyed the book, Belzhar. It was a slow start but once the exposition ended it was very interesting and captivating. I found that it combined fantasy and realistic fiction in a nice way to seem fake, but not too fake. I also found the characters very believable. I loved hearing each of their different stories. I definitely recommend this book and it is a great, light summer read.

(Caroline, Evanston teen)

Everything, Eveything / Nicola Yoon PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 September 2015 10:01

altImagine never leaving your house and never getting even a whiff of fresh air.   This is Maddy’s reality in Everything, Everything.  Since she was four years old Maddy has been unable to leave her house because of  a rare disease that makes her allergic to almost everything in the outside world.  Her only in person human interactions are with her mom, her nurse and on rare occasion her tutor.  But then one day Olly’s family moves next door. Olly and Maddy go from exchanging messages from their windows, to sneaking him in the house while her mother’s gone, but of course secrets often don’t stay secrets forever.  There are many truths confronted in this book by Maddy and Olly.  Is you’re looking for some romance, drama and some big twists than definitely check this one out!



Tiny Pretty Things / Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 September 2015 00:00

altI really enjoyed Tiny Pretty Things. As a former serious dancer, I really appreciated the ballet aspect of this book. The only teen book with a good ballet aspect to it that I have read is Boneheads by Sophie Flack, but that came out a few years ago. I will say that in my opinion, Boneheads was better.

For the story part, the book is told in the perspective of three different girls: Bette, the mean and spoiled girl who’s used to being the best and has a star ballet dance for a sister; June, a nasty girl who’s always looked upon as second best and is always the understudy for the lead role; and Gigi, the new girl who is suddenly the new star any getting all the star roles. Gigi was the only nice person of the three protagonists; the other two did awful things. Just to be the best.

Tiny Pretty Things, while not the best book I’ve read this year is definitely worth reading. Readers will also appreciate the diversity of the main characters.

(Isabell, Evanston teen)

99 Days / Katie Cotugno PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 September 2015 00:00

alt99 Days by Katie Cotugno. My new favorite book, ladies and gentlemen. Granted, I did post on Facebook that The Royal We was my new favorite book not too long ago. I absolutely adored this book. While I love romance and drama, I’m not usually the type of person that reads straight-up romance books (Sarah Dessen, for example). But 99 Days was amazing!

(Isabella, Evanston teen)

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)

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