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Teen Book Review

Realism

Fat Angie (by E. E. Charlton-Trujillo)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Elizabeth, Corporate Parkway TAB

Fat Angie has never felt pretty. Between her dysfunctional home life and her missing military sister in Iraq, Angie does not have much to look forward to in life. Then, mysterious new girl KC Romance comes to school and Angie's world is thrown upside-down. Fat Angie is a good book about a coming of age, overcoming pain, making new friends, and falling in love. I would recommend this basketball, LGBT novel to all young adults. 

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The Impossible Knife of Memory (by Laurie Halse Anderson)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Sherri, Middendorf-Kredell staff

Hayley has her hands full. Her father is an Iraq vet with severe PTSD. After several years on the road as a truck driver, with his teen age daughter in tow, Andy has decided to return to his childhood home so Hayley can attend a real high school for her senior year. As her father has struggled to suppress memories of battle and death, Hayley suppressed her own memories of good times before his illness overtook everything. She is suddenly being confronted by some of those memories.

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Second Chance Summer (by Morgan Matson)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Lianna, Spencer TAB

The Edwards family has never been really close; everyone always seems to have their own separate things to do. Taylor’s younger sister, Gelsey, has ballet, Taylor’s older brother, Warren, has scholarly activities, and Taylor has an annoying knack for running away when things get tough. But that changes when Taylor’s dad receives tragic news about his health. The family packs up the car and heads to their old lake house for the summer. They have not been there in five years, having been too preoccupied—unintentionally or not—to return the past five summers.

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The Fault in Our Stars (by John Green)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Sydney, Middendorf-Kredell TAB

This book is soooo good! It's my favorite book. It's very touching and emotional in the last 20 pages. It's about a girl who has Stage IV thyroid cancer and she meets this boy at her support group who had osteosarcoma cancer but has no evidence of cancer in him and they fall in love. Then they go to Amsterdam together with her mom to meet this author and find out more about this book that she recommended to him and it's just a really good book and it's so touching!

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Blank Confession (by Pete Hautman)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Sherri, Middendorf-Kredell Staff

Shayne Blank walks into a police station and confesses to murder. Just who is Shayne Blank? He's the new kid at school. Quiet. Unassuming. But still, he seems to invite trouble which escalates when he stands up to those bullying his new friend Mikey. Is he a murderer? Or is there more here than meets the eye?

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The Running Dream (by Wendelin Van Draanen)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Sherri, Middendorf-Kredell Staff

Jessica lives to run. But when a tragic car crash takes her leg, Jessica is sure her life is over. As she struggles with learning to walk with a prosthetic leg, Jessica meets Rosa. Rosa has cerebral palsy and it is difficult to understand her speech. But she is a math whiz...just what Jessica needs to help her get through Algebra. As she and Rosa become friends, Jessica learns that there are many kinds of disabilities and that, just maybe, she can run again.

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Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets (by Evan Roskos)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Scarlette, Corporate Parkway TAB

In this book James is a sad and sensative person, whos sister was expelled from school and disowned.  He finds his sister and tires to get her to move back.  And while in the process he becomes depressed and thinks of suicide.  He starts to talk to a therapist and he tells her about his plan to get his sister to start school again and move back in.  in the end he ends up happy enough to yawp.

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The Probability of Miracles (by Wendy Wunder)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Debbie, McClay Staff

Grab the tissue box! This is one of those teen books where you have already guessed the ending, but you keep hoping for a "miracle".  When a book starts with "She hoped this is what it would  feel like in heaven", you know it can't end well. Cam is a sixteen year old that has spent the last seven years in and out of hospitals. She is crossing things off her "flamingo list" and the last thing she wants to do is move 1600 miles away to a town called Promise, Maine, a place known for miraculous events.

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Small Damages (by Beth Kephart)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Debbie, McClay Staff

Kenzie and her friends are seniors, all with plans of doing big and wonderful things and having fun for the summer.  Kenzie has recently lost her father, she's fighting with her mother, trying to deal with her losses and  she discovers that she is pregnant. Kenzie's boyfriend, Kevin who has been supportive and loving since her father's death, suddenly becomes distant and doesn't want to deal with the problem. Her mom decides to send her off to Spain to live with a family that has found a couple to adopt her baby.

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Get Well Soon (by Julie Halpern)

Rating 3

Reviewed by Courtney, Spencer TAB

What does a girl do when her parents abandon her at a teen mental hospital with only a few clothes and the lack of her beloved music? Well, she falls in love of course! Told through the eyes of a confused teen, readers get a glimpse into the world of mental health with the fantastic addition of teenage sarcasm. Anna Bloom, the main character of Get Well Soon is very lovable despite the times where her characterization can be a bit flimsy and immature. Readers will laugh at the humorous hospital staff. This book is sure to make readers see mental health in a new light.

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