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Teen Book Review

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The Fault in Our Stars (by John Green)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Casey, Deer Run TAB

This tragic, heartwarming story of Hazel Grace, a dying teenager cancer patient, meeting the soon to be love of her life, Augustus Waters. Every day is a struggle to breathe, literally. Hauling around a tank supporting her life, Hazel is a homebody with her parents, watching ANTM and taking college classes. Her mother forces her to join a support group, claiming depression is taking her. There, she meets Augustus. The rest of the story is of the adventures and the roller coaster of life that only goes up. To read this is to read of teenage love in an original way.

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The Fault in Our Stars (by John Green)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Casey, Deer Run TAB

This tragic, heartwarming story of Hazel Grace, a dying teenager cancer patient, meeting the soon to be love of her life, Augustus Waters. Every day is a struggle to breathe, literally. Hauling around a tank supporting her life, Hazel is a homebody with her parents, watching ANTM and taking college classes. Her mother forces her to join a support group, claiming depression is taking her. There, she meets Augustus. The rest of the story is of the adventures and the roller coaster of life that only goes up. To read this is to read of teenage love in an original way.

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Invincible Summer (by Hannah Moskowitz)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Sierra, Deer Run TAB

The book was hauntingly interesting. It kept you reading and only focused on the characters lives in the summer. The title almost doesn't match the book at times but if you read intently it makes sense. From relationship to family crisis the emotions are always on high!

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Cut (by Patricia McCormick)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Karly, Deer Run TAB

Cut follows the life of a teenager who struggles with self-harm. The first-person format gives the reader more insight into the main character, Callie. She currently resides at Sea Pines Residential Treatment Facility where she is supposed to be getting help for her self-harm issue. She goes to meetings in which she never talks and she sees a psychiatrist who she also does not communicate with.

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Along for the Ride (by Sarah Dessen)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Elisa, Spencer TAB

Teens have this really bad habit of going to sleep late, but Auden's habit beyond surfing on Tumblr til one in the morning. Auden uses the night as her escape, from her parent's divorce when she was younger to applications for college. When Auden sees her mom finally putting herself back out there, Auden realizes that she might have missed out on the "teenage experience", from going to Prom to the sleepovers, crushes and gossip of friendship.

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Someone Like You (by Sarah Dessen)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Elisa, Spencer TAB

Halley has always depended on her best friend, Scarlett, since they met on Scarlett's front steps at a young age. Halley suddenly swaps spots with Scarlett when Scarlett's first serious love dies and she has a surprise that no one is ready for. Through these two girls, every teen reader relates to their struggle with crushes, parents, and preparing for "the real world".

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Break (by Moskawitz)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Sierra, Deer Run TAB

This book created a lot of suspense. The main character wanted to break his bones and throughout the novel you discover the reasons why and follow him through change. You learn of his dysfunctional family that almost any teen can relate to in some way. I would definitely recommend this book!

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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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