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Teen Book Review

The Program (by Suzanne Young)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Emily, Deer Run TAB

This book is definitely for those over 13. But, there is a big love triangle, struggle for all of those admitted into the Program. They strip people of their most precious memories and only let them keep those necessary.

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Allegiant (by Veronica Roth)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Emily, Deer Run TAB

I love this book...though the actual storyline of the book is a shocker. It is a very good written book, and you will never guess the ending. Spoiler-its sad, you will cry and cry and cry.

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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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Unwholly (by Neal Shusterman)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Christine, Spencer staff

This is the second book in the Unwind Trilogy by Neal Shusterman.  It has been at least 4 years since I read the first book the in series, but I was able to pick up with Conner, Lev & Risa fairly quickly.  I love these characters.  Dystopian fiction at it's best!  Society has decided that the answer to the war on abortion is to allow parents to have their children "unwound" between the ages of 13 and 17.

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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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Pawn (by Aimee Carter)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Brooke, Spencer TAB

Pawn is a great book! When I started to read it I was thinking it would be too much like The Hunger Games, but it really wasn’t.

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The Diviners (by Libba Bray)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Elizabeth, Corporate Parkway TAB

The Diviners takes place in 1920's New York City with flapper Evie O'Neill, a young girl with a taste for excitement. She is living with her uncle as punishment for things that she did back in her hometown of Ohio. Her unusual uncle gets wrapped up in a serial killer case, and Evie and her friends all pitch in to help and solve the crime and stop the murderer. I give this book a 4; it's a long read, but worth your time!

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The Diviners (by Libba Bray)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Elizabeth, Corporate Parkway TAB

The Diviners takes place in 1920's New York City with flapper Evie O'Neill, a young girl with a taste for excitement. She is living with her uncle as punishment for things that she did back in her hometown of Ohio. Her unusual uncle gets wrapped up in a serial killer case, and Evie and her friends all pitch in to help and solve the crime and stop the murderer. I give this book a 4; it's a long read, but worth your time!

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Dancer Daughter Triator Spy (by Elizabeth Kiem)

Rating 2

Reviewed by Brooke, Spencer TAB

I’d give the book, Dancer Daughter Traitor Spy, two stars because I didn’t know what was going on half the time. It’s about this Russian ballet dancer, Marya. She and her mother have a special gift. She gets random visions of the future while her mom gets them from the past. One day her mom gets secret information from one of her visions. The KGB “put her away” and it forces Marya and her dad and uncle to the United States to hide.

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Dancer Daughter Triator Spy (by Elizabeth Kiem)

Rating 2

Reviewed by Brooke, Spencer TAB

I’d give the book, Dancer Daughter Traitor Spy, two stars because I didn’t know what was going on half the time. It’s about this Russian ballet dancer, Marya. She and her mother have a special gift. She gets random visions of the future while her mom gets them from the past. One day her mom gets secret information from one of her visions. The KGB “put her away” and it forces Marya and her dad and uncle to the United States to hide.

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