Teen Book Reviews

Book Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Chbosky, Stephen
5 stars = Curiosity Mars Rover Awesome!

A fantastic read for teens and adults. It's written as letters to an anonymous reader, by a boy who is learning all about life. The boy, Charlie, is shy and emotional and just entering high school, when he meets two people that change his life. It's a great perspective and a very touching story. I recommend reading it before watching the movie!

Book Review: Twilight: A Novel
Meyer, Stephenie
4 stars = Really Good

In this terribly suspenseful novel our heroine moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father. She is in a new high school, and finds herself the center of attention. She only has eyes for the beautiful and mysterious Edward, however. What is his secret? Can he return her love despite his family's history, and the torment of Bella's scent? Also available in Audio Format and as an eBook. Read it and find out!

book cover for The Fault in Our Stars
Green, John
5 stars = Curiosity Mars Rover Awesome!

Great book! The story is about a girl named Hazel who has cancer and she meets a guy named Augustus in a support group. It's a sad story in a way, but it's also story about love and hope. I really liked this book! Keep a box of tissues handy!

Book Review: Ring of Five Trilogy
McNamee, Eoin
5 stars = Curiosity Mars Rover Awesome!

In this trilogy, the boy Danny leaves his parents to be trained at Wilsons School of Spies--but that wasn't the school his parents thought they were sending him to! As the trilogy progresses, Danny is caught in webs of truth vs. treachery when he is discovered to be the fifth member of the Ring of Five, an evil group of people trying to take over the Upper and Lower Worlds.

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Cover of the book The Outsiders
Hinton, S. E.
5 stars = Curiosity Mars Rover Awesome!

The rift between social classes in thirteen-year-old Ponyboy Curtis's world grows stronger each year. He's a greaser, which essentially means that he's a hood, even though he gets excellent grades and his idea of acting out is going to the movie theater without one of his brothers or a buddy. The social elite, known as the socs, hate the greasers and vice-versa. But for Ponyboy he can't quite make the connection for the reason to hate. Not when he meets the pretty and friendly Cherry at a drive-in-theater. Not when he knows his oldest brother Darry would be a soc and have gone on to college if it weren't for the fact that their parents are dead and he's taken on the responsibility to keep the Curtis family together. The difference between the two worlds explodes in Ponyboy's face when he and his best friend are confronted in the park one night by a gang of socs out for blood. Not even Ponyboy can imagine away this horrific turn of events that puts him and Johnny on the run. "The Outsiders" is the very first book ever that I would recommend to every reader, as soon as they hit their teens. It doesn't matter if it's a thirteen-year-old or a sixty-five year old reading it, just so long as they do. S. E. Hinton was published when she was 16 years old and I cannot praise her highly enough. Realistic fiction is difficult enough to master at the best of times let alone when you're only sixteen. Ponyboy's world is tough and gritty and terrifying but it's a place that people need to realize exists.

World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War
Brooks, Max
4 stars = Really Good

Just so we're clear on this, zombies totally freak me out. I do read a considerable amount of horror and suspense fiction, but there is something about zombies that just push me into panic (I cannot handle "The Walking Dead"). That being said, this book kept the gross-out factor (the one that gives me the willies whenever I see TWD featured on Sci-Fi magazine) to a minimum, and focused on the world impact, and the human element. This book was about the survivors, how humanity managed to make it through. I really enjoyed it.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows
Rowling, J.K.
5 stars = Curiosity Mars Rover Awesome!

Wow. All I can say is wow. This book exceeded my wildest expectations. It kept me up till 4 in the morning because I HAD to finish it!

Artemis Fowl
Colfer, Eoin
5 stars = Curiosity Mars Rover Awesome!

Eoin Colfer has created a world where Fairy tale creatures exist next to our modern world humans. Artemis is a master mind criminal who discovers his good side. The book is fascinating, captivating and full of humor.

The Merlin Effect
Barron, T. A.
5 stars = Curiosity Mars Rover Awesome!

This book was amazing! It was full of unique twists and turns and provided a really cool version of Merlin. This book keeps you reading and is full of surprises...with magic,magical swords,the horn of life, and surprising twists and turns, i really loved this book.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Rowling, J.K.
3 stars = Pretty Good

I finally started reading this series. So far, okay.

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars
Green, John
4 stars = Really Good

It was good. It didn't affect me as deeply as it did to others, but I did like it. The characters were interesting and the story was sad.

Book Review: The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Selznick, Brian
5 stars = Curiosity Mars Rover Awesome!

This book is incredible. The movie's great, too.

Book Review: Life As We Knew It
Pfeffer, Susan Beth
4 stars = Really Good

Although it was a bit slow at times, I found this to be a very engaging story that made me feel like I was experiencing the plot with the characters.