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Love and Other Unknown Variables Love and Other Unknown Variables

3 stars.

Describe the book: Charlie doesn't know a thing about love; all he knows is that he wants to get into MIT, and math and science are the ways to get there. He meets Charlotte one morning in Krispy Kreme and is perplexed by her infinity/hope tattoo on her neck, and when he finds she's befriended his sister Becca, he gets to know her better... not knowing her secrets.

What did you think: I really loved Charlotte's character, but I really didn't like anything about Charlie at all. He sounded ignorant a lot, and I don't know why he's surprised that girls don't fall into his arms when he randomly makes physical moves on them out of nowhere. All in all, this book felt a little longer than it should've been, but it was still good.

Who would you recommend it to: gr7+, relationships, math, cancer, school, family

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library



Shannon Lee Alexander
Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox book Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox

3 stars.

Describe the book: It was very confusing but it was still cool. When his mother contracts Spelltropy, Artemis must go back in time to get the cure of a silky sifaka lemur that he killed earlier by selling it to the Extinctionists. Remember the laws of time are far from simple...

What did you think: It was amazing when he defeats Opal Koboi and blows up the seventh Kraken.

Who would you recommend it to: It is for everybody.

- D.B. (Grade 8) from Edmonds Library



Eoin Colfer
eBOOK OVERDRI
Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims Juvenile Book Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims

4 stars.

Describe the book: History teacher Rush Revere meets some interesting students in his classroom. With his time traveling horse named Liberty, they all go on an exciting adventure back to the time of the Mayflower sailing to the new world.

What did you think: I thought it was pretty funny book I liked the personalities of Tommy, Freedom and the horse Liberty. Reading this book was a fun way to learn about the history of America and how the pilgrims lived back in those days.

Who would you recommend it to: History lovers and middle school kids

- C.B. (Grade 7) from Edmonds Library



Rush Limbaugh
J LIMBAUG
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel Teen Book Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

4 stars.

Describe the book: Leila knows she likes girls, though she'd never admit it to her somewhat-traditional Persian family or her friends. She's been lucky enough to never crushed on any fellow classmates, until Saskia comes to school. Leila is drawn to her beauty and her knowledge, and gets wrapped up in a confusing friendship with her.

What did you think: This book is fantastic. I would love to be friends with Leila; her mental commentary as well as what she actually says is hilarious. I could picture her and everybody else so easily. I knew something was up with Saskia when she so easily fell into what Leila wanted, and she only got crazier. I loved all of Leila's friends, Greg, Tess, and Lisa.

Who would you recommend it to: gr7+, lgbtq, friendships, high school, family

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library



Sara Farizan
TEEN FARIZAN
This Is Not a Love Story This Is Not a Love Story

4 stars.

Describe the book: Romeo is fifteen, homeless, and mute. He never leaves Julian's side, who's two years older than him, and took him under his wing. Romeo has had feelings for Julian and thinks they'll never be a real couple. All they want is to never separate, and to find a way to live. Things begin to unfold when they get caught in a shady, illegal scandal.

What did you think: This book was hard to read in terms of everything that was happening in it; both the main character's feelings, the harsh realities of homeless living, especially in winter, and all the horrible things they went through in an attempt to live. I felt like screaming at Julian for his poor decisions so many times. Romeo went through too much.

Who would you recommend it to: gr8+, lgbtq, homelessness, London, drugs

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library



Suki Fleet
By the Creek By the Creek

3 stars.

Describe the book: David is unhappy about moving to a rural town in Michigan for his mother's job; they never stay in one place for too long. He lives across from an Amish farm, and is intrigued by an Amish boy his age named Benjamin, who he slowly befriends by the swimming hole. They have a hard time dealing with their growing feelings for each other, especially Ben.

What did you think: I'm a sucker for LGBTQ books as well as some Amish themed ones in YA, and while I enjoyed it, it felt like a very basic, coming-out and how to deal-with-it kind of book, or at least on David's side. There were some cute moments, it seemed accurate, and I liked it... but I feel like somehow there could've been more to make it better,more interesting

Who would you recommend it to: gr7+, lgbtq, Amish culture, friendships

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library



Geoff Laughton
No One Needs to Know Teen Book No One Needs to Know

4 stars.

Describe the book: Olivia is a girl who has everything; Zoey is a girl who struggles to make money. Zoey gets into their private, all girls' high school on scholarship. When Zoey starts dating Olivia's twin brother, Liam, Olivia knows it won't last. Her growing friendship and feelings for Zoey are put at stake when Liam tells her Zoey won't be his average fling.

What did you think: I really liked (naturally) how it took place in Washington, which I didn't know before starting it. I also really enjoyed everyone's character (minus Olivia's crazy friend, Ava) Everyone seemed so real and wonderful. Olivia and Zoey's fusses at first were a bit over the top, but I loved reading how they slowly made a real friendship with eachother.

Who would you recommend it to: gr7+, lgbtq, friendships, family, local

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library



Amanda Grace
TEEN GRACE
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender book The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

4 stars.

Describe the book: Ava Lavender is born with wings. The first third of the book we learn the history of the past couple generations of her family, and what led to her, taking place mostly in early 1900s Seattle. She's slowly, finally exposed to those around her, including Nathaniel, who gets a growing, creepy obsession with her, thinking she's a real angel.

What did you think: This book was WAY weirder than I anticipated it to be. I was laughing in parts that I don't think were intended to be funny; but this was a good thing! I enjoyed Ava's mother's revelation of her own love life closer to the end; and Nathaniel was just plain psycho. I was gasping aloud at how nutty he was when it all finally came down.

Who would you recommend it to: gr8+, magical realism, seattle, family lines

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library



Leslye Walton
FIC WALTON
Enders Shadow book Enders Shadow

4 stars.

Describe the book: (SPOILER ALERT) This book is about a child that is on the streets that is extremely smart because of an illegal genetic experiment and it follows Enders game but in the eyes of Enders friend: Bean.

What did you think: I thought that it was worth 4 stars because it tells the story so well from a different point of view. My favorite part was when he unmasked achilles.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who has a soul...

- E.B. (Grade 8) from Edmonds Library



Orson Scott Card
FIC CARD
No and Me Teen Book No and Me

3 stars.

Describe the book: Lou is an advanced, thirteen year old student two years above her age level. She lives with her parents, including her mother so miserable after the loss of her baby Chloe years before. Lou befriends a teenage girl named No outside of the train station, and interviews her for a school project as well as befriending her.

What did you think: For most of this book I imagined everything in a blue shaded, dreary atmosphere, and I feel like that added to everything a lot and was worth mentioning. I knew that once Lou decided to see if her family could take No in, her mother would change for the positive. I feel like No's personal issues were so unresolved, though, and left me wanting more.

Who would you recommend it to: gr7+, friendships, family, homelessness, France

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library



Delphine de Vigan
TEEN VIGAN
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