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the lovely bones book the lovely bones

alice sebold
FIC SEBOLD

4 stars.

Describe the book: Susie Salmon dies on december 6th 1973 after being raped by her neighbor who nobody suspects might be the killer. Susie tells stories about her past and what she sees after her death. She talks about how her family and friends react to her death and the life she has up above. As the search goes on Susies killer is closer to getting caught.

What did you think: This book was amazing! Every chapter left me wanting to read more. The author was able to keep me thinking the whole time and predicting what was going to happen next. My favorite part was when Susies sister started to suspect the neighbor and searched his house while he was at work. To her surprise he came home early and saw her in the house…

Who would you recommend it to: People who love cliff hangers and mystery.

- t.r. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library



The New Rules of High School The New Rules of High School

Blake Nelson

2 stars.

Describe the book: Max Caldwell is a junior. He's got the grades, the girl, and the whole world on his side. All until he breaks up with Cindy. He leaves himself- and everyone else- wondering why, as his perfectly-planned life begins to seep through the cracks. Now he's out of his comfort zone, changing who he is, all in search of something. But... what?

What did you think: It was an overall, well-rounded book, but it left me wanting something more. Some kind of climax, or plot twist. It was a great story and an interesting read, but I feel like it told me a timeline instead of telling me a story. There was a lack of suspense.

Who would you recommend it to: Middle schoolers, high schoolers, teens

- E.Z. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library


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At first Sight book At first Sight

Nicholas Sparks
FIC SPARKS

4 stars.

Describe the book: Jeremy Marsh a New Yorker, swore to never give away his heart again after one failed marriage but finds himself doing the exact opposite, having moved to Boone creek, North Carolina with his fiancé, Lexis Darnell. Jeremy receives an email that puts his and his fiancé relationship at risk,The strength of Jeremy and Lexies love is tested.

What did you think: My favorite part is when Jeremy is all calm, everything seems good but then he receives the email and it puts everything out of balance. It makes the reader kind of bite their nails.

Who would you recommend it to: Those who love books like the Notebook & Dear John

- J.A. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library



The Kite Runner book The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini
FIC HOSSEIN

3 stars.

Describe the book: It starts in Kabul, Afghanistan. Amir and Hassan, almost brothers are great kite flyers and are trying to win the local kite-flying contest, hopefully winning his fathers love in the process. War comes to Afghanistan, Amir betrays Hassan, and Amir and his father are forced to flee to America. It becomes the story of Amir trying to redeem himself.

What did you think: It was a good book, my favorite part is when Hassan's son shoots the main antagonists left eye with a slingshot while he the antagonist is beating Amir.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone looking for a great read

- B.C. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library



Promise Of The Witch King Promise Of The Witch King

R. A. Salvatore

4 stars.

Describe the book: Two skilled warriors, Artemis Entreri and Jarlaxle, are hired to retreieve peices and artifacts of Zhengyi, the Witch-King. Traveling to Vaasa, the duo joins with a small band of warriors as dark forces work all around them, conspiring to rebuild the legendary fortress of Zhengyi, and with it, bring horrors untold back into the world.

What did you think: The book, as many are by R.A. Salvatore, was near flawlessly written. The characters were riviting and exciting, the battles shown rather then told, and the overall arc and climax was great. Although the romance leaves something to be desired, the book is nothing if not well written and designed.

Who would you recommend it to: All teenage lovers of fantasy

- C.L. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library


wolven Juvenile Book wolven

di toft
J TOFT

3 stars.

Describe the book: It was about a boy who bought a dog who can change into a boy. The boy who bought him named him woody. The government knows about woody and whats to use him as a weapon,

What did you think: I thought the book would be silly but as i got into reading it the book got interesting but i dont have any favorite parts.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love adventure books

- E.H. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library



Go ask Alice Teen Book Go ask Alice

Anonymous
TEEN GO ASK

4 stars.

Describe the book: A young teenager girl takes a turn for the worst after having LSD slipped into her drink. Follow along on this truly saddening story as she looses her home, family and maybe life as she knows it.

What did you think: I simply cannot pick a favorite part of this book because it's so good. I can't give anything away either- and with this book everything is a surprise.

Who would you recommend it to: Teenagers

- R.H. (Grade 6) from Marysville Library



Thirteen Reasons Why Teen Book Thirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher
TEEN ASHER

4 stars.

Describe the book: A young man named Clay receives a box of 13 cassette tapes from an anonymous sender. Upon opening them, he realizes they are voice recordings from a young woman, Hannah Baker, who has just committed suicide. She explains, through the tapes, her downward spiral. Clay then spends the whole night walking around town, listening to the tapes.

What did you think: The book was incredibly well written. The author told the story through both points of view simultaneously, using italics when Hannah was talking. The most emotionally significant part in this book was when Clay and his friend Tony were sitting in Tony's car, and Clay was listening to the tape talking about his part in her life- and her death.

Who would you recommend it to: People looking to emotionally connect with a book.

- A.K. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library



Legion Skin Deep book Legion Skin Deep

Brandon Sanderson
FIC SANDERS

4 stars.

Describe the book: This is a captivating story about a man named Stephen Leeds, who has a unique psychological condition in which he can see hallucinations with very specific kinds of skills and each with a personality. This is a sequel in which Stephen gets hired by a company, I3, to find a dead body that had dangerous information implanted in its cells.

What did you think: This was a fantastic read. I found the overall story to be very intense, and it stayed interesting the entire way through. I'm going to try not to spoil anything, but my favorite part would be when the entire situation turned around for the worst, and Stephen managed to figure out the most genius and unexpected way to get out of it.

Who would you recommend it to: thriller lovers; high school students

- A.S. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library



If I Stay Teen Book If I Stay

Gayle Forman
TEEN FORMAN

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about a girl whose family gets in a car crash and her family dies. It talks about before the crash how she has a boyfriend who is in a band and how the girl, Mia, plays the cello. Mia had applied to julliard and eventually gets in. During the book Mia was in a coma and her boyfriend, Adam, is desperate for her to be okay.

What did you think: I really loved this book. My favorite part was when Adam was in the hospital while Mia was in a coma and he wrote her a song, which he said he would never do.

Who would you recommend it to: People who like to cry

- K.S. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library



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