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The Darkest Path

Jeff Hirsch

TEEN HIRSCH

3 stars.

Describe the book: Fifteen year-old Cal Roe and his younger brother was taken away from the glorious path, had to be force to join for six years and survive. the path was trying to take control of the whole country and giving everyone a choice if they were captured a choice to join or get killed. Cal had experienced many conflicts along the way,met friends as well.

What did you think: I feel like this book is great the setting and tone fit well with the story plot and the characters were amazing. My favorite part was when Cal and James and Nat were finally able to go home after that long conflict of war and now that finally have peace. Cal and James were able to go and meet their parents again, choose their own paths.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this to science-fiction lovers.

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

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High Noon

Nora Roberts

FIC ROBERTS

3 stars.

Describe the book: Recently divorced mother/ police lieutenant, Phoebe arrives at an attempted suicide. She meets Duncan, and both are drawn into each other.After an attack Phoebe seeks comfort in Duncan, who wants to get revenge for her. Then Phoebe and her family become the target of a mystery man.

What did you think: My favorite parts were the secondary characters especially her daughter, Carly.I also enjoyed the realistic romance. Although I feel like the the ending was kinda rushed and didn't tie up all loose ends, which irks me. I generally enjoyed this book.

Who would you recommend it to: Romance lovers, suspense lovers.

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

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Paper Towns

John Green

TEEN GREEN

3 stars.

Describe the book: Paper Towns is about a guy named Quinton who is in love with a girl named Margo. She brings him along for a wild night and the next day, Margo mysteriously disappears. The book follows Quinton and his friends in their journey looking for Margo. Along the way he learns more about himself and what true friendship really is.

What did you think: I really enjoyed this book. My favorite parts would have to be when Margo takes Quinton on her night of revenge. I also like the part where Quinton and his group of friends travel to a paper town where the believe Margo is.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy adventure with a side of romance.

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

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Insights

Jamie Magee

3 stars.

Describe the book: A girl named Willow has had the ability to feel peoples emotions all of her life. She also has strange dreams, most of them good, but on every new moon her dreams turn dark and painful. She finds out she was born in a different dimension, and that all of them are linked. She has to find a way from the dark dimension and save her family also.

What did you think: My favorite part was when her dad told her that she had insights, because suddenly she had a reason why she was different. She had the knowledge that her dreams of Landen were real which gave her hope to find him and keep going, and also that her family and new friends were there to back her up against Drake

Who would you recommend it to: Science-Fictions and maybe a little Romance

- D.M. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

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Thirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher

TEEN ASHER

2 stars.

Describe the book: Clay Jensen, the main character gets sent this box of audiotapes. The audiotapes are the suicide note of Hannah Baker. There are seven tapes and on those tapes are 13 stories/reasons/people that caused her to give up her own life. But once that one person listens to all of the tapes, that person must pass the rest of the tapes to the next person.

What did you think: For a person that doesn't read books very often, Thirteen Reasons Why is very different when it comes to plot line. The reason its different from other books is because the main character, Clay is the narrative. The perspective of the narrator and Hannah keep switching back and forth when Hannah stories are being told.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone looking for very dramatic high school story

- M.F. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

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The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

FIC FITZGER

4 stars.

Describe the book: It's about the risks that people put themselves at for love.Gatsby & Daisy meet after years of not seeing each other. They have an affair.Tom finds out & exposes Gatsby for how he gets his money.Daisy tells Gatsby to take her home.Daisy is driving and runs someone over,Gatsby takes the blame.The husband of the woman that got ran over kills Gatsby.

What did you think: I felt kind of sad after finishing this book because it was wrote in a sort of hopeful tone. Which made me think that maybe there would be a happy ending but there wasn't which made me kind of disappointed but it was a good twist. My favorite parts of this book are the conflicts and seeing what the outcome ends up to be.

Who would you recommend it to: High schoolers & People that enjoy classic romance

- J.B. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

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Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky

TEEN CHBOSKY

3 stars.

Describe the book: this book was about a teenage boy (Charlie) who is a bit awkward, and wants to become a write, he befriends these seniors, Sam and Patrick, and they pretty much help Charlie become more out there and not be such an introvert, making him find more about friendship and creating relationships with others. His past also has a huge influence on him.

What did you think: I felt great about this book, I love how it shows that Charlies life isn't picture perfect, and he really struggles like other real-life teens. My favorite part was when they brought up Aunt Helen and how she had affected Charlie's life hugely. The way he reacts later on, gives a great perception on how kids with anxiety deal with pressure/stress.

Who would you recommend it to: fiction; coming of age teens; teens in general

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

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The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

TEEN ZUSAK

4 stars.

Describe the book: The Book Thief follows Liesel, a German girl who has a love of words and books, living with her new foster parents during World War II. These are very dangerous times under the Nazi Regime, but with the help of stealing books, her family, and the Jewish man they have hidden in the basement, Liesel learns about life, sacrifice, spirit and humanity.

What did you think: My favorite aspect of this book is the poetic and meaningful way the author has crafted this book. The story of World War II is being told by the embodiment of Death. This book puts a new perspective on dying, but also of living. Its a beautifully amazing story and I love love love it.

Who would you recommend it to: Historical-Fiction lovers

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

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A Walk to Remember

Nicholas Sparks

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4 stars.

Describe the book: A walk to remember is about Landon who is rebellious, and Jamie who is a daughter is a goody two shoes. Landon always kept his distance away from Jamie bc she ruins his social circle until he asks her to a dance bc he needed a date. After a few more, he realizes that he likes her. After Jamie reveals her secret, Landon knows the feeling is true

What did you think: The book is really good. My favorite part was when Landon makes all of Jamie's wishes come true because her secret is life threatening.

Who would you recommend it to: People who like romance

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

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After

Anna Todd

FIC TODD

3 stars.

Describe the book: It's not a typical love story.It shows a different point of view, about everything. Tessa is such a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin (a "bad guy"), and then everything start...

What did you think: Everything it's so romantic. I love the part when they were together and Hardin inspired Tessa to be herself and not hide who she really was from the world.

Who would you recommend it to: mature teens 15 and up

- M.U. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

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Fitz

Mick Cochrane

TEEN COCHRAN

4 stars.

Describe the book: The book is about a 15 year old boy named Fitz. He never knew his father growing up and it has always bothered him. When he finds out his fathers name, he starts stalking him and following his around. Then he buys a gun in order to finally get his fathers attention and spend some quality father-son time with him.

What did you think: I think it was an awesome book. It was very descriptive. The entire book took place in one full day. One of the best parts of the book is the tone. It felt like it was actually written by a 15 year old because the word choice was a lot like a teenagers. Another good thing is that it always kept me wondering "What happens next?"

Who would you recommend it to: High school teens.

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

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The Martian

Andy Weir

FIC WEIR

4 stars.

Describe the book: The Martian is a science fiction novel about a botanist astronaut named Mark Watney who is on a mission to Mars that goes horribly wrong. He gets hit by debris during a storm and gets left behind on the mission, with one goal, to survive on a planet with nothing living.

What did you think: I really enjoyed reading this book, because it focused on the science of the situation, while keeping the story intriguing. The way it is written is really well, because it is partially from Mark Watney's perspective, and part from the NASA perspective. It was a blend of humor, tense situations and science that actually makes sense.

Who would you recommend it to: Science lovers, people who love survival stories

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

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After

Anna Todd

FIC TODD

4 stars.

Describe the book: Tessa is a newly freshmen in college, dedicated to her work until she meets Hardin. Tessa's roommate, Steph is all about tattoos and piercings,Tessa then meets Hardin who is Steph's friend and is a total jerk. They later on become friends and date, but it's complicated. In the book you'll see the rough path of Tessa and Hardin's relationship.

What did you think: My favorite parts in the book were when they would hve their long talks and relate to each other so much. I loved how Hardin and Tessa are so different, but yet the same. I really liked when they just met they knew each other so well already and how Tessa brought out the best in Hardin and how Tessa is herself with Hardin.

Who would you recommend it to: I reccomend this book to a mature teens 15 and up

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

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Holding Up the Universe

Jennifer Niven

TEEN NIVEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: It is Libby Strout's 1st year back at school since her house arrest. Once dubbed "America's Fattest Teen," she's lost over 300 lbs & is learning to cope with her mother's death & her panic attacks. She meets Jack, the notorious senior who has prosopagnosia, which means that he can't recognize faces. Together, they learn to cope with their problems.

What did you think: I loved this book; I couldn't put it down. It shines light on topics that aren't discussed, and makes you feel the pain, heartache, and happiness that the characters feel.

Who would you recommend it to: high-schoolers; YA readers

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

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Divergent

Veronica Rith

TEEN ROTH

4 stars.

Describe the book: Dystonian society where teenagers take a test and get sorted into what type of living style they would do well in. The main character, Tris is categorized as "divergent" meaning that she didn't for into any specific one, so she ended up having to chose where to went to keep this a secret otherwise she could get hurt.

What did you think: My favorite part was probably the initiation process where they had to fight and compete against each other to make sure they were accepted into their new society.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who is interested in dystonian literature

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

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What My Heart Wants

Sarah Tork

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is the third book out of the seroise. in is the basic love story of a jock and the invusable girl. But with a twist you see this chartor annable not let chase control her and she gets her confidence nd becomes strong. She fights for herslef and for the guy she loves who is chase and doesnt let him. chase is scared to love .

What did you think: i love this book and the emotion and charctor development that happens in this book. my favorite part is whn chase grabs annables hand and bring her to the front of the table and confesses his love to her and it was a tear jerker.

Who would you recommend it to: teenager romance 15-18

- A.g. (Grade 6) from Marysville Library

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The Winner's Curse

Marie Rutkoski

TEEN RUTKOSK

3 stars.

Describe the book: The Winner's Curse is about Kestrel, a general daughter. During an auction she buys a blacksmith named Arin, soon after Kestrel starts to fall in love with him. With an unexpected Herran rebellion Kestrel has only one choice but to marry the emperor's son in order to save Arin.

What did you think: The Winner's Curse is a wonderful book. A favorite part of mine was, the unexpected Herran rebellion and a royal marriage proposal at the end of the book.

Who would you recommend it to: Fantasy

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

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The Hidden Oracle

Rick Riordan

TEEN RIORDAN

4 stars.

Describe the book: The God Apollo is turned into a mortal human by his dad Zeus, king of the Gods. With the oracle of Delphi taken over again from his biggest enemy Apollo needs to work with a demigod,meg, in order to use the titan Rhea's grove of trees for prophecy all while keeping the campers from disappearing and going mad because of the groves whispers

What did you think: I loved this book and my favorite part about it was the character development that Apollo goes through, from the begging he is worried about himself and how he is going to become a God again but then after spending time with his kids he puts them above himself and is determined to save them I loved when at the end Leo and Calypso make a appearance

Who would you recommend it to: Percy Jackson/ heroes of Olympus readers

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

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Ender's Game

Christopher Yost

FIC CARD

3 stars.

Describe the book: This book follows a boy named Ender Wiggins in a school of the best of the best, trying to prove to the world that smarts beat brawn. Along with the main character's point of view, this book also addresses the point of view of his two siblings as they rise to be huge political figures tempting and messing with the government.

What did you think: With both storylines facing very controversial troubles, this book makes for excellent conversations. With questions like: "how does age determine ability?" and, "where's the line between corrupt genocide and fighting for your life? this story will make you stop and think about how our world today can and will react if circumstances were the same.

Who would you recommend it to: sci-fi lovers and phycology lovers

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

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Looking for Alaska

John Green

TEEN GREEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: this book was about a boy names miles he wanted to go far away to start a different school he then met a guy named chip and who introduces miles to a girl named Alaska who he madly falls in love with,they start to get to know one another, but then something happens Alaska gets into a car accident and miles and all their friends get heart broken.

What did you think: this made me very sad because miles really loved her but he wasent sure if she loved him back,but my favorite part was when they did that junior prank in honer of alaska this made me think of how happy they were to do this, my favoire quote was "Never going to see her again. Can’t kiss her forehead. Can’t see her one last time". my favorite quote.

Who would you recommend it to: teen high school kids, very touching story.

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

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We beat the street

George W. Jenkins

TEEN 610.922 DAVIS

4 stars.

Describe the book: 3 boys grow up with nothing in the hood and they don't want to get in all the gang violence and drugs and stuff so they strive to be better and all three of them end up becoming doctors.

What did you think: My favorite part was when one of the boys got hurt and he had to get a cast and he was asking so many questions when he was getting it and you could just tell he wanted to become a doctor from there because he was so interested in it.

Who would you recommend it to: All highschoolers and adults

- N.A. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

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Lord of the Flies

William Golding

FIC GOLDING

4 stars.

Describe the book: The Lord of the Flies follows a group of kids who were stranded on an island following a plane crash. Ralph claims that the conch is what controls who speaks. The kids soon start to organize and elect Ralph as their leader and Jack who leads the military choir made hunters.

What did you think: I’ve heard many people say this book will be relevant to your whole life, and for this you should read it. At first the book is hard to get into but it ends up being worth it. You’ll perceive everyone a little differently after reading this book, and maybe even start relating some of the people around you to different characters.

Who would you recommend it to: Logical questioning thinkers

- C.B. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

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The Hobbit

JRR Tolkien

FIC TOLKIEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: The Hobbit is about a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins and his adventures with a band of dwarves en route to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim their home. Along the way, they stumble into trouble with goblins, elves, and eventually a dragon.

What did you think: I thought the book was very good. I enjoyed the character of Bilbo because he wasn't a destined hero or even a hero to begin with. He had to find his courage through adventures and experiences like the goblin caves and trying to outsmart a dragon. Things like that made Bilbo relatable, making the book very easy to read and interesting.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy epic fantasy.

- P.D. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

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Our only May Amelia

Jennifer L. Holm

J HOLM

3 stars.

Describe the book: "Our Only Mae Amelia" is about a young girl living on the Nasel river. The girls name is Mae Amelia, she is the only girl for miles and her family call her their only Mae Amelia because there is no other girls. she is irreplaceable. Mae Amelia lives with her family consisting of seven older brothers, and is tierd of being the only girl.

What did you think: I liked the book. My favorite parts were probably when Mae Ameila and one of her brothers Wilbert left home and stayed in Astoria with their aunt and uncle. The siblings have wonderful adventures in Austoria and love the city life. The book had a very adventurous feel. I would definitely recommend this book.

Who would you recommend it to: This book would be best for middle school kids.

- L.S. (Grade 9) from Mill Creek Library

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Lord of the flies

William Golding

FIC GOLDING

2 stars.

Describe the book: A plane crashes on a deserted island carrying a lot of boys. All adults die in the crash leaving these boys to work together and fend for themselves. In a struggle to maintain a society things go wrong and relationships are either built up or crumble under the pressure of this now savage life.

What did you think: I thought it was a pretty good story but dark at the same time. One of my favorite parts was when the little boys all voted for Ralph as leader twice! The second time splitting up the group which made it more dramatic I thought

Who would you recommend it to: People who love deep meanings in stories

- S.H. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

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