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If I Stay

Gayle Forman

TEEN FORMAN

4 stars.

Describe the book: If I Stay is about a young girls reasons to live. Mia is that young girl, with dreams to go to Juliard and build a life with her boyfriend Adam, but this all comes to a halt when she gets in a car accident and is sent into a coma. Most of the book she is watching herself outside of her body trying to find the reasons why she shouldn't just let go.

What did you think: My favorite parts were when Mia was auditioning for Juliard and when Adam came was there in the end. When she auditioned for Juliard it was like I was up there trying my very best to be something, and when Adam was there in the end holding Mia's hand it was full of relief and happiness when she woke up.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend to young teens.

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

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The outsiders

S.E Hinton

TEEN HINTON

4 stars.

Describe the book: the book "The Outsiders" is all about a group of greasers. they are basically at war with another group of teens called the socs. the narrator, Ponyboy, and his friend Johnny get into some trouble and have to run away because Johnny stabbed a kid who was jumping them. its all about their story and how they deal with the crime they had committed.

What did you think: This is now my all time favorite book because I've always loved the greaser style and kind of wish I had been born in that time period. I think the book makes you wonder what would you do in that situation. That's what I like most about it.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this to those who loves the 50's

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

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The testing

Joelle Charbonneau

TEEN CHARBON

4 stars.

Describe the book: "The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a wasteland." Due to this destruction, the rebuilding of planet Earth is left to the nations brightest minds. The main characters Malencia(Cia)Vale and her partner Tomas, are eager to prove themselves as University students and future leaders of the United Commonwealth. But first they both have to pass.

What did you think: Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. To me, the idea of people rebuilding a broken world and how intelligent you have to be so you can be part of it really captured my attention. My favorite part of the story, happened in the 4th test. When Malencia cares for Tomas when he gets injured, instead of leaving him, to have better odds of passing.

Who would you recommend it to: High school students that like science fiction.

- S.T. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library

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The Odds of Lightning

Jocelyn Davies

TEEN DAVIES

3 stars.

Describe the book: It's the night before the SATs, and Will, Nathaniel, Tiny, and Lu all find themselves at the same party during the biggest storm New York has ever seen. The four former best friends haven't talked properly in three years, but they find themselves on the roof together when lightning strikes, and changes them in ways they could've never expected.

What did you think: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It delves on all of the feelings high school brings, and has a character for everyone to relate to. On top of this, this book is full of one-liners that drive straight to your heart. My only warnings would be the amount of strong language used, and the fact that this book does go over some ugly, heavy, & real topics.

Who would you recommend it to: realistic/some science-fiction; high-schoolers

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

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A Work In Progress

Connor Franta

BIO FRANTA FRANTA

4 stars.

Describe the book: Connor's life and what he has been through and dealt with in his 24 years on earth.

What did you think: It was a very good book and it was interesting reading about his life growing up in a small town in Minnisota

Who would you recommend it to: People interested in Connor (He does YouTube).

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

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Jackaby

William Ritter

TEEN RITTER

4 stars.

Describe the book: It's is different from any other book i have read, but in a good way. It shows it from the girls point of view as if to really get a good outside look at Jackabys life. It takes on a different taste and story than most books. Very interesting choice of style.

What did you think: My favorite part is most definitely when you find out that Charlie isn't human, that or when they all hear the banshees cry. I honestly loved this book. It was captivation and I couldn't put it down.It gets better the more you read, but they bring you in really quite well.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who likes a good mystery with a twist.

- G.R. (Grade 9) from Arlington Library

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The Last Time We Were Us

Konen, Leah

TEEN KONEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: When Liz Grant was younger, she went only by Lizzie until her friend, Jason, stopped talking to her. Afterwards, Jason was pleaded guilty for a crime, which makes him seem dangerous. When he gets released from jail, his goal is to become friends with Liz again, because he trusts her and wants her to know exactly what happened that night.

What did you think: I really enjoyed the book. I liked the part when everyone started to accept Jason, after what he has gone through.

Who would you recommend it to: I would reccomend it to teens.

- S.K. (Grade 11) from Mukilteo Library

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Divergent

Veronica Roth

TEEN ROTH

4 stars.

Describe the book: Divergent is about a girl named Beatrice Prior. Beatrice lives in a futuristic world after a war destroyed everything but her city. This city is divided into five factions. When Tris turned 16 she had to take the test to see which faction she got belongs to. Follow her journey to see what faction she gets and the dangerous along with her choice.

What did you think: I loved this book. It was exciting to read and I was never bored. I liked the end of the book because there is a lot of action and romance which are my favorite things in a book.

Who would you recommend it to: Sci-fi, romance, and action lovers.

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

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Cujo

Stephen King

FIC KING

3 stars.

Describe the book: The Chamber family consists of Joe (the father) and Charity (the mother) and Brett (the son who is 10). Joe fixes a car for a man who cant pay him back with money. in return, the man offers to give him a Saint Bernard puppy who they named Cujo. There are multiple other characters in the story. cujo eventualy goes rabid and rips a guys throat out.

What did you think: I think It was pretty good. It had a little of dark comedy which I really like. my favorite part was when Cujo rips Gary's throat out because it was really gruesome and interestingly written.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this book to horror story lovers

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

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Divergent

Veronica Roth

TEEN ROTH

4 stars.

Describe the book: The five factions: Dauntless, Abnegation, Candor, Erudite, and Amity. These are what the population of Chicago is split into. They believe that this way of society is what keeps the blood-thirsty way of natural human ways. Well, all except for the Divergent - those who belong to more than one faction.

What did you think: This book was very well written and fun to read! My favorite part was when she has to decide between staying with her family in Abnegation, or being herself in Dauntless. Then she made the decision that surprised everyone, including herself.

Who would you recommend it to: Fictional lovers

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

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City of Bones

Cassandra Clare

TEEN CLARE

3 stars.

Describe the book: They say you're never the same after you witness a murder. That goes double for Clary, who saw three invisible teens kill a vampire. After that, things start happening fast. Her mother is kidnapped, her mom's best friend isn't human, and she ends up rooming in a magical church with trained killers. There is no sure way to tell who is friend or foe.

What did you think: The book was incredible. I'm usually not a fan of romance in action books, but this one kept me in suspense. I loved the way the demons were written.

Who would you recommend it to: Action lovers; people who have not seen the movie

- A.S. (Grade 12) from Sultan Library

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Paper Towns

John Green

TEEN GREEN

2 stars.

Describe the book: Quentin lives in Florida and at the age of 9, Margot moves in as the new neighbors. They immediately became childhood best friends. But soon drifted apart when high school started. One night Margot decided to take Quentin on an adventure. Margot disappears out of nowhere, leaving Quinton with mixed signals. Then leading to an adventure to find her.

What did you think: Paper towns isn't the usual find the girl, fall in love, type of book. That's what I liked about it. The type of friendship/relationship that Quinton and Margot had was different. When Margot "disappeared," Quinton did anything and everything to find her because he felt that he loved her and I thought that was different and I liked that.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who likes a love story but with a twist

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

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The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

TEEN COLLINS

4 stars.

Describe the book: Two star-crossed lovers end up in a game together,it's no ordinary game. Killing, suspense, love. It's just all too much. I would recommend this book to any highschooler.

What did you think: I don't to spoil anything but just the theme and the tone the author used was pretty amazing. Extraordinary really.

Who would you recommend it to: Highschool teens.

- S.M. (Grade 10) from Snohomish Library

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Most Talkative Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture

Andy Cohen

791.4509 COHEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: This is autobiography of how Andy Cohen got his start in the industry starting at CBS as an intern to hosting his own late night talk show. It shows him coming to terms with his sexuality and his obession with all things pop culture. His love of soap operas started the real housewives and his relationship with his parents shows

What did you think: I like how he would collect call his mom using names from soap opera characaters Then he would deny the charges and call him back to save money but also so she wouldn't bother him by calling him directly.I also liked how he came out to his friends.

Who would you recommend it to: Fans of broadcasting or of Andy Coh

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

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Andy Cohen Diaries

Andy Cohen

791.4502 COHEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: This thrilling autobiography follows Andy Cohen through, hosting watch what happens live and the real house wife. In short he searches for love and adopts a dog Wacha. He is celebrity obsessed and high lights his fun times with his celebrity friends like Kelly Ripa and Anderson Cooper and his love of the St Louis Cardinals.

What did you think: I love his relationship in adopting Wacha. He was really hesitant at first but fell in love with him. It showed his reluctance to commit to relationships but having a dog show him growing as a person

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who watches Watch What Happends live

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

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Girl online on tour

Zoe Sugg

TEEN SUGG

4 stars.

Describe the book: The book is set a few months after the first book, It is based on penny potter and ex-blogger dating the next rising rock star Noah Flynn who is now going on tour with his band as the opening act to the world famous 'The sketch'. Penny joins him for his European part of his tour and its not as glamorous as it seems.

What did you think: I really like the first 10 chapters it shows the new and old relationships between the characters. There's a lot of drama that happens in these chapters I also get a small glimpse of Penny and Noah's old relationship before the tour happens.

Who would you recommend it to: Romance and drama lovers

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

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Joyland

Stephen King

FIC KING

4 stars.

Describe the book: The book Joyland, is set at a North Carolina amusement park in the year 1973 and the main character Devin Jones takes a summer job at the park and there has been a rumor that there was a murder in the park. The book is about Devin and his friends Erin and Tom to solve the murder and find the truth.

What did you think: I really enjoyed the book. Since Stephen King wrote it the writing was really well, and the story was always consistent in scary situations, and the final plot twist was very unexpected, but in a good way.

Who would you recommend it to: Thriller lovers

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

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

J.K. Rowling, Jack Throne, and John Tiffany

822.92 THORNE

2 stars.

Describe the book: The story takes place 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts. The original characters are now old with children of their own about to go off to Hogwarts. Harry's second child, Albus Severus, is an angsty teen who struggles to live up to the Potter name. His daddy issues are what lead him and his best friend,Scorpius, on a dangerously dumb adventure.

What did you think: The story had a good premise, but was not well executed. The plot seemed rushed and not well thought out. There were cute moments, but over all it wasn't that great. Like Albus Severus Potter this book doesn't quite fit into the beautiful family that is the original seven books.

Who would you recommend it to: Potterheads who want few hours of nostalgia

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

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The Fallout

S.A. Bodeen

TEEN BODEEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is a sequel to The Compound. It is about a family that was trapped underground for 6 years by their rich crazy father. 6 years after they were put inside of the compound they escaped. They are living among the general public when a boy named tony befriends them and eventually kidnaps them and brings them to their psycho dad.

What did you think: I absolutely loved it but i wish it was longer. one of my favorite parts was when Eli Eddy and their sister were drugged and brought to their dads island. it was so intense. Another part that I liked was how descriptive the book was when it came to scenery. I also liked when Eli and his dad were fighting over the gene gun shot and hit his father.

Who would you recommend it to: I reccomend this for anyone that likes fiction

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

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Pretty little liars

Sara Shepard

TEEN SHEPARD

4 stars.

Describe the book: Pretty Little Liars is about four teen girls Aria, Hanna, Spencer, and Emily whose world turns for the worse when their ringleader Alison goes missing. After Alison's body is found the girls start to revive threatening text messages from an unknown number and are sign A. A’s texts says that they know everything which is bad bc they all have secrets

What did you think: My favorite part of the book is when it was the first day of school because the girls kind of fade away from each other and haven't seen each other in a few years, so this first day of school was kind of like a reunion since Alison's disappearance and everything. It's also when Aria recived the first text from A.

Who would you recommend it to: People who like fiction

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

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Diary of an Oxygen Thief

Anonymous

FIC DIARY O

4 stars.

Describe the book: The main character of the story, whom is also the author (anonymous) is a misogynistic, alcoholic who loves breaking girls over. He loves the feeling of bringing them in and then breaking their hearts and squashing them like a bug. He did loved someone though, Penelope to be exact. Though he did love her he broke her heart still.

What did you think: I loved this book, it was amazing. Even though the character can be a no-good jerk, you do find out his motives. My favorite line of the book was "Hurt people hurt people." It is really true though. This book is realistic and shows what life really can do to you and not everyone can have a perfect one. Some are messed up and you can't do anything.

Who would you recommend it to: realistic fiction readers; "romance"

- S.R. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library

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The crown

Kiera Cass

TEEN CASS

4 stars.

Describe the book: After her mom,has suffered a heart attack, Eadlyn takes on more responsibility becoming queen regnant and later queen. Narrowing her selection down to the elite but finds herself in conflict after Marid threatens to turn the people against her if they dont marry each other and she finds herself hopelessly in love with Ekkio,not in the selction

What did you think: I loved it so much. I loved little nodds back to the first books about Maxon and America, how you got more insight on maxons dad and how their relationship worked and finding out lady brice was actually maxons half sister. I loved how henri was happy for eadlyn and ekkio. Kyle got to live out his dream of building small homes for the homeless.

Who would you recommend it to: lovers of the first books based on her parents

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

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The DUFF

Kody Keplinger

TEEN KEPLING

4 stars.

Describe the book: this is about a girl named Bianca and she is in high school, she had best friends names cassi and jessica, she went to this party and this guy named Wesley started talking to her, she really hated him because he liked every girl, but she started liking him more and more every time she was with him, and she fell in love with him.

What did you think: my favorite part was when Bianca and her father had a night to talk about everything that has been going on with them and their family, and also about school, another favorite part was when Wesley saved Bianca from the dad from when he was really angry and really drunk and accidently hit her and he took her home and they were talking about it.

Who would you recommend it to: for teens

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

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone

J.K. Rowling

J ROWLING

4 stars.

Describe the book: Harry Potter imand the Sorcerers Stone is about a young boy named Harry Potter who was just an average kid, locked under his Aunt and Uncles staircase. When he turns 11 years old, he finds out from an unexpected visitor that he is actually a wizard, and will be attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

What did you think: I love this book, and have read the beggining multiple times but never finished until now. I love the idea of this world and the really good writing and fantasy of it makes me want to be a witch/wizard. My favorite part is Harry's first trip to Diagon Alley, because it's the first main introduction to the world and it was where I first got hooked.

Who would you recommend it to: Fantasy/Sci-if , and elementary school kids and up

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

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Animal Farm

George Orwell

FIC ORWELL

3 stars.

Describe the book: The animals wanted to a better way to live. So they started fighting back against Mr. Jones and his wife. Once that was successful they went and formed how they were going to live. The animals started off the week by always meeting on Sundays. For example they would meet in the barn and start off by singing the rules, when they first started.

What did you think: My overall opinion was that it was really good. I thought it was really good because it showed us how we should treat everyone the same no one will be looked at different just because of what they can and can't do.

Who would you recommend it to: people who like adventure and creativity.

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

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