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Book Reviews by Teens

Find out which books teens like you are recommending! These local teens have written reviews about their favorite books in a variety of genres. If you're in grades 6-12, you can become a virtual volunteer to submit your own reviews for service hours.

Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell

"The most appealing part of this book is probably how well Rainbow Rowell is able to immerse you into the world she has created. The characters feel so real and every emotion that they express, we express it with them." -Emelia, age 14

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Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

"I would recommend this book to readers that enjoy books that take place in dystopian societies." -Kaitlyn, age 13

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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

"This novel about family and loss will push you through an immense range of emotions." -Priyanka, age 17

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Counting Down with You by Tashie Bhuiyan

"This book is perfect for those who love an angsty standalone YA romance with fake dating. The mental health struggles presented in this book provide perspective on anxiety." -Serena, age 17

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The Cousins by Karen McManus

"Three cousins basically meet for the first time when their parents see an opportunity to get in the good graces of the mother who mysteriously disinherited them. Mystery with a touch of murder create the perfect storm for secrets to be revealed and revelations to be had." -Serena, age 17

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Displacement by Kiku Hughes

"An eye-opening novel on the Japanese internment camps, Displacement teaches the experiences of the past with a more modern twist to it." -Priyanka, age 17

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Divergent by Veronica Roth

"Tris must make a choice that defines her entire future and may betray the ones she loves most. Will she play it safe, or find the courage to take a leap of faith?" -Kaitlyn, age 13

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The Giver by Lois Lowry

"A book with many layers and a powerful message, The Giver gives great insight into a world where perfection is not as perfect as one may think." - Priyanka, age 17

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

"A love story that twists into a tragedy and everything comes falling down with it." -Mina, age 16

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Himawari House by Harmony Becker

"This touching yet hilarious graphic novel about an international student won't let you put the book down." -Priyanka, age 17

The Ivies by Alexa Donne

"The Ivies is perfect for those who love suspense and murder mystery. It is also great for those who are interested in dark academia vibes and boarding school mysteries." -Serena, age 17

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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

"I'd recommend this book to people who love Greek mythology, people who like fantasy books, and people who like action-packed books with lots of adventure." -Charlotte, age 12

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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

"He never wanted to be a halfblood . . . Percy Jackson is thrown into a brand new life when he finds out that the gods of Greek myth are actually real, and even worse, so are the monsters." -Serena, age 17

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Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

"This YA Fantasy is fast paced with a dazzling cast of characters and a fantastic world to immerse yourself in." -Serena, age 17

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

"I really enjoyed this book because there were so many unexpected events that happened. The writing used in the book was so very descriptive, it really made you feel like you were in it." -Victoria, age 13

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The Selection by Kiera Cass

"I would really recommend this to anyone that's looking for a good series to start." -Victoria, age 13

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The Sun is a Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

"I enjoyed this book so very much! I was sick at home when I read this book, and I actually was so engaged in the story that I accidentally finished the whole book in one day!" -Victoria, age 13

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Supernova (Amulet, Vol. 8) by Kazu Kibuishi

"I would recommend this book to people who are fans of fantasy and sci-fi." -Nathan, age 13

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