Thursday, December 8, 2011

Twisted, by Laurie Halse Anderson

The novel Twisted, by Laurie Halse Anderson, is about a teenager named Tyler Miller who seeks acceptance by his classmates in High School. He starts dating the popular girl in school, who is also the daughter of his workaholic dad's boss, and the sister of his enemy. Things turn out "twisted" when everything goes wrong and his life turns worse than before.

I really enjoyed this book because it was both entertaining and didactic. It was a complete page turner and I would recommend it to all teens who can relate to Tyler. When I finished it, I realized that many kids out there have worse lives than me, and that people should be tolerant and kind to everybody. This book also taught me that when you try to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one.
-Reviewed by Anush, grade 11.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon, by Sara Beitia

In The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon, by Sara Beitia, when Lily Odilon goes missing, like every other book, idea, theme, or plot, the people of the story will suspect the one person closest to her. In this case, her boyfriend Albert becomes the main suspect. The love that these two share it is no surprise when Albert himself goes on a quest to find his missing love. His determination draws him to her finding, and he will stop at no where. Knowing he might need help along the way, he asks Lily's younger sister to help him on this journey. Read the book to find out the adventures they take and the obstacles they come across.

Two thumbs up! This book is so amazingly written that you can almost see the images of them as they take steps into finding Lily. For movie lovers, I highly recommend this book. It sets the mood of adventure, mystery, romance, and friendship. I found that determination was the theme of this story. Lessons were taught that determination will get you where you want to go. Read this book, and I promise you will be drawn to every page until the very end!
-Reviewed by A.A., grade 12.

She's So Dead to Us, by Kieran Scott

When I checked out She's So Dead to Us, by Kieran Scott, I was hoping for some little girl drama. As crazy as it sounds, I needed to read about someone else's drama and forget about mine. That's exactly what I got! I dived into the book after the first sentence. Extremely captivating. The idea was based on reality, possibility, and truth. Ally Ryan lives the "perfect" life with everything included, until one day everything is lost. Her and her friend's father lose millions of dollars in investments and it all goes downhill from there. Her father leaves her and her mother alone, and a couple years later she is forced to the town she grew up in. Her fear of her old friends accepting her once more takes over her mind.
I highly recommend this to teenagers. I would specify what kinds of people this book will relate to because I know that many different people will refer to it in different ways. That's why I loved this book. My friend and I both read it, and I learned different things as to what she learned. The book is amazingly written and emotions are bluntly expressed. This is not just another story about teen drama, this is reality!
-Reviewed by A.A., grade 12.