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Teen Reader Advisory: Teen Book Reviews

Teen Book Reviews

The Alchemist is considered a modern classic. That’s why I chose to read it. Usually, when I read classics, I read them for the sake of having read them. Rarely because I enjoy them. However, when I started reading The Alchemist, I knew this one was going to be different. It was. I absolutely loved the story. I loved the language and how quick of a read it was. It is a beautiful story that was beautifully written and translated. I highly recommend this classic to anyone who enjoys interesting quick reads, with an underlying deep meaning.

-Nicole

The Beginning of Everything is both funny and tragic at the same time. Watching Ezra bounce back from such a traumatic event in his life is inspiring to read about. It touches on important topics such as friendship, and teaches people how to move on after a major change has occurred in their life. It was also refreshing to see how realistic the relationship between Ezra and Cassidy actually was. Aside from being a little dark at times, I enjoyed reading this novel. I recommend you indulge in it as well.

-Kayla

I would definitely recommend this book to others because it has such a unique narration by Death. It was also a great book that kept you wanting to read more, and book from the time of World War II are very important to read because of the significance of that time and how many lives it impacted. I also loved how Ruby's interest in track and field, and Jesse Owens was incorporated into the story, and many of the characters including Rosa were very funny with some great lines. I would highly encourage finishing this book somewhere by yourself so you can be alone with your feelings because the ending is pretty upsetting.

-Rachel

My honest opinion on this novel is that it is one of my favorite pieces that I've ever read. Personally, I enjoy reading books about dystopian societies. This is the most dystopian-like book I've ever read, compared to Divergent, The Hunger Games, The Giver, etc. Similar to those books, the government controls everything to make sure the place only runs the way they want it to. What makes the book unique is that there are no families, no God, no love and humans are created through a mass-production factory. Although, the ending was very stranger and I wish it wasn't that way. It seemed rushed, weak and unnecessary to end the way it did. Overall, I really enjoyed the novel and I would recommend it to people who enjoy dystopias.

-Tasnia

Chainsaw Man was a wild ride from the start to finish, mainly due to reading it in basically one session. The worldbuilding in Chainsaw Man is fantastic. The world of Devils and Fiends is so interesting to see, as it is a very similar yet distorted reality compared to ours. The world, although incredibly interesting, is also really strange. Makima is a fascinating character. She is incredibly strong and you never know what is going through her head. The art in Chainsaw Man is breathtaking in the fight scenes and Denji’s chainsaw moments never disappoint, usually accompanied by a large amount of gore. The story has a lot of moments where it’s going for shock value, including twists and sudden character deaths. The pacing near the end of the story also speeds up massively, which adds to this shock factor. The characters in the story all are all fundamentally flawed, which represents the imperfection in their world. Chainsaw Man is a sort of an experiment in a sort of unhinged writing and that is what makes it so enrapturing. It’s a truly a unique experience. An anime adaptation to the series will be coming out in later 2021.

-Alex

This story was a lot of fun and super easy to read. Despite the predictable plot twists at times, the fact that the characters had to figure out the clues from the damaged instructions was exciting. I also like how this book reminds me of The Giver, which is probably my favorite book I have read so far. If you are looking for a good science fiction book to read, I highly recommend you give The City of Ember a try.

-Tehya

I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone because it was not that interesting to read. There was no antagonist, which I did not like, however the author did manage to create conflict without one. The plot was very basic and unoriginal, but I did enjoy that it was of the romantic genre. Overall, it wasn't a story that could leave you hanging at the edge of your seat waiting for what is to come next.

-Zophia

★☆

Edens Zero is a manga series that is written by Hiro Mashima, also the author of Fairy Tail. This series is like a sci-fi version of Fairy Tail, with similar characters, but it also has a much clearer objective than Fairy Tail. I really enjoyed reading this manga, each character's introduction is unique and interesting, and the author’s writing makes you want to read more. This story illustrates well-written characters with good character development, as well as amazing fight scenes. Contrary to Fairy Tail, I believe that this story has a much faster-paced beginning, and it jumps right into the storyline from the get-go. However, similar to Fairy Tail, this story also implements comedic and memorable moments of the main characters and recurring characters from previous arcs. I haven’t found anything in this story that I personally dislike, but it is still fairly new, and it continues to update.

-Edward

This first book of the seven in the Helen Grace series was my favorite. It was the novel that introduced me to the expertise in the writings of Arlidge, I expect many more great things in his new novels. The suspense as well as the struggle portrayed by the protagonist's experiences are the most enjoyable aspects of the novel. The twist ending shocked me and left me waiting for the next novel to be published. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mystery novels, as well as novels with a powerful and adaptive protagonist. This page-turner caused me to finish it within days.

-Omar

This book was so good but really sad. I would recommend this to someone who loves to cry because you do a lot of that when reading this story. The reason I liked this book was because although it was sad, it had a really surprising and sad ending. This book had a lot of twists and was really good, but I didn't like how much it made me cry.

-Bella

★★★★★

A Game of Thrones is every fantasy fan’s dream. It has medieval: kings, lords, knights and dragons. A Game of Thrones also has magic and people with supernatural forces. A Game of Thrones is pretty long – 807 pages with small text. It’s a great book and I believe it’s a book every fantasy lover needs to read at some point in their lives.

-Saul

I did enjoy reading this book, it was filled with many shocking events that I definitely didn't expect. However, I was a little disappointed in many of the outcomes, therefore making me decide not to recommend this book to others, especially big fans of Harry Potter who would be infuriated with some of the events. To begin, this book clearly sounded like some fanfiction I could find on the internet due to its outrageous plot and obnoxious characters. Harry and Ron acted nothing like themselves; Harry would have never yelled at his own son the way he did and Ron was just plain clueless, which isn't anything like their personalities. Hermione and Ron also wouldn't have raised their daughter Rose to have been so rude and snobby. Lastly, the ending was extremely surprising, but it just seemed out of place and felt like a last-minute idea that was quickly pushed in, and it just made the book even more crazy and ridiculous than it already was.

-Rachel

Personally, I really enjoyed this book. In history, we learn the general idea of industrialization, but never the stories that come with it. I thought that having many family members, who all have different backgrounds, made the story more interesting. One of my favorite parts of the story was the meat making and packing process described by the characters. We learn that during the summers, it is hot, dark and sticky with blood everywhere. Also, the bosses do not care that anything could have accidentally ended up in the "batter." After reading the processes, I became more aware of the food I bought, which scared and grossed me out. Another one of my favorite parts was when Jurgis was invited to Freddie Jones's house. Freddie was very wealthy and nice, which was a great "breather" from all the hardships Jurgis went through. The description of his house, along with his small problems, was an awesome contrast to the rest of the story. This novel was easy to follow along and very enjoyable. This book also made me realize that my everyday "problems" were nothing compared to theirs. The Jungle was an eye-opening book that I recommend everyone read.

-Winnie

Komi Can't Communicate has become one of my favorite manga over time. It’s always exciting when I see that a new chapter has come out, and I enjoy every second of reading it. For a romantic comedy, it is considered one of the longer series, and it is still going with more chapters. It contains a lot of fluff, but I enjoy those kinds of nice moments. It is a rather slow-burn, but the actual moments of romance are very cute. Komi-san is an absolute treasure (both the manga and the character), and Tadano is a great male lead. The comedy in this manga is also expertly done. Most characters in the manga have names which are puns. For example, komyushou means communication disorder, relating to her full name, Komi Shouko. Tada no means “just a” and hito means “guy,” meaning that Tadano Hitohito translates to something like “just an ordinary guy.” The side characters are interesting and many are recurring characters that add to the comedy. Overall, it’s definitely a worthy manga to put your time into, and it’s coming out with an anime later this year, so it’s definitely the perfect time to start reading!

-Alex

I loved this book! It was super exciting and kept me on my toes the entire time. The idea of multiple universes being accessed so easily was really cool. When they left the universe they disappeared, which kind of added a sad twist considering they would leave their whole family heartbroken that they're gone. I would recommend this book to people who like science fiction novels and even someone who doesn't because it's very interesting and has a lot of cool twists.

-Bella

★★★★★

This book was very inspiring. It taught me to live my life to the fullest while I can because you never know what could happen. The main irony in the book was that Will got hurt while living a normal life and not while he was on one of his adventures. This novel was both sad and beautiful. It definitely plays with your emotions and breaks your heart numerous times as you read it. I really enjoyed how the book was written. Moyes told most of the story through Louisa’s point of view and it was humorous and enjoyable. Not only that, she also gave glimpses of what other characters were thinking and feeling by writing a certain chapter through their point of view. It really helped with character development and I understood the character better after they had their own chapter. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good love story that isn’t sappy. Moyes told it in a way that the characters didn’t really know that they were in love but the reader could tell that they were. This really elevated the story and I enjoyed it very much.

-Ella

This book was recommended to me by my psychology teacher. I thought to myself “I already watched the movie and really enjoyed it. So why not give the book a try?” So I did, and I’m really glad that I did that. From the first chapter the book pulls you in. What keeps you captivated and interested, besides the plot line, are the pictures. I kept reading so I can reach each picture and see how it connects to the story. I thought it was really cool the incorporation of so many pictures in the book. How the pictures somehow always fit perfectly with what was going on, and how many pictures there are! All the pictures are vintage...which makes me wonder, how did these pictures come to be? I highly recommend this book (and movie) and I’ll definitely be reading the rest of the series.

-Nicole

★★★★★

Jodi Picoult is an amazing author; all of her books were done in unique ways. There were so many positive elements. One of those great elements was the diverse characters. There were so many different characters and they were all very relatable. Because the book is realistic fiction, the characters all had real traits and personalities. Each reminded me of people that I know. Also, the book is very descriptive; I got a vivid mental image of each character and everything that happens. Every chapter played out like a movie in my head. It’s such a well put together book and you can never put it down. You always want to keep on reading just so you can find out what happens. This kept the book from being boring and kept me hooked from beginning to end. My Sister’s Keeper made me particularly emotional when I was reading it. The plot made me look at my relationships with everyone in my family, and made me think about what I would do if I was in Anna’s shoes.

-Vishwa


I admire the way this novel was written. It gave just the right information at the right times, never too revealing in one point but enough to keep the reader guessing until the end. I also have to commend the author for the unconventional questions it raises - ones more people don't even have to think about, or at least try not to. I also love the metaphor of fire throughout the novel. One character, an arsonist, starts a fire as a cry for help, and another character, a firefighter, uses his job as an excuse to stay away from his house. Overall, My Sister's Keeper was intriguing, getting you to think, question and interpret all while constantly staying a step ahead of the reader. I would definitely recommend this novel to any friend or book lover.

-Laura

This work of horror fiction by Stephen King is one of the greatest novels I have ever read. It is comedic and serious all at once. Every chapter is told from a different character's perspective, so you can feel like you can relate to and really know all of them. The gradual change from a quiet town to chaos is not what you would expect, which is why I enjoyed the book. Stephen King's final story of Castle Rock is indubitably a must-read for another who enjoys reading any kind of horror novels or page-turners you can really get attached to.

-Omar

One Piece is a very long manga series, and it is even known to be one of the “Big Three” mangas, along with Bleach and Naruto, for its amazing, action-packed storytelling. I enjoy this manga very much, and I even watched the anime adaptation all the way through to the current arc about 3 times. This manga is a great example of what a good shonen manga should present: it has a lot of amazing fight scenes, quirky and unique character designs, and well-thought-out character development. However, there are cons when there are pros. A common problem for most people to avoid One Piece is the fact that it’s too long, there are times when an arc is drawn out for longer than it should, and there are even times when an arc is unnecessary (and it’s bad, Ex. “Davy Back Fight” arc). Overall, the manga is amazing, it’s great for those who enjoy the action-fantasy genre, and you could also watch the anime version for thriller scenes and movies.

-Edward

I would recommend this book to others due to the constant feeling of wanting to continue reading. This book was very well written and filled with many shocking and suspenseful events that made you want to know what happened next. A lot of the characters had such strong personalities which made it easier to relate to and connect with for knowing so much about them. There were parts that included violence, fighting and arguments between Ponyboy and his oldest brother Darry, but in the end it all ended well and their family was restored by their love and care for each other.

-Rachel

I thought Stephen Chbosky did a great job with this novel. Because I am in high school myself, I was able to relate to most of the characters and understand what they were going through. The constant plot twists kept me interested and the epistolary format was a nice touch. I also thought it was important that Chbosky brought up sensitive topics such as abortion and sexual harassment. Although I would've loved to eventually find out who Charlie was writing to, I really enjoyed reading this book. I highly recommend it.

-Tehya

At first glance, this may seem like another cheesy romance novel, but The Summer I Turned Pretty is a great story about a young teenage girl coming into her own. I especially liked the characters in this book. Even though Jeremiah and Conrad are brothers, they are completely different from one another. Jeremiah is outgoing and funny, while Conrad is more broody and serious. I can't decide which brother I like better! I also liked the way the author incorporated flashbacks into the story. The flashbacks gave more depth to the characters and really helped me understand them. Overall, this was a perfect beach read. and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the trilogy.

-Kayla

This novel had me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it. The author did an amazing job developing the characters, especially Molly Barlow. I was really able to connect to what Molly was going through and all the emotions she was feeling, even though I was not experiencing the events myself. It was also interesting to see Molly's feelings for Patrick and Gabe change throughout the novel and how she deal with loving both Donnelly brothers at the same time. The story was definitely entertaining and kept me wanting to read more. Although the ending could've been a little more exciting, it was still a fun book to read.

-Kayla

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