Nicholas Dane

From Divya Teen Book Reviewer 
Author:   Melvin  Burgess
Nicholas Dane 
 Nicholas Dane by Melvin Burgess is a book about fourteen-year-old Nicholas Dane, who seems like your typical popular boy (good looks, leader,etc.), getting everything whisked away from him when his mother dies after a heroin overdose. Nicholas goes to live with Jenny, his mother’s best friend but he is eventually relocated to Meadow Hill Assessment Center after he gets into a fight at school. This isn’t just any boarding school, it’s one for boys with violence issues and he soon realizes that after a couple of fights. There he befriends a boy named Oliver and both of them have to face the inhumane wrath of the home’s deputy head, Tony Creal. Read this book to find out if the boys get out alive and sane! I would give this book eight out of ten stars (ten being the highest) because it is very interesting and keeps you on the edge of your seat. However, this story takes place in Britain, so there are many English terms that you may not be familiar with!

Fontamara

From Elaine Pasquali
author: Silone, Ignazio
Fontamara
This novel, set in a poverty-stricken village in southern Italy under Mussolini’s regime, is a classic study of the human condition.  The village is being legally robbed of a vital resource, water, that puts their already marginal exhistance at further jeapody.  This novel is both heart wrenching and earthly humorous. It’s meaning can be applied to any people, at any period of history, who are rendered powerless by their socio-economic-political environment.  Fontamara is truly a novel that transcends time.

How To Say Goodbye in Robot

From Erem, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Standiford, Natalie
How To Say Goodbye in Robot
This is a very creative novel about two people uncovering their identities through their friendship. “How to Say Goodbye in  Robot”, is about Beatrice, a new girl moving to a new town. She experiences many obstacles and surprises when she meets Jonah Tate. As their friendship grows stronger, they uncover their identities as Ghost Boy and Robot Girl through the night show “The Night Light” show. They both have obstacles in their lives, which they fight or solve together. In the end, their friendship becomes a bond that is not breakable. Is their friendship about more than being friends? Read the book to find more about the story. I would recommend this book to teens who like reading about friendship novels. Overall, “How to Say Goodbye in Robot” creates a suspenseful mood that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Touch

From Darci, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Prose, Francine
Touch
This is a very emotional book about a girl, Maisie, who is violated on the school bus by three of her best guy friends who she realizes later, aren’t her best friends at all. As things get tougher in school for Maisie, she realizes she could really use some support from them. Her step-mom wanting to proceed in a lawsuit aganist the three boys isn’t helping at all and makes Maisie relive the horrific experience over and over again. This book is ok for anyone ages 12 and above. The story is suspenseful, makes you wonder what really did happen, and warns of the effects that lying can have.

It leaves a mark on you long after your done reading the book. I thought it was very good and would recommend it to others.

The Miles Between

From Eric, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Pearson, Mary E.
The Miles Between
The Miles Between is a unique story about four unique people. The main character is Destiny Faraday, a student at Hedgebrook Academy who tends to separate herself from the other students. Destiny has secrets, but chooses not to share them with anyone. All she truly wants in life is just “one fair day” where the good guy wins and everything works out for the best. One day Destiny and three of her classmates, Seth, Mira and Aidan happen to find a running convertible conveniently located on school grounds, and for once they decide to break the monotonous routine that has consumed then since they came to Hedgebrook. Throughout that trip they find friendship and much more. The foursome was able to put to rest many of the difficult things they had each endured during their short lives. Destiny is the one who has suffered the most, and thanks to her newfound friends, she is able to find peace and a brighter tomorrow. The Miles  Between is a story of fate, friendship, and accepting and confronting our past as a part of who we are as people. I would
recommend this for teenage readers, as the story provides an interesting perspective on life that will make a reader appreciate all that he or she has. It is an emotional story that I will not soon forget.

The Mermaid’s Mirror

From Divya, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Madigan, L.K.
The Mermaid’s Mirror
The Mermaid’s Mirror by L.K. Madigan is a great book about sixteen-year-old Lena, who lives on the beach but has never surfed in her whole life. The reason for this is her father, a former surfer who almost drowned years ago and banned her from doing so. But one day she sees a mermaid staring at her from far out of the ocean when she is walking along the beach. This along with sleepwalking, fainting, and random bouts of amnesia is enough to drive anyone insane. But her constant attraction to the sea leads to her discoveries about herself and her family, including her biological mother who was “lost.” Lena finds out that she comes from two totally different worlds and must make a difficult choice between true love and her family. This half realistic fiction and fantasy book will keep you turning the pages for more. I would give this book eight out of ten stars because its a great read for everyone and it is very easy to relate to Lena. A word of caution is that this book doesnt exactly have a fairy-tale ending so if you are looking for that, this might not be the best book for you. Overall, this is a great read for anyone who loves realistic fiction but at the same time is captivated by magic and mystery. So go out and read The Mermaid’s Mirror!

The Duff

From Divya, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Keplinger, Kody
 The Duff
Bianca, from the novel The Duff by Kody Keplinger, has problems in her life. Her mother, who is never home, might divorce her dad, who is a recovering alcoholic. She feels as though she is the “duff” in her group of friends, or the “Designated, Ugly, Fat, Friend,” the weak link. Her ex-boyfriend, who broke her heart when she was fourteen, is visiting town from his college with his fiancee. The boy she has a massive crush on, Toby, doesn’t even know that she exists. Bianca wants a distraction, a way to let out all these emotions so she won’t go crazy. So she starts sleeping with Wesley Rush, her high school’s womanizer. She doesn’t like him at all, she actually despises him, but all she is looking for is a fling and that is exactly what Wesley can provide. But Bianca actually finds out they have more in common then she thought and realizes that she might actually care for him. And what will happen when all the problems she has  been running away from  catch up!

  with her? Read the book to find out! I would definitely recommend this book to any girl to a girl in middle or high school. I would give this book a 9 out of 10 because it truly is an excellent read for any girl as it explores important issues such as self-esteem, reputations, and many more that are easy to relate too. However, this book contains a lot of mature content so the reader should probably be over the age of 10. So go out and read The Duff!

Hothouse

From Eric, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Lynch, Chris
Hothouse
Hothouse is an emotional and unique story about the sharp and oftentimes unexpected change from being admired to being despised. The story is about seventeen-year-old Russell and his best friend D.J., who have shared similar childhoods. Both boys have grown up around the firehouse, because both of their fathers were firemen. Russell shared a special bond with his father, and knew his entire life that he wanted to grow up to be a firefighter just like his father. 

Unfortunately, both of their fathers died in a tragic accident while fighting a fire in town. Naturally, both the boys were devastated by the loss, but the story focuses more on how Russell copes. Initially, everyone in their town rallies around their families, because the boys’ fathers were regarded as heroes to the community. Everyone’s constant support helped the boys get through the tough situation.

However, the story takes a dark turn as the boys’ fathers get turned from heroes to zeros. Some secrets into his father’s actions concerning the accident shed some light on the fact that Russell’s father may not have been such a hero after all. Now, he must deal with the fact that the man he idolized his whole life had a darker side he knew nothing about, and the whole community that once embraced him wants no part of him anymore. The story is an emotional journey and examines the way teenagers handle death and adversity in general. I would recommend this to mature teen readers looking for a powerful, but not too long of a read.

Sleepaway Girls

From Janin, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Calonita, Jen
Sleepaway Girls
In the book I read, Sleepaway Girls, by Jen Calonita, the main character, Sam Montgomery decides to take a break from her best friend, Mal, who gets a boyfriend. She does not want to hear them being all “lovey” the whole summer. Sam goes for a CIT (counselor-in-training) position in a camp called Whispering Pines, but still promises Mal and a bunch of other friends video-postcards while she is away. What Sam doesn’t know, is that her summer will be too jam-packed to do anything else besides the things that are keeping her occupied at camp! From the heartthrobs to the popular girls, how could she have time for anything? Sam is falling for the super-cute, surfer-blond Hunter, and has a rivalry with the camp’s queen, Ashley, who just happens to be one of the daughters of the camp director. But at least she has Cole, her best guy-friend, who sides with her on almost everything. All of the drama that happens at the Pines builds up to the fantastic ending.

I loved reading this book. It was a real page-turner, and I got so caught up in the book I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves reading about summer camp and all the drama that comes in the same package.

She’s So Dead to Us

From Alex, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Scott, Kieran
She’s So Dead to Us
 The Book She’s So Dead To Us by Kieran Scott is an enjoyable book. In this book, Ally has moved back to her home town after having moved away since her dad had some money problems. So now, she has to leave her low-key, happy life and go back into the snake pit with Shannon Moore and Hammond Roos, or so she thinks. Right after Ally left, perfect and handsome Jake Graydon moved into Orchard Hill. So when Ally moves back and sees Jake, she develops a major crush on him. Its a really interesting book told from two perspectives and I really hope you guys like it.