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29 07, 2011

Review: Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott

By | July 29th, 2011|Categories: Children's Books, General, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |9 Comments

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Reviewed by Grace Soledad

Between Here and Forever is the emotional story of a girl in a coma….and her sister. Abby is convinced that her sister, Tess, is perfect. She’s the one everybody picks, she’s beautiful, she’s smart, and she’s popular. Everyone loves Tess, even Abby’s ex-boyfriend! She’s convinced that she will never measure up to her.

After Tess gets in an accident and ends up in a coma, Abby is once again overlooked. She does want Tess to get better, but for a selfish reason: so that Abby won’t be connected to her anymore. When Abby learns a shocking secret about Tess, she suddenly has to come to terms with the fact that she doesn’t know her sister as well as she thought she did.

It took me quite a while to write this review because I could not figure out how

27 07, 2011

Review: Pretty Bad Things by C.J. Skuse

By | July 27th, 2011|Categories: Children's Books, General, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , , |8 Comments

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Reviewed by Grace Soledad

After their mother died of a drug overdose, the “Wonder Twins” Paisley and Beau were found wandering the forest, miraculously alive after three days alone. Their father was arrested; their grandmother began stealing money donated to them after the world heard of their plight.

Now, the twins are sixteen and separated by their grandmother. After Beau finds a stash of hidden letters from their father, he contacts Paisley. They reunite to embark on a wild goose chase around Vegas to find their father. In attempts to get his attention, they begin to steal, creating a stir everywhere as people come to see the “Wonder Twins” in a new light. But the question weighing on their minds is: will attracting everybody’s attention actually lead them to their father?

I’m a twin, so I love reading other books about twins. After

17 02, 2011

Review: Love, Love, Love by Deborah Reber and Caroline Goode

By | February 17th, 2011|Categories: Children's Books, General, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |8 Comments

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Reviewed by Poppy J.

Love, Love, Love offers two stories on love for the price of one. Deborah Reber’s Language of Love focuses on a high school student Molly and her BFF Janna, as well as Molly’s boy-pal Emmett. Janna lives in Molly’s blonde hair and blue eye shadow, with Emmett as Janna’s biggest cheerleader. Janna’s younger brother, Henry, rounds out the cast, and the story is definitely written for the younger tween set.

Janna uses a prank to snare her new beau Julian, which is a definite boost to her self esteem, but will end up biting her where it hurts in the end. Her rouse of pretending to be a foreign exchange student backfires (predictably) as her true identity comes to light. Through it all, Janna realizes the one-sidedness of her relationship with Molly, and discovers

6 02, 2011

Review: Trapped by Michael Northrop

By | February 6th, 2011|Categories: Children's Books, General, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |11 Comments

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Reviewed by Melanie K.

“The day the blizzard started, no one knew that it was going to keep snowing for a week. That for some of those in its path, it would become not just a matter of keeping warm, but of staying alive.” – Trapped

Intrigued by the description above, I started Trapped excited to find out what was to come. I had high hopes of an adventurous tale complete with all sorts of twists and turns. Unfortunately, I got nothing of the sort.

Trapped by Michael Northrop is about seven students and one teacher who find themselves trapped inside the school as the most freakish of blizzards rages outside – completely cutting them off from the rest of the world.

Utterly disappointed is the only way

24 07, 2010

“Zen and Xander Undone” by Amy Kathleen Ryan

By | July 24th, 2010|Categories: General, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |7 Comments

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Reviewed by Melanie K.

Zen and Xander Undone is a coming of age story of two teenage sisters and their family learning to cope a year after their mother’s death.

Xander is the older wild child who escapes into drinking, drugs, sex and trouble.  Zen, the younger “good” girl, concentrates her energy on practicing and teaching martial arts and trying to look after her older sister. Their father has an extremely difficult time dealing with his wife’s death. On a sabbatical from his job at the university, he retreats to the basement, seldom coming out to shower, dress or interact with the girls. Grandma rarely approves of their actions and has a flatulence problem that she deals with by pretending that it never happened. Aunt Doris devotes her time to painting and recreational marijuana to recover from her sister’s death.

The

9 07, 2010

“I Now Pronounce You Someone Else” by Erin McCahan

By | July 9th, 2010|Categories: Children's Books, For Teens, General, Gift Ideas, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |7 Comments

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Reviewed by Jennifer J.

After the death of her biological father, Bronwen starts to envision that the life she is stuck living is not really her own. Someday soon, her real parents, the kind and loving Lilywhite family, will come and claim her. Then she’ll be able to live the life she was meant to, as Phoebe Lilywhite. As Phoebe, she will not have a mother obsessed with turning her into something she is not (her mother has been Making a Day of It and dying her daughter’s hair from brown to blond since she was 13), a stepfather who keeps her at arm’s length, or a brother who sets the bar so high he might as well be Jesus.

As her high school career comes to an end, Bronwen breaks up with her lousy boyfriend Chad who attempts to take