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Book Review: Fangirl

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Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: NA (New Adult)

In a Snapshot: Cather, an introverted and gifted college freshman, writes fan fiction while learning how to navigate college, love, and family drama.

Why I picked it up and why I couldn’t put it down:

Young adult writers everywhere were practically stamping their heart-patterings for this book all over the internet. And since I enjoyed Rowell’s Eleanor & Park so much, I figured this was going to be good.

I was wrong. This book is AMAZING. I mean, I love it as a writer. I love it as a reader. As an introvert. A nerd. A romantic. You just have to read this one.

I really mean it. YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK.

Who will like this? 

Anybody who loves reading. Or writing. Or ideally loves both–and relates to being a nerd.

Oh, and everyone else.

Favorite Quotes: 

“Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and mildly socially retarded, I’m a complete disaster.”

“To really be a nerd, she’d decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.”

“Months are different in college, especially freshman year. Too much happens. Every freshman month equals six regular months—they’re like dog months.” 

“That was the beauty in stacking up words–they got cheaper, the more you had of them.” 

“Ugg boots. In fashionable places, you have to pretend that you’re over them, or that you’ve always hated them. But in Nebraska, you can still be happy about new Ugg boots. That’s nice. There’s no end of the innocence.” 

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Book Review: Across the Universe

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Author: Beth Revis

Genre: YA, NA, Science Fiction, Dystopian

In a Snapshot: Amy, a frozen teen on her way to a new planet 300 years into the future, is awakened 50 years too early. With the help of Elder (the boy destined to someday be the ship’s leader), she uncovers a terrible truth about the ship—and the people on board.

Why I picked it up and why I couldn’t put it down:

As always, I was in the mood for a romance, and I could tell this was going to be a love story based on the cover. I was also in the mood for a soft science fiction, so this fit the bill.

I read 2/3 of Across the Universe in audio format, but I finished with a hard copy from my library. I needed to get through the story faster. The pace of the audio book was too slow for my impatient reading ways. And no offense to the actors who voiced the dual perspectives of this book, but I don’t like to hear impersonated girl voices from male actors. The inflection and emotion seems off–especially when you have the female counterpart voice/actress to compare it to.

Who will like this? This book has a similar vibe to The Giver by Lois Lowry or City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau–but with an explicit sexual spin to itReaders who like dual boy/girl perspectives will like this (think Marie Lu’s Legend).

Note: some of the sexual scenes are just gross & dark (for a reason), so this book is for more mature readers.

A Favorite Quote: 

“I never thought about how important the sky was until I didn’t have one.”


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Book Review: Seraphina

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Author: Rachel Hartman

Genre: YA, Fantasy

In a Snapshot: Seraphina is a gifted court musician from the medieval Kingdom of Goredd. When she joins Prince Kiggs to investigate the death of a royal family member, peace between humans and mathematical, shapeshifting dragons is threatened–as is the terrible secret Seraphina must keep hidden from both humans and dragons alike.

Why I picked it up and why I couldn’t put it down:

I was intrigued by the premise of dragons loosely passing as humans in shapeshifted forms. It was also awarded the 2013 William C. Morris Award for the best young adult work by a debut author.

Hartman’s beautiful, thought-provoking language and rich world-building elements is compelling. A diverse set of characters also adds depth. The heroine is intelligent and witty, also brave despite her physical limitations. And a love story fits nicely within this mystery-based plot.

Who will like this? High concept readers who appreciate literary books. Harry Potter fans. Robin McKinley fans. 

Some Favorite Quotes: 

“For future reference: do not underestimate the seductive power of math.” 

“He did not know the truth of me, yet he had perceived something true about me that no one else had ever noticed. And in spite of that—or perhaps because of it—he believed me good, believed me worth taking seriously, and his belief, for one vertigi-nous moment, made me want to be better than I was.”

“I cannot perch among those who think that I am broken.” 


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Book Review: Cinder

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Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: YA, SciFi, Fairytale, Fantasy

In a Snapshot: In this futuristic Cinderella tale, a cyborg mechanic named Cinder uncovers her second-class status in New Bejing is not her true destiny when she falls for the prince of the Eastern Commonwealth and becomes the fatal target of the evil lunar queen. 

Why I picked it up and why I couldn’t put it down: I’ve always enjoyed fairytale retellings, and I kept hearing positive reviews about this book. Plus, well, the cover is crazy awesome. I loved the SF spin on Cinderella and am very excited to see how Meyer will introduce and intertwine the futuristic versions of Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White in this Lunar Chronicles series.

Who will like this? YA readers of all ages. Fairy tale lovers. Star Wars fans.

A Favorite Quote:

“But if there was one thing she knew from years as a mechanic, it was that some stains never came out.”


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Teen Review: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

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Author: E. Lockhart

Genre: Young Adult

In a Snapshot: Frankie Landau-Banks, a 15 year-old student at the prestigious Alabaster boarding school, experiences her sophomore year and discovers a new interest stemming from her school’s history: a secret society called the Basset Hounds.

Why I picked it up and why I couldn’t put it down: The Disreputable History was a recommendation based on its close thematic relationship to John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. The story proved interesting, supporting an intelligent cast of characters as well as balancing teenage adventure.

Who would like this: Readers that have read and enjoyed a John Green work because of the character dynamic would also enjoy E. Lockhart’s boarding school escapades.

A Favorite Quote:

(Basset Hound Oath)

“Atop the crown of Alabaster,

Bind it tight with sticking plaster.

Look to the west, boys;

Look to the books, men!

History is our guide!

Keep the secrets, tunnel under,

Climb the heights, our pack defend.

The Basset is a hardy beast,

We vow our loyalty to the end.”

 
 Teen Reviewer: Abby Tetzlaff


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Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why

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Author: Jay Asher

Genre: YA 

In a Snapshot: Clay receives a box of cassette tapes from former crush Hannah Baker, who committed suicide only two weeks ago. Everyone who recieves the cassettes is one of thirteen reasons why Hannah gave up on life.

Why I picked it up and why I couldn’t put it down: This book has literally been on my reading wish list for five years now. I read it in one sitting and got to bed WAY past my bedtime. It’s THAT good.

Who will like this? Those who can handle the mature nature of suicide and sexuality. Those who like edgy and dark themes. 

A Favorite Quote:

“You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything.” 


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Book Review: Eleanor & Park

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Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: YA

In a Snapshot: It’s the 1980’s. Park grudgingly allows the eclectic new girl to sit next to him on the bus ride to school, not realizing she will soon become his everything.

Why I picked it up and why I couldn’t put it down: I was reading another librarian’s blog (so sorry, I forgot whose!) and this book was raved about. I enjoyed watching these “misfit” teens fall in love over the shared pages of comic books.

Who will like this? John Greene fans, books that don’t showcase “perfect” and “incredibly beautiful” main characters. Mature readers: some vulgar words (mostly used by antagonists), sexuality, dysfunctional family dynamics, and mild violence.

A Favorite Quote:

She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.