Teen Book Review — Reason to Breathe

Title: Reason to Breathe
Author: Rebecca Donovan
Stars (out of 5): 5
Review: Emma lives with her aunt, uncle, and cousins. Her aunt abuses her (physically), but Emma wants to protect her cousins, and doesn’t say anything. She is creating a perfect profile for herself so that she can get into a good college — straight A’s, three varsity sports, editor-in-chief of the school newspaper — but when Evan Matthews comes into her life, she’s afraid he will destroy the “perfect” balance of her life. A great book for mature teens who love romance and thrillers! NB for sensitive souls: Although this book can make you laugh until your stomach hurts, it can also make you cringe and cry.

This review was written by a 10th grader.

Teen Book Review — The Breadwinner

Title: The Breadwinner
Author: Deborah Ellis
Stars (out of 5): 5
I LOVE this book. Despite the fact that it’s a realistic fiction book, it’s set halfway across the world in Kabul, Afganistan, and it seems nearly unreal. The Taliban have taken over Kabul and forbidden women to go outside, as well as arresting people for things like having a foreign education. This seems extreme and almost impossible, but this was a very real time not very long ago (the book is set in the 1990s). You can really get a sense of how people really lived from this book. Deborah Ellis is a superb author, and I plan on reading the sequels to this book. It was excellent!

This review was written by a 6th grader.

Teen Book Review — The Fault in our Stars

Title: The Fault in our Stars
Author: John Green
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: The Fault in our Stars is an amazing book about two teenagers with cancer. They meet at a cancer support group, and then fall in love. Both of them are worried about making the other one sad by dying of cancer. This is a really sad book, but it is worth reading.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review — The Girl who Threw Butterflies

Title: The Girl who Threw Butterflies
Author: Mick Cochrane
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: The girl who threw butterflies is about Molly, whose dad died six months earlier. In the book Molly joins the boys baseball team because baseball reminds her of her father and her friendships help her copes with her father’s death.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review — The Magic Cake Shop

Title: The Magic Cake Shop
Author: Meika Hashimoto
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: The Magic Cake Shop is a book about Emma whose parents are very skinny and won’t let her eat any sweets. During a summer at her evil uncle Simon’s house she gets involved in a plot to make a special elixir to make anything taste good. This book is very exciting and all the sweets described in the book sounded very appetizing.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review — Esperanza Rising

Title: Esperanza Rising
Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: Esperanza Rising is an intriguing historical fiction novel about a rich family living in a Mexican ranch ten years after the Mexican revolution. It starts by giving you a picture of six-year-old Esperanza’s life as a wealthy rancher’s daughter. It then skips forward 6 years to the grape harvest a few weeks before Esperanza’s birthday. Just before her birthday, and continuing on for a while after, a series of tragedies force Esperanza and her mother to immigrate to California as migrant workers, with their former servants. All of her family’s wealth was gone, and Esperanza was called upon to take care of the babies in the former servants’ family. Esperanza was used to being waited on, and didn’t know how take care of herself, let alone the babies. She had to step up and learn to make the best of her new life. I really enjoyed this book, and I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars. I liked it because Esperanza’s life kept on changing, and it was interesting to see how she reacted to it. It was great when she finally figured something out, or when her hard work paid off. I might have liked a bit better if it was happier, though. This book doesn’t really connect to my life because Esperanza had to go through terrible things, while I have a happy life. However, it is slightly similar to Lyddie, by Katherine Paterson. In Lyddie, Lyddie needs to work very hard to support her family, as Esperanza does in this book. Also, in both books strikers strike for better working conditions, and neither joined them for fear of losing their jobs. Esperanza Rising is a really good book about accepting change and making the best of every circumstance. If you like historical fiction and don’t mind sad books, you should definitely read it.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review — The Wee Free Men

Title: The Wee Free Men
Author: Terry Pratchett
Stars (out of 5): 3
Review: This book is about a young girl named Tiffany who wants to become a witch. She ends up having to go on a magical adventure to fight the evil queen who has kidnapped her brother. She learns that the best way to fight this queen is to believe in herself.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review — The Lost Hero

Title: The Lost Hero
Author: Rick Riordan
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: While the plot is mostly predictable, I find this an incredibly fun read. I love Riordan’s works.

This review was written by a 9th grader.

Teen Book Review — Wicked Lovely

Title: Wicked Lovely
Author: Melissa Marr
Stars (out of 5): 2
Review: This book Wiked Lovly is about a 16 year old girl who has the sight to see faeries which other people dont’. Now faeries are stalking her because they think she is the Summer Queen. Which she becomes one in the end of the book. And then she ecomes immortal. I gave it a 2.5 bcouse i didnt realy get what was going on in the faerie world. The main characters didnt have a personality and I didnt like Aislinn’s point of view.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review — Divergent

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Stars (out of 5): 4
This book was definitely gripping- a real page turner!

This review was written by a 12th grader.

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