Black Swan Green –Teen Review

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review by Kristina Yin, age 17 Black Swan Green by David Mitchell     Black Swan Green is the spiritual descendant of coming-of-age books like Catcher in the Rye and Great Expectations, but because of its modernity and realism, it is far more interesting and relatable than its ancestors. Although it is not a page-turner or has a particularly interesting […]

The Sandcastle Empire — Teen Review

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review by John Chon, age 15 The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson Summary: When all hope is gone, how do you survive? Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed. Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has […]

Generation One — Teen Review

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review by Jacob Chon, age 15 Generation One by Pittacus Lore     Generation One follows Taylor, a teenage girl living in a sleepy Midwest town. She enjoys the monotony of life and plans to take over the family farm when she grows old enough. Having survived an alien invasion with minimal consequences, Taylor’s life seems normal.  However, she begins […]

Freya — Teen Review

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review by Alicia Zhang, age 13 Freya by Matthew Laurence     The novel Freya by Matthew Laurence is about a goddess, Freya, who, in Norse mythology, is the representation of love, beauty, and war. In this world, deities of all types exist, camouflaged into human society. They are powered and strengthened by belief, and brought down with disbelief and […]

The Art of Starving — Teen Review

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review by Jacob Chon, age 15 The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller     The Art of Starving is a novel about a young, gay man coming out of the closet.  Although at first it seems like a novel about obesity, it really is a much wider story that encompasses the social pressures of high school, queer […]

Winter is here: TAB’s guide to binge-watching

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Looking for something entertaining to binge watch this winter? Here are some top choices from the Teen Advisory Board.   13 Reasons Why (Netflix) When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing […]

The Careful Undressing of Love — Teen Review

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review by Kira Toal, age 16 The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu     The Devonairre Street girls of Brooklyn are said to be cursed. According to local legend and the ominous admonitions of elderly female Devonairre Street residents, any boy with which a Devonairre girl falls in love is doomed to die. But […]

The thousandth floor

The Thousandth Floor — YA Book Club

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recap by McKenna Blackshire, age 14 The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee Summary: A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough. WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118. A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has […]

spill zone

Spill Zone — Teen Review

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review by Jacob Chon, age 14 Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld Summary: Nobody’s ever really explained the Spill. Was it an angelic visitation? A nanotech accident? A porthole opening from another world? Whatever it was, no one’s allowed in the Spill Zone these days except government scientists and hazmat teams. But a few intrepid explorers know how to […]

Illuminae

Illuminae — Teen Review

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review by John Chon, age 14 Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman Summary: This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the […]