Dive Smack — Teen Review

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review by Jacob Chon, age 16 Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky     Like every high school student looking for a good college, Theo Mackey has his gimmick that will hopefully make him stand out. As the captain of his school’s well-respected dive team, he hopes that his athletic status will help him get recruited […]

Love Me, Love Me Not — Teen Review

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review by Ashley Zhang, age 13 Love Me, Love Me Not by S.M. Koz     Hailey Brown, a teenage girl, is put in foster care after being removed from her home because of her abusive mother. She goes through many homes, her boyfriend Chase messing it up for her every time. After being […]

Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners — Teen Review

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review by Nina Dinan, age 15 Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners by Naomi Shihab Nye     In this lovely collection of free verse poems written in a serene, contemplative tone, Naomi Shihab Nye explores a variety of subjects. Her poems include wistful exaltations of nature, laments written for Palestine, and soaring […]

Ramona Blue — Teen Review

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review by Kira Toal, age 17 Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy     Ramona Blue is a girl-vs-the-world contemporary romance novel. Its protagonist, a 6’3, blue-haired teenager named Ramona, lives in a trailer park in Eulogy, Mississippi with her father and pregnant older sister. The book follows her struggles to navigate various obstacles in her […]

The Glass Spare — Teen Review

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review by John Chon, age 16 The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano     The Glass Spare, by Lauren DeStefano, has the interesting premise of the observation of a character set in the Middle Ages. Wil Heidle, daughter of a king with empire-building dreams, is hidden away from the kingdom, unlike her siblings. She […]

Orphan Monster Spy — Teen Review

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review by Jacob Chon, age 16 Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen     All Sarah has ever wanted was a simple life. However, destiny did not decide it to be that way. Thrust into one of the worst governments in human history, and cursed with a Jewish bloodline that marks her for death, Sarah […]

The Poet X — Teen Review

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review by Aminda Zou, age 14 The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo     The Poet X is a marvelous novel told in poetry form where Elizabeth Acevedo narrates the story of a silenced young woman, Xiomara Batista. This novel addresses the issues of racism, sexism, and the importance of self-defense and having a voice. […]

Odd One Out — Teen Review

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review by John Chon, age 16 Odd One Out by Nic Stone     Odd One Out by Nic Stone is a story about self discovery. This book follows two very close childhood friends, a straight guy and a lesbian girl. Courtney “Coop” and Jupiter “Jupe” are very close, with Jupe’s parents being gay fathers […]

Leah on the Offbeat — Teen Review

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review by Jacob Chon, age 16 Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli     High school is an awkward place. Personal interactions are tough, romance is opaque, and Leah Burke is no stranger to these issues. Her progressive ideas and accepting attitude towards others is only matched by the difficulty of doing so. […]

I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope — Teen Review

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review by Nina Dinan, age 15 I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope by Chessy Prout with Jenn Abelson     I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope is the memoir of Chessy Prout, a student […]