Lovely, Dark, and Deep — Teen Review

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Review by Jasmine Sov, 13 Lovely, Dark, and Deep By Justina Chen Lovely, Dark, and Deep is the tale of Viola Wynne Li, a girl who’s hosted bake sales for about a thousand different causes. With two best friends and ambitions for becoming a foreign correspondent, life couldn’t be better. But when […]

Dear Evan Hansen — Teen Review

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review by Jacob Chon, age 16 Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich with Steve Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul     It is every teenager’s dream to be popular; but, it’s every teenager’s nightmare for it to unravel. Evan only knew Connor a bit before he killed himself, but because of a small brush […]

Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots — Teen Review

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review by Nina Dinan, age 15 Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots by Margarita Engle     This gripping verse novel, written by Young People’s Poet Laureate Margarita Engle, tells the story of a Mexican-American family living in Los Angeles during the Zoot Suit Riots. Marisela and Lorena are sisters, laboring daily […]

Moonrise — Teen Review

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review by John Chon, age 16 Moonrise by Sarah Crossan     Moonrise, by Sarah Crossan, is a very gripping and depressing novel about a boy who grows up under the shadow of his older brother. Joe Moon is seventeen years old with a brother, Ed, convicted of murder. Joe comes to the small Texan […]

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 […]