Some favorites this past summer were the Divergent series, Legend series, and classics!  Check out some teen picks below.

 

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Allegiant
by Veronica Roth
THE ENDING!!  Probably the most shocking ending to a book I have read ever. I didn’t see it coming. Don’t worry I will not spoil it. I just can’t believe the plot was not spoiled for me online or anything. To me there were a bunch of questions unanswered at the end of the series and a lot of similarities to other novels. This really was what dropped points for me on the rating scale. But to me it’s worth just trying to read a book, even if the reviews are all 100% or mostly great. Just try this series out and see what you think. I like the first two in the series much better than this one that seemed a bit far fetched. But all in all, give it a try! –Audrey S. (age 15) Rating 
This book made me cry. [spoilers removed] It’s sad, but well written, and I enjoyed it very much. –Amanda B. (age 13) Rating 

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And Then There Were None
by Agatha Christie
This book absolutely blew my mind! I have never read such an intriguing murder! (and boy have I read a lot of them) this book was written so long ago and yet is still so well known amongst all people who are interested in reading murder mysteries! I swear all of you who are not reading this right now are missing out! What? you already read it? GO READ IT AGAIN!!!!!!  –Miguel L. (age 17) Rating 

 

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Anthem
by Ayn Rand
I read this book for school. It took a bit to get into it and understand her writing (kind of), but I liked it. The story started about 4 chapters in. It was good, but not very compelling. The book picked up when drastic measure were taken by the main character, nearing the end of the book. It remained good until about the final page. It wasn’t a story disappointment, but it just ended the book weirdly. It was good enough for my teacher to pick it for us to read, but i didn’t think much of it. –Tasha G. (age 15) Rating 

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Divergent
by Veronica Roth
Divergent is a book about a 16 year old girl named Tris who is divergent and has to survive a corrupt society. Being divergent means that you are different from everyone else and can survive unusual things. For some unknown reason, the government wants to kill all of the “divergent rebels”. Tris chooses to live in one of the most dangerous factions to live in – Dauntless. Dauntless is a faction in which people are trained to know how to use violence, endure pain, and get over their worst fears. Tris has to survive and avoid being caught by the government. –Mateo U. (age 13) Rating 
Different from the movie…. –David J. (age 13) Rating 
It was a well-crafted dystopian novel about a girl named Beatrice, who was deemed ‘divergent’ meaning different from others. Tris did not just belong in one faction, she had equal results to join three. Divergence is dangerous, because the government was built around knowing where you belong. I thought this book was amazingly written, and I enjoyed it. –Amanda B. (age 13) Rating 

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The Fault In Our Stars
by John Green
This book to very amazing John Green absolutely stole my heart! Definite must summer read for any teen!! –Heyley P. (age 14) Rating 

 

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Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams
Although it lacks an overarching plot, its small, exciting events greatly add to the humor that Douglas Adams presents. The book is a funny and easy read and I am looking forward to reading the sequels. –Chirag S. (age 12) Rating 

 

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Insurgent
by Veronica Roth
This is the sequel to Divergent, and I found it just as good as the first. The emotions were strong and I could feel myself as Tris. In the book, Tris and Tobias’s relationship grows stronger. it was beautiful to see how their love for each other is what keeps them going. –Amanda B. (age 13) Rating 
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Legend
by Marie Lu
The first book of the Legend Trilogy, “Legend” is a heart stopping book that will capture you in its grasp before you know it. In the future, North America has split into two warring nations, the Republic and the Colonies. The Republic’s most wanted criminal, a fifteen year old named Day, is framed for killing an agent’s brother. The agent’s name is June–she is a brilliant soldier hired to capture him. However, they both discover that they have a common enemy. Will they be able to defeat this unknown enemy? –Teresa F. (age 12) Rating: 
Legend is a great book if you’re looking for something to keep you on your toes. everything is so vivid and so easy to picture as you read it! –Miguel L. (age 17) Rating:  
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Lemonade Mouth
by Mark Peter Hughes
As you may know, this book became a Disney movie. I enjoyed the movie, so I decided to pick up the book at my local library, I suggest that you read the book, due to the fact that it is totally different from the movie. The book has different songs, and scenes that you won’t find in the Lemonade Mouth movie. –Vanessa H. (age 13) Rating 
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Little Women
Louisa May Alcott
It was an inspiring book and had many good life lessons. It is super long and has odd words. I liked it though. It was probably the old I ever fully. It has a good story. –Julia C. (age 13) Rating 
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Murder on the Orient Express
Agatha Christie
I really enjoyed the book. It was really well written. Agatha Christie is a really good mystery writer and I’ve read one of her books in the past. Although, some of the passengers were speaking French. It was hard for me to understand but she would explain what they were saying so it was easier. I don’t really read mysteries but, if it’s an Agatha Christie book I would. –Jamila J. (age 13) Rating 
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Playground
by 50 cent
well this book is about a real dude that has a messed up life and finds his way out of it read it!!!  –Miko S. (age 12) Rating 
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Prodigy
by Marie Lu
The sequel to “Legend” and the second book in the trilogy, “Prodigy” is a book of romance and danger. June and Day make their way to Las Vegas where they join the Patriots. They soon become involved in an assassination plot against the Elector to save Day’s leg and heal June’s sickness in hopes of saving the Republic and the colonies from an all- out war. –Teresa F. (age 12) Rating 
Ripper
by Amy Carol Reeves
It was kind if a slow mystery. More of a general fiction book, than a mystery in my opinion. However, it did have a mysterious cult sort of a thing, and that’s always enjoyable. –Faith N. (age 17) Rating 
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Song of the Sparrow
by Lisa Ann Sandell
The book has great detail without being very wordy making it feel very real.  –Valerie A. (age 13) Rating 
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This Song Will Save Your Life
by Leila Sales
This Song Will Save Your Life was recommended to me by a local library and it has become one of my favorite books that I’ve read. This book talks about a girl Elise, who is not very popular in her school. She goes though lots of troubles which made her suicidal. She cut herself but then her life was saved by a phone call. Soon, Elise finds this hidden club where she meets new people, falls in love and becomes “the hottest new DJ.” The realizes that life has so many reasons to be happy about. –Vanessa H. (age 13) Rating 
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Tiger Lily
by Jodi Lynn Anderson
This book is about the adventures of Peter Pan and Tiger Lily, narrated by Tinkerbelle. It is set before the arrival of Wendy, and it follows the two friends as they fall in love and overcome obstacles, such as Captain Hook and his gang of pirates.I enjoyed this book very much, especially because of the interesting narrator and point of view. –Tal L. (age 17) Rating 
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Watership Down
by Richard Adams
A remarkable story if a group of rabbits that go on an exciting adventure to find their new home. –Jean L. (age 13) Rating 

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