The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

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Paige McKenzie

5 out of 5

Shortly after Sunshine and her mother move from sunny Austin, Texas to rainy Ridgemont, Washington, they begin to notice strange noises in their house. Sunshine adamantly claims a ghost is haunting their house while her mother remains ever the skeptic. While trying to convince her mother paranormal activity is occurring in their house, Sunshine uncovers a whole world she had been previously blissfully unaware of. This is one of the few books I have read that focused exclusively on ghosts and the noises described in the beginning was pretty spooky (especially because I was reading it at night). The writing is oftentimes very cliche but luckily it doesn’t take away from the story.

Reader: cindyzhang99

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The Museum of Heartbreak

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Meg Leder

5 out of 5

The Museum of Heartbreak is adorable and heart-wrenching, all that you can wish for in a romantic YA novel. On the very first page, Penelope Marx falls in love with the boy of her dreams. Hardly experienced with dating, she is flattered by the attention Keats gives her. Soon they are dating despite the warnings of her friend Audrey about Keats’ romantic history. The relationship quickly grows even more complicated when Penelope realizes she might have feelings for her best friend Ephraim. The remainder of the novel reveals who is the true breaker of Penelope’s heart. The organization is probably my favorite aspect of the book with each chapter being introduced by an object that plays a major role in the story (and incidentally is later added to the main character’s Museum of Heartbreak). I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good romantic novel!

Reader: cindyzhang99

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Honor Girl

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Maggie Thrash

5 out of 5

Honor Girl is an autobiographical comic book focusing on the events that take place one summer at Camp Bellflower, a traditional sleepaway camp for girls. Fifteen year old Maggie has been attending the camp for as long as she can remember and enjoys her routine and pleasant summers. Whether she is at the shooting range or performing as Kevin Richardson at a Boy Band Blowout extravaganza, this summer seems like any other. However, her world is turned upside down when she falls for a female camp counselor named Erin during a lice inspection (long story). Receiving mixed signals from Erin and dealing with feeling different when everyone else is talking about boys (not to mention the camp’s disapproval of same sex relationships), Maggie’s summer suddenly becomes a lot more exciting. Though the art is simplistic, it speaks volumes and adds depth to the narrative. Funny and original, this is a phenomenal book about self-discovery. Read Honor Girl to find out what happens to Maggie and Erin!

Reader: cindyzhang99

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Carry On

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Rainbow Rowell

5 out of 5

Simon Snow is the main character of a fictional series in Rainbow Rowell’s 2013 book Fangirl and Cathy in Fangirl writes a lot of fanfiction about him (which those who have read the book will know). Anyway, this new book is completely dedicated to Simon Snow, developing all of the “hints” we received in Fangirl and giving Simon and Baz the story they deserve. I LOVED CARRY ON! It was one of the best books I’ve read in a while and I had a lot of trouble putting it down. It is a very Harry Potter-esque story but packs in several plot twists, making it far from cliche. Filled with wizards, romance, fighting bad guys, I highly recommend this book to lovers of Rainbow Rowell’s work and/or fantasy fans (especially fans of Harry Potter).

Reader: cindyzhang99

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I’m From Nowhere

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Suzanne Myers

3 out of 5

Personally, I’m From Nowhere felt like a mediocre YA novel to me. Wren Verlaine is sent to the prestigious Hardwick Hall when her mother receives a news reporting assignment that takes her to Greenland for six months. Although I’m From Nowhere has interesting elements such as spending a year in boarding school, the complications of friendzoning, and determining the identity of Wren’s unknown father, the author does a poor job of mixing these stories together. Furthermore, the writing was cliched and felt quite forced several times in throughout the book. Even more disappointingly, the story was anticlimatic and minimized the consequences of the secrets Wren uncovers. Overall, the characters were very predictable and the story did not generate any moments that will particularly stick with readers.

Reader: cindyzhang99

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Unslut: A Diary and a Memoir

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Emily Lindin

4 out of 5

UnSlut is the reprinted middle school diary recounting the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade experiences of Emily Lindin, an activist questioning the widespread and often inappropriate use of the word “slut.” Ranging from lazy summer days to the thrill that accompanies school dances, Lindin’s experiences serve to emphasis the struggles of growing up female that will resonant with readers. The multiple footnotes she has added to each page are a plus, ranging from witty to reminiscent. Although I felt the only quality writing appeared in the introduction, in the footnotes, or in the afterword (basically not in the main text) and though the book had a rather confusing cast of characters, the social importance of the focus of this book makes it a must read.

Reader: cindyzhang99

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Not If I See You First

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Eric Lindstrom

5 out of 5

Not If I See You First is a powerful story of self-discovery amidst grief. When Parker’s father dies the summer before her junior year, her life is turned upside down. Nevertheless, she continues to be a strong, funny, and sarcastic narrator, making it all too is easy to forget that Parker is blind. (Her insistence on being treated as others are makes her one of my most favorite literary characters.) Meanwhile at school, Parker must navigate her busy high school life, the track team, and an old heartbreak, with only her good friends to rely on. Even so, the author successfully avoids putting Parker on a pedestal. The mistakes she makes throughout the novel show she is human and makes her even more relatable. An eventful and complex book, it has reminded me of all I take for granted.

Reader: cindyzhang99

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Liar & Spy

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Rebecca Stead

4 out of 5

Georges has just moved to a new apartment building in Brooklyn, and there is another twelve-year-old boy living there. Safer has accepted Georges into his spy club, and their mission is to figure out what secrets the mysterious Mr. X is hiding. Georges has never even seen Mr. X, but he knows that he must help Safer uncover the truth. I liked this book, and I liked that Safer and his siblings, Pigeon and Candy got to choose their own names based on their greatest interests. I would recommend this book to people from ages 9-13.

Reader: harrypotter529

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The Center of Everything

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The Center of Everything

Linda Urban

4 out of 5

Ruby Pepperdine misses her grandmother, Gigi. She hates that Gigi is gone forever. She hates that she will never again sit in Gigi’s arms as her grandmother points out the constellations in the night sky. She hates that she didn’t listen to the last words Gigi ever said to her. But when Ruby makes a wish on her twelfth birthday, she hopes that she can make everything right again. Ruby believes that when she is selected as the Bunning Day Essay Girl, her wish will come true. But will it? I liked this book, and my favorite characters were Ruby and her friends Lucy and Nero. I would recommend this book to people from ages 8-12.

Reader: harrypotter529

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Fish in a Tree

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Lynda Mullaly Hunt

5 out of 5

This is a great book to read if your tired of your own life and want to know about somebody’s else’s completely different story. After reading this book I realized how tough somebody’s life could and now I know how luck I am for not having to go through hard times. Overall, I really enjoyed it and I think that everybody should get a chance to read this book.

Reader: Panda!

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