Contemporary

Book Review: A Short History of the Girl Next Door

A Short History of the Girl Next Door
Author: 
Reck, Jared
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

A short history of the girl next girl is about a 15 year old boy, named Matt,
who struggles with the thought of losing his best friend. Matt and his best
friend Tabby, have been together their whole life. They rode the bus together
everyday and went over to each other's houses almost everyday. Oh yeah, I
forgot to mention they were neighbors. But, as they start high school, Tabby
starts dating a senior. She starts hanging out with the senior, and pays less
attention to Matt. Matt gets jealous because he misses his best friend, and
he has had a crush on Tabby since 7th grade. When trajedy hits, Matt realizes
that he isn't the only one who loves Tabby.
This book was amazing! It made happy, sad, and angry all at the same time. I
could not put this book down. One thing I will say about this book is that it
has swear words on every page, so it may not be a great book for a 3rd or 4th
grader. This book has amazing lessons. I would rate this book a 10/10!

Reviewer's Name: 
Mackenzie

Book Review: Black Girl Unlimited

Black Girl Unlimited
Author: 
Brown, Echo
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Black Girl Magic is about a girl named Echo, who fights through the struggles
of being a black woman. Throughout Echo's life, she has watched her siblings
and parents struggle with alcohol and drugs. Because she cares about her
siblings future and doesn't want them to spend their lives in jail, she works
miracles. She slows time down to tell her siblings, friends, and parents how
to turn their life around, through different people.
I loved this book. There were times where I was sad, nervous, happy, and mad
throughout the book. There are some racial words and statements and a lot of
bad words, so if you get offended easily, I would not read this book. Other
wise, this is a great book. It has some lessons many people need to hear. I
would recommend this book to anyone who can handle racial injustices and bad
words. I rate this book a 9/10.

Reviewer's Name: 
Mackenzie

Book Review: Harley in the Sky

Harley in the Sky
Author: 
Bowman, Akemi Dawn
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

A must-read! A teenage girl ready to graduate high school, choosing what she wants to do with her life. Her parents own a circus and all she wants to do is be a trapeze artist. After a fight between her and her parents, she leaves home and runs away to another circus. Finding someone she loves and finding who she truly is. Filled with romance and conflict. The perfect read for a teenage girl!

Reviewer's Name: 
Maria

Book Review: Not Hungry

Not Hungry
Author: 
Quinn, Kate Karyus
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

The book Not Hungry it's about a girl, May who has an eating disorder because she feels fat. Little dose she know that the popular football boy watches her throw up her food. May's sister has a boyfriend who thinks he's better than everyone else. This book will leave you wondering what will happen as May try's to stop her eating disorder. This book is a short book that you can finish in a day. If you are sensitive to eating disorders, and throwing up i wouldn't recommend this book for you. Overall this is a great book!

Reviewer's Name: 
Estella
Awards: 

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars
Author: 
Green, John
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

This book is utterly amazing. The Fault in our Stars is about two teenage cancer survivors who fall in love. Its in Hazel’s perspective as she experiences everyday life. Hazel and Augustus Waters meet at a cancer survivor support group, in a place they call “the literal heart of Jesus ”. Hazel and Augustus start being around each other more and Hazel gets Augustus to read a book she loves. “An Imperial Affliction.” He falls in love with the book as well. It brings their relationship to so many different places. Green’s vocabulary is extraordinary, and the way he displays her thoughts is beautiful. This book really made me feel something, its a tragedy, but so romantic. Reading it, you get to experience not just their relationship, but also Hazel’s life with cancer, her relationship with her parents, and other relationships important to her. The Fault in our Stars is such a wonderful book. It feels real, even though it is fiction.

Reviewer's Name: 
Macey

Book Review: The Paper Girl of Paris

The Paper Girl of Paris
Author: 
Taylor, Jordyn
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

When Alice ends up in Paris for the summer her whole world changes. When her grandmother passes away she inherits a mysteriously locked apartment in Paris. Upon finding the apartment, she acquires help from a cute Parisian student named Paul. Paul and Alice quickly become friends and realize there may be more to their friendship. Between figuring out a mysterious apartment from World War 2 and a budding romance this book is a keeper! Couldn't put it down.

Reviewer's Name: 
Maria

Book Review: The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give
Author: 
Thomas, Angie
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is about Starr Carter who is constantly switching between her Garden Heights self and Williamson Prep self. She switches her speech, personality, and behavior to match where she is at. After a shooting with her childhood friend, Starr finds it increasingly difficult for both Starrs’ to remain separated. Angie Thomas does a wonderful job at making you love some characters, hate others, and at times make you feel genuinely uncomfortable along with an ending that will make you feel satisfied. All in all, I loved this book and at times could not set it down and would recommend this book with a 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewer's Name: 
Lucia

Book Review: A Short History of the Girl Next Door

A Short History of the Girl Next Door
Author: 
Reck, Jared
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck is about an awkward high school freshman Matt and his best friend neighbor, Tabby. If everything went according to plan Tabby would find out Matt was madly in love with her and she would fall into his arms. But that's not how it worked. Tabby falls in love with a senior on Matt’s basketball team, Liam. Jared Reck does a great job in making the characters' emotions come to life in a realistic awkward teenager kind of way. This book made me laugh, cringe, broke my heart, but still left me with hope. It would not give this book justice to say it was some romantic comedy because it becomes so much more. I would recommend this book with a 4 out of 5 stars.

Reviewer's Name: 
Lucia

Book Review: The Midnight Library

The Midnight Library
Author: 
Haig, Matt
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

I expected this book to be decently interesting but I found that I couldn't put it down and ended up finishing it in a day. It tells the story of Nora Seed, who, after taking her own life, finds herself in the "Midnight Library," in which every book is a different life that could have been hers had she made a different decision in any given moment. She explores several of these lives, trying them out, in an attempt to find the right one that she really wants.
Nora is a relatable, three-dimensional character with an arc of development that was touching and well-done. The development of the book's themes, too, was immaculate, and they were crafted and portrayed in a way that hits the reader hard. If you're looking for a heartfelt book about self-discovery, regret, potential, and the joy of life, I would highly recommend.
Content-wise, there's the occasional swear word, and two mentions of the main character having sex, but it wasn't described and there wasn't anything graphic. I'd probably give it a 14+ age rating.
Reviewer grade: 11

Reviewer's Name: 
Elanor

Book Review: Beyond the Break

Beyond the Break
Author: 
Buchta, Heather
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

The main theme of this book is questioning can you still be a good Christian while still navigating romance. After a 17-year-old girl, Lovette's brother almost dies in a freak surfing accident she is banned from surfing and the ocean. Since her brother's accident, she has given her life to God and is a committed Christian. That is until Jake comes into her life. She now questions can I be a good Christian and am I placing Jake over God. She realizes that she wants nothing more than to surf again, that surfing is a part of who she is. That Jake is a part of who she is. I love this book because of the sweet romance and the drama between the characters. You won't be able to set the book down once you have started it. I highly recommend this book to any teenage girl.

Reviewer's Name: 
Maria H.

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