Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

A young girl Bella moved to the city of Forks to live with her father while her mother traveled around the country. She is intrigued by one of her new classmates Edward. Though Edward does not want Bella to be part of his life. Bella insists that when two people love each other they should be together. Their love takes them through a long sequence of events that continue through the next book New Moon . When reading this book I found myself, surprised, and constantly on edge about what was going to happen next. I wanted to know how their love was going to unravel. And what would become of their love. In my opinion, I absolutely loved this book. I have never really like to read, but I do not know what this book had, that made me want to read more often. They say not to judge a book by the cover. Unfortunately that is what found myself doing. I was randomly taking out books from the shelves and when I pulled Twilight out. I was very intrigued by the cover. The apple, I wanted to know what the apple meant. Even though many would say not to judge a book by the cover. I am glad I did, because it is a spectacular book. I kept reading this book, beause it constantly had me on edge, waiting to see what was going to happen next. All the events that happened before the climax were very good because when the book made it to the climax. It was amazing in every way. Next, I would probably recommend this book to my friends. They generally have the same taste as I do in books and I am sure they would love. Although for anyone who likes books that are fantasy novels with a bit of romance, I am sure they would enjoy this book.

Trailer by Analila E.


enthusiasm by polly shulman

Summary: The book Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman shows the true life of enthusiasm as well as its meaning. The novel depicts the life of two teenage girls; Julie Lefkowitz and Ashleigh who are indeed very close friends, but do not have much in common. Julie is calm and keeps to herself while Ashleigh is an absurd enthusiast who has extreme enthusiasm over all sorts of things, from movies, to novels and all the way to history.

enthusiasmpaperbackBut now, Ashleigh is obsessed with the novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin. Ashleigh is so obsessed with the characters that she wants to make the story come true, all she ever talks about is Pride and Prejudice, as well as classical English. She seems to believe that she is part of the story, walking around in classic cloth, gowns and armors that are made from the most diverse materials. These two girls have known each other since elementary, and Ashleigh has embarrassed Julie multiple times. But now that they are in high school and coincidentally they both go through the affection and dreams of Pride and Prejudice, they are both obsessed with the novel and want to meet their very own Darcy and Mr. Bingely from the novel. Both girls sneak into a prep boys school dance with the help of a friendand unfortunately both develop feelings for the same Mr. Darcy or Mr. Bingely named Charlie at the dance. What will the girls do being obsessed with Pride and Prejudice, a novel that lives in teenage girls even in modern times, but instead of two girls and two guys this time there’s two girls and only one guy?

Why I picked it up: I picked this book up because this book seemed very famous and the novel itself seemed illustrative and visual. It was a very romantic and crafty as well as an intelligent novel with a lot of connections to literature in it. The writing and depiction of feelings seemed enthusiastic and the title Enthusiasm itself had a broad meaning, which made me want to find out what the book was about.

Why I kept reading it: I kept reading this book because it was very exciting and interesting, there were a lot of dilemmas and comedy along with tragedy and the idea was clever. I enjoyed how the book was connecting the old novel of Pride and Prejudice to our modern world and showing how much it can possibly affect teenagers.

Who would I give it to next: I would give this book to anyone seeking a humorous and entertaining novel, which at the same time provides the reader with new and creative ideas as well as ways to connect literature with teenagers.

Reviewed by Ahmed E.

Crossed by Ally Condie

Book CoverSummary: Crossed is the second book of Matched and takes place few months later after Ky was taken away to outer province and Cassia and her family to work camp. They both want to escape from work camp and outer province to find each other. The book is told by both Cassia and Ky and tells us how they finds each other. They face many obstacles but they were able to reach their goal.

Why I picked it up: I read the first book Matched and I liked it so much, and I was curious what will happen to Ky and Cassia.

Why I kept reading it: Once I start reading, I couldn’t stop reading it.

Who would I give it to next:  I would recommend this book to my sister who likes to read books and someone who likes to read romance.

Reviewed By Aiko K

mockingjay by suzanne collins

MockingjaySummary: Katniss accepts her new position as the rebel in District 13. Her and a few others were taken from the Quarter Quell. The Quarter Quell is from Catching Fire. However, Peeta was not one of these who were extracted. He is still missing and in close watch under the Capitol’s eyes. Each day, Katniss still feels as if President Snow haunts her. After much torment, she chooses to accept the role as Mockingjay for the rebel side. By accepting this role, she is granted immunity for her friends and authorization to personally end President Snow’s life. Beetee, another Game victor, works with Katniss closely. She trains Katniss to become a special weapon. As the role of Mockingjay, Katniss is featured in commercials representing the rebel side. These clips are called propos. In a propo, she teams up with her dear friend Gale. They are sent to District two. During their time in District two, they visit a hospital that ends up getting destroyed. By speaking with the injured, and then seeing the hospital being demolished, encourages Katniss to fight for justice. The rebels begin to gain strength after her decision. This is also stimulated by the coded message Peeta sent out to warn the rebels. After Peeta sent out this message, the Capitol releases footage of Peeta being tortured.

Why I picked it up: I watched the movie, “The Hunger Games,” and I loved it, so I decided to read the sequel for it.

Why I kept reading it: Once you pick this book up, you won’t be able to put it down.

Who would I give it to next: Anybody who watched or read The Hunger Games will love this book.

Reviewed by: Nihal S.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Fault In Our StarsSummary: Hazel Lancaster, the narrator, is a sixteen year old terminal cancer patient. Since her diagnosis at only thirteen, she’s been pulled out of school. More recently, she was additionally diagnosed with clinical depression, and was subsequently forced by worried parents into attending a Christian support group for cancer patients like herself. One day at support group, she meets Augustus Waters, a healed cancer patient who came with their mutual friend, Isaac. Each want to date the other, but Hazel refuses to for Augustus’ sake, knowing that her days are numbered.

Why I picked it up: I’ve watched the YouTube channel the author uses with his brother Hank, vlogbrothers, for years, and have always liked his books.

Why I kept reading it:  Initially, It wasn’t as exciting as most books I like, but one day I found myself done with the book at one in the morning, after a couple attempts to put it down. The book uses strong imagery and plays with your feelings.

Who I would give it to next: I was reading the book for an assignment, although I probably would’ve read it anyway, and my teacher asked to read it after I gave her a good review of it. In general, it’s nice if you need a good plot twist. I recommend it to people who are okay with a tear or two, and have a taste in books that border on Romantic Comedy.

Reviewed by Celine W.

Matched by Ally Condie

Matched-April-14-20101Summary: Matched is about Cassia, who lives in a society where everything is chosen for you, like your job, how much you eat, how much you can excercize, and who you will marry or be “matched” with. Cassia gets matched with Xander, her best friend, and she loves him. But Cassia eventually falls in love with Ky, and she finds out that Ky should have been matched with Cassia, but Ky can’t be matched since he is cannot be matched with since someone in his family committed a crime.

Why I picked it up: The cover looked good and the summary seemed interesting.

Why I kept reading it: It had an interesting plot, and the story was well written.

Who I would give it to next: My friends that have read the Hunger Games.

Reviewed by Sarah R.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Summary:  A 16-year-old girl from the poorest area of Panem volunteers herself to participate in the annual Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are where 24 contestants, 12 boys and 12 girls from the 12 districts of Panem fight to the death on television for the entertainment of the rest of the world. The Hunger Games happen over a period of weeks, and the contestants turn from humans to animals in their fight to survive, all to serve the two purposes of quelling uprising from the Districts and as entertainment.

Why I picked it up:  I picked up The Hunger Games because I had heard fabulous reviews about the book, and decided it was about time to pick it up and see for myself whether or not the stories were true.

Why I kept reading: The novel is rather compelling. Personally, I don’t believe that it was too deserving of the rave reviews it got, but nonetheless it was good reading. The first half of the book is well-paced in that it keeps you anticipating the Games, and the second is compelling because it keeps you guessing, all the time. The story tugs on a good number of heartstrings, as Collins attaches you to certain characters and pits you against others, leaving you crying or cheering with the advent of their fates. Some parts were bland, but that is most likely because I am not one for romantic subplots- otherwise, this is a solid piece of literature that will linger in the hearts of young and old alike, paralleling the success of the Harry Potter and Twilight series.

Who I would give it to next:  Definitely not my parents. Perhaps somebody who enjoys romance and the promise of loves and losses and doubting oneself, but enjoys some truly hyperventilation-worthy action scenes. Or graphic depictions of violence. There are a lot of those.

Reviewed by Sheila K.

lock and key by sarah dessen

Summary: “Ruby, where is your mother?” With that question from the social worker, Ruby knows the game is up. She’s been living alone in the old yellow house, waiting out the months until she turns eighteen and can finally be on her own legally. It certainly wasn’t in her plan to be reunited with Cora, the sister who left ten years before, and brought to live with Cora and her wealthy entrepreneur husband. Suddenly life is transformed: a luxurious house, private school, new clothes, and even the chance of a future Ruby couldn’t have dreamed of. Her old life has been left behind, but where does she fit in this new life? Only Nate, the genial, popular boy next door, seems to understand, perhaps because he’s hiding some secrets of his own.

Why I picked it up: I heard about this book a few years ago, and I wanted to read it but I never found it. So when I was shelving books at the library and I saw it, I recognized it and decided to read it.

Why I kept reading it: The main character, Ruby, is suddenly surrounded by all this money and glamour, but she doesn’t become spoiled and is really down to earth. It’s not one of those lovey-dovey stories about her and some guy. It’s a realistic story, but it isn’t cheesy, even though books from this genre typically are.

Who would I give it to next: I would recommend this book to anybody who likes Sarah Dessen’s other books, because she is an amazing author.

Reviewed by Nihal S.

Matched by Ally Condie

Summary:  Cassia, the main character in the “Matched” lives in the world where everything is chosen by the officials. They choose who you love, where you work, and when you will die. In Cassia’s matching boutique, she was matched with her childhood friend Xander who was handsome and smart. But when she looks on the matching screen, the boy name Ky’s face flashes in for just for a moment then flashes back to Xander’s face. Later on, Cassia learns the past about Ky and falls love with him. Cassia now faces into impossible choice between Xander and Ky.

Why I picked it up:  I picked up this book because I especially liked the part on the review where it said Cassia faced with impossible choice between Ky and Xander.

Why I kept reading it:  I kept reading this book because I wanted to know what would happen to the Cassia when the official finds out she has broken the rules of the society.

Who would I give it to next:  I would give this book to my sister because she loves to read fantasy book.

Reviewed by Aiko K.

Beastly by Alex Flinn

200px-BeastlyBeastly is a solid novel which traces particular events in Kyle Kingsbury’s social life. He meets an ugly girl in one of his classes and proceeds to embarrass and humiliate her. The girl reveals herself to be a witch and curses Kyle to lead the life of a beast, thus beginning the course of this dreadfully demeaning life. The book deals with the harsh troubles and adventures which Kyle had to endure in order to regain his prior, lavish lifestyle. I primarily picked up this book due to its appealing cover and the promising content which was portrayed in its synopsis. I most certainly would recommend this novel to any fantasy-enthusiast as it vibes out some of the most heart-wrenching and gripping adventures through its captivating plot. Beastly is a must-have on the bookshelf of any die-hard fantasy reader.

Reviewed by: Saravan P.