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In the book, If I Stay, the story involves a girl named Mia who is thrown into chaos when she and her family get into a fatal car crash, leaving her parents dead on impact and her brother and her fighting for their lives. The plot switches between the past and present, focusing on her passion for the cello and other aspects of her life that she loves. The music that she makes consumes her, which catches the eye of a guitarist named Adam. The t...

It all started with a bus seat, and Eleanor’s first day of school at a new high school. She is the new girl, with fiery red hair, a strange sense of style, and intelligence that radiates off of her. While Park is a secluded yet attractive guy, who has been stuck in the lulling life of high school. When these two meet, their differences attract each other and almost instantly life apart from each other seems unimaginable. Both have conflicts at...

In a dystopian world where the United States has been split into two warring halves, one half, known as The Republic, holds trials for their people to see how much use they can be. June Iparis and Day are the only two people to have ever gotten perfect trial scores of 1500, although one is revered as a prodigy, while the other is the nation’s most wanted criminal. Day, a poor boy from the slums, was thought to have failed his trial and been le...

Rashad and Quinn are two people with an astounding story, one being a victim of police brutality and the other watching with disbelief. It starts off with Rashad, an ROTC student, preparing for a party by going to see his brother for money. Along the way, he stops at a corner store to buy a bag of chips. This ends up fatal for him because he becomes a victim of police brutality when a white lady trips over him. As it turns out, Quinn was at Je...

Anna had a nice life in atlanta. She had a best friend, Bridgette, a younger brother, Sean, and a crush, Toph. Her mom and dad are divorced, and that’s the only problem. Eventually, her dad sends her to a boarding school in France for her senior year because he thinks it will be a good experience. Anna was dreadful and angered, because she didn’t want to leave her great life in Atlanta.   When she arrives at SOAP (School of Am...

In The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, Lina Mayfleet lives in the city of ember. A long time ago, the creators of the city sent them there, and nobody knows why. The first few decades, everything was going fine. They had electricity, lots of food, and lots of lightbulbs. However, as the years pass, quality of life in the city begins to decrease – they are running out light bulbs, the river generator is starting to not work, causing cityw...

The novel Looking for Alaska by John Green tells a story of a mainstream teenage boy, Miles Halter, and his adventures into what he believes is the unknown. Miles wants to explore something new in order to expand his experiences from his routine-like life. Culver Creek is the perfect escape for him. At his new boarding school, Miles quickly befriends his roomate, Chip Martin, or whom everyone called, The Colonel. Miles also receives a new nick...

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher tells the story leading up to the death of Hannah Baker, a girl who learns the hard way about how people can be so unpleasant. The story is told with a series of tapes, each dedicated to a person who affected her in a way that caused her to end up committing suicide. Clay Jensen receives these tapes one day and walks around at night, visiting the places that Hannah deemed part of her story. He acts as a narrat...

Everyday a different body. Everyday a different life. Everyday the same love. In the book Everyday by David Levithan, the main character is named “A.” Its life is extraordinary compared to the rest of his surroundings. Everyday, “A” wakes up in a different body. Because “A” occupies a variety of bodies day after day, it always wakes up in a different location within a 2-to-3 hour radius. “A”  has never had the experience to be in a person̵...

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The Cinder Series by Marissa Meyer It is 500 years in the future and all the countries have finally stopped fighting and everyone on Earth was allies with each other. By reading that, you’re probably thinking, “oh wow, this book sounds super peaceful then!” Wrong. Instead of fighting with each other, all Earthens now have a new enemy: the people on the moon, known as Lunars. The Lunars are controlled by their psychotic ruler, Queen Levana. Alt...

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn tells the story of the disappearance of Amy Dunne. Amy Dunne was a New York city native thats job was to make personality quizzes. One night, she met her husband at a party in Brooklyn. They automatically clicked and fell in love with each other’s presence. Later in their marriage, Nick loses his job and only a few weeks later, so does Amy. A little bit after they lost their jobs, Nick’s mom gets cancer and...

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Drama , Romance , Young Adult / May 7, 2018

In the book, If I Stay, the story involves a girl named Mia who is thrown into chaos when she and her family get into a fatal car crash, leaving her parents dead on impact and her brother and her fighting for their lives. The plot switches between the past and present, focusing on her passion for the cello and other aspects of her life that she loves. The music that she makes consumes her, which catches the eye of a guitarist named A...

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

It all started with a bus seat, and Eleanor’s first day of school at a new high school. She is the new girl, with fiery red hair, a strange sense of style, and intelligence that radiates off of her. While Park is a secluded yet attractive guy, who has been stuck in the lulling life of high school. When these two meet, their differences attract each other and almost instantly life apart from each other seems unimaginable. Both have co...

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Just because there are teenagers, cancer and a tragedy involved in a book, doesn’t mean it’s a heart-wrenching love story. Greg Gaines, the main character and narrator of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” by Jesse Andrews, awkwardness and social indifference leads him to be apprehensive and incapable of creating real relationships. He even considered himself to have no friends in this world, just coworkers (Earl) or acquai...

Legend by Marie Lu

In a dystopian world where the United States has been split into two warring halves, one half, known as The Republic, holds trials for their people to see how much use they can be. June Iparis and Day are the only two people to have ever gotten perfect trial scores of 1500, although one is revered as a prodigy, while the other is the nation’s most wanted criminal. Day, a poor boy from the slums, was thought to have failed his trial a...

Game Face: Bernard King
Autobiography , Sports / May 4, 2018

In “Game Face,” the biography of Bernard King by Jerome Preisler, a basketball legend talks about his life on and off the court from the beginning. Youth, college, and in the pros, King brought a certain style and New York aggression to the floor. Although an injury that some say costed his career, he bounced back and kept pushing until the end. From a 6 year old in Brooklyn, to a New York Knicks icon, Bernard King was one of the gre...

The Revenant

The Revenant, by Michael Punke, is a fictional tale based on the real life account of Hugh Glass, a trapper who was attacked by a grizzly bear and then left for dead by the men who had been left to care for him. This story is extremely gripping from the explosive opening moments until the very last page. Throughout the novel the reader is practically swept up into the action. Not only are the men in The Revenant struggling with each ...

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Drama , Mystery , Realistic Fiction / May 4, 2018

Before the Fall is a novel that successfully keeps the reader on the edge of their seats by having a constant swinging momentum. The action-mystery has the reader follow the story of the crash of a private plane, its survivors, and the suspicious lives of those who passed away before they could explain themselves. The novel differentiates itself from other mystery books by having the setting constantly change from before the crash to...

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The book Life of Pi by Yann Martel tells a story of a young man who was on his way to Canada onboard a cargo ship named Tsimtsum with his family. While carrying dozens of passengers and wild zoo animals, the ship unexpectedly sinks, leaving Pi and a few animals as the only survivors stranded on a single lifeboat. One of these animals includes a bengal tiger, named Richard Parker. Knowing that his whole family is gone and his life is ...

All American Boys

Rashad and Quinn are two people with an astounding story, one being a victim of police brutality and the other watching with disbelief. It starts off with Rashad, an ROTC student, preparing for a party by going to see his brother for money. Along the way, he stops at a corner store to buy a bag of chips. This ends up fatal for him because he becomes a victim of police brutality when a white lady trips over him. As it turns out, Quinn...