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Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger
Drama , Realistic Fiction , Romance , Young Adult / October 27, 2017

Are you good at lying? Well, Sonny is.   In the book Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger, the main character, Sonny, lies about most things. She lies about living at her best friend’s house. She lies about why she isn’t living at her own house. The lies keep going on from there, when one night Sonny chats with a boy named Ryder Cross, who she hates. The problem is that she did it from her best friend Amy’s computer. Not only is that bad, but Ryder is obsessed with Amy and she doesn’t like him back. Sonny tells herself she will never do it again, but then ends up finding herself in the same situation. What happens when Sonny falls for Ryder but he still wants Amy? Sonny came up with plans to make Ryder not like Amy, and Amy got on board. Sonny ends up taking this to a whole other level. When Karma comes back to hit Sonny from all the lying, and the truths unfold, Sonny struggles with keeping her friendship, and keeping Ryder. Sonny learns that lying can get you in more trouble than it can get you out of. I didn’t think the book…

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Drama , Romance , Young Adult / October 25, 2017

The book If I Stay by Gayle Forman tells a rather depressing yet engaging story about a teenage cello prodigy, Mia, and the accident that will forever change her life. Mia was an average girl who found the cello at a young age and grew to love it more than anything. As well as being her passion, the cello helped Mia with a lot during her life. Mia fell in love with a guitarist who fell in love with her because she was so passionate about music. Mia’s cello playing had even led her to a live audition at Juilliard. Essentially, the cello had set Mia’s life up for happiness and success.   Although Mia is happy, she does have internal conflicts she is battling. These conflicts involve the cello and Adam, the guitarist who is the love of her life. Mia is going to Juilliard if she is accepted, that was a given, but the problem with this decision is that Juillard is in New York City, and Adam is in Portland, Oregon. An accident that nearly kills Mia and is devastating for the rest of her family, put her life on pause, literally. Mia is allowed time to…

Dune by Frank Herbert
Action and Adventure , Mystery , Sci-Fi , Series / October 25, 2017

In the book Dune by Frank Herbert, the Atreides House has been condemned to death. Far in the future in the vast nothingness of space lies the planet Arrakis, seemingly desolate, being a desert planet. The planet, now in control of the Atreides, is where the abominable Harkonnen House used to reside, however remnants of their deadly rule still remain. The Atreides House, being elegant and extremely pensive within almost everything, are hated by the Harkonnens, being brutal and savage. Tribulation echos throughout time. Blood will be spilled.  Soon the only people left to fight the rest of the Harkonnens on Arrakis will be the people under Muad’dib, a transcendent being who sees what cannot be seen by others, the one who can see the flow of time. His banner will rage throughout the void known as space, leaving death and destruction in its wake; the people of the desert planet go from friend to complete worshipper as they throw themselves into battle in his name. That is what he, the Muad’dib, sees. People on Arrakis are killed only for one mind-bending substance, the spice. The spice controls all, destroy it you may kill a tremendous amount of people, keep…

Pick-Up Game by Marc Aronson and Charles Smith Jr
Drama , Realistic Fiction , Sports , Young Adult / October 25, 2017

  Pick up Game edited by Marc Aronson and Charles Smith Jr, is a book filled with emotional conflicts as each individual player deals with management, friendship, and pressure from others. This book is set in modern-day Harlem when African American kids such as Caesar, ESPN, and Waco try to strive in basketball. When the players step into the basketball court known as the Cage, they realize that focus and effort will help them make it through each match. Everyone has their own moral conflict in this book. Some people doubt themselves to a certain level, and others the question what is the purpose of the Cage? The authors do something in this book that I have never seen before; they don’t focus on one particular player or main character throughout the novel. Instead, they give the audience a general perspective of every player in the book, and they describe each player’s relationship with one another. How they do this, is that every chapter focuses on one person at a time, meaning their personalities, characteristics and conflicts. Just about every character has a deep conflict within themselves that they must try to get past and learn from it because if…

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Coming of Age , Drama , Young Adult / October 25, 2017

“‘Someday, I’m going to discover all the secrets of the universe.’ That made me smile. ‘What are you going to do with all those secrets, Dante?’ ‘I’ll know what to do with them,’ he said. ‘Maybe change the world.’” (page 43)   “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Sáenz is hands down one of the best books I have ever read. The main characters are Aristotle (Ari) and Dante. Both characters are unique in his own way and although they are very different people they become best friends. Ari is going through a rough stage in his life. He’s mad at his father for bottling up so much and never telling Ari stories from his war experience. He’s mad at his parents for acting like his brother, who is in jail, does not exist. He’s mad that his older sisters believe he was “born too late.” But most of all, Ari is mad that he feels like he has no idea who he is. Dante on the other hand, is a unique teenage boy who has a new way of looking at the world. Unlike Ari, he isn’t afraid to be himself: walking around…

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Romance , Young Adult / October 25, 2017

Would you rather live your entire life inside a bubble or risk everything for love? Everything, Everything is about a teenager who has been sick for her entire life. One out of a million people get SCID (severe combined immunodeficiency disease) which is also known as “bubble-baby disease.” Ever since Madeline Whittier was only a few months old, she kept on getting sick with “…rashes, allergies, eczema, colds, fevers, and two ear infections” (Yoon 272). In the beginning of Madeline’s story, you learn that in the past, she had become depressed because she couldn’t go out and see the world. But when Madeline turns eighteen, everything in her life changes; she falls in love with Olly, the boy next door. Everything, Everything is about adventure and heartbreak that occurs when Madeline breaks out of her shell to do crazy and sometimes death-defying things for love. Madeline’s story of family, love, and sacrifice comes to life due to the pictures and diagrams which she illustrates throughout the book. The illustrations, drawn from Madeline’s imagination, represents certain ideas and topics. Olly teaches Madeline how to live life and what it is like to live and not give up on life because you…

The Scorch Trials by James Dasher

[MAZE RUNNER SPOILERS AHEAD] The second book of The Maze Runner Series, The Scorch Trials, by James Dashner has a theme of survival. WICKED (World In Catastrophe: Killzone Experiment Department) is manipulating teenagers after taking them from their families to test their abilities. In the previous book, The Maze Runner, Thomas and the other captive teenagers cannot remember anything that happened before they entered the Glade, a location where they were sent to fight for survival.  The Gladers hope to have freedom after the chaos from fighting the Grievers, monsters that live in a maze to serve as obstacles for the Gladers. Through the adversities they face, the Gladers have been encouraged by the thought of freedom, which eventually leads to the success of finishing the maze. Upon their escape, they are “saved” by a group of adults who are really part if WICKED.  They think they are free, but that isn’t the case. Then the The Scorch Trials begins. The Scorch, a location where the story takes place, is between the tropics, which is far north of the Aspen, a building where WICKED does testing on kids. This Scorch is a very humid and dangerous place that has Cranks,…

Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos

Choices have consequences. Jack Gantos, author and protagonist of Hole in my Life, learns this lesson when he is a young man just out of high school. He is living on his own during his senior year of high school. His parents are in St. Croix, trying to provide for the rest of the family, but he wants to finish his education. He is all set to go to college, has been accepted, but something spurs him to put his education on hold. His ideal college is University of Florida, and when he goes up for a visit, the dean of the school tells him he is not allowed to keep his car, his only possession, on campus. This revelation shakes him, and he decides to not go to college. After this first mistake, Jack returns to his family in St. Croix, where he gets roped into a world of drugs. He agrees to sail a boat filled with hash up to New York from St. Croix for $10,000. Inevitably, Jack and his sailing partner, Hamilton, get caught with the drugs on board, and he is then convicted and given a prison sentence of up to six years, but, because…