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Category: Book Reviews

Some of my favorite YA books & themes are reviewed here for your next Book Club pick.

November 9

November 9 by: Colleen Hoover Well, aren’t we in for a twisty treat. That’s not even a question…… because you are. I started this book with the hopes of a quick read I could enjoy by the pool this summer. Happily, I did just that. I finished this book on my days off, engaging in the unexpected plot twist, the innocent turned not- innocent romance and the narrative voice of the characters. I mean, come on, two characters who decide to only see each other once a year? Note: on the same date, same…

The Awakening of Sunshine Girl

The Awakening of Sunshine Girl by : Paige McKenzie Returning Sunshiners are ready for another creepy journey into the life of a luiseach. This time around, we get to know more about Sunshine’s past. Her father, who abandoned Sunshine when she was young, (relatable to teens and their conversive family issues) has invited her to Mexico where she ends up learning more about how to become a true luiseach. Her intensive training leads Sunshine to learn about the history of being a luiseach and why she was chosen to become one. Some new friends come into the plot as well…

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by: Paige McKenzie If you’re unfamiliar with one of the most popular YouTube mini-series sensations, known as The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Network, then you don’t yet know Paige McKenzie. She is the intelligent young creator of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Series. Although her show continues to grow into one of the first mega – eerie sensation dramas of today, with over ten million followers, her first novel isn’t bad either. What it’s About Sunshine Griffin moves with her mother to a new city where she must adjust like…

The Girl Who Chased the Moon

The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen Surprise, Surprise! Sarah Addison Allen (my favorite modern day author) baked another enjoyable and fragrant read that I fell in love with. The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel can take to the beach to read and appreciate the yummy descriptive language with its curiously romantic plots. This may not per-say be categorized as Young Adult, however, for higher level readers, who still like to enjoy youthful storylines, this is a great read. Also, I found great enjoyment in reading this book my summer before college. Eighteen-year…

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky This truly is a coming of age story told from one-ninth grader’s perspective. Charlie writes in diary format, which is entertaining because he tells his story exactly the way he thinks thoughts in his head. He is not your most popular character in the social scene, but he finds a place for himself. His diary opens our eyes to the random situations you find yourself dealing with when you enter high school. If you’re in high school, you can relate. If you’re about to go into high…

Beastly

Beastly by Alex Flinn Reading Beastly was like eating the most decadently addictive, gooey, fudge cookie I could get my hands on. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. I wanted more of author Alex Flinn and to explore her listopia of books like a giddy kid in a candy store. Why you will like it: Set in New York City, a modern Beauty and the Beast, Flinn intertwines multiple fairy tale based characters and modernizes the theme by engaging them in an online web chat to narrate all scenes of the novel. It’s witty, comedic, and…

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks Advanced Reading!  If you enjoy the feeling of being freaked out while reading at night before bed, losing sleep because you wake up sweating from nightmares, or getting in trouble at school because you can’t stop reading a book and focus on your work, then pick up this creepy Zombie Apocalypse novel. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War It’ll be like the cookie you know you shouldn’t be eating, but keep shoving in your mouth anyway. The comprehension level is…

Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher ** Mature content An original recipe created by Jay Asher leaving me sandwiched between emotions! You may want to skip the cookies for this one and go straight for the whole tub of ice cream….. Depressing at times, relatable at others, and utterly shocked by the climactic, final recording, Hannah narrates her experiences in a series of sequential events involving her peers, parties, and high school dilemmas of 13 people who affected her decision to commit suicide. Why You Will Like It Told from the unique perspective of numerous cassette tape recordings, Hannah Baker’s…

Cloaked

Cloaked by Alex Flinn Don’t let the fairy-tale theme distract you from the essence of this comical story. Cloaked is not just a cheesy book for girly girls. What it’s About: Told from 17-year-old Johnny’s perspective on South Beach, where he owns his family shoe shop; he is offered a large amount of money from a famously, hot princess, who needs his help to break a curse. Johnny embarks on a quest to solve this frog-napping, save his family business, and get the girl in the end. He leads this magic rescue mission…

Dreamland

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen **I recommend Dreamland if you are someone who can handle mature content among teen relationships. Sixteen-year-old Caitlin narrates this story about the uncontrollable dating world she gets sucked into by a seductive boy, Rogerson. What it’s About: The plot starts out with an intense family issue that takes place right from the get-go, which Caitlin has to cope with. Caitlin is close to her family and is that simple character you will like because she is not annoying. She’s in that middle crowd many teens can relate to; not stuck…