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Paper Towns

John Green


4 stars.

Describe the book: Paper towns is a book about a guy named Quentin Jacobsen (Q), who lives across the street from his crush Margo Spiegelman who he hasn't spoken to in years. Until Margo, dressed in all black climbs through his window, they go on an adventure, and then she disappears the next day. But soon Q finds clues leading to her left for him on purpose by Margo

What did you think: I really enjoyed this book because it was very interesting. All of John Green 's books are very good! My favorite part was when they attacked the school bully by throwing fish at him.

Who would you recommend it to: Ages 14+, you won't regret reading

- S.F. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

Don't Stay Up Late

R.L. Stine


3 stars.

Describe the book: Lisa recently moved to Shadyside and made three friends.After an argument with her father, they suffered a terrible car crash in a result of her hallucinations.With her mom suffering from the loss of her husband,Lisa's psychiatrist recommends a babysitter job on Fear street.Ever since then, weird things, concluding the murder of a friend started.

What did you think: I already predicted the murderer in the beginning, but I couldn't imagine their reason why or how this was all happening. My favorite part is when Isaac unexpectedly kissed Lisa while her boyfriend, Nate, was watching. Every story needs a good love triangle.

Who would you recommend it to: People who are a fan of R.L. Stine.And Horror

- M.L. (Grade 10) from Snohomish Library

Marley & Me

John Grogan

636.7527 GROGAN

4 stars.

Describe the book: the book was basically about a couple who were madly in love, like a love like no one else and they wanted a kid but knew they couldn't take care of it so they decided to get a puppy to practice, but little they know the puppy has no manners and is always causing or in trouble. but they love him no matter the hurt and anger he causes

What did you think: This book is by far one of my favorite books, I mean like you get attached to every character when you read the book, it's not like a movie. it's deeper. my favorite part is the end when John, knows the dog won't make it, and he just breaks down and shows his actually feelings and says he loves Marley ad always will no matter what happens

Who would you recommend it to: people who love dogs

- M.O. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library


Rosemary Sutcliff


3 stars.

Describe the book: A man by the name of Beowulf goes to Denmark with his men, in hopes of repaying Hrothgar for helping his father when he was in need, to rid Heorot Hall of the beast that lurks in the kingdoms halls and kills the King's men. The beast is Grendel. Beowulf makes it his mission to end Grendel's life to save the King and his men.

What did you think: The book is good if you prefer reading Old English and you the idea of a good battle entrigues you. Beowulf has those aspects throughout it. But the book can also begin to confuse you. There are many names in the book and the plot is very fast paced. It can be hard to contain and remember it all.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who's loves Old Literature, and Epic poems.

- K.E. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

Go Ask Alice



4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about the life story of a young girl, and all her struggles including drug addiction and mental instability. It is written in diary form, as if she was telling the story herself. Embark on a journey you will never forget along with "Alice"

What did you think: My favorite part of this book was honestly how detailed it was on the descriptions of her trips. The author made the story seen very real, and as if I was along the journey with "alice"

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommended this to a mature audience.

- R.H. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain


3 stars.

Describe the book: Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is about adventures that take place with "Huck" Finn and his friend Tom sawyer. Told in first person by Huckleberry Finn himself this book is all about him and his friends growing up along the Mississippi river. Mark Twain does an amazing job of imagery and personification and makes the scene come to life in this novel

What did you think: I have a love hate relationship with this book. The reason I rated this book a 3 is because it was in the middle for me. Though it is a great piece of literature in our American classical genre there are still parts of the books that are rather controversial. Anyways this book is still a great piece of history as it's scene takes place in old USA.

Who would you recommend it to: Adventure/American literature lovers.

- t.s. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

The Outsiders

S.E Hinton


4 stars.

Describe the book: The outsiders is a book about a rival against two groups of people called the Greasers and the Soc's. The Soc's are the more rich and weaker gang, and the greasers are the more poor and strong gang. The main idea in the book is all revolved around the fight at the end to see who was like the better gang.

What did you think: The book is funny in some parts and intense and sad all in one book. One of my favorite part was the fight at the end when the greasers beat up the Soc's in the gang fight near the end of the book. And my most favorite part is the quote, "Stay gold Pony boy"

Who would you recommend it to: 7th-8th graders

- N.A. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen


3 stars.

Describe the book: Recently widowed Mrs. Dashwood struggles to marry each of her three daughters, who since their father's death, are left with little financial support. Elinor and Marianne, two of Mrs. Dashwood's daughters, find themselves torn between what they feel is right in their hearts and what's most sensible. They discover a mix of both sense and sensibility

What did you think: What interested me most was the mysteriousness of the characters and their responses to different situations. At times an idea or event would arise and go unexplained for quite some time, but in the end everything was revealed and all of the seemingly missing puzzle pieces finally fit together. This closure ultimately gave the book a satisfying end

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy bittersweet relationships

- E.H. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

The Fall

Albert Camus


3 stars.

Describe the book: Confessions of a man who believes in living life to the fullest, Jean-Baptiste Clamence. Some of the themes of "The Fall" include Religion, Justice and Judgement, Guilt and Blame, Freedom and Confinement, and Philosophical views of the absurd. I like how the author really created a rich backstory. It made Jean-Baptiste feel like a real person to me

What did you think: It went on and on for me, but overall, it was an interesting book, with a rich backstory. The way the author wrote it, it makes you feel like you are really there. My favorite parts were when Jean-Baptiste interacts with you. Like "Open that window, will you? Not too much, because I'm cold, but enough so I'm not hot. Thanks". It adds personality.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy Philisophical Books.

- J.B. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger


3 stars.

Describe the book: The Catcher in the Rye depicts the events following the main Character, Holden Caulfields expulsion from Pencey Prep. After leaving the school earlier then intended, Holden finds himself in the streets of Manhattan trying to figure out what to do. He spends the next days interacting with prostitutes, teachers, his ex girlfriend, and his sister.

What did you think: I thought this book was a good read, but the main character annoyed me to no ends. The way he talked, the way he would describe situations, just everything. My favorite part of the book was when he agreed to have the prostitute come to his room, but then tries to make conversation with her. It's as if he's trying to prove to himself something.

Who would you recommend it to: High schoolers

- I.T. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

An Abundance of Katherines

John Green


3 stars.

Describe the book: Colin is very smart and is a lover of anagrams and theorems. Hassan is Colin's best friend who is a lover of Judge Judy. After Colin gets dumped by yet another girl named Katherine, Hassan convinces Colin to go on a summer road trip with him out of Chicago. On the way they meet new people, and Colin's romantic interests in "Katherine's" is tested.

What did you think: I thought this book was alright. It contained some humor and kept you interested throughout the whole book. I thought the irony of him only dating Katherine's and failing at all the relationships was funny, and I also thought that him relation relationships to theorems was pretty humorous as well.

Who would you recommend it to: people who enjoy coming of age

- A.F. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

The outsiders

S.E hinten


4 stars.

Describe the book: The outsiders is a book about differences and getting along with others.

What did you think: The outsiders is a really good book. My favorite part is when ponyboy was telling johnnie about the poem

Who would you recommend it to: Middle schoolers

- S.S. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald


3 stars.

Describe the book: In this Classic, the narrator Nick Carraway describes the story of the very wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. This book takes place in the 1920s in New York. Gatsby is known for throwing lavish parties every weekend, though he hides a sad secret. He is chasing an unworthy dream that leads to despair at the end.

Why should everyone read this book? I really liked this book. It had a lot of literary symbols in it that made me think deeper. It wasn't just a happy ever-after love story but ended in a tragedy.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend it to people who love Classics

- V.D. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

Go Ask Alice



3 stars.

Describe the book: Go ask Alice is an extraordinary work, A document of horrifying reality in which takes you inside the life of an average teenage girl who finds herself addicted to drugs and doesn't know how to get herself out of the situation because after you've had it there isn't even life without drugs.

What did you think: I felt really connected with this book because there were situations in which I could connect and really felt as if I was having a look inside someone's reality.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this book to teens and parents.

- M.B. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

Animal Farm

George Orwell


3 stars.

Describe the book: Animal Farm is about a group of farm animals that drive away their farmer and start living/running a farm all on their own. The animals of Manor Farm should exile their farmer and begin to live on their own and work for themselves according to an old boar. This idea sparks a revolution which causes conflict, tyranny, and affects all of England.

What did you think: Overall, the book was pretty satisfying. The vocabulary was hard to grasp at some times, and the story was hard to stay interested in at certain points, but for the most part, it was entertaining and metaphoric.My favorite part was at the very end, when the pigs and the other farmers met and discussed stocks and business together.

Who would you recommend it to: people interested in different types of societies.

- J.M. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

War of the Worlds

H.G. Wells


2 stars.

Describe the book: The earth had no idea that there was life on mars. Some cylinders fell from the sky. They opened to revealed the martians. The Martians start to invade by building a death ray. Then they gave it legs. They set off to terrorize the English countryside.

What did you think: The book can be tedious. Aside from that, its OK. The si-fi characteristics are interesting, and there can be a palpable feeling of fear presented by the main character. As a reader, you can really feel how helpless the humans are against the martians and their superior technology. Overall decent, but not fantastic. Wouldn't recommend to everybody.

Who would you recommend it to: Sci-fi lovers, high schoolers

- P.D. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

The Crucible

Arthur Miller

812.52 MILLER

1 star.

Describe the book: The Crucible is set in Salem Massachusetts in 1962. They play starts with Betty unconscious and sickly looking in a bed. Betty, Abigail, and Tituba had been discovered by reverend Parris dancing and casting spells in the woods. In the town there is talk of witchcraft in the town as Abigail threatens everyone who knows what happened in the woods.

What did you think: The Crucible is full of long winded sentences and scenes that can sometimes feel an hour long. It is not an entertaining book while it is being read. The characters face huge moral dilemmas that make you question your own choices. The story has some parallels to the red scare, making it easier to read if you have knowledge of it.

Who would you recommend it to: Someone who loves theater performances

- M.R. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

Cannery Row

John Steinbeck


3 stars.

Describe the book: Cannery Row is a story taking place in the small town of Cannery Row. This book takes you through the lives of the townsfolk from Lee Chong, a stable living store owner, to Mack and the boys, nearly homeless men barely making enough to get by. Everyone goes them rough their daily routines day by day, along with a few adventures.

What did you think: I liked how the authors changed from plot to plot, there were many different perspectives on the town and people living in it. This book keeps me interested with the changes and adventures through your the book. Each character has a connection to one another.

Who would you recommend it to: People who want a fresh read.

- R.s. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

Freaky Green Eyes

Joyce Carol Oates

2 stars.

Describe the book: It's about a girl who has an abusive dad who drives his wife out of the house. She's trying figure out why her mom left to the cabin. Day by day she slowly realizing about why she left. She realized the marks on her mom skin that her own father also gave her.

What did you think: My favorite part was when she released the animals on fourth of july. I love how Joyce described the fear in the animals and the relief when they were let to be free in the wild again. I felt like Franky was really weird and almost as if she has schizophrenia

Who would you recommend it to: People who like dramatic storys

- b.h. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library



Laurie Halse Anderson


4 stars.

Describe the book: The summer before freshman year, a party takes a toll for the worst when 911 is dialed regarding an incident between Melinda and Andy involving alcohol. Traumatized, she starts out the school year alone. It wasn't till she found out about her former friend Rachel & Andy that she decides to open up about the incident for the sake of Rachels safety.

What did you think: Personally, this book spoke to me a lot. I felt that her thoughts and feelings were portrayed well throughout the book and gave me the reality of the situation through the main characters eyes. My favorite part was definitely when she finally stood up for herself and opened up about her incident.

Who would you recommend it to: Teenage girls and highschoolers.

- A.B. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

The Fault In Our Stars

john green


4 stars.

Describe the book: hazel and Augustus meet in a support group meeting where people there are suffering or have survived from cancer or terminal problems. with Augustus outgoing silly personality he attracts hazel and they go through the motions of her sickness and life but then there's a huge plot twist when Augustus gets sick again and breaks the news to hazel

What did you think: I was definetly hooked on this book and did not want to put it down. my favorite part was when

Who would you recommend it to: teens! or someone who loves anything john green

- k.f. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen


4 stars.

Describe the book: Jane tells the story of five daughters who are looking to be married. Invited to a ball, they are pleased to hear there are suitors there and encounter Mr.Bingley, a kind gentleman, and Mr.Darcy, a man opposite of his friend, who Elizabeth soon finds despicable. Though their first meeting is not the best, time helps to know each other better.

What did you think: I really loved this book because of how it was written. Her writing style was unique and different. My favorite parts were when everyone first meets at the ball and when Elizabeth goes to stay with Charlotte, and there sees Mr.Darcy, who has a surprising confession for her. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book and is one of my favorites.

Who would you recommend it to: For high school kids, someone who likes romance.

- J.Z. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

Lord of the Flies

William Golding


3 stars.

Describe the book: The lord of the flies is a very interesting book that takes you into the minds of early teen age boys trying to survive on a deserted island. There are some early age teens and mostly young kids some barely able to speak. This book takes place during a war. The boys take very interesting decisions to find a way to escape the island.

What did you think: I feel the book is really easy to read. This book could read by almost anyone with a good reading level. My favorite parts of the book was where as you read through the book you get to see how these boys make their decision on trying to live everyday. Also, i liked how the ending of the book goes but i would like to see the after story if there is.

Who would you recommend it to: Recommend this book to survival island lovers.

- F.V. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

Anne of Green Gables

Lucy Maud Montgomery


4 stars.

Describe the book: "It is Anne with an e", introduces herself, to Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert,who decided to adopt a boy. But thru a mistake, they received a girl. They decided to keep her anyway. While things were going well at home, there was a lot of drama going on at school. Anne made a best friend, Diana Barry, but she also made an enemy, Gilbert Bylthe.

What did you think: I loved this book, because it was care-free. I could just read the book, and forget about everything that is going on in my life. My favorite part was when Anne made up her friendship, with Gilbert Blythe.

Who would you recommend it to: someone who wants a fun and carefree book.

- A.K. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

As I Lay Dying

William faulkner


4 stars.

Describe the book: Imagine how you would feel if your mother died. Or perhaps your wife. What would you say about them? Well, this book is exactly that, the story of the Bundren family. They were not a rich family, rather a very poor one, always referring to food rations. As this fantastic book progresses through their treck much drama happens, especially with lafe.

What did you think: I absolutely loved this book. I was able to not only read it but enjoy it and actually anticipated reading it. My favorite part was when Lafe came into the picture, but i can't spoil that part for you. The author did an outstanding job with his word choice and painted a vivid picture throughout the entire book, never confusing me as a reader.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who wants an interesting book, 10th grade+.

- Z.S. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

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