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Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury


4 stars.

Describe the book: This book revolves around Guy Montag, a firefighter in a futuristic society that despised books, education, personality, and self expression. When the government made books illegal, the firefighters would come in and destroy the individual thought on paper through the burning of the books. This books revolves around Guy's struggle to break free.

What did you think: I really loved the book. It captured by attention through diction and different rhetorical strategies, along with the plot. If I had to chose my favorite part, it would be when Guy discovers his house is about to be burnt and how he reacts. After this, I enjoyed his run from the hound and his journey to freedom. I would definitely read this again.

Who would you recommend it to: Utopian fiction lovers and high schoolers

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

The Mysterious Benedict Society

Trenton Lee Stewart


4 stars.

Describe the book: This novel is about a group of four kids who go through phases of testing to go on a special mission. As they soon come to realize there actions have the world lying right on top of them. All of the characters are very different and each have a special characteristic.

What did you think: I really liked this book because it brought you into the world of a group of young inexperienced spies. I love how resourceful and clever this book is. It makes me smile when ever they figure out riddles or fit a missing piece of the puzzle into its place.

Who would you recommend it to: Would recommend this book to people who are clever

- T.M. (Grade 7) from Mill Creek Library

The Fault in Our Stars

John Green


3 stars.

Describe the book: this book is about 2 teens who find each other through a group sessions of cancer fighters/survivors. hazel only goes at the request of her mother and to get out of the house, here is where she meets her love interest gus. these 2 have a seemingly unbreakable bond and fall madly in love, this book will eventually break your heart though.

What did you think: my favorite part of the book is when gus drives hazel to his house and swerves which doesn't to much enjoy, besides this part in the book i really like that gus has the mind set of holding cigarettes to symbolize that he could if he wanted to, but he would choose not to smoke, because of his cancer.

Who would you recommend it to: mainly highschool age kids would be interested

- j.m. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

It's All Your Fault

Paul Rudnick


4 stars.

Describe the book: This book follows Caitlin coming out of her shell and her dealing with anxiety. Caitlin is trying to help her cousin Heller Harrigan who is a famous celebrity who's gone off the rails. Caitlin and Heller haven't talked in years. Then Caitlins mom asks her to stay with Heller for a Weekend to try and help Heller see a better way of life.

What did you think: This is one of only YA books I've ever read that doesn't really deal with romance or a relationship. I love that this book was really about Caitlin and Heller's relationship. I found myself relating to Caitlin a lot and being happy for her when she stepped out of her comfort zone. This book also had amazing character development.

Who would you recommend it to: High School Students, Humor, Realistic Fiction

- B.U. (Grade 8) from Snohomish Library

Suffer Love

Ashley Herring Blake


4 stars.

Describe the book: What happens when you fall in love with the boy whose mother had an affair with your father? Sounds complicated, right? Hadley's got no idea when she meets Sam, but Sam figures it out quick; he's curious about her, and begins to fall for her, but doesn't know how to tell her the truth about how their lives have already linked, that it was his mom.

What did you think: I love contemporaries of all kinds, and I was excited for this one. It certainly didn't disappoint! What an interesting premise. I loved Hadley and Sam, and Sam's sister, Livy. I could feel their emotions with them all the way through. I could feel the love and the anger and the resentment. A book that makes you feel is a good read.

Who would you recommend it to: gr7+, love, drama, families, friendship

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library

Ask Me How I Got Here

Christine Heppermann


4 stars.

Describe the book: A book in free verse poetry. A girl named Addie is a cross country runner in her school, but things change when she finds out she's pregnant. Even after Addie gets the abortion she knows is right for her, life isn't the same; not cross country, not her friends, not her boyfriend. She seeks friendship with Juliana, a former runner she once knew.

What did you think: I like this book for being one of a few new books in YA to handle the subject of abortions in a good way. Addie has parents and a boyfriend supportive of her decision. After anything changes in your life, for better or worse, life can't always return to how it was, at least not right away, and I like how this book portrays that reality.

Who would you recommend it to: gr8+, novel in verse, abortion, LGBT

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library


Peter Rock


2 stars.

Describe the book: Vivian is trying to understand her older sister Audra, and why she's always out at night, always walking funny outside. Audra is training herself for a life in the wilderness with a boy she's met, and she wants to take Vivian with her, insistent that it'll be good for them to get away from the "robot" people in civilization.

What did you think: At interesting concept, but not entirely explained; this could be good to make you think, but I feel like more detail was needed. Paranormal/psychic/ET kinds of things interest me a bit, and I feel like that's what kept me interested, thinking of what might be underground. It appears this book is based off Rock's book titled "My Abandonment".

Who would you recommend it to: gr6+, mystery, siblings, wilderness, psychic power

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library


Julie Murphy


4 stars.

Describe the book: This is a coming of age book about "fat girl" Willowdean Dickson. This book follows her through her first relationship and her coming to terms with her size. Willowdean does something she never thought she never would do she enters a beauty pageant.

What did you think: I loved Willows personality and her character development throughout the book. The friendships she makes and loses are ver similar to those of real high school friendships. The realistic aspect of this book made you able to relate to characters easily. It was also interesting to see what a beauty pageant is like.

Who would you recommend it to: Contemporary lovers: high school students.

- B.U. (Grade 8) from Snohomish Library

The Blood Between Us

Zac Brewer


3 stars.

Describe the book: Adrien fulfills his godfather's dying wish to have him and his sister, Grace, reunite for senior year, after Adrien has spent the past four years at a boarding school across the country. The problem is, Adrien and Grace can't stand to be around eachother. How long can Adrien keep this going for the remainder of his family?

What did you think: It was interesting to read a contemporary by Zac Brewer. I feel like it was sort of abrupt in several places and could have had more to flesh out the characters, but overall it was a quick, enjoyable read, and if you like thrillers, mysteries, or science, I bet you would find this book fun and interesting.

Who would you recommend it to: gr6+, LGBT, adopted MC, sibling rivalry

- A.K. (Grade 12) from Mill Creek Library

Finding Paris

Joy Preble


2 stars.

Describe the book: FINDING PARIS follows Leo and Max as they embark on a search for Leo's sister Paris. Aided by Paris's odd clues, Leo and Max travel across state lines to track her down. But as Leo and Max find themselves falling for each other, Leo realizes that Paris is about to do something that will change the two sisters' lives forever.

What did you think: I thought that I was in for a lighthearted read about road trips and siblings, but while there is some of that in FINDING PARIS, this book has so much more beneath the surface. I was struck by how emotional this book was, and how the author was able to weave family, love, and abuse together in such a powerful way.

Who would you recommend it to: Fans of 13 REASONS WHY and FAKING NORMAL.

- H.M. (Grade 12) from Arlington Library

Animal Farm

George Orwell


3 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about animals trying to get freedom from the humans, which they do and begin their "empire" as the Animal Farm. It is also about how power can corrupt someone. The Animals free themselves from the humans and they begin to create a life for themselves The pigs being the smartest, let power get to their heads and the systems gets corrupt

What did you think: I thought it was a pretty good book. My favorite part was when the humans came to fight the Animals and the animals all came together to fight for their freedom and they won.

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

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

Animal Farm

George Orwell


2 stars.

Describe the book: Jones, a farmer, ceases to care and properly treat his animals. Leading them to be upright angry and rebellious. Their motive of rebellion was to rid of Jones. One day they just did. Overthrowing his title and establishing a new source of power. However that doesn't go as planned...Inequality and justice for all are eagerly stressed in this novel.

What did you think: I liked it a lot. It was an easy novel to read but finding deeper meanings was more of a read between the lines. I liked when Napoleon steals from the cows because it goes to show the main point of this book where the injustice of one having powers is an injustice of the law. This book preaches for equality and as the reader you testify with them.

Who would you recommend it to: Animal lovers, farmers, equal rights lovers

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

Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte


4 stars.

Describe the book: Wuthering Heights is a dual tale of star crossed lovers Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff and, after a span of time during which a younger generation of characters take the stage, the tale of they and their family's children, Catherine Linton, Hareton Earnshaw, and Linton Heathcliff, all of whom face the cruelties of a now maddened Heathcliff

What did you think: This book is titled a 'Classic' with good reason: it has views on love and friendship that I've never considered in this way before. The philosophies on human nature; that no one is truly beyond redemption, are emphasized by every last character in the book, and will change how some people look at the world forever.

Who would you recommend it to: Everyone should read it at least once

- C.L. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

Animal Farm

George Orwell


4 stars.

Describe the book: On the Animal Farm, the animals of the farm become tired of Mr. Jones taking poor care of them and going to the bar to drink. The wisest pig calls a meeting and decides that Mr. Jones should be killed. The animals then create rights for the animals. Napoleon then makes slaves out of the animals. The animals finally destroy Napoleon, returning peace

What did you think: I felt that this book was very entertaining and fun to read, considering that animals took control of a farm. Some of my favorite parts were when Mr. Jones was chased off and when Napoleon was destroyed at the very end, giving freedom back to the rest of the farm.

Who would you recommend it to: Animal lovers; enjoyers of books based on rights.

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

Animal Farm

George Orwell


3 stars.

Describe the book: On Manor Farm, many animals work tirelessly and starvingly, all for the benefit of the owner Mr. Jones. One day, a wise boar calls for a rebellion against humanity and its tyranny. So the humans are overthrown and a new form of government is made on the farm: Animalism, where all animals are equal friends. However, things don’t go as planned...

What did you think: This book is pretty good! The language used in it was very simple, and the plot was engaging. The characters were interesting and made the book fun to read, and I was able to sympathize with the animals, yet understand what was really happening underneath, adding dramatic irony to the book. People can understand it, and find connections to it.

Who would you recommend it to: Classic satires

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

Maze Runner

James Dashner


4 stars.

Describe the book: When a boy named Thomas awakes in a cage surrounded by boys he's confused as to who and where he is. The boys tell of a mysterious maze that surrounds them and contains monsters, the maze is yet to be finished by anyone, and no one has escaped....Could Thomas be the one or the last girl ever?

What did you think: One of my favorite parts was when Thomas decides to run into the maze and help Minho who is carrying their leader Alby who had gotten stung by a griever, Thomas had broken a core rule by doing so without being a runner

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy action and suspense alsi scify

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

Don't Put Me In, Coach: My Incredible NCAA Journey from the End of the Bench

Mark titus


3 stars.

Describe the book: Its basically is about a walk on basketball player that attends to the university of Ohio state and is telling his story of how he never played about 99% of the 4 years he was there.

What did you think: it was a really funny book even though it had sex scenes my favorite part is when his black teammate let mark call him the N word.

Who would you recommend it to: athletes

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

Sea of Monsters

Rick Riordan


3 stars.

Describe the book: It takes place in the events after the lighting thief and Percy is having weird dreams about Grover and told one of the gods about his dreams and now they take and old ship out to stop Percy's weird dreams.

What did you think: When Percy's dad (Poseidon) Takes a trident through the monster that looked almost like the Kraken.

Who would you recommend it to: Fantasy-Adventure lovers and series lovers

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


Scott Westerfield


2 stars.

Describe the book: The book is an alternate universe in the early 1900's where genetic engineering technology and the steam engine has been perfected and is commonly used for military use. The book follows the story of an Austrian nobility on the run after the death of his parents and a young girl posing as a boy to join the military

What did you think: reading the second half of the book personally I did not enjoy it as much as I could have. In my opinion the action was to separated from the more calm sections of the novel and may cause some readers to become disinterested

Who would you recommend it to: steam punk and historical fiction fit this book

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

Chosen (A House of Night novel)

P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast


3 stars.

Describe the book: Neferet, the High Priestess of the Tulsa House of Night, has been reving the fledglings who have died. These revived fledglings are like stereo typical vampyres and capture Heath. Aphodite has a vision about him and tells Zoey where she can find him. But when Zoey gets there she saw the last person she was expecting to see......

What did you think: I really enjoyed this book, and I would personally have to say that one of my favorite parts was when Zoey was in the tunnles looking for Heath

Who would you recommend it to: I Guess it would be for people who like fantasy

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

The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins


4 stars.

Describe the book: Katniss Everdeen, a poor person from district 12, is selected into the 74th annual hunger games, an event that matches teenage "tributes" againts each other in an arena in which they must fight to the death. Katniss is put in this area along with Peeta, the male tribute from district 12. They pretend they are in love and get sponers to win the game

What did you think: I felt that this is a good book, but it is kind of dark. My favorite part is when Katniss sings her song to Rue when she is dying, which is the "first step" to the districts uniting together to see that they are being mistreated.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy survivalistic stories

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

The Glass Castle

Jeanette Walls


4 stars.

Describe the book: The Glass Castle is an autobiography about Wall's struggles as a kid with her family. The book first starts off with Jeanette Walls talking about how she saw her mom looking through a dumpster, she was embarrassed and ashamed of her parents. She then tells of her life as a child with an alcoholic father. And How her parents choices affected her.

What did you think: The way she walks us through her life was very eye opening. As she was talking about her childhood I could tell how completely different and difficult her life was back then. One of my favorite parts is how Wall's dad helps pay her college tuition even though he could've just used the money for himself since he was homeless.

Who would you recommend it to: everyone

- T.F. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

Evil Genius

Catherine Jinks


3 stars.

Describe the book: a kid named Cadel Piggot is taken to a psychologist because his prodigious intelligence has led him to hack high-security networks. Along the way he meets a girl named Sonja Pirovic who has cerebral palsy bust is still just as smart as him. He than begins to meet more people and study to get his "World Domination" degree.

What did you think: I liked the character development of the protagonist and the concept of the college. My favorite part is probably near the end where Cadel eventually develops empathy and becomes suspicious of both his father's and his psychologist's real motives.

Who would you recommend it to: Those interested thrillers and suspense.

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

Hunter X Hunter

Yoshihiro togashi


4 stars.

Describe the book: The book is about a boy named Gon who is trying to find his dad who left him to become a hunter. Gon then sets out for a new adventure to follow in his fathers footsteps and also become a hunter.

What did you think: I really loved the book and it is very interesting to see where he will end up and if he will find his father.

Who would you recommend it to: People who like manga,action and adventure

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

L. DK Vol 01-10

Ayu Watanabe

3 stars.

Describe the book: This manga book is about the school prince Shushei and the student Aoi-Chan who end up living together because she destroyed his apartment, she ends up falling in love but at first he doesnt respond to her feelings until later when he confesses he struggled because of a earlier love who she died but he did wanted to be with Aoi-chan and asks her out

What did you think: I think this story is really good because the way they interact with each other is interesting it feels real, my favorite part is when Shushei confesses to her because he says "the only one who can protect her is me" and i thaught it was good how after 9 volumes he finally says what he feels to Aoi

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this to romance/manga readers

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


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