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The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver

By Lois Lowry
3
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Anonymous
Jun 30, 2022

The Giver is a story held in the future where things have changed drastically. At certain ages, you get new things. You have no power over what you do, for your spouse, house, and more.  At 12 you get a desired job. In the story, there are no emotions such as love and no memories either. Jonas, the main character, attends the ceremony to get his job. But instead he gets the role of the receiver.

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Always Jane by Jenn Bennett

Always Jane

By Jenn Bennett
4
Rated by
Saraphina
Jun 30, 2022

Jane Marlow grew up among the staff of LA rock producer Mad Dog. Every summer, Jane and her father head to the Sierras to work at the producer’s luxury lodge at Lake Condor which is the site of the biggest music festival. The Sarafians are the family that runs the festival and Jane has had a crush on the oldest son Eddie for years. But Jane’s feelings about Eddie are tested when she reconnects with his brother, the dark horse of her summer plans.

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Anthem by Ayn Rand

Anthem

By Ayn Rand
5
Rated by
Nihanth D.
Jun 30, 2022

I love dystopian books. There’s something about them that never fail to pique my interest. Whether it be the cruel antagonists projecting their control over the world or brave protagonists fighting to change the status quo, I’m always interested in a good dystopian story. And yet, I was still skeptical going into Anthem. Maybe it was because of the length of the book (52 pages), or maybe it was because of how old the book was (published in 1938).

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The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Outsiders

By S.E. Hinton
4
Rated by
Anonymous
Jun 30, 2022

The Outsiders is a book about a 14 year old boy and his 6 friends. They live in an era where two groups are divided by economic and social status. Ponyboy and his friends fall into the “greasers” side, which is the less rich and more tough side. Ponyboy has two brothers, Soda and Darry, and they all hangout with their other friends, Dally, Johnny & Steve. Ponyboy grows close to Johnny but when he commits a crime, their lives all fall down and a series of events that even leads to death happens after.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses Review by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses

By Sarah J. Maas
5
Rated by
Saraphina
Jun 30, 2022

When 19 year old Feyre kills a wolf in the woods she thinks nothing of it until a terrifying creature arrives at her house to demand retribution. Feyre is then taken to the treacherous Fae lands only known about through legends and lore. There, she discovers that her captor isn’t a true beast but an immortal High Lord ruler of one of the Fae realms. As she adjusts to her new home, her feelings for her captor, Tamlin, transform from hostility to fiery passion.

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It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

It Ends With Us

By Colleen Hoover
5
Rated by
Saraphina
Jun 30, 2022

For Lily Bloom, life hasn’t been easy and she’s had to work hard to start the business she has. But when neurosurgeon Ryle Kincaid comes into Lily’s life everything seems too good to be true. Ryle is stubborn and arrogant but also sensitive and sweet. However, Ryle has a “no dating” rule that Lily can’t help but find disturbing. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan who was her first love and also a connection to her past that she thought she had left behind.

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Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Vanishing Girls

By Lauren Oliver
4
Rated by
Teen Book Reviewer
Jun 29, 2022

Vanishing Girls, by Lauren Oliver, is about 2 sisters finding their ways into the world. Nic and Dara weren’t the closest of sisters but they looked out for each other. They would play games, have fun talking for hours and hours about anything and everything, doing things sisters do. But then things started to happen. Nic started to grow up trying to be more protective of Dara but that only led to Dara getting hurt. A car accident that left beautiful Dara scarred.

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The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

The Princess and the Fangirl

By Ashley Poston
3
Rated by
Kritika S.
Jun 29, 2022

The Princess and the Fangirl was written by Ashley Poston. The genre is YA romance, set at a science fiction convention. The main characters are Jessica Stone and Imogen Lovelace, who look creepily alike. Jessica is a famous actress who started acting when she was 14, and now is working on a beloved series called Starfield as Princess Amara, but it’s well known that she hates being Princess Amara.

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The Dare by Hannah Jayne

The Dare

By Hannah Jayne
4
Rated by
Teen Book Reviewer
Jun 28, 2022

The Dare by Hannah Jayne is about a teenager named Brynn that hides a frightening secret. Trying to run away from the past, Brynn and her family move to a city where she can start new. Or so she thought. Brynn and her best friend, Erica were the best of friends. They did everything together, but one night Brynn had a crazy dare. And only one of them came back. After Erica’s death, Brynn has been receiving terrifying messages that make her question if she is dead after all.

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