Reviews by Tag: childhood friendships

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Cover photo of the book Wonder

Wonder

By R.J. Palacio
5
Rated by
Grace O.
May 24, 2022

Wonder by R.J. Palacio is about a kid named August Pullman who has to try and navigate school for the first time. He hasn’t gone to school ever because August has a rare disease called treacher collins syndrome, so he looks a little different than other kids. August did want to go to school because he didn’t look like all of the other kids. Later on in the book his parents convince him to try and go to school and he does. Even though August had some hard times throughout the year he still made it.

Teen Review
A Separate Peace by John Knowles

A Separate Peace

By John Knowles
3
Rated by
Taylor E.
Nov 29, 2021

John Knowles' A Separate Peace is a coming-of-age story that recounts the friendship of two boys during World War II. Gene is brilliant and introverted, while Phineas is charismatic and popular. As the two boys suffer under the pressures of war, their jealously will attempt to overcome their friendship. This book appears to be a simple story, but it's filled with symbolic meaning.

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When We Were Them by Laura Taylor Namey

When We Were Them

By Laura Taylor Namey
5
Rated by
Marium K.
Nov 18, 2021

3 friends, Willa, Britton, and Luz were inseparable for years, until Willa ruined their friendship. Now, Willa is a week away from graduation and is reminiscing on the past to try to piece together the causes and events that caused her to betray her close friends.

Teen Review
Count Me In by Varsha Bajaj

Count Me In

By Varsha Bajaj
5
Rated by
Shreya A.
Nov 17, 2021

Count Me In is a heartwarming and eye-opening fiction novel by Varsha Bajaj. This book is about Chris and Karina who were not friends until Karina's grandfather started tutoring Chris. On the way back from the tutoring session, Karina, Chris, and Karina's grandfather get attacked by an immigrant hater. That attack left Karina outraged. She and Chris tried to change the world’s perspective to look at immigrants not as terrorists but as good people.

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The Falling Girls by Hayley Krischer

The Falling Girls

By Hayley Krischer
4
Rated by
Marium K.
Nov 3, 2021

Shade and Jadis were inseparable best friends that shared everything. When Shade joins cheerleading without telling Jadis, Jadis feels betrayed. Shade loves being around the cheerleaders and enjoys the thought of becoming a cheerleader. Jadis doesn’t want to lose her best friend, so, she is determined to win her back over at any cost. When one of the cheerleaders goes missing, Shade immediately suspects Jadis. Is Jadis the killer? Does Jadis win Shade back? Read more to find out!

Teen Review
Star Wars Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

Star Wars Lost Stars

By Claudia Gray
5
Rated by
Aryan C.
Aug 4, 2021

The moment I read the first chapter of Star Wars Lost Stars I knew it was going to be one of my favorite books. When you read the first chapter, not only do you get to know the two main character’s backstories but also how they came into their passion for flying ships. Ciena and Thane are two different people. One from the rich folk and another from the valleys. They were best friends for many years and even went to the same Imperial academy together. Throughout the book you start to see the characters change in either massive or short ways.

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Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell

Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life

By Rachel Renee Russell
5
Rated by
Taylor E.
Aug 1, 2021

The first book in Rachel Renée Russell’s Dork Diaries series, Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life, captures what it’s like to be a tween/young teen girl. Nikki Maxwell must try to fit in at a new, preppy school that she attends on a scholarship. Nikki will have to navigate friends, crushes, and popular enemies, recounting it all in her diary.

Teen Review
Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson

Ms. Bixby's Last Day

By John David Anderson
4
Rated by
Sriha P.
Jun 19, 2021

Ms. Bixby’s Last Day, by John David Anderson, is about a mission of three boys to find their teacher. Ms. Bixby was an amazing teacher as Steve, Brand, and Topher have said multiple times in the book. The whole class loved Ms. Bixby, but Ms. Bixby got other plans. Ms. Bixby told the class that she had cancer, Adenocarcinoma, which means she will not be able to teach for the rest of the year. All the students were devastated when Ms. Bixby left, but not Steve, Brand, and Topher, or the three musketeers. They started figuring out a plan to meet Ms.

Teen Review
Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn

Deep and Dark and Dangerous

By Mary Downing Hahn
4
Rated by
Saathwika A.
Jun 10, 2021

Ali and her cousin, Emma, visit their mothers’ childhood home. On their vacation, Emma decides to make friends with people. Both the girls go looking around Maine for a child around Emma’s age. One day, they meet a girl named Sissy. She spoils Emma and scares her by telling her about a murder. Even though the girls are frightened, they ask their aunt more about the story. As the story goes on, Ali and Emma realize that Sissy is not who she says she is.

Teen Review
Auggie and Me by R. J. Palacio

Auggie and Me

By R. J. Palacio
4
Rated by
Sriha P.
Jun 5, 2021

We all know about Auggie in the book Wonder, but R.J. Palacio made another book about other people’s point of view from Auggie’s time. Auggie and Me features Charlotte, Julian and Auggie’s friend Christopher’s view during Auggie’s time and a little after as well. This book is a good book if you want to see the bullying of Auggie from Julian’s point of view.

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