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Wintergirls
3.98
did not like it
Laurie Halse Anderson sinks her teeth into writes about eating disorders in this one. She distracts from the too-familiar story and flat characters us ...more
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Mar 26, 2009
 
Keep Holding On
3.85
did not like it
This may be the most rage-inducing book I've ever read. EVER. I've only said this once before, but if I could give this book no stars, I would.

Keep Ho
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Jun 20, 2012
 
Fairy Tale
3.43
did not like it
The most unlikeable narrator I've seen in ages combined with a predictable plot makes Fairy Tale a book I will not be recommending to even my most fae ...more
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Jun 26, 2009
 
Tender Morsels
3.57
did not like it
This has gotten fantastic reviews, but I think it's horribly overwritten. In addition, the only people reading this, as far as I can tell, are librari ...more
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Jan 05, 2009
 
What I Saw and How I Lied
3.53
it was ok
I'm shocked this was nominated for a National Book Award. It's not a bad read, but it's certainly nothing special. And the setting is one I am going t ...more
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Nov 05, 2008
 
Once Dead, Twice Shy (Madison Avery, #1)
3.51
did not like it
By page two, it's clear the author would rather mutter/complain/protest than use the word said.

"Don't be so scared of said," I exclaimed at that poin
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Mar 06, 2009
 
Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely, #3)
3.83
did not like it
Not as bad as Ink Exchange, but nowhere near as well done as Wicked Lovely, this series is becoming a real disappointment. Too much recapping and then ...more
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Mar 09, 2009
 
Jumping Off Swings (Jumping Off Swings, #1)
3.72
did not like it
**spoiler alert** This book is beautifully written, but has a troubling message and lacks character development for all but one of the characters.

Onl
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Oct 08, 2009
 
Waiting for You
3.84
did not like it
Girl likes "cool" boy. "Nerdy" boy likes girl. Girl has family problems/issues. Girl, to her shock, ends up dating the "cool" boy.

Guess whose problem
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May 13, 2009
 
Impossible (Impossible, #1)
3.64
did not like it
I've liked Nancy Werlin's past few books and I understand she's very passionate about this one, and its basis in a ballad, but it doesn't work for me ...more
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Nov 20, 2008
 
Purge
3.77
did not like it
A perfect example of telling not showing. And the ending? Utterly unbelievable.
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Mar 26, 2009
 
The Splendor Falls
3.82
it was ok
I liked the main characters, Sylvie and Rhys, and I thought Rosemary Clement-Moore did an excellent job with the setting. She did a good job of captur ...more
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Oct 27, 2009
 
Thirteen Reasons Why
4.00
did not like it
**spoiler alert** I've read this book three times now, and I just don't get the appeal. Hannah sends cassette tapes to be passed along to people she f ...more
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Sep 25, 2009
 
The Demon's Lexicon (The Demon's Lexicon, #1)
3.73
did not like it
This is just bad. Brennan could be a good writer, I think, but The Demon's Lexicon is clunky, with an obvious plot that's not redeemed by the few flas ...more
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Jun 20, 2009
 
How It Ends
4.15
really liked it
Despite the fact that this book is a tad overstuffed, Hanna's story is very authentic. Wiess captures what it's like to be a teenager very well (Hanna ...more
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Oct 08, 2009
 
Doppelganger
3.69
really liked it
When I get people asking for zombie books, this is what I'm directing them to.

Here's the catch: It's not about zombies.

It's about doppelgangers, or t
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Mar 26, 2009
 
The Secret Life of Prince Charming
3.72
did not like it
There's no doubt that Deb Caletti's writing is gorgeous, and her first and third novels, The Queen of Everything and Wild Roses, were outstanding youn ...more
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Mar 27, 2009
 
Between Here and Forever
3.72
it was amazing
As a librarian who works in a small town, Elizabeth Scott perfectly captures what it is like to live in a more popular sibling's shadow. Also, I was s ...more
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May 16, 2011
 
Crazy Beautiful
3.37
it was ok
A take on the Beauty/Beast fairytale that isn't borne out by the execution, which is lackluster. It is nice that the author didn't pad the book out en ...more
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Jun 22, 2009
 
Liar
3.30
did not like it
**spoiler alert** The "twist" I was given to expect sure wasn't much of one, especially given what's popular with teens now, and the unreliable narrat ...more
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Jun 06, 2009
 
The King's Rose
3.55
it was amazing
Beautifully done book about Catherine Howard, the fifth and youngest wife of Henry VIII. She wasn't queen for long and Libby does an outstanding job o ...more
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Apr 17, 2009
 
Going Too Far
3.93
it was ok
This one starts off great, and there's a lot of chemistry between John and Meg. But the whole plot hinges on them not knowing each other's "big secret ...more
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Mar 18, 2009
 
Something Like Fate
3.71
did not like it
I loved Colasanti's first book, When It Happens, but each of her succeeding books have been more and more of a disappointment. The plot is weak, the c ...more
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Feb 21, 2010
 
Crowned
3.76
really liked it
Exactly what I expected and yet not at all what I expected. The main character is a beautiful and ditzy girl who loves being in beauty pageants, but L ...more
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Jun 15, 2009
 
The September Sisters
3.68
it was ok
This book has some lovely moments and writing, but the pacing is odd and it's not quite a young adult novel because the main character is so young for ...more
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Mar 22, 2009
 
So Much Closer
3.69
did not like it
My teens are fond of Ms. Colsanti's first book, but I'm having a hard time selling this one to them. They don't remember Felicity, and although I do, ...more
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May 16, 2011
 
Twenty Boy Summer
3.89
did not like it
Wasn't able to believe in Anna's anguish, and the whole summer "get a boy" thing with its inevitable complications was obvious from the start. I think ...more
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Jun 22, 2009
 
After
3.73
did not like it
I was very excited about this book but found it preachy to the point where I had to put it down because I felt as if I was being hit over the head rep ...more
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Jun 24, 2009
 
The Season
3.81
it was ok
Slow historical romance that lacks the hook of Alloy's The Luxe books. And while The Luxe series is doing okay with my teens, even those readers are a ...more
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Feb 14, 2009
 
The Unwritten Rule
3.65
it was amazing
I didn't expect too much of this from what I'd read online, but it was a surprisingly thoughtful look at friendship among teen girls, with a great foc ...more
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Dec 15, 2009
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