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Girl (Girl, #1)
did not like it
I I wanted to use Girl for a Teen book display on music, but found that it was catalogued as Adult fiction. Huh? I had heard that it was a coming-of-a ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 10, 2009
House of Stairs
it was amazing
I read this because it is the #1 answer to "What the hell was that crazy book I read 20 years ago?" questions. House of Stairs has showed up on Librar ...more
Dec 30, 2008
Oct 11, 2008
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)
did not like it
I picked this up after Gayle Foreman (If I Stay, which I loved) talked it up on her blog. It didn't look like my kind of thing and the premise looked ...more
Mar 18, 2011
Jan 21, 2011
Journey Outside
liked it
Dilar lives on a raft with his family, in a convoy of rafts that drifts along an underground river. Supposedly the rafts are headed for a "better plac ...more
Nov 06, 2011
Dec 15, 2010
it was amazing
Calypso Morgan and the other members of her family are married to the sea. More to the point, they are in an abusive relationship with the sea, with a ...more
Jul 13, 2014
Jan 30, 2014
Almost Sex: 9 Signs You Are about to Go Too Far (or Already Have)
did not like it
If you're looking for a Christian teenage boy's guide to remaining abstinent and unhorny, look no further! Along with some absolutely priceless stick- ...more
May 05, 2010
May 06, 2010
Here's to You, Rachel Robinson
really liked it
I don't know how she does it, but Judy Blume really nails what it's like to be a kid/teen. I recently reread Just as Long as We're Together, which rea ...more
Jan 29, 2012
Aug 02, 2011
The Killer's Tears
it was amazing
This has been on my list for years. I wish I hadn't waited to read it! Uh, wow.

Paolo Polvodero, a child of indistinct age, lives with his parents in a
Nov 25, 2017
Sep 02, 2010
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)
it was amazing
Before I say anything else, I will say that this was pretty much perfect. I was grabbed from the first word, and it never let me go.

Code Name Verity i
Sep 30, 2014
Jun 29, 2014
Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity, #2)
it was amazing
I recently watched the Quentin Tarantino movie Inglorious Basterds, a fictional WWII nazi revenge Fantasy based around several tough male characters, ...more
Nov 14, 2017
Sep 30, 2014
Just as Long as We're Together
really liked it
When I was in 5th grade, the deal was if you got 100% on the spelling test on Monday, you didn't have to take it on Friday. I was great at spelling. S ...more
Aug 02, 2011
not set
Jul 31, 2011
This Time of Darkness
it was amazing
I frequent sites and groups where people ask for help in identifying forgotten book titles from pieces of plots they remember. When someone's memory i ...more
Dec 26, 2013
Oct 29, 2012
The Afterlife
really liked it
I've never read a Gary Soto book I didn't like, and this was no exception. In Afterlife, 17-year old Chuy is stabbed to death by some cabron in the re ...more
Mar 04, 2009
Jan 14, 2009
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I picked this up because I was curious to see what angle the author took on the controversial subject of fundamentalist Christians a ...more
Dec 17, 2008
Dec 18, 2008
Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone
it was amazing
I really can't understand all the negative reviews for this book. I guess it gets gruesome, and it's not your average teen romance. This is really a t ...more
Jan 26, 2014
May 03, 2012
really liked it
14-year old David leaves home in a village in England, tired of running interference between his alcoholic mom and abusive dad. He is soon joined by h ...more
Sep 22, 2015
Aug 04, 2015
Same Difference
it was amazing
This book had a plot arc that I could totally get behind. It was subtle, no grand gestures, no cliched bullshit. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Emily is a 16
Jan 16, 2014
Feb 05, 2010
Twice Told: Original Stories Inspired by Original Artwork
really liked it
This was a book of short stories, in which excellent and well-respected young adult authors were given an illustration by Scott Hunt and they wrote a ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 15, 2009
Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow, #1)
it was ok
A group of Australian teens go on a camping trip in the bush, and when they return, they find that their town has been taken over by an invading count ...more
Oct 24, 2011
Jun 11, 2011
Eleanor and Park
it was amazing

I guess I have a thing for pouring salt into my own wounds, because I loved this.

The love story was great, yeah. But what really made it for me w
Aug 2014
Feb 20, 2014
I Was Here
liked it
**spoiler alert** I love Gayle Forman's writing, but I'm usually less of a fan of her books' romantic plotlines. This book was no exception.

This book
Mar 27, 2015
Aug 17, 2014
The Dog at the Window
liked it
**spoiler alert** Alison is 12, awkward and lonely. Little-understood by her party-girl mom and with no friends at school, the only person who pays mu ...more
Jun 26, 2014
Jun 27, 2014
None of the Above
liked it
This was very educational, but kinda not very good in other ways.

-I really didn't care about the dumb, tacked-on romance, plus this love interest swo
Sep 13, 2016
Jul 15, 2015
For the Win
really liked it
This is a book that is so timely, yet instantly dated, that while I was reading it I wondered what people would think about it 10, 20, 50 years in the ...more
Jan 02, 2011
Aug 05, 2010
So B. It
it was amazing
Heidi is 12 years old. She was raised by Bernadette, an agoraphobic woman who found Heidi's mother sobbing in the hallway of her apartment building wi ...more
Apr 19, 2016
May 13, 2013
really liked it
Cath is just starting college. She is preoccupied with writing m/m slash fiction about Simon Snow, a very thinly-veiled Harry Potter analogue that als ...more
Jun 02, 2015
Apr 12, 2015
liked it
**spoiler alert** Flygirl is the tale of Ida Mae Jones, a young woman who enlists in the WASP (Women's Airforce Service Pilots) during World War II. I ...more
May 2009
May 23, 2009
A Wild Thing
it was amazing
Morag is a 15-year old girl in Scotland who climbed on a bus to escape her neglectful childhood and the series of unpleasant foster homes that followe ...more
Feb 04, 2015
Dec 26, 2013
really liked it
I read this in about an hour during slow desk time. Really cute! I can see why there's usually a waiting list for it!

I had braces for my massive overb
May 27, 2015
May 27, 2015
What Are You?: Voices of Mixed-Race Young People
liked it
Several dozen young people (approximately ages 14-28) of mixed heritage tell their stories. I kind of got the idea that the older writers were dumbing ...more
Sep 20, 2008
Sep 18, 2008
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