Posts tagged ‘real-life’

February 21, 2015

Read + Review — Get Happy by Mary Amato

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

get happyThe book is set around a girl named Minerva who is turning sixteen very soon. She lives with her single mother and is best friends with Finnegan. Her dream and passion is to get a career in the music field. When she turns 16, she is hoping to get a ukulele to play her songs on. When she doesn’t receive that instrument, she is devastated, but surprisingly she gets a letter from her long-lost father. Read the book to find out about Minerva’s new life and how she copes with it.

This book is very well written because the readers can connect emotionally to Minerva’s reaction to her new family. I especially liked Finnegan because he encouraged Minerva to continue with her music even if she did not get her ukulele. From the very first sentence, the author keeps the reader hooked. She establishes the situations and personalities to fit the characters well and help the reader connect with them.

I think the most memorable thing about this book is Minerva’s reaction to her long-lost father and how she uses smart tactics to uncover the truth behind him.


Reviewwd by Pumoli, grade 10, Tuckahoe Area Library

February 19, 2015

Read + Review — I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

i am malalaThis book is about a girl named, Malala Yousafzai. She was a very lonely girl. She lived in a place where they never allowed girls to go to school or have a proper education. That was one thing that she hated. Malala, refused to follow that rule, she took a stand towards it. After all, she was the daughter of a school owner. It was said that even her father wanted her to get a proper education. You can follow along with the mysterious story of how Malala achieves what she wants for the girls in her entire country.

I loved how the author showed the emotion through word. She did not exactly tell, but she showed her emotion. Then again the author was Malala Yousafzai. Many of the situations inspired me to think what a hard life she went through and yet she never gave up. The style of the writing is what I loved the most about it.

One memorable thing in the book was when she always used to place her ears against the walls of her bedroom so she and her friend could share secrets together.


Reviewed by Gowri, grade 6, Tuckahoe Area Library


February 19, 2015

Read + Review — Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

blackiceMost of the story takes place on a cold and icy mountain, but it is unclear which specific mountain it is. Britt and her friend Korbie are going to Korbie’s brother, Calvin’s house. Or, more like his dad’s house. Calvin is Britt’s ex and she wants to show him up. She has read and taken classes on hiking in mountains and she wants to show that she is better than him and is over him. But, before she can reach the cabin, she finds another cabin that is not Calvin’s. It has two men, and soon enough, Korbie and she are hostages. They must find their way out and be smart about their decisions.

This book is definitely one of the best ones I have ever read. There is really not much I can say that states anything bad about the book. Even from the first sentence, any reader is hooked on. I enjoyed reading this book, and I recommend it to any teen reader that likes mystery or adventure books. Out of 10, I would rate this book 10. I loved it, and hope that other people read it also.

One memorable thing about Black Ice is that it hooks you in and you just have to keep reading. A lot of times, my parents had to force me to put the book away, and I just kept reading. The ending is also very realistic, but I cannot tell it. I hope other people read it and love it also.


Reviewed by Shreyas, grade 6, Glen Allen Library


February 19, 2015

Read + Review — I Was Here by Gayle Forman

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

I was hereIn a small town in Washington, a girl name Cody gets a suicide note from her best friend Meg. Cody can’t understand why Meg wanted to kill herself and can’t cope with her death. One day Cody is asked by Meg’s parents to go to Meg’s dorm to pick up her things. When Cody arrives she finds out Meg had a different life up there. She also finds out about a guy named Ben McAllister, who she thinks had something to do with why Meg wanted to die. Along the way she discovers things Meg had on her computer and tries to unlock the truth behind everything she has questions for.

I think the book was very well written. The plot is amazing and the book is filled with mystery, romance, adventure,and more. The characters are all developed well with different personalities. This book I could not stop reading. I would love to see this book become a movie.

The most memorable part is when Meg unlocked all the secrets and began her journey.


Reviewed by Olivia, grade 11, Gayton Library
four stars

February 11, 2015

Read + Review — I Was Here by Gayle Forman

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

I was hereCody’s best friend, Meg, just committed suicide. And Cody has no idea why. They were practically sisters. She thought all was well with Meg in college on a scholarship, even though they lived three hours apart and their dream of living together in college was dashed. Until she goes up to Meg’s college town to pick up her stuff from where she lived with her roommates. She realizes that Meg had kept a lot of things hidden from her, and Cody is determined to find out what, even if it’s what led Meg to take her own life.

I enjoyed the beginning of the book, because Cody was actually making progress to uncover Meg’s hidden life. The middle was becoming a bit dull because it was mostly just Cody doing research with a little side story involved. The story line was completely different from Gayle Forman’s previous series, If I Stay, which was good because too often authors try to reuse plots and story lines from their previous book. Some other good parts were how you learned more about the characters and their pasts through mini- flashbacks, but with them blended into the story, not whole separate paragraphs.

One memorable thing about this book is how Meg’s parents were practically Cody’s second parents, and they didn’t stop acting like it even after Meg was gone, even though the circumstances had changed.

Reviewed by Ria, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library 
four stars

February 7, 2015

Read + Review — Fantasy League by Mike Lupica

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

Fantasy leagueCharlie’s nickname is ‘Brain” because of his extreme knowledge of football.  His hometown hasn’t had a football team in nearly 20 years though.  The owner of the pitiful team, his best friend’s grandfather, allows him to sit with him in his suite at the stadium at all home games.  When Charlie suggests that they need Tom Pinkett, a quarterback from the Cincinnati Bengals that is trying to make the team, he agrees.  Their new quarterback plays very well.  But there is one problem, the GM disagreed and all of the media is focused on Charlie because of the fact that he helped the team.  Can Charlie Gaines survive the media and the GM?

The book was filled with suspense and entertainment.  I loved how the author used words to describe the actions and feelings of the characters throughout this fascinating book.  Fantasy League had the perfect characters for every single part because of the fact that there needs to be an old owner on each team and some child that influences the ending of the book.  The cliff hangers at the end of each chapter kept me on my toes and I wanted to read badly at the end of them.

The most memorable thing that happened in the book was when Charlie used his knowledge of football to help his football team, the Culver City Cardinals win a few games.

Reviewed by Ben, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library  

four stars


February 3, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

by LisaTheLibrarian

Reality is crushing. The world is a wrong-sized shoe. How can anyone stand it?

I’ll Give you the Sun, by Jandy Nelson (click on the cover to find a copy in our catalog)

January 6, 2015

Read + Review — Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell

by MandyTheLibrarian


Cath grew up reading Simon Snow, living in the world of mages and magic, with her twin sister Wren. But as freshmen year of college rolls around, Wren doesn’t want to spend her time obsessing over a fictional world, or have to share a room with Cath, still living in her childhood fantasy. Cath must learn to cope with the challenges she faces, including the cutie from her Fictional Writing Class, a professor who doesn’t understand the concept of fanfiction, and a scary roommate with an obsessive boyfriend. Can Cath continue to hide away in her world of Simon, or will she have to let him go?

Rainbow Rowell is truly a gifted writer. Bringing both her story and her characters to life, it’s extremely easy to get whisked away into the world of Fangirl. The witty humor and relatable experiences of the characters are sure to capture any reader’s attention. I especially enjoyed how she wrote her characters and portrayed their thoughts to the reader. Rainbow Rowell also added excerpts of the famous “Simon Snow” books at the beginning of each chapter which would somehow tie into the following chapter. It was an overall enjoyable read and is currently one of my favorites.

One of the most memorable things about the book was both the plot and dialog between the characters. It was sure to either bring me to a puddle of tears, heaps of laughter, or a bundle of smiles, experiencing every emotion possible while reading the book.


Reviewed by Erica, grade 10, Glen Allen Branch Library

December 3, 2014

Read + Review — If You’re Reading This, by Trent Reedy

by MandyTheLibrarian


If you’re looking for a quick, easy read, look no further. If You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy is about a 15 year old boy named Michael. Michael lost his father in the war in Afghanistan when he was seven, but something strange is happening. About two weeks before his 16th birthday, Michael begins receiving letters from his father that he would only get if his father died in the war. The letters explain things his dad didn’t have time to talk about before he left, and the letters give Michael specific goals to complete.

If You’re Reading This is a great book to read when you are sitting around the house on a rainy day, looking for something to do. I think that many middle and high school students can relate to what goes on in the book. Reedy used a writing style that was very easy to read, and I would read it over and over. The one thing that I disliked about this book is that there was an occasional foggy spot that didn’t make sense until you read further, which hooked you in and didn’t let go! Make sure you read this book on a weekend, because I’m sure you will be up late at night reading.

One of the memorable things in this book is when things finally start working out for Michael, which just goes to show that there is always a light at the end of a tunnel.


Reviewed by John, grade 7, Dumbarton Area Library

November 4, 2014

Read + Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After, by Stephanie Perkins

by LisaTheLibrarian

This book was the delightful conclusion to a trio of books written by Stephanie Perkins. It follows Isla, a senior at the School of America in Paris. She has had a crush on a boy named Josh since she was a freshman in high school, and only recently had Josh become available again after he and his girlfriend called it quits. As the school year progresses, Isla and Josh finally start to come together and there are cameos from favorite characters in the previous two books. It is set in the romantic cities of New York, Paris, and Barcelona.

I really enjoyed this book! As a hopeless romantic myself, I found myself rooting for Isla throughout the book and hoping that everyone thing would work out for her. Also, I appreciated that the author tied up all the lose ends that remained from the previous two books. However, it is important to note that although it would be better to read the books in order, they do not have to be. All in all, this is a quick, wonderful read that will melt your heart. Look no further for a witty and memorable present-day love story.

One memorable thing about this book is how the reader got to see Isla mature over the course of the school year. At the beginning, she starts out as just another girl crushing on a guy, but by the end, she has found who she really is, as well as discovered that she has voice in who she becomes.


Reviewed by Rachel, grade 9, Twin Hickory Area Library


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