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Read + Review: Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza

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This story follows two very different girls who find an unlikely friendship in each other. Kat is a shy “new kid” who finds it hard to make friends, and Meg is her complete opposite; an outgoing social butterfly with ADHD. When they become partners for a science project, these two tenth graders discover common interests and form an unbreakable bond. This book explores many of the issues girls face through adolescence, such as discrimination, love, family problems, and anxiety. Though Kat and Meg’s journey is not an easy one, nor is it a smooth one, they are always there for each other in times of need. Told from the point of view of both Kat and Meg, this book is an unforgettable read.

I thought this book was an engaging read, with very real characters and an interesting plot. There was a lot of emotion in this book, from laugh out loud humor to heartbreaking sadness. The characters were very genuine; I felt like I was living their life right along with them. Perhaps the only thing I disliked about this book was the amount of internal dialogue. The internal dialogue of both the main characters is very important, and gives insight into the personality and thought process of the character, but as I continued to read the book, it got a bit tiring.

One memorable thing about this book was the amount of emotion the author conveyed through the character during each scene. My heart leaped along with Meg’s, and I panicked along with Kat. I really enjoyed how Meg and Kat didn’t become friends at first sight, and that they didn’t have a perfect friendship. The flaws just made everything more real.

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Reviewed by Sanjana, Grade 8, Twin Hickory Library

Read + Review: The Romantics by Leah Konen

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In the small town of Chapel Hill in South Carolina, the story of a Certified Grade-A Romantic named Gael Brennan is told through the eyes of Love itself. Love had turned a blind eye to Gael’s parents, and their relationship eventually fell apart due to Love’s ignorance. In order to make amends, Love has to use everything it has in order to save Gael from falling head-over-heels for the wrong girl. Love’s top priority is to lead Gael to the path of the right girl, Sammy Sutton, by any means necessary. The Romantics is a light-hearted and comical novel that sheds some light on the concept of love itself.

The Romantics and its writing style exceeded my expectations without hesitation. The use of Love as the omniscient narrator of the story added a fun twist. The story was rather predictable since the book used the concepts of romantic cliches and stereotypes. However, The Romantics is a book I will recommend if you are a fan of Rainbow Rowell or Lauren Myracle. The ending of The Romantics was adorable, and it had tugged my lips into a smile that practically beamed.

One memorable thing about the book was the emphasis on the characters’ personalities. Leah Konen had drawn attention to each and every single one of the characters. Each of their roles played an immense part in the development of Gael’s own character.

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Reviewed by Jessica, Grade 9, Glen Allen Library

Read + Review: Secrets, Lies, and Scandals by Amanda K. Morgan

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In a small town, five teenagers are internally connected through a murder of their most hated teacher. Each one of them have their own secrets and wake up each day terrified to what will happen next. Ivy is the school’s queen and finds a spark with Mattie, a shy, worrisome teenage boy. Kinley, the smartest girl at the school, finds a relationship with the a rebel boy, Tyler. She soon finds out that her deepest and most disturbing secret will be revealed and could ruin her entire future. And lastly Cade, whose family is torn apart and struggles to keep his anger in. All five students are complete strangers at first, but the murder brings them closer than ever, and it is all their job to keep their secret between one another.

Throughout this book, I was always at the edge of my seat and wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next. Although the characters were written with much details, it was hard to remember which character was which. However, the writing style and tone throughout the book formed a horror and chilling atmosphere which really brought out the mystery in the story. The surprises were very shocking and kept me hooked throughout the reading.

The plot conflicts were very twisting, especially with what goes on in the characters’ lives and how they deal with the situation(s). I really enjoyed how the author wrote the book in different perspectives and incorporated multiple stories into one. If you enjoyed the book I Know What You Did Last Summer or the show Pretty Little Liars, make sure to keep a lookout for this book!

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Reviewed by Allyson, Grade 9, Twin Hickory Area Library

2017 Build a Better Website Teen Art Contest Winner!

The Henrico County Public Library is proud to announce the winner of the 2017 Build a Better Website Teen Art Contest: Maddie E.

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First Place Artwork by Maddie E.

8th grader Maddie has been awarded top honors for her whimsical colored pencil and watercolor design that will be incorporated prominently into the HCPL Teen Scene (www.hcplteenscene.org) website header.

Maddie will receive a $100 Barnes and Noble gift card for her effort.

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Second Place Artwork by Ethan S.

26 submissions in total were received over the summer. On September 27th, HCPL teen librarians met to review the submissions and select a winning piece that would work well in an online format and capture the awesomeness of being a teen in Henrico. We encourage everybody to view the album of all submissions: 2017 Teen Art Contest. The creativity displayed by our teens is incredible!

2nd Place and Honorable Mention winners were also awarded.  These individuals will each receive a gift card for Barnes and Noble.

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Honorable Mention Artwork by Shivram R.

Here is the full list of winners for the 2017 Build a Better Website Teen Art Contest:

1st Place – Maddie E. (8th gade)
2nd Place – Ethan S. (7th grade)
Honorable Mention – Shivram R. (10th grade)

The Teen Art Contest was made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Henrico County Public Library.