by Jenny Han, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a young
adult romance novel. Lara Jean Covey is the main character and a
sixteen-year-old girl who lives in Virginia and is very close to her older
sister Margot and younger sister Kitty. In a hatbox given to her by her mother,
she keeps love letters written to all of the boys that she has loved before –
five in total. By writing these love letters, she is able to pour her heart and
soul out and release the emotions and true feelings that she would never say in
real life. One day at school, Peter Kavinsky, one of the boys she wrote a
letter to, approaches her and tells Lara Jean that he does not feel any
attraction towards her. Initially, Lara Jean expresses confusion, however, she
quickly realizes that Peter has received the love letter she wrote to him years
ago. Horrified, she rushes home to make sure the remaining letters have not
been sent out, but she cannot find the hatbox. She eventually discovers that
her younger sister Kitty had sent out all of the love letters. With all of the
letters sent out, Lara Jean must cope with her out of control love life.
Personally, I found this novel to be quite charming and relatable. The novel is fairly short and will not take long to finish, I was able to finish it within a day. Some may find parts of the story to be cheesy, however, I thought that the book was wholesome and relaxing to read. Anyone who enjoys teenage romance novels will absolutely fall in love with this book!
Maze Runner, by
James Dashner, tells a story about a young boy named Thomas, who awakens in a
strange elevator with all his past memories forgotten. As he emerges from the
earth, he finds himself in a grassland, surrounded by dangerous stone walls
that form a maze. In that maze, he also finds himself living in a community with
a bunch of other boys who call themselves “The Gladers”. As Thomas
slowly starts to gain back his memory, such as his name and age, he also
discovers more sinister clues about the boys and the location he landed in.
After learning about how the maze surrounds them all, Thomas is determined to
help find a way out of this unknown maze with the help of his friends. The
journey won’t be easy, as anyone who dares to find their way out of the maze
will be haunted and attacked by the Grievers.
I personally enjoyed reading this action-packed book. Dashner adds the right amount of clarity, detail, and mystery to help engage the reader. The way the plot moves and the different types of events that are happening forces the reader to keep thinking and imagining what will happen next. This is a key feature in Dashner’s writing style. It is a dystopian science fiction book about boys, who have been trying to find their way out of this maze for three years. However, everything changes when the protagonist (Thomas) arrives. I strongly urge you to, if you haven’t, give this book a read, especially if you love reading dystopian science fiction books.
Ross is a
very closed-off individual with many issues. Struggling with
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anger management and family issues, he has
a very hard time fitting in with his peers, that is until he meets Robyn
Plummer in an OCD support group.
moment he sees her, Adam instantly falls for Robyn, vouching to do everything
in his power to protect her, to be the Batman to her Robin. She provides Adam
with an escape from reality, but as soon as he leaves the support group, things
get worse. Adam finds out his mother had been receiving threatening letters
telling her to end her life; this sends Adam into a downwards spiral. Will Adam
end up with Robyn? Will he find out who has been sending his mother those
letters, or will he continue to suffer on his own, refusing the help of others?
Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, Toten highlights what people suffering from
mental illness fear the most, knowing what the problem is but not knowing how
to fix it. This novel shows us that it’s okay to ask for help; it is not a sign
of weakness but one of bravery and strength. It is truly a rollercoaster of
emotions that always has the reader on the edge of their seat, just waiting for
what will happen next.
I very much recommend this novel. It can get quite dark sometimes, but that is the grim reality of life, and this story is very realistic. You truly feel a connection with the main characters, especially Adam; it is an excellent read and does not disappoint.
Here and Now is
a teen science-fiction novel written by Ann Brashares, that blends the
catastrophic effects of climate change with time travel (from the 2090s to
2010), adventure, and teen romance. This story is about a seventeen-year-old
girl named Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was
twelve-years-old along with her mother and a few hundred others. However, they
did not come from a different country, but from a different time. A future
where a mosquito-borne illness has evolved into a pandemic, killing millions
and leaving the world in wrecks.
and the others who escaped from the future must follow a strict set of rules
which are, never reveal where they are from, never interfere with history, and
never, ever be intimate with anyone outside of their community. “Follow the
rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.” Prenna does as she is told,
believing she can help prevent the plague that will someday ravage the earth.
changes when she falls in love with Ethan Jarves. Ethan is not a member of
their community, and his relationship with Prenna is forbidden. In essence, a
catalyst for her to question the strictures under which she lives. Quickly
after she is confronted by a homeless man who proposes she may be able to
prevent the disastrous future by changing the present. But why? If a disastrous
future can be avoided, isn’t it rational to try? Rather, as the community
believes, is it more important to “respect time’s integrity and her natural
This exhilarating, unforgettable, and heartbreaking story is a must-read. I really enjoyed reading this book. Reading this book had me really excited to know what was going to happing, but it also made me disappointed. Overall it was a good teen fiction book. I loved everything in the story except for the ending. I am not satisfied with the ending. I think there should be a sequel. Other than that, this book is amazing and must be read by anyone who loves a romantic thriller.
Natasha believes in science,
facts, and things that can be proven with evidence. She doesn’t care for fate,
and she most certainly doesn’t care for love. Not that she has time to worry
about either of those things. She and her family are being deported to Jamaica
in twelve hours, and she is going to do everything in her power to stop that
Daniel wants to be a poet. In
fact, he is a strong believer in fate and the way of the universe. But that’s
not the path his parents have planned for him, and rather than following his
dreams he plans on meeting his parent’s high expectations. This changes when he
meets Natasha. He knows something greater is at play—it’s destiny, decided by
the universe, and he can’t let Natasha go.
The Sun is Also a Star explores themes of fate and destiny, and how they
compare and connect to science and reasoning. Both main characters are people
of colour, and I really enjoyed the chapters that explain the history behind
elements of their cultures as they are mentioned. I also like Yoon’s style of
storytelling, which includes the main storyline, the cultural history parts,
pieces of the characters’ pasts, and side characters who only appear in a few
scenes but are crucial to the story.
This book is perfect for those who are just getting into reading, and people want a quick or fast-paced read that will hold your attention, because the entire story takes place over twelve hours. I think this is a five-star read, and I really enjoyed reading it!
Jason has amnesia. He wakes up
on a bus full of kids he doesn’t recognize, and a girlfriend and best friend
he’s sure he’s never met. His friends inform him they go to the Wilderness
School for “troubled youth,” but he has no idea what he’s done, or why he’s
even there, but he can tell that something is terribly wrong.
Piper has a way with words.
She’s been sent to the wilderness school for stealing a BMW, except she didn’t
really. She simply asked the car dealer for it, and he obliged. But Piper’s dad
is missing, her boyfriend Jason doesn’t recognize her, and she’s having awful
nightmares that may lead her down a horrible path.
Leo is good with tools, he’s
known for his expert ability with them. He spent his childhood running from
foster home to foster home but finally feels comfortable with his friends Jason
and Piper. Of course, with his luck, things take a turn for the worse.
Monsters attack the three on a
field trip, and Jason can somehow fight them off using wind powers. However,
it’s not Jason who saves them, but some teenagers calling themselves demigods,
flying down from a chariot. The trio is taken to a place called Camp
Half-Blood, where they learn they are children of the Ancient Greek gods. But
Jason, Piper, and Leo are special even amongst demigods and must embark upon a
quest that could determine the fate of the mortal world.
This is the first book in the series after the Percy Jackson books, and I think fans of those books will love it. The Lost Hero has lovable characters, an excellent plot, and like all of Riordan’s books, plenty of humour. I’d recommend it to younger audiences or anyone who read the Percy Jackson books!
Flora Calhoun has a history of finding dead bodies. First, it was Lucy, a classmate whose body she discovered while out for a jog. Now, years later, Flora is still resentful toward the polices inability to arrest the killer.
At school, Flora now has a reputation for sticking her nose in other people’s business and getting into trouble. One night, Flora receives an unexpected phone call from Ava McQueen, a girl who captured her heart, then stopped talking to her.
When Flora arrives to help Ava, she finds her bleeding on the pavement, and Flora is launched back into her memories of finding Lucy. Now, after finding not one, but two bodies, Flora sets herself out to find the murderer, no matter the cost.
Kylie Schachte has written a gripping thriller! An intense story with a flawed main character, You’re Next is bound to be your next favourite read.
At Bayview High, everyone has
secrets. Thanks to Simon Kelleher, runner of the school’s notorious gossip app,
About That, those secrets are displayed for everyone to see. In one week, Simon
is planning his juiciest reveal yet, but unfortunately, the plan is
interrupted. The day before the reveal, five students enter detention–Bronwyn
(the brain), Cooper (the athlete), Addy (the beauty), Nate (the criminal), and
Simon himself. Only four of them make it out alive, the same four students
whose deepest secrets were scheduled to be released the next day. But Simon is
dead, and the four are now the prime suspects in his murder.
Everyone has secrets, but who
would go this far to prevent them from getting out?
This book is perfect for fans of The Breakfast Club, Riverdale, Pretty Little Liars, and Love, Simon, since it feels like a crossover between all of them. This book is fast-paced, exciting, and the plot twists will continue to shock you and keep you guessing. It also has a bit of everything, from drama to mystery to coming of age, friendship and romance. I’d recommend this book to people who enjoy teen dramas, people looking to get into mysteries, or anyone who may have gotten bored of reading and needs something that moves along quickly to keep them interested. I’d also recommend listening to the audiobook if you like that format because it’s read by a full cast! I’d rate this book 4 out of 5 stars and suggest reading the sequel, One of Us is Next, or Karen McManus’ other book Two Can Keep A Secret if you want more.
In the novel Camp X by
Eric Walters, 11-year-old George and his older brother, Jack, move to Whitby,
Ontario, in the year of 1943. One day, as they were playing around and having a
good time, they stumble across a military spy base, known as Camp X. Their
curiosity levels grew as they kept exploring the place, but soon enough they
were caught and were forced to sign the Offical Secret Act, which states how
they are forbidden to tell anyone about the secret military base, if told, the
punishment is death. Since then, the boys learn much more about the camp and
are assigned to different tasks. One day, the boys were delivering newspapers,
when all of a sudden, they were caught by German soldiers. They were tortured and
humiliated, but they gain a lot of information about the germans and learn
their evil plot against the camp. They risk their own lives of escaping and
warning Camp X about the German’s evil plan. In the end, they were proud of
their work and success.
Overall, this book was entertaining and interesting. This book relates to WW2 and the events that took place during the war. It gives the reader an important lesson on how preparation is key when facing any type of situation. The book contains a perfect amount of humour, mystery, tragedy and suspense, to help the reader show more interest in it and enjoy the whole story. I would definitely recommend this action-packed novel to all ages.