Wednesday, October 20, 2021

"One of Us is Lying" by Karen M. McManus

๐Ÿ’ฌ: On one Monday afternoon, five students from Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, AKA the brain, is a smart, rule-following, geek. Addy, AKA the beauty, is the picture-perfect (but perhaps a little
too perfect) popular girl. Nate, AKA the criminal, is already on probation for dealing and has spent his fair share of time in detention. Cooper, AKA the athlete, is an all-star baseball pitcher that has plenty of colleges in mind. And finally, there’s Simon. Simon is the school’s Outcast as well as the creator of Bayview High’s gossip app. Simon has information on everybody. And he plans to create the most drama he possibly can. 

But Simon never makes it out of detention. 

Before their detention is over, Simon dies. And according to the investigators, it was not an accident. Simon dies on Monday. But on Tuesday, he had planned to release information on all four of the students mentioned above. Immediately, these four students become suspects in Simon’s murder. Did one of them do it? Or did the real murderer use them as pawns? Every person has secrets. But what matters most is how far you’d go to protect them. 

๐Ÿ‘: What I loved most about this book was how it told the story. I loved how each chapter told the story from a different perspective. It gives a cool insight of what each character is thinking but it never gives away too much. This book will have you questioning up until the very end. If you like modern mysteries with teenagers, I highly recommend this book! It exceeded all expectations and the ending made me gasp aloud. 

"The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas


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๐Ÿ’ฌ: Sixteen year old Starr Carter lives two lives. One life is in the poor black neighborhood that she resides in and the other is in the suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy tension of having to live in both worlds is shattered when she witnesses her childhood best friend, Khalil, get murdered by a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. News spreads about Khalil's death and it soon becomes a headline across the nation. Rumors spread that Khalil was a drug dealer and a thug, but Starr believes that nobody knows who Khalil really was. Even her own best friend from school says that Khalil had it coming. When the police neglect the incident, it becomes clear that civilians must take matters into their own hands. Protests break out and Starr's neighborhood becomes a battle zone. And no matter what their opinion is, everyone asks the same questions: What exactly happened that night? and Why did Khalil get shot? Starr, as the lone witness, is the only one who can answer those questions. But as violence and brutality continues, she soon realizes that her identity must be kept as a secret. 

๐Ÿ‘: What I liked most about this book was well... everything. I loved how the author compared and contrasted the two very different worlds that Starr lives in. Throughout the book, she tries to balance both worlds while dealing with the traumatic loss of her best friend.  This book is written from Starr's perspective which gives the reader an insight into how chaotic it is to try and live in two worlds at the same time. Because this book is written from Starr's perspective, we get an emotional and heartbreaking view on the events that occur.  Through it's beautiful writing, the book  and incredibly heart-wrenching. 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

"The Shining" by Stephen King


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๐Ÿ’ฌ: Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel gives him and his family the perfect chance for a new start. The cold and bitter winters at the Overlook give Jack the perfect opportunity to connect with his wife Wendy and his five- year- old son Danny. It also gives him the chance to start his new book. But as winter draws nearer and the snow makes it impossible to leave, strange things start to occur. And the only one who seems to see them is Danny, who's gifted mind seems to attract the terrifying forces wandering around the hotel. As time goes on, the appeal of the Overlook Hotel fades into something much more dark... and sinister. 

๐Ÿ‘: What I liked most about this book, without giving too much away, is the hotel's gradual change from the idyllic vacation spot to a sinister palace of lost history. King's writing makes you dread the Overlook even though you aren't there. When reading this book, you get a mixture of the Overlook's history as well as the Torrance family history. And I thought it was incredibly interesting to see how it all ties in together as one horrific tale about a grand hotel and its groundskeeper. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

At the start of the next world war, a plane of young schoolboys crashes on an uncharted island. Stranded, the boys find themselves without adult supervision and no rules to follow. At first, the boys rejoice over their newfound freedoms. They realize that they're far away from everyone and everything. And that means they can do anything they want. Anything. But when the order that they had collapses and they start hearing strange noises at night, some of the boys start to realize that the dream of having an island all to themselves has turned into a nightmare. 

What I liked most about this book was how close it strayed to reality. The decisions that each character made throughout the book were incredibly realistic and true to their character (as well as their age). I also enjoyed the thrill of not knowing what was next or if the boys would ever be rescued. If you choose to read this book, it will have your heart and mind racing. The whole time that you're reading, you'll be asking yourself: "What would I do?"

-Bri, Teen Influencer

Monday, September 20, 2021

"The Outsiders" by S.E Hinton

 Life as a Greaser in the 1960s isn't always easy. But fourteen year old Ponyboy Curtis thinks he's got life all figured out. He knows who he can trust: his brothers, Darry, and Sodapop, as well as his friends Johnny, Dallas and Two-Bit. He also knows that he can't trust the Socs, their rival gang. The Socs love beating up on Greasers like him and his friends. But one night when someone takes things way too far with the Socs, Ponyboy is forced to leave the world he knows so well and face the unknown. "The Outsiders" is a heroic coming-of-age story about true friendship. Children and adults will have this novel of friendship and belonging stuck on their mind. People of all ages will love the adventures of Ponyboy and his friends. 

-Bri, Teen Influencer

Thursday, August 26, 2021

The Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley



The Firekeeper's Daughter, written by Angeline Boulley, is a mysterious thriller that follows 18 year old Daunis Fontaine, whose dreams of studying medicine and talented hockey skills makes her a popular member of her community. However, when she witnesses a horrific tragedy, her whole life changes and her future is put on pause. The murder of her best friend allows her to uncover the secret identity of the new hockey star, Jamie, who is also her brother's best friend. With his true identity revealed -- he is an undercover cop -- they team up into a criminal investigation. As they go undercover, she is able to use her background in chemistry to be a vital part of the case. The further they get into this investigation, the more is revealed about her friends and family.

Will she discover the truth about what truly is going on in her town? Will she catch the killer? Daunis will do whatever it takes to protect her home, even if it changes everything she had ever known. The Firekeeper's Daughter will keep you on the edge of your seat as the characters try to solve the case. Angeline Boulley creates an extraordinary atmosphere with an ending plot that no one expected. 

-Amanda, Teen Influencer

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Sadie by Courtney Summers


Sadie, a thriller novel written by Courtney Summers, follows the story of a missing nineteen-year-old set out to avenge her murdered sister. Told through West McCray's podcast, the man who is told to find her, and Sadie's perspective, we start to learn the unsettling truth of Sadie and her little sister Mattie's pasts. 

Determined to seek revenge and punish her sister's killer, Sadie follows a line of clues and ends up the center of a viral podcast and investigation. Will Sadie find the person who ruined her life? Will West locate Sadie before it's too late? Find out in this thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until you know the truth.

As a teen who has read this book, I really enjoyed reading Sadie's perspective because not only was she a strong female voice with a goal to pursue, but but she showed the struggles that girls face in parts of the US that are farther from achieving gender equality. As a critical consumer, I enjoyed living another point of view that is similar to mine, and different. 

Sadie's journey was far from perfect, and I appreciated that. I respected how the author shed light on many topics that are messy and often avoided because they are too uncomfortable to speak about. Summers worked these topics into the book perfectly, making you struggle to decide between putting the book on pause to act for these social justice conflicts, or keep reading in one sitting.

This book concludes with an ending that may or may not be surprising, but is extremely raw and realistic. Showcased is something that is too common for many girls, boys, and people in this country. 

-Julia, Teen Influencer