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Teen Reviews August 2, 2011

August 2, 2011 | Claire A | Comments (14)

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Yalinee reviewed What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

What Happened to Goodbye is the newsest book of Sarah Dessen. The book is about a girl named Mclean who used to love backetball and has divorced parents. Her mom cheated with her and her father's favorite basketball coach leading her to dilike basketball, and live with her father. Her father is a restaurant consultant  which means after he fixes up a restaurant, he moves to a different city and tries to fix up another restaurant that is going to go out of business soon. Mclean and her dad move 4 times in two years. In each of the four times she moved, she made herself a nw identity, created a new social networking page, and gives herself a new name. In the fifth city, she is Mclean again but confused.  She makes friends with Deb and others. Dave the nest door nieghbour helps find herself again. She builds a relationship with her mother again. This book will a great summer read and i give 4 out of 5 stars.

Sabryna reviewed Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Gone with the Wind is about Scarlett O'Hara a girl who lives on her family's cotton plantation called Tara. She looks up to her mother Ellen. Meanwhile many young gentlemen would love to take Scarlett's hand in marriage, and Scarlett always enjoys a good party. The story begins when Scarlett learns that Ashley Wilkes (the man she always thought she would marry) is going to announce his engagement within a few days. Scarlett is furious and thus the book begins! We follow Scarlett before, during and after the Civil War. Scarlett is like no other character before. She is brave and speaks the truth no matter the consequences. She is determined that one day she will be Ashley's and for a very large portion of the book Scarlett even lives with Ashley's bride Melly. Throughout the book's 1037 pages (divided into 5 parts) Scarlett is married 3 times, has almost 4 children, and goes to a numerous number of parties and festivities. Gone with the Wind is a little slow at first but don't worry it gets better by the end of part one.  When there were only 400 pages left I was glued to the book, anything I did was revolved around this book. It's definitely a classic!

Gail reviewed Cruel Love by Kate Brian

Cruel Love is the sixth and final book in the Privilege series. 
In Cruel Love, Ariana Osgood (under the guise as Briana Leigh Covington) once again has to fight for her new privileged life. When her false life starts to unravel due to her previous actions, she decides to take actions.  After Lexa's unfortunate death, Ariana rises to the top of Atherton-Pryce Hall and is guarenteed an admission into Princeton, but when Dr. Meloni, the psychologist from the prison. starts working as a grief counseller to the students, Ariana realizes that her life is still in danger.  And when she happens to catch sight of Reed Brennan one day, she starts to believe that all the murders that happened because of her can be justified if Reed just died.  It also doesn't help that her friends are all becoming suspicious of her new erratic behaviour.  So what does Ariana do? She takes matters in to her own hands. Ariana would do anything to keep her life, including murder.
This was probably the most exciting 200 page book that i've read in a long time.  Right away, it starts with Ariana and her friends in the hospital waiting to hear the results for her friend Lexa.  There's no building up, right away in the first chapter, there's a huge fights  between Ariana and Palmer which builds the tension and really made me feel the anxiety that Ariana was going through.  Kate Brian does a really good job with allowing the readers to feel Ariana's steady decent in to being psychologically crazy.  The readers know every action she does so the one's that she commits in private are usually the more crazy ones, and it is clear that towards the end of the book, she starts to becoming psychologically worse.  Everything also happens at a very quick pace, but still very dramatic and easy to follow along.  Its funny to see that most of the characters in the book are oblivious to Ariana's actions.  When Dr. Meloni almost sees Ariana with her friends, she starts to have a panic attack which her friends assume is from stress but Ariana knows the real reason. The series also ended quite well.   At first i wasn't happy but then i realized that if it was written any other way, the series probably couldn't end at all.  All i can say is it's a happy or sad ending, depending on your feelings about certain characters.  Ariana's psychotic nature is also more apparent in this book, in my opinion, due to her constant efforts to rid herself of one person, Reed. She stalks her and makes a concise schedule of everywhere Reed will be at what time, making sure to note if the path she takes would be a good place to kill her without being seen. That sort of scared me because before, Ariana wasn't this crazy about a murder but in this book, she plans each one out and executes them carefully...well attempting to be careful because things don't always happen as expected.  I thought this was a well written series and if you enjoyed Private, you'll definitely enjoy this book but if you've never heard of Kate Brian, then i would suggest you read Private before starting this series since this is the spin-off series of Private. Private would explain alot of Ariana's past and actions. Definitely this series is for people that are into suspensful, thriller novels with a hint of romance.

Jeba reviewed Cheri, and the Last of Cheri by Colette

So it's summer and I'm back in Toronto, the home of my bookshelf.  It's clear that nobody has been in my room to clear off the colossal layer of dust, let alone pick up a book of the shelf since I've been gone for 10 months. I find  duster and life a magic wand the titles on the spines of my neglected collection appear. Obasan, The Last Days of Socrates, The Chymical Wedding. I am brought back to the boxes on the side walk, the book fairs and friends small libraries these books came from. I pull off one book from the shelf and abandon clean up for the day. Cheri and The Last Cheri I read on the first isolated page. It is not the first time I have read this book, and I'm sure it wont be the last. The beautiful story line is enough to keep one away from house keeping chores forever. Even though the novel is translated from French to English there still belongs a strong and consistent mood, feel and style. The world of afternoon luncheon and trips to the summer home  with your personal attendants and a close friend is really capturing. The story of love and it's conditions, complex workings and ability to utterly confuse makes this novel unique. The main Characters Lea and Cheri are a riot, with their close and ridiculous relationship, but turns into something much more complex to the reader as the story unfolds the characters...character.
After 3 and i half hours of sitting in my long abandoned bedroom, leaning against the bookshelf, dust in my hair I was glad I re-read Cheri: The Last of Cheri, because frankly I didn't get it the first time.

Gail reviewed The Vampire's Promise by Caroline B. Cooney

First of all i absoutely hate the binding this publisher does.  The pages are really hard to open up fully and that's something i dislike in a book.  So back to the book, The Vampire's Promise is about this vampire who lives in the shuttered, circular tower of the creepy old house in town.  Whoever happens to release the vampire will have their a chance to have their wish granted - but for a price.   In the book there are three different stories that follow the same storyline.  Each girl in the three stories encounter the vampire who grants them their wishes of popularity, beauty and freedom.  They soon find out though that the price they have to pay may be higher then they expected. 
I'm not a fan of books that have multiple stories, loosely connected by this one common factor, in this case a wish granting vampire.  I decided to give this book a chance, particularly since i didn't know that it had three stories that followed the same storyline.  The first story was really good.  Personally i would have preferred to read a 400 page book just on that story but no.  Of course the story ended with a slightly climatical ending and the next story began.  Well i got through the first three chapters and gave up.  The second story was utterly horrible and i didn't really want to read the same storyline again. It was so similar to the previous one, minus the character and their wish.  But the desire to want something so bad to succomb to the vampire and that they were social outcasts sort of made it boring to read again.  It may just be me but reading another story so similar to the previous story is not very fun at all.  So needless to say, i stopped reading the book and i decided to read another book.  The stories are also very quickly paced so just when you start to getting in to the book, the stories ended.  If you like these types of loosely connected stories then read this book because they do connect wonderfully but if you're like me who enjoys some variety in the stories i read, then don't read this.

Abdul reviewed Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies  by William Golding is one of my favourite novels, and believe it or not I have read it over 5 times. This novel was originally published in 1954 and it is one of the best written novels I have ever read. It's plotting and characterizations are outstanding.
In the beginning the novels present you with a plane evacuating a group of young British Boys is shot down on a tropical Island in a midst of War. All of them seem to be really good friend but as disagreement breaks out these young, well disciplined boys turn into hellish and extremely violent boys.
These novels main characters are Ralph, Jack, Piggy and Roger. Out of all of them, my favourite character is Jack because he represents a good intentioned world leader who wants to live on the island in a civilized way.
Everybody in the book split into two groups, Jacks and Ralph's team. While Ralph wants to lead everyone in a civilized way, Jack just goes wild and on top of that he also starts a war against Ralph. This takes you through their survival journey.
This novel basically tells us the effect of war on the human race and how it can turn our Earth into Hell.
This is easily one of the best books I have ever read and I recommend this book to everyone out there. I give this book 10/10. This is truly Perfection.

Zanib reviewed The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Todd is a 12 year old boy who lives in a world where there's no escaping noise. Thoughts, pictures, colors all mixed into a giant monster that steals your privacy and leaves you hoping for death. Nothing is secret, everyone knows everything and there's no helping it. You can hide your thoughts though. You can pile the truth with lies, and if you really believe in those lies, they suddenly become so real.
Todd is a 12 year old boy who lives in a world where monsters are men, and on your thirteenth birthday you lose your innocence and become a man. In Todd's mind, it's as simple as that. He is can't wait for it to be all over, but it's not as simple as just that. Prentiss town, the town Todd lives in, has a huge history. Prentiss town is a town of 146 men and one almost-man. No women. When the settlers landed on new world, the noise germ that the spackle (an alien race that was originally on new world before the settlers came) lashed out killed all the women, or so Todd was told.
What Todd did not expect was to run into a quiet spot in the swamp. There was a hole in the noise. On the same day Todd is chucked out of his house, and thrown out into the world because Prentiss town was dangerous, and there were things you had to do before you became a man. He ran back to the swamp with his companion, Manchee the dog. While in the swamp he makes an encounter with the hole in the noise. What surprises him is that's it's a girl. Together, the two of them run from the mayor who is so desperate to turn Todd into someone he wasn't. Todd and the girl ran, trying to find a place where they'd be safe, but Todd should have known better. The mayor was like noise, so invincible, there was no escaping him.
I'm not sure what it was about this book that made me pick it up. I was at the library, like usual, and I saw on display. I think I liked how the cover looked, or I found the title interesting. I mean, how many times does one come across a title like that? So I took it home, and I'll be honest after about 5 pages I gave up. I let it sit beside my bed for almost a week, but then I ran out of options so I decided to give it another try. I can tell you by heart that it was only when I reached page 64 exactly that my heart would start racing. The ending was a major cliff hanger, and there were so many twists and turns that you'd literally find yourself sweating. I can say for curtain that Patrick Ness is the god of books. Lots of authors can make you cry in the end of a book, but only a handful can steal your heart in a way that leaves you breathlessly torn. This book is like a drug and I highly recommend it.

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