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Teen Reviews August 1, 2011

August 2, 2011 | dIAN-the-LibrarIAN | Comments (7)

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Gail reviewed Born at Midnight by C. C. Hunter

Born at Midnight is about a 16-year old girl named Kylie who's life has gone completely down hill.  Her parents are getting a divorce, her boyfriend broke up with her because she wouldn't have sex with him and the only person that she truly cares about, her grandmother, dies.  Just when things couldn't get any worse, Kylie "finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people." The police take everyone at the party and accuse them of using drugs and drinking as minors.  Her mother, convinced that there is something wrong with her, ships her off to Shadow Falls, a place for troubled teens.  What she finds there isn't just troubled teens but the fact that vampires, werewolves, fairies and all other mythical things exsist, and the camp is where they all go when they have problems they need to solve, quests as they call it in the book.  At the camp, Kylie ends up being torn between two guys, Lucus, who is a werewolf and used to be Kylie's neighbour and Derek, who is a half-fae, and is trying his hardest to win Kylie's affections.  Kylie's life is just going to get a whole lot busier.  Because now she has two boys to deal with and how do you think about boys when she doesn't even know what supernatural she is? (don't worry, she figures out in the book but you'll have to read it to find out!)
Born at Midnight was practically a book about girl issues. There was little reference to actual supernatural abilities.  I guess what I'm trying to say is that this isn't your typical werewolf or vampire book. There isn't any viscious attacking werewolves or blood sucking vampires (well they suck blood but it's pretty mild in the book.) or secret plots.  The whole big plot about this book is that there is someone who is stealing animals from a wildlife refuge and that all the animals are very angry.  Big Whoop! That's not really exciting at all and considering that plot was revealed within the last 100 pages of the book does not help it at all considering that the book is about 400 pages.  I guess the whole point of this series is really revolved around Kylie's relationship issues and figuering out what supernatural she is and how to use her gifts. Basically, this book is a nice simple read but it lacks the action and deep plot i usually find in other books about supernaturals.  Give it a try if you like reading books that are more focused on teen issues but don't be too dissapointed if it isn't what you expected.  It's still a good read.

Sara reviewed Tiger Eyes- By: Judy Blume

Davey's father has just died in a hold-up at his convenience store. Her family is falling apart; they leave all the lights on when they sleep, even sleeping in the same bed. They are just going farther and farther into a downwards spiral. Until Davey's aunt, Bitsy, and uncle, Walter, come and whisk them off to New Mexico, to have a fresh start. But things don't seem to be getting much better. Davey's mom is depressed and keeps to herself. The only person who seems to be having a good time is Davey's brother Jason. Davey doesn't go to school; she doesn't even accompany her family on their sight-seeing trips. She mountain climbs. On her first climb, she meets a boy named Wolf. They become friends, and yet don't seem to tell each other anything important about their lives. Davey's aunt makes her go to school where she meets her new friend Jane. If you want to find out more, read the book!

Bill reviewed SKIN - By: Adrienne Maria Vrettos

This book is centres around a typical American family, trying to get along and spend time together. As the book progresses, we find out that the older sister, Karen, dies from over-dieting.

After the grim turn of events, readers are taken on a flashback to one year ago. Donnie, the younger brother and the main character, is a loser  at his school, and is often ignored by his family, in favour of Karen, his older sister. As their parents' marriage fall apart, his crush ignores him, and Karen's mood and health worsens exponentially, this book is all about Donnie's struggle to take ahold of his life, and avoid falling into the abyss of solitude.

It's a really addictive book, and the actions starts right away, so you won't be able to pull away. I recommend this book to anyone who needs some motivation in life, or just want a light read.

Bill reviewed NONREQUIRED READING - By: Wistawa Szymborska

This book is a collection of some of Wistawa Szymborska (a Polish poet)'s prose pieces. It doesn't rate ridiculous overrated books such as Shakespeare's Hamlet, but instead focus on miscellaneous books, such as 100 greatest tyrants  and a history of buttons.† One of my favourite pieces was called hugs for humanity , in which she subtly condemns an author who encourages hugging everyone. When and where? Whenever and wherever, as often as possible. There was also another one I liked, called Home Improvement , in which she critiques how hard it would be to improve your home by yourself.

Although the title doesn't sound very appealing, I promise that the author's humour, combined with witty insights, will make a great read. (It has won a Nobel prize for literature!)



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