Teen Book Review Blog

Review by Jude

4 stars of 5

Armada by Ernest Cline

The book “Armada” by Ernest Cline is a sci-fi book set in 2018. He is about to graduate from high school, when he sees a UFO flying above his hometown. But this is no ordinary UFO; it is a ship from his favorite video game, Armada. He believes he is just a crazy teenager, until it turns out it’s a lot more real than he thinks. But something still seems off. The bad guys are acting exactly like they do in the videogame, and everything seems a little too easy. 

Tags: ScienceFiction Armada Ernest Cline Alien Invasion

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Review by Katie

4 stars of 5

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

"The Year of Magical Thinking" by Joan Didion is a memoir about Didion’s experience and her grief following the death of her husband, John. Only a couple days before his death, their daughter, Quintana, was hospitalized, and Didion is forced to simultaneously grapple with that and her loss. The account begins on the day of John’s death and ends the day after the one-year anniversary of his passing. It documents Didion’s emotional process in all its grittiness and honesty. She relives the love she shared with her husband and all their memories, positive and negative. She searches for any signs or clues that pointed to her husband’s death, convincing herself she could’ve prevented it. She explores her own self-pity and the irrationality of grief, or trauma in general. This is where the “magical thinking” title comes from -- the idea that Didion can reverse her husband’s death if she tried hard enough, or if she could’ve stopped it, or if she missed a symbol that would’ve warned her. The entire book is startlingly heartbreaking.

Tags: biography the year of magical thinking teen blog joan didion grief

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Review by Sweksha

4 and a half stars of 5

Uglies by Scott Westerfield

"Uglies," written by Scott Westerfield, is a novel that exemplifies one of the most popular ideals in modern society: being beautiful on the inside. The novel is set about 300 years in the future after an oil virus that caused explosions and pollution which completely destroyed civilization. Most of the plot takes place in a small isolated town in the wilderness known as “the smoke.” The main character of the story, Tally Youngblood, is about to turn sixteen years old. In a few weeks, Tally will have the operation that will turn her into a bubbly and beautiful “pretty.” As a pretty, Tally will travel to a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun with her friends. But, Tally learns a life-changing secret and now she faces an impossible decision whether to save herself or everyone else. 

Tags: book review Uglies scott westerfield dystopia

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Review by Hiba

4 and a half stars of 5

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Written by Neal Shusterman, “Scythe” is a multi-award winning novel.  As a mix of science fiction, mystery, action, romance, and adventure, it catches many readers’ attention.  This story is centered around Citra and Rowan’s journey of becoming scythes. “Scythe” is set centuries ahead of ours, and is depicted as nearly perfect.  An artificial program called the Thunderhead runs it, and it makes sure everybody is satisfied and gets a basic pay check.  Humans have even discovered a way to overcome diseases and death. However, to fulfill the need of keeping the population in check, there are scythes.  Scythes are treated like celebrities, but for a living have to end lives permanently. 

Tags: teen blog Scythe neal shusterman YA dystopia

Read more: Hiba's Review of "Scythe" by Neal Shusterman

At long last..

.....we are starting to circulate our collection again!

We are very happy to be back and allowed to offer contactless pickup service.  Materials will be circulated from a table behind the front doors.  Holds can be placed for items not currently available and now you can also request items that are on the shelf.  Place holds and requests through the online catalog or call us.

There are some limitations so please be sure to check else where on this site for the complete list of instructions.  

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