Teen Book Review Blog

Review by Samyukta
 
February 22, 2021

Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera CR: Bloomsbury

4 stars of 5
 

Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera is a beautiful story about dealing with damage from the past, friendship, culture, love, and magic. This book was so captivating that readers won't put it down. This story is an adaptation of the Greek myth; Orpheus and Eurydice. The book is about Eury, who moves to the Bronx to stay with family through some difficult times. She is followed by a dark force of evil bent on taking her with it. She expects the worst from it, until she meets Pheus. Pheus is a kind, talented person with a soft spot for Eury. The two of them deal with family, evil, and  drama together. This book makes the readers ask, "Will love prevail in the hardest of times?"

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PRE-PUBLICATION Review of Advanced Reader Copy by Sweksha

Review Date: February 12, 2021 - Publish Date: May 11, 2021

Where the Rhythm Takes You

4 stars of 5

Review by Sweksha

Where the Rhythm Takes You by Sarah Dass

Where the Rhythm Takes You, written by Sarah Dass, is a captivating story about two estranged childhood best friends. The story starts off with context about the main character, Reyna, her best friend, Aiden, and their relationship. Throughout the story, you see the events that transpired in the past between these two characters and how it changed them in the future. One thing I really liked about this book is that the main character, Reyna, was really relatable. She was focused on making her parents happy and she prioritized their happiness over her own, which I think is something most people can relate to. I also liked how the author incorporated snippets from the past because it evoked a lot of emotion and also strengthened the plot of the overall story.

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PRE-PUBLICATION Review of Advanced Reader Copy by Hayden

Review date: February 1, 2021 - Publish date: February 2, 2021

This is not the Jess Show

Review by Hayden

This is Not the Jess Show by Anna Carey

3 and a half stars of 5

This Is Not the Jess Show, written by Anna Carey, is a newly-published young adult thriller novel. It is a very fast-paced book with lots of action, written in the first person point of view of Jess Flynn. The plot-twisting story begins with seventeen-year-old Jess Flynn simply living through her junior year of high school.

Jess is a seemingly average high school student in the ‘90s. Her daily life consists of dealing with strict parents, a new crush on her old friend, and her sister’s rare blood disease. However, things start to get very weird at school. She hears strange chanting when she wakes up in the morning, and half the school is absent from a strange flu epidemic. Suddenly, Jess’s own dog seems off, and a tiny device with an Apple logo has fallen from her friend’s backpack. At this point in the novel, the story completely changes direction as Jess starts to pick up and put together all of the unnatural things in her town.

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Review by Samantha

January 27, 2021

The DoOver

3 stars of 5

The Do-Over by Jennifer Honeybourn

The Do-Over by Jennifer Honeybourn stars Emilia, a high school girl who loves spending time with her best friends Marisol and Alistair. Emilia’s life seems to be perfect, but then she is asked to prom by two guys: her crush Ben (the most popular boy in school), and her best friend Alistair. Not wanting to mess up her friendship, Emilia chooses Ben, but after dating for a few months, Emilia realizes that she isn’t content with her choice. When a fortune teller at the town fair offers Emilia a crystal that will take her back in time to redo a moment in her life, Emilia jumps at the chance to take it and reverse her choice. Although it seems like a good decision, going back in time and making changes doesn’t turn out the way Emilia expects. When one small tweak begins to unravel her life, Emilia doesn’t know what to do. This book explores Emilia’s life and the difference that each small choice truly makes.

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