Teen Book Review Blog

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.

Tags: teen book review The Do-Over YA Romance choices Jennifer Honeybourn

Read more: Samantha's Review of "The Do-Over" by Jennifer Honeybourn

Review by Katie

January 25, 2021

Secret History by Donna Tartt

4 stars of 5

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Secret History by Donna Tartt begins with its climax: The murder of a dear friend is revealed with equal parts remorse and resign, creating an immediate sense of intrigue before it circles back to the birth of this chronicle. The Secret History is a murder mystery dressed in pompousness. It tells the story of Richard, a young man studying classics in college with a group of people who are excited to step over boundaries of morality to pursue their fantasies. The consequences of their unbelievable actions prove to be repulsive, yet each character is addicting in their own way.

Tags: teen book review The secret history donna tartt elite academia drama morality college

Read more: Katie's Review of "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt

PRE-PUBLICATION Review of Advanced Reader Copy by Sweksha

Review date: January 12, 2021 - Publish date: February 2, 2021

Review by Sweksha

Love is a Revolution ARC

4 stars of 5

Love is a Revolution by Renee Watson

Love is a Revolution written by Renee Watson is centered around Nala Robertson, a young woman exploring her identity. On an open mic night at her cousin’s birthday party, Nala meets the perfect boy, Tye Brown. As the two grow closer together, Nala begins to lie about her passions and her identity. The novel follows Nala’s life and relationships with her friends, family, and Tye. One of my favorite components of this novel is the character development. In the beginning of the book Watson describes a standard family living a relatively normal life. However, as the novel progresses, you can see the underlying issues and the tension increasing between the family members. This novel evokes several emotions, making it the perfect combination of romance and reality.

Tags: teen book review prepublication review Love is a Revolution Renee Watson YA fiction romance body image song lyrics

Read more: Sweksha's Review of "Love is a Revolution" by Renee Watson

Review by Sweksha

December 14, 2020

Fever 1793 Laurie Halse Anderson

3 stars of 5

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Fever 1793, written by Laurie Halse Anderson, describes the events surrounding the yellow fever epidemic. The novel includes several plot twists that successfully convey history and engage readers. This novel takes place during the yellow fever epidemic that ravaged Philadelphia in the summer of 1793. The protagonist of this novel, 14-year-old Mattie Cook, learns to deal with the hardships brought on by this awful epidemic.

Tags: teen book review YA Historical Fiction Fever 1793 Laurie Halse Anderson yellow fever epidemic

Read more: Sweksha’s Review of “Fever 1793” by Laurie Halse Anderson

Signs of life!

As the snow begins to melt, we see positive signs of brighter days ahead.  Infection rates in town continue to drop and the COVID Committee of the Board of Trustees continues to monitor virus progress in the community.  We have been meeting regularly to evaluate whether conditions are right for re-opening.  As always, the safety of our patrons and staff is of prime importance. 

We are happy to announce that we will once again open to computer use by appointment on Monday, 3/1.  As before, we ask that you make an appointment for a 45 minute slot at least the day before and we will not take advance appointments beyond 1 week.  Social distancing requirements only allow us to make 2 computers available. 

We look forward to safer conditions as vaccinations proceed and will continue to update you as our re-opening plans progress.

377 ELKWOOD AVENUE
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ 07974
908-665-0311