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Teen Book Reviews

Our TAG members and teens in the Nesmith Library community can submit book reviews to be featured on this page. Teens can submit Book Reviews through our Teen Book Review form!

We encourage teens to join our Teen Advisory Group to help plan programs, improvements to our space, and get involved in the community, but it is not required to submit book reviews or attend our programs for teens and young adults! Submitting book reviews can count toward your service hours: join TAG and contact Teen Services Librarian Molly to get started!

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Reviewer: Marin H., 7th Grade ✪TAG Member

Book: Truly Devious  by Maureen Johnson

Genre: Mystery Rating: 5/5 ✪✪✪✪

"Set in the mysterious mountains of Vermont, Truly Devious is an intriguing and page turning book. Stevie Bell is accepted into a private school with a treacherous past and a murder mystery she is determined to crack. But, the death of a student throws her off course. She now needs to solve the mystery behind the death of her friend and dive deeper into the mystery behind her school. This story was totally amazing for the mystery fan. The characters were in depth and fun and the plot was so well though(t) [sic] out. I would 100% recommend Truly Devious."

Reviewer: Emerson C., 9th Grade ✪TAG Member

Book: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Contemporary Rating: 4/5 ✪✪✪✪ 

"Fangirl is a book about a girl who is obsessed with the Simon Snow fantasy series.  She spends all of her time writing Simon Snow fan fiction.  She neglects to make friends or engage in activities and when she goes to college even her twin sister abandons her for cooler, college friends.  Cath, the fangirl, must adapt and exit her fandom bubble or risk losing out on the real world college experience.  Can she do it? This book features a complicated and realistic main character who is not as confident as many YA novel protagonists.  It was a well developed story with believable situations.  It was entertaining and funny."


Reviewer: Stephanie W., 10th Grade ✪TAG Member

Book: The Way You Make Me Feel by Maureen Goo

Genre: Contemporary Rating: 4/5 ✪✪✪✪ 

"I really loved reading this book. When starting the book, I wasn't really sure if I was going to like the book because the main character, Clara, was not really a character that I could really relate to. She was the trouble maker and in the beginning of the book that really defined her as a character. However, after continuing to read the book, I realize that she has a lot more layers to her. With that, I love a good teen romance book that is just light hearted and fun, which was exactly what this book was. If you are looking for a fun and easy book to read on break, this would be a really good option for you."


Reviewer: Emerson C., 9th Grade ✪TAG Member

Book: My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton

Genre: Historical/Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 ✪✪✪✪ 

"My Plain Jane is a modern retelling of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. The titular Jane Eyre leaves the dreary Lowood school to become a governess at Thornfield Hall. It is there that she meets Mr. Rochester, her employer who is hiding many secrets. Jane has the rare talent of seeing ghosts, which makes an agent for the Society of the Relocation of Wayward Spirits, Alexander Blackwood, want to recruit her to the society. Charlotte, Jane's friend, is looking for a story to tell and tries to get a job with the society. I loved this book because it was outside of the box, and it was not like anything I had ever read before. I really liked how the story was told in three points of view, so I could see how different characters reacted to the events of the plot. The plot itself was funny, with lots of pop culture and literary references throughout, and was thoroughly entertaining. Once you start reading My Plain Jane, you will not want to put it down. This book is perfect for those who loved Jane Eyre, but you do not have to have read Jane Eyre to understand the plot."


Reviewer: Isabelle D., 9th Grade ✪TAG Member

Book: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Genre: Fantasy Rating: 4/5 ✪✪✪✪ 

"This book is quit well written, Gaiman retells many famous norse mythos from the creation myths to Ragnarok and everything in between. The stories are easy to understand they are also very engaging to the reader. I would defiantly[sic] recommend this book to any people who are interested in mythology or are looking quick read."

Reviewer: Isabelle D., 9th Grade ✪TAG Member

Book: Let's Call It a Doomsday by Katie Henry

Genre: Contemporary Rating: 5/5 ✪✪✪✪

"This book is very well written and very engaging. It brings you through the life of the main character as she tries to discover the truth of the world ending and how her thought on it ending goes against what her family and friends think of it. It's a one-off book that I would defiantly[sic] recommend to anyone that enjoys 'a slice of life' books or anyone looking for just a quick engaging book."

Reviewer: Katharine G., 11th Grade ✪TAG Member

Book: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Genre: Historical Rating: 4/5 ✪✪✪✪

"The Underground Railroad is a fictional novel about a slave girl, Cora, who runs away from her plantation and heads north on the 'Underground Railroad', depicted in this book very literally as cart paths through underground tunnels. She experiences the culture in many different states and experiences the common hardships and terrors of runaway slaves such as hiding in attics for months and the constant fear of being recaptured. I enjoyed reading this book and learned a lot of history through the more fun, easy to read novel format. Whitehead uses a detached and blunt tone, so it is not as exciting to read as other stories. I would recommend it to anyone interested in slave life and the underground railroad."

Reviewer: Emerson C., 9th Grade ✪TAG Member

Book: 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

Genre: Romance Rating: 4/5 ✪✪✪✪

"10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston is a heartwarming tale about the importance of friends and family. When Sophie's boyfriend breaks up with her just before Christmas, she is blindsided. She flees to her grandparents' house where her enormous family each selects a guy for her to go on a blind date with over the next ten days. While some dates are fun and some are not, Sophie learns more about herself and her family than she ever could have imagined. I enjoyed this teen romance novel because it was a light and easy read, and I love Holiday novels. The book is lighthearted and funny, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for something good to read over their holiday break."

 Reviewer: Emerson C., 9th Grade ✪TAG Member

Book: We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lund

Genre: Magical Realism Rating: 4/5 ✪✪✪✪

"This Profound story is about living and letting go, and how the living and the dead each have their own stories, though they often intertwine. I really enjoyed this book because it had many complex and philosophical themes. The characters were very well developed, and clearly evolved throughout the story. I would recommend this to anyone who would love a good ghost story!"

To Kill a MockingbirdReviewer: Rebecca S., 9th Grade ✪TAG Member

Book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Genre: Classic/Historical Rating: 4/5 ✪✪✪✪

"The novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is an outstanding book that tells the story of racism, sexism, and teaches about the danger of making assumptions in 1930s Alabama through the perspective of an adult named Scout who is reflecting on her childhood. I found the storyline entertaining and I thought that the detailed words Lee chose to use allowed me to picture the story. I felt as though I was Scout and was experiencing everything she was. Additionally, the personality of each character is well developed through much dialogue, which helps create a deeper understanding of the conflict. Although Lee's word choice and character development were impeccable, the exposition was too long and could possibly turn off readers before they get to the main themes of the book. Overall, this is a clever novel which teaches many lessons still relevant to today."

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse AndersonReviewer: Olivia C., 8th Grade ✪TAG Member

Book: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Genre: Contemporary Rating: 5/5 ✪✪✪✪

"Wintergirls is an emotionally moving novel centered on a girl's struggle towards recovery. It first introduces us to Lia Overbrook and Cassandra Parrish who spent their middle and high school years leaning on each other while suffering from anorexia. They had an unspoken oath to clean up the other’s messes and to fall down together. But in the senior year of high school, after Cassie abruptly broke off their relationship, Lia received thirty-three phone calls from her. Lia chose to ignore them, not realizing the cost and the guilt she would be left with. From that night on, Lia was alone in her fight. So, she continued to cut herself deeper, pushed herself harder to lose weight, and struggled to break free of her anorexia. I would definitely recommend this book for eighth-graders to high schoolers since it's about starving oneself, which is a sensitive subject. I love the book's deliberate format because it truly adds to the flow of the book and impacted my thoughts. In my opinion, Wintergirls is one of Laurie Halse Anderson's finest works, and it's definitely on my top ten books' list."

Who Killed Christopher Goodman? by Allan WolfReviewer: Olivia C., 8th Grade ✪TAG Member

Book: Who Killed Christopher Goodman? by Allan Wolf

Genre: Mystery Rating: 5/5 ✪✪✪✪

"Who Killed Christopher Goodman?, by Allan Wolf, tells of the events preceding a seventeen-year-old’s death and its rippling effects on the people around him. The numerous coincidental events that lead up to his death take place during Deadwood Days, the quiet town’s summer festival held every year. I especially liked how each of the six main characters has their own voice since it allowed me to witness the night and the guilt shared between them from different views. I think anyone can connect with the characters' sense of remorse in one way or another. Although it was a quick read with a simple format, it made me reflect on my past choices and how I could have unintentionally affected someone. So, I would definitely recommend it for anyone who wants an amazing story with a deep and meaningful message."

Reviewer: Stephanie W., 10th Grade ✪TAG Member

Book: American Panda by Gloria Chao

Genre: Contemporary Rating: 5/5 ✪✪✪✪

"I really liked reading this book. It might be because I have an asian heritage, but I loved all the asian culture that this book exposes. This book was just really fun to read. American Panda follows a girl who struggles through self-identification as she navigates her first year at MIT. I went through so many emotions while reading this book. You can really feel the confused and hurt emotions that the main character feels while she tries to make sense of who she is and how she identifies with her culture and simultaneously can't help but laugh some of what her family says to her."

Reviewer: Emerson C., 9th Grade ✪TAG Member

Book: I Know You Remember by Jennifer Donaldson

Genre: Mystery Rating: 5/5 ✪✪✪✪

"After her Mother's sudden death, Ruth moves back to her hometown of Anchorage Alaska, to live with her father and stepmother. When she arrives, she learns that her best friend has gone missing. She does everything in her power to find her, and it gets her into some serious trouble. This book deals with the theme of when you think you know someone, in reality you don't know them at all. I would consider this to be one of the best mystery/thrillers I have read in a long time. I loved how the author used the Alaskan setting to create an ominous mood for the story. The characters are well developed, and their relationship dynamics make the story much more interesting. I went into this book thinking I knew what would happen, but I was totally surprised. This book is perfect for fans of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart."

Reviewer: Stephanie W., 10th Grade ✪TAG Member

Book: Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig

Genre: Mystery Rating: 4/5 ✪✪✪✪

"This book really surprised me. I wasn't really sure what I was getting myself into when I picked up this book, but as the book went on, I realized what an action packed, page turner this book is. There are so many twists and turns in this book that kept wanting to know what happens next. It is a story about thieving drag queens, so it is maybe not for everyone, especially those looking for a light realistic fiction sort of read. However, if you really need a book to get your brain going and guessing, this book would be a really good choice."

Reviewer: Meghan L., 9th Grade ✪TAG Member

Book: The Toll by Neal Shusterman

Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopia Rating: 5/5 ✪✪✪✪

"The Toll by Neal Shusterman is the third installment of the Arc of a Scythe series. Fast-paced and beautifully written, this book is truly a treat for fans of the series. The Toll brings readers back into the familiar world of the Scythedom and offers a thrilling and yet satisfying finale to the series."

Reviewer: Marin H., 7th Grade ✪TAG Member

Book: Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee

Genre: Fantasy Rating: 4/5 ✪✪✪✪

"This was an amazing book. Loki: Where Mischief Lies is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before the movie Thor. After trouble with a childhood friend and a diplomatic mission with his brother, Loki is expelled to nineteenth century London to work with the SHARP Society. These people changed his life. They taught him many important lessons. These characters developed well and the plot was amazing. At some points, you can feel the characters' emotions. I guarantee this book will blow away any mystery, Marvel, or Norse Mythology fan."

Sia Martinez on GoodreadsReviewer: Stephanie W., 10th Grade ✪TAG Member

Book: Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasques Gilliland **ARC from Simon & Schuster**

Genre: Science Fiction Rating: 5/5 ✪✪✪✪

"As the book's title might imply, this book is a piece of art and filled with all you could think imaginable. It was beautifully written to give everyone a piece to love. Gilliland does an amazing job putting together teen romance, immigration, culture, spirits, and of course aliens. From the outside, the book might seem to be taking on way to much, but after reading, I can tell you all the layers make the story that much richer and better that it rarely feels forced. The book centers around Sia Martinez, a teenage girl who is still battling the lost of her mother to deportation and a disastrous attempt to return. Of course, Sia meets another teen who she finds herself falling for and helps her through all the crazy events that happen in this book(but I'll let you read about that on your own). Another thing to note, is Sia's incredible relationship with her grandmother who has passed. The spirits, like Sia's grandmother, haunt the story in the best possible way. I really think that it might be best not knowing what to expect when going into reading this novel. It will take you by surprise, but I promise it will warm you right up and make you feel like you are this much closer to understanding the world. "

Reviewer: Rebecca S., 9th Grade ✪TAG Member

Book: Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

Genre: Contemporary Rating: 5/5 ✪✪✪✪

"Again, but Better is a story about Shane, a college student who feels the need for change and adventure. To find this, she signs up for a semester abroad in London where she attempts to make friends, visit other countries, find romance, and pursue her passion: writing. This book is packed with exciting opportunities and experiences. Because of the relatable writing style and detailed accounts of Shane’s life, you are submerged into the story as if you were one of the characters yourself. While the book takes a long time to expose all of the plot in the beginning, this is made up for very well in the gripping second half. Overall, Christine Riccio’s Again, but Better is an amazing story of self-confidence and self-discovery that is well worth the read!"

Reviewer: Rebecca S., 9th Grade ✪TAG Member

Book: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Genre: Contemporary Rating: 4/5 ✪✪✪✪

"The Sun Is Also a Star is a romantic tale about Natasha, a Jamaican teenager who is about to have her life as she knows it turned upside down, and Daniel, a Korean teenager who doesn’t know what he wants to be, but definitely not a doctor like his parents want him to be. Their lives intertwine after a coincidental meeting on the streets of New York. Daniel would call it fate, but Natasha is scientific and fate is not scientific. Nicola Yoon writes from the perspective of both Natasha and Daniel, as well as including the backstory and future of other characters, which keeps you engaged in both the lovers’ feelings and allows you to become attached to those who would normally be of secondary importance or only in the background. While her description of events, places, and people is a tremendous strength of the book, I found the ending disappointing with a severe lack of explanation. There was a lot left to the imagination, which, personally, was upsetting. As a whole, I liked the descriptiveness and perspective used, but was let down by the ending."

Reviewer: Emerson C., 9th Grade ✪TAG Member

Book: Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen

Genre: Historical Rating: 5/5 ✪✪✪✪

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dangerous Alliance: An Austentacious Romance by Jennieke Cohen. I had to wait a while to check it out, and it lived up to my expectations. The Story follows Lady Victoria Aston, a Jane Austen fangirl in 1817. She looks to her books for guidance in her own life, to varying degrees of success. When her sister is in danger, Victoria must marry to save her family's estate. This story had it all, romance, drama, and action. Even though the story takes place in 1817, it maintains a modern feel. The main character is funny and entertaining and the story from her point of view is fantastic."

Reviewer: Emerson C., 9th Grade ✪TAG Member

Book: The Clocks: Hercule Poirot #37  by Agatha Christie

Genre: Mystery Rating: 4/5 ✪✪✪✪

"I recently read The Clocks By Agatha Christie, which is towards the end of the Poirot series. The action begins when a young secretary is sent to a mysterious house on assignment. It is there that she discovers the body of an unknown man in a room full of unfamiliar clocks that the owner knows nothing about. The reason why I gave this book a four out of five is because there are some parts in the middle that are a bit boring, but other than that I enjoyed it. One of my favorite things about this book and the mystery genre in general is that tiny details that may seem insignificant, are actually very valuable to the solution of the mystery."


 Reviewer: Rebecca S., 10th Grade ✪TAG Member

Book: Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick

Genre: Nonfiction Rating: 3/5 ✪✪✪

"Nathaniel Philbrick’s Bunker Hill is a nonfiction history book that tells the story of not only the Battle of Bunker Hill, but also the events leading up to and after this important battle. Philbrick’s use of quotes from primary sources within his text enrich the messages he is trying to teach you and allow you to feel part of history. However, he frequently jumps from different timelines and goes on tangents that last multiple pages. This can be confusing and cause you to forget the material discussed just before the tangent began, preventing prolonged engagement. Overall, Bunker Hill reminded me of a fact-heavy textbook covering a small timespan."

Reviewer: Rebecca S., 10th Grade ✪TAG Member

Book: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Genre: Romance/Contemporary Rating: 4/5 ✪✪✪✪

"Jenny Han’s, Always and Forever, Lara Jean, is the third and final book in the to the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series that tells about young Lara Jean’s quirky love story. In this novel, Lara Jean prepares to finish off her Senior year of High School with many fun activities, including her dad’s wedding to their neighbor, Ms. Rothschild. However, her perfectly planned Senior year goes off the rails when she receives upsetting news that forces her to make a choice between love and logic. To complement this dramatic storyline, Han clearly, and yet creatively, states Lara Jean’s feelings during intense moments in the book. She also allows vivid scenes to be created within the minds of her readers through the continuous use of imagery. Despite Han’s excellent writing style, I didn’t agree with the ending to the novel, but if you enjoy romance, I would definitely recommend Always and Forever, Lara Jean."

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