Teen Book Reviews

Teen Book Review
Use this form to submit a review for a Young Adult book. You will earn one hour of community service for each book review; there is a limit of 8 hours per person per month. Please contact YA librarian Kat at kcarroll@whiteplainslibrary.org with any questions.
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Reviews

We Contain Multitudes   by   Sarah Henstra   5 stars

Genre/s:   Realistic Fiction, Romance

The book reminded me of:   I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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The story is told entirely through the letters of two high school students randomly paired up for an English assignment. At first, dedicated Walt Whitman cosplayer Jonathan Hopkins and football star Adam Kurlansky seem totally incompatible. But as the weeks pass, their lives slowly intertwine. Jo and Kurl experience first love together and help each other through some pretty heavy family problems. The writing was beautiful and emotional. I was totally absorbed in this book for the day and a half it took me to finish it, and then I wished to spend more time with these endearing characters–highly recommended.



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The Blackthorn Key   by   Kevin Sands   5 stars

Genre/s:   Mystery, Historical Fiction

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The Blackthorn Key is the first book in a thrilling series that revolves around Christopher, a young orphan who is an apprentice under Master Benedict, an apothecary. Christopher and his friend, Tom, attempt to solve riddles and uncover the mystery surrounding the assassination of multiple apothecaries. I would recommend this book to young teens who are seeking a captivating and action-packed mystery novel with some violence. Readers can even attempt to solve riddles and decipher codes alongside the protagonist. I loved every moment of this book as it left me on the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen next.



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Want   by   Cindy Pon   4 stars

Genre/s:   Adventure, Science Fiction, Romance, Friendship

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The novel Want takes place in a futuristic dystopian society where the rich are shielded from pollution while the poor suffer. The protagonist, Jason Zhou, is determined to change this by teaming up with his friends to infiltrate and destroy the corporation responsible for the pollution. Intertwining action, love, loss, and suspense, this book is an excellent read. Additionally, many comparisons can be drawn from this book to the current state of the world. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to teens who want to be engrossed in a fast-paced and vibrant novel.



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