Teen Book Reviews

Teen Book Review
Use this form to submit a review for a Young Adult book. You may earn one hour of community service for each book review; there is a limit of 4 hours per person per month.

To qualify for community service credit, reviewed books must be YA books available in the Edge print collection at the White Plains Public Library. To find out if a title qualifies, search for it in our Library catalog found here. Make sure to click on the title of the book to confirm that the record says White Plains Library AND that the shelving location is listed as YA Fiction, YA Nonfiction, or YA Graphic Novel.

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Reviews

Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating   by   Abida Jaigirdar   4 stars

Genre/s:   Romance, Humor, Family

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Humaira “Hani” Khan is popular and well-liked in school. However, when she comes out as bisexual to her friends, they only invalidate her, not believing she can possibly like girls if she has not dated one. In a panic, desperate to win her friends' approval, Hani says that she is dating Ishita “Ishu” Dey, a classmate of theirs who is not as well-liked, especially by Hani's friends. Ishu is at the top of the class and has high ambitions for college due to her parents' pressure. So, when Hani proposes that they fake date until her friends accept her sexuality, Ishu agrees on the condition that Hani helps her win the position of head girl, which she has promised her parents she will win for her college application. Over time, however, the two girls start forming a real bond and develop genuine feelings for each other, but will they be able to find solace in their relationship while at the mercy of toxic friendships, stressful parental expectations, and messy teenage emotions?

I absolutely adored this book. Both Hani and Ishu were extremely relatable, especially Ishu, and they came right out of the page. Their relationship was so sweet, I hadn't found myself rooting for a relationship so hard in a long while. This was also my first sapphic rom-com, as I rarely read rom-coms in the first place, but it definitely had me wanting to read more, especially from this author.



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   August 11, 2022 at 6:19 pm

Almost American Girl   by   Robin Ha   5 stars

Genre/s:   #ownvoices (the author shares the identity of the character, and writes from their own personal experience; ), Family, Friendship, Nonfiction, Graphic Novel

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Robin Ha's graphic novel Almost American Girl is about a young girl named Robin Ha (the author herself) who tells her story of how she was while being with her mom. Robin Ha and her mom went on vacation to the States from South Korea and her mom's announces she is getting married. Robin is not happy with this because she'll miss her friend, her home, her life. Robin's life has turned upside down. At school, she doesn't know English that well, gets bullied for not knowing the language, and can't fit in well with her step-family. Robin blames all of this on her mom But one day, Robin enters to a comic drawing class where her life may not be so bad after all. I recommend Robin Ha's graphic novel because we get to visualize how her journey was, how did she feel going to the states for the first time, and how did she adapt. All of the questions we have as readers can be answered by reading the graphic novel.



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   August 5, 2022 at 9:53 pm

Displacement   by   Kiku Hughes   5 stars

Genre/s:   Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Graphic Novel

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Kiku Hughes's graphic novel Displacement is about a sixteen-year-old girl named Kiku who gets transported back into time to where her grandmother was during the 1940s. During that time the Japanese American Internment camps happen and Kiku gets to see what it was like back then. While in the camps she sees her grandmother named Ernestina. Got to witness how the Japanese were being treated and what was going on inside. She keeps on coming in into the event and coming back to her normal self and she tries to figure out what was the reason she keeps getting seeing to the 1940s. What is to see her grandmother? Did a problem happen that her family did then Kiku? Questions will be answered throughout the graphic novel. I recommend this novel because you get to see a visual as to what goes on.



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   July 31, 2022 at 2:02 pm

The Glass Castle   by   Jeanine Walls   3 stars

Genre/s:   Nonfiction

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In the “Glass Castle,” the author talks about how poverty impacted her and her siblings growing up in West Virginia. The main characters of the book are Rosemary Walls, Laurie Walls, Rex Walls, and Jeannette Walls. In this memoir, she explains that her childhood was nomadic and stressful. Even though Walls had a traumatic childhood, she still finds a way to get a job and support her siblings. I recommend this book for anyone who can relate to the experience of bad things, like what happened to Walls.



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   July 26, 2022 at 1:50 pm

Macbeth   by   William Shakespeare   4 stars

Genre/s:   Historical Fiction

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This play starts off with three witches predicting the future of Macbeth and his friend. The witches predict that Macbeth will be king, which he does not believe until he sees other parts of the witches' prophecy come true. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth then start to make the prophecy come true through murder. This play has murder and madness, which is part of the reason why people think it is cursed. Someone who likes mystery, violence, and/or Shakespeare would enjoy this book.



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   July 21, 2022 at 6:19 pm

Fahrenheit 451   by   Ray Bradbury   4 stars

Genre/s:   Science Fiction, Fantasy

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This fantasy follows the story of the main character, Guy Montag, who used to be a fireman who burned books. In this society, it is normal to burn books to stop anyone from challenging the society. Montag moves away from burning books to actually reading them. This adventure follows the storyline of Montag's evolution. If you like fantasy and unique descriptions, I recommend this book.



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   July 21, 2022 at 2:29 pm

Paper Towns   by   John Green   4 stars

Genre/s:   Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Humor, Friendship

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Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns is a story revolving around Quentin Jacobsen, Q, and his experiences around his friend Margo. Growing distant overtime, this story revolves mainly around the mysteries that Margo had laid out for Q to solve and find the answer. The voice matches closely to the character as a high school senior and how he comes to learn to see deeper than the surface of someone. Not only discovering the answer to the mystery, but able to further connect to his friends he brings along with him. The plot moves smoothly while still keeping up on the idea of understanding others through the eyes of its smart and realistic protagonist.



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   July 19, 2022 at 5:50 pm

Zacktastic   by   Courtney Sheinmel   5 stars

Genre/s:   Adventure, Fantasy, Realistic Fiction

The book reminded me of:   Graphic Novels like Captain Underpants

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This book begins with the main character, Zack, and his twin sister. Zack is a very cautious and shy kid, while his sister is outgoing and popular. On the day of their birthday, Zack and his sister have a party. Their uncle attends the birthday party and gives Zack's sister a big present and Zack a small bottle container. After the party ends, Zack experiences a strange feeling and goes to speak to his uncle who reveals that Zack is a genie. This book follows Zack's tasks and adventures as a genie being summoned around the world. I recommend this book to those who feel lonely and/or enjoy a good mystery fantasy story.



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   July 18, 2022 at 1:21 pm

Pele   by   Edson Arantes do Nascimento   4 stars

Genre/s:   Adventure, Nonfiction

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Pele is an autobiography about a Brazilian soccer player named Edson Arantes do Nascimento. Pele was his nickname. He is considered one of the best soccer players in the world. The book begins with Pele talking about himself and how he lives in Gerais, Brazil. He grew up in poverty and worked his way up. If you love soccer and/or looking for inspiration, I suggest this book.



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   July 5, 2022 at 11:13 am

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Book II)   by   Suzanne Collins   5 stars

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

The book reminded me of:   Other Hunger Game books

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This book continues from the first Hunger Games' book. It begins with an interview recapping the experience from the winners of last year's Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta. President Snow has a problem with Katniss who is associated with a revolution against his way of thinking (i.e. ending the Hunger Games as a form of entertainment). To punish Katniss, President Snow makes a semi-annual anniversary of the Hunger Games where all of the previous most brutal winners compete for their lives. This book follows Katniss and Peeta competing in the Hunger Games yet again. If you enjoyed the first Hunger Games or enjoy adventure, I would suggest this book.



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   July 5, 2022 at 11:02 am