2016 Teen Reviews

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Local teens review young adult books and more.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe is a novel about the relationship of two boys and them finding themselves and each other on their way to adulthood. The flow of the book is simply magical and you genuinely hear the unpolished voice of a teenager whom you will grow to love deeply. -E.W.

Hamilton (musical soundtrack) by Lin-Manuel Miranda

History is often seen as something important but uninteresting and unrelatable to the lives of us today. Lin Manuel-Miranda works to bridge this gap in his musical Hamilton, the story of the first treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton from his birth in the West Indies and immigration to America to his duel with Aaron Burr, relating “America then to America now” using rap and modern phrasing to string together the reality of the present to the reality of the founding fathers. Including well known figures like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and the unsung American heroes such as John Laurens, rich with knowledge and sick beats, the soundtrack of Hamilton is perfect for almost anyone. -E.W.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

It’s one of the most beloved stories in history: girl loses her slipper at the ball. It’s been told in thousands of languages in millions of different ways, but it has never been told quite this way. Cinder by Marissa Meyer is the tale of a cyborg, Cinder, living in New Beijing. In this thrilling retelling, Cinder struggles with her feelings for the prince, the prejudice she faces as a cyborg, and the fact her beloved sister has a deadly disease. This tale will leave you questioning whether or not you ever really knew Cinderella at all.  -K.B.L.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath always does everything with her twin sister Wren.  They even write fan fiction together, but that changes when Wren asks to live in a different dorm than Cath. Now Cath has to deal with Reagan her rude new roommate and Levi, Reagan's ever present boyfriend.  And does romance blossom for our fangirl when her classmate, Nick, suggests they work together? One of the many things I love about this book is that Cath very relatable; you can easily imagine yourself in her position. –A.L.

All Fall Down by Ally Carter

What if your neighbor and your country were at war with one another? In Ally Carter's All Fall Down, this is not just real possibility, but it frequently happens. Grace, the novels main heroine, comes to live on Embassy Row, a neighborhood of embassies. Each house is from another country, part of a different nation. Now, not only does Grace have to navigate a political minefield, but she must also convince everyone around her that her mother was murdered. This story is a thrilling mystery, filled with twists and turns that you will never see coming. -K.B.L.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

With an evil vampire roommate, the Insidious Humdrum, and his girlfriend breaking up with him, how can Simon Snow’s life get any worse? It does when Baz, his roommate, doesn’t returned to their last year of school. Then on top of all that, Simon gets visited from the ghost of Baz’s mother, who is telling him to help Baz avenge her death. Now Simon must help his sworn enemy, but how can he do that when he doesn’t know where he is? This book has it all from romance and adventure to wizard schools and LGBT+ characters. -A.L.