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Fangirl – a tale of fiction, family & love

fangirlTitle: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Summary: Cath is a Simon Snow fan (a spoof of Harry Potter) and for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, surrounded themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

Six Word Review: A tale of fiction, family and love.

I started reading because: It caught my interest with its relatable story line and I fell instantly in love. I feel as if I am a part of Cath because I am so much like her.

I kept reading because: I was taken in by her story and I couldn’t put it down until the end.

I would give this book 9/10 stars because it’s interesting and unique. I feel as if this is the perfect tale for anyone to read because it’s so relatable. I loved the snippets of her fan fiction story that the author puts in her story. The only things that hung on me were some of the characters.

I loved the fan fiction stories that Cath wrote. I don’t usually like fan fiction but something about her writing felt fresh and original. Packed with action and romance I couldn’t turn away from them.

I hated the way some of the characters were established. Some of them started out in the book with good intentions but ended as nothing more than selfish pricks.

If the lead character was in a high school yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:    Write Fan Fiction.

– Rachel, Green Lake, Teen Volunteer

GLK

I’ll Give You the Sun – own this book & never put it down!

I'll Give You the SunTitle:  I’ll Give You the Sun
Author:  Jandy Nelson

Summary: Twins Noah and Jude are extremely close.  Noah is a shy artist who is quickly falling in love with the charming boy next door.  Jude, on the other hand, is a popular party-goer.  Three years later, when the twins are 16, Noah has become the extrovert while Jude has retreated inside herself.  Something has torn the twins apart and they barely speak to one another.  Yet their sibling bond is still present.  They just need each other to complete their stories.

Gut reaction: I need to own this book and never put it down.

I would give this book 10/10 stars.  It is written in the perspectives of both twins, Noah when he is 13 and Jude when she is 16.  It is extremely captivating.  I loved this book so much, wow.

I started reading it because… I loved Jandy Nelson’s first book The Sky is Everywhere.

I kept reading because… As a twin myself, I could relate to Noah and Jude and their inner feelings.

What you loved/hated/couldn’t get enough of… I loved the setting.  I’ll Give You the Sun is set in the small fictional town of Lost Cove, California.  Sometimes the fog in Lost Cove grows so thick that parents must put leashes on their children so as not to lose them.

–Laura, 16, Greenwood 

GWD

Teen Poetry – Emily – I Am From…

I Am From…

I am from people who ran away from bombs and guns

Trying to not get killed.

I am from people who tried to cross a border to be safe.

I am from parents who separated.

A dad who supports anything I do.

I am from a mom who doesn’t care what I do.

I am from a family that can risk their life helping me

Get an A+ for my science fair project.

I am from a family who has a Nerf Gun war

EVERY

WEEK

 

I am a kid who scrolls on tumblr laughing at dog gifs

All day

I am a kid who is a Mirfanda.

I am a kid who wishes she can go to a kpop concert

I am a kid who wishes to eat bacon and be healthy

 

I am from a house who screams

At each other when a scary trailer comes on

I am from a house who sings Resentment by Beyoncé

All together

I am from a house that isn’t normal

 

I am from a place where

You can smell fried vegetables

I am from a place where people try to be stress free

I am from a family that is average

I am from all of these things that I like because

They make me

Me!

–Emily, 7th grader, West Seattle

Teen Poetry – Emily – Just Because I’m Quiet / Insane

Just Because I’m Quiet

Just because I’m quiet

It doesn’t mean I’m mad

Doesn’t mean I don’t care

Doesn’t mean I’m really shy

 

Just because I’m quiet

Doesn’t mean I don’t understand the work you give me

It doesn’t mean I don’t like you

It doesn’t mean I’m sad

 

Just because I’m quiet doesn’t mean I hate the world

So just stop asking

It’s annoying

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Teen Poetry – Emily – Depression / Dear Mom

Depression

It was in third grade when I met her

She had crazy hair

But, I didn’t care.

We became best friends in 4th grade

She told me everything

She hated everything

She hated herself the most

I tried to help her

But she denied

She truly hated herself

I felt bad.

I really wanted to help

She denied every compliment she got

She would smile

But everyone knew it wasn’t real.

She tried to be happy

But it didn’t work out.

She cried day and night

She hated herself

And her life

She soon realized that pain felt good

She hid her cuts so no one saw

We soon found out everything

I checked up on her everyday

I tried to help, I really did.

She seemed happy and thankful

But…it was all a lie

She was the same as before

She realized this wasn’t the right place for her

She left…

I didn’t even get to say goodbye

Or wish her to be happy there

She was gone as fast as lighting

We all cried

But we all saw it coming

It wasn’t a big surprise

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Bombay Blues – Dimple travels to Bombay, experiences life

Bombay BluesTitle:  Bombay Blues

Author: Tanuja Desai Hidier

Six Word Review: Dimple travels to Bombay, experiences life.

Summary: Dimple Lala is a college student and avid photographer living in New York City, with her boyfriend Karsh.  She travels to Bombay with Karsh to celebrate her cousin’s wedding.  Together they also plan to explore their homeland, each in search of questions about their heritage and themselves.  Dimple encounters many things during her summer in Bombay—most of which she was not expecting.  Karsh distances himself and her family is topsy-turvy with the wedding plans.  Dimple realizes she must explore Bombay on her own and she finds out more than she ever imagined about her culture, her family and love.

I started reading because: The cover looked really interesting (admit it, you judge books by their covers, too) and the first few pages were engaging.

I kept reading because: I hate to leave books unfinished.

I would give this book 5/10 stars, because the poetic, stream-of-consciousness writing style got monotonous halfway through, the plot didn’t seem to be going anywhere, and the dreamy quality of the storyline made it hard to follow.  However, I liked Dimple’s charming, determined and inquisitive personality.

I loved the detailed descriptions of Dimple’s family and life in colorful, exciting Bombay.

I hated the descriptions of everything when they became excessive and the stream-of-consciousness style.  The poetic style seemed more suited to a shorter story.

If the lead character Dimple were stuck on a deserted island, she would take pictures of everything because she sees the world through the eyes of her precious film camera.

Anything else we should know? This book is loooooooooong. It’s 550 pages of poetic rambling, which didn’t really work for me, but maybe it’s your thing.  If it is, you will really enjoy this book!  Also, dialogue is denoted by dashes, instead of the usual quotation marks, which can be confusing at first, but I got used to it.

–Gabriella, Ballard, Teen Blogger

BAL

Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Comical yet dark

Where'd You Go, BernadetteTitle:  Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Author: Maria Semple

Summary:  Bernadette Fox, Los Angeles native now Seattle resident, is the wife of Microsoft big-timer Elgin Branch, the mother of gifted Bee Branch, the alien to fellow Seattle moms, and a former award-winning architect. A novel stitched together by Bernadette’s very own daughter, it’s comprised of letters and emails that follow the whirlwind that notorious Fox finds herself swept up into, that even leads her to the ends of the planet.

I would rate this book 9/10 stars.  This witty, uniquely crafted satire can resonate with not only Seattle natives (who will probably catch on to more of the humor of the story), but with any other reader who may come from a less-than-ordinary family. Comical yet dark, Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a laugh, a cliff-hanger, a “wait, what just happened?” moment kind of story, that’ll keep you hooked until the very end.

I started reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette because it takes place in Seattle; my hometown, my motherland. You don’t find many books set in the rainy city, especially not ones that go into such depth and detail about the nitty gritty of this town as Where’d You Go, Bernadette does. Continue reading