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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

Perks of Being a Wallflower: fall in love with characters & their friendship

perksWallflowerTitle:  The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Author:  Stephen Chbosky

Summary:  Charlie, a shy and naive 15-year-old, is trying to come to terms with the suicide of his best friend and cope with his own mental illness.  About to begin high school and unsure of how to feel, Charlie starts to write letters to a stranger he heard is nice.  In these letters we follow Charlie through the ups and downs of high school as he learns about love, friendship, and stepping out of your comfort zone.

How many stars would you give this book and why?  I would rate this book 10/10 stars. The letter format is intriguing and the story flows beautifully.  Each letter is like a chapter.  All of the characters are well-developed and I feel like I know each of them personally.

I started reading it because… I loved the title of the book, as well as the cover page…

I kept reading because… I fell in love with the characters and their friendship.

What you loved/hated/couldn’t get enough of… I loved Patrick (one of Charlie’s friends).  He is one of the funniest characters I have ever come across and his presence in the book makes it a million times better.

Anything else we should know… The Perks of Being a Wallflower is now a major motion picture. Released in 2012 the author (Stephen Chbosky) also directed the movie. The film and its soundtrack are both incredible.

Websites of Interest: Here’s a link to the movie trailer.

–Laura, 16, Greenwood

GWD

Editor’s Note:  Perks is one of those books that just keeps drawing people in!  Check out our other reviews of this title!  Many different contexts, but all love all the time.  🙂

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Starts heavy but ends with hope.

perks of being a wallflowerTitle: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

Author: Stephen Chbosky

Summary: You’ve probably seen the movie, so you maybe already know the plot. But, if you haven’t, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is a story about high schooler and wallflower Charlie. He’s shy, he loves English, and he is still grieving the loss of his friend from grade school who committed suicide. As he navigates high school, he is introduced to Patrick, a slacker senior who’s gay, and Patrick’s step-sister Sam, also a senior, who is gorgeous and happens to become Charlie’s crush. Meeting these two is just one of the many turning points for Charlie.

Six Word Review: Starts heavy but ends with hope.

I started reading because: After reading the first page I was hooked. Charlie has such a genuine voice. It’s compelling.

I would give this book 9/10 stars because it’s very relatable.

I loved that the novel was told in the format of letters written by Charlie. It gave it a pure and honest feel and it made Charlie seem more real because you could imagine him writing the words as you read his letters. I hated how emotional the novel was at times. It’s a pretty heavy read so it can make you pretty blue. That’s the point of books, but it doesn’t make the occasional feeling of sadness any less gross-feeling.

If the lead character Charlie was in a high school yearbook, he would be voted Most Likely To: Write A Novel.

Anything else we should know? I know most people have only seen the movie, but I would really like to encourage you to read the book even if you don’t feel like it’s your thing. The novel has a lot more to offer than the movie. There are extra parts and new insights to be gained from reading it.

–Regina, 18, West Seattle

WTS

Hero – Fluffy, fun, action. Unusual queer literature.

HERO

Title: Hero
Author: Perry Moore

Summary:  In a world full of superheroes, Thom appears as any average teenager—busy playing basketball, going to school, volunteering, and working.  But as much as Thom appears normal, he’s started to develop powers.  While most people would take this as a blessing, Thom considers it a curse, as his former-superhero father was ostracized due to a botched mission that killed hundreds of bystanders.

Soon, though, Thom is using his powers as part of a team of other superheroes, each with their own secrets and problems.  Unfortunately, being a hero isn’t the only thing he’s hiding from his father — Thom is gay, a fact that threatens to rip his whole life apart.

Six Word Review: Fluffy, fun, action. Unusual queer literature.

How Many Stars Would You Give This Book:  6.5/10 stars.  I liked this book.  It was a fun, light read.  Thom was a great narrator and the story written in a way that not only got readers interested but kept them engaged in the story.  However, it wasn’t a book with a ton of substance, so while it was good for what it was, don’t expect anything else. Continue reading

Greenwood TAB has your Book Horoscopes! September (Premier) Edition.

book starsMonthly Book Horoscopes: September

Are you at a loss for what to read this month?  Well, you’re in luck!  This is the first edition of a series of monthly book horoscopes: book recommendations based on your Zodiac sign.  All of the books on this list are awesome, so if you’ve already read your recommended book or finish it before the month is up, feel free to read a different one.  Happy reading!  🙂

 

Aries  Quarantine: The Loners by Lex ThomasLoners

This is the perfect read for a rebellious spirit like you!  Funny, action-packed, and somewhat frightening, this book takes place in a high school that has been cut off from the outside world due to the spread of a fatal virus that lies dormant in teenagers.  The kids trapped in the school must fight to stay alive until they are allowed to “graduate” by the machine standing guard at the door.  The first book of a series.

Taurus  Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel

If you liked The Mortal Instruments series, then you should also read this book, the first of The Infernal Devices, which has the same concept but is set in 19th century England.  When Tessa Gray’s brother is kidnapped by demons, her paths cross with the Shadowhunters of London, and she learns that she is a Downworlder with an unusual power.  Also, this entire book is steampunk, which is fun.

 

Gemini  Stickman Odyssey: Book 1: An Epic Doodle by Christopher FordStickman

Your curiosity might get the best of you this month.  The fresh school year is a great time to let it take you into uncharted territory! Join the Stickman as he embarks on a journey out of his comfort zone on an epic and hilarious quest through Greek mythology. T his graphic novel is also the first book in a series.

 

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Two transgender students grow up in Japan.


wanderingson1Title:  Wandering Son

Author:  Shimura Takako

Summary:  Two transgender elementary school students in Japan grow up.

Gut reaction: Deep and cute.

Why: The characters and their reactions are very life-like and the contemporary Japanese setting was executed flawlessly.  The plot progressed logically and mimicked the pacing of real life, which you don’t get often these days.  I could empathize with the main characters and the side characters had a lot of personality.

Who would like this book:  All shoujo fans, seinen fans, and anyone into LGBTQ+ would love this series.  I will definitely follow it to the end!

–Lexie, West Seattle, Teen Blogger