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Teen Reviewed: The True Meaning of Smekday​

Title:  The True Meaning of Smekday True Meaning of Smekday

Author: Adam Rex

Summary: The year is 2013, and Earth has been invaded and conquered by aliens. 11.5 year old Gratuity Tucci (or “Tip” for short) is left with no one but her cat Pig after her mother gets abducted by the aliens.  She sets out for Florida to try to find her mom, and along the way she forms an unlikely friendship with an alien named J.Lo.  These two are thrown into a hilarious and witty adventure that involves flying cars, animals called koobish, and lots of cats as they do their best to save the world.

I started reading it because it was recommended to me by one of my teachers.

I kept reading because it was fast-paced, funny, and I grew very fond of the characters. I never stopped laughing, and I always wanted to know what happened next.

If Tip was in a yearbook, she would be voted “Most Likely to Change the World and Not Take Any Credit for it.” If J.Lo was in a yearbook, he would be voted “Worst Driver” or “Most Likely to Eat a Urinal Deodorizer.”

This book reminded me of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy because it is quick-witted and funny.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes to laugh.  A fun read that will bring a smile to your face no matter how old you are.  😀

–Hannah, 16, Greenwood


Teen Review: Paper Towns

Paper TownsI’ve recently read Paper Towns by John Green. This book is about a boy named Quentin who is in love with his rebellious, fun and mysterious childhood friend Margo. 

The two who haven’t hung out in years come together one night when Margo sneaks in through Quentin’s door and brings him along on an adventure that ranges from pranking their enemies and sneaking into a museum all in one night.

Until later, Margo is missing and Quentin sees it as his job to find her and decode all of the clues she left behind. Overall, the characters are very fun-loving and complex and their adventures would make one jealous. The main character, Quentin being a straight-edge student while Margo is a rebel make the two click and will instantly draw you in to follow along with their journey.

–Sophie, Columbia Teen Adviser


Teen Review: Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

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

Author: Maria Semple

This was a fantastic novel with a strong main character. The book is about Bee Branch, an 8th grader with a Straight A report card.  In reward for her good grades, she gets to pick anywhere to go for a trip, and she picks Antarctica.  In the days leading up to the trip, her eccentric mom Bernadette battles angry moms, a very messy music party, and a rickety house.

Told in texts, emails, and letters, this is a one-sitting type book.  What makes this different than every other book is its divine humor percolating throughout the novel.  Ms. Semple also never takes her foot off the gas pedal, meaning she’s in it to the end.  The book never drags and it is perfect for anyone looking for an intelligent and VERY funny book to throw in the beach (or pool) tote bag.

More information about Maria Semple.

Peter, Teen Blogger