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Thirteen Reasons Why – Filled with suspense, good life lessons

Title: Thirteen Reasons WhyThirteen Reasons Why

Author: Jay Asher

Summary: No one expected Hannah Baker’s death, but thirteen people would soon find out how their actions and words pushed Hannah off the edge. Clay Jensen is determined to listen to Hannah’s thirteen tapes to figure out her story, and why he is in it. These tapes show a side of Hannah that no one saw, and the truth about who she really was.

Gut Reaction: Filled with suspense, good life lessons.

I would give this book 8/10 stars because it was detailed and had a good plot, but was slow at times.

What I loved: I really liked how the book took the image of a perfect girl in high school and showed the reader that she has feelings and is just like everyone else.

Why: This book always keeps you guessing what will happen next and surprises you with each new tape. The characters are all distinct and have intriguing personalities that draw you in.

Websites of interest:

Thirteen Reasons Why website

-Afsara, Greenwood, Teen Adviser


Bone – Start with the conclusion and end at the beginning.

n130605Title: Bone

Author:  Fae Myenne Ng

This book was a little hard for me to get into, due to the fact that it goes backwards.  It starts with the conclusion and ends with the beginning , if that makes any sense.  It took me 5 chapters to get into the book and it was great to read.  I thought that the book was moving, sweet, and nicely written.

This book follows three sisters Leila, Ona, and Nina.  Leila is narrating the story.   This book is basically about figuring out why Ona, the middle sister, decided to commit suicide by jumping off a building.  It reveals in the first chapter that Ona has committed suicide and as each chapter goes by, we get closer and closer to figuring out why she did.  It’s kind of like playing a puzzle game, each piece gets you closer and closer to figuring out what the picture is going to look like and that’s how the book is kind of interpreted with Ona’s death.  This book also features the relationship problems of Mah and Leon.  Leon is Leila and Ona’s stepfather and Nina’s real dad.  Mah and Leon have a lot of complications going on in their relationship that affect the lives of the three sisters.

I thought that the book was good and it gave me more insight on the Chinatown in San Francisco.  I really liked how some the of the writing in the book would always go back to the title.  This book was interesting and I recommend people to read it.

–Friyad, Columbia, Teen Blogger

Teen Reviewed: And We Stay

And We StayTitle:  And We Stay

Author:  Jenny Hubbard

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Emily Beam is sent away to a boarding school in Massachusetts after her boyfriend shoots himself in the school library.  When she gets to Amherst School for Girls, she finds out that the town of Amherst is where Emily Dickinson spent much of her life. In the spirit of the woman who shares her name and birthday, Emily starts to write poems herself as she tries to cope with what she has been through.  Slowly, she begins to find her sea legs as she gradually develops new relationships and explores her changed existence through writing.

I started reading because:  I liked the concept, and I liked the idea of a novel written in half prose, half poetry.

I kept reading because:  the writing was incredible.  Every word was beautiful and used very intentionally.  I also loved how the characters slowly unfolded themselves throughout the book.

If Emily were in a yearbook, she would be voted:  Most Talented.

I would recommend this book to poetry lovers, and anyone who would like to do some contemplating of the big questions. While this book did make me laugh at times, it should be noted that it deals with some heavy subject matter and controversial issues, so it is not suitable for everyone.

–Hannah, Greenwood, Teen Blogger

Teen Review: Be More Chill

Be More ChillWhen I finished It’s Kind of A Funny Story by young author Ned Vizzini, I knew I had to pick up another novel by him.  I decided on one of his earlier novels, Be More Chill.  This book was the first YA book to ever be the Today Show Book Club novel, so I thought it must be good.

The premise was very interesting and creative.  The main character, Jeremy Heere, is your average high school geek.  No girls like him, he only has one friend, and he writes all of the insults thrown at him in a notebook.  All through high school, Jeremy has been crushing on Christine, a beautiful girl who is in his acting class.  When Jeremy reaches the peak of dorkdom, his enemy Rich gives him some valuable information.  He advises Jeremy to take “The Squip” a pill that makes you go from geek to chic.  But Jeremy realizes there are downsides to being the coolest kid around.

While this novel is certainly entertaining and somewhat well-written, the story drags near the end, causing you to wonder if he is ever going to find a resolution.  The novel has your average teen angst elements: drugs, innapropriate relationships, and bullying, but they are all put together to create one entertaining novel.

After reading this, I was shocked to find out that Ned Vizzini died just as I finished the novel.  For more info on Ned Vizzini’s Death and Be More Chill, click on the links. ​

–Peter, Fremont Teen Blogger


Teen Book Review: The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand

Title: The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand
Author: Gregory Galloway

3-Sentence Summary: Adam Strand finds himself attempting to kill himself to cure him of his boredom but seems to fail at it all 39 times. This book is filled with the very harsh topic of teen suicide in an interesting manner that has to do with much more than just depression. It’s a book filled with believable and well developed characters and such deep ideas that will really captivate you.

Six-word review: Teen attempts suicide; finds life meaning.

I started reading this because: of its title. I knew that it was going to be about suicide, and while it’s not an easy topic to read about or understand, I enjoy books that handle hard topics. I kept on reading after I saw a distinct way the main character thinks that was unlike what the usual suicide-esque story is.

Rating: I would give this 9/10. While not a real page-turner, the use of language did capture my attention a lot and kept me reading.

What I really loved was: the language and imagery in the book to really put an image in the person’s head. Quite beautiful.

If the lead character was in high school yearbook he would be voted: most likely to find meaning in his life after dying 39 times.

On a deserted island, the main character would: think of a way to kill himself (I’m sorry if that offends anybody, it’s just along the theme of the book and content of the book), then not die.

I would like to mention that despite how you interpret this review and what you would think this book is about, know that the topic of suicide is very serious and this book shows another way of looking at the subject.

–Aldo, Teen Center Adviser



Book Shorts: Orchards



Title:  Orchards

Author:  Holly Thompson

Summary:  Sent to Japan for the summer after an eighth-grade classmate’s suicide, half-Japanese, half-Jewish Kana Goldberg tries to fit in with relatives she barely knows and reflects on the guilt she feels over the tragedy back home.

I started reading it because… It is in verse, so though it is a longish (327 pages) book it is a very fast read.

I kept reading because… I grew to like the main character Kana very much and wanted to see how she coped living in a very traditional Japanese family, and because I wondered how much she was really responsible for what happened to her classmate. I also really liked the black and white line drawings.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:  Join the Peace Corps or otherwise Help Others.

Six Word Recap:  Mean girl grows oranges in Japan.

This book reminded me of  Thirteen Reasons Why because I wish Hannah could have met Kana after her time in Japan. I think they would have been friends.

Christiane @ Queen Anne Branch