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The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

If you liked The Notebook, then I would definitely recommend picking up The Best of Me. Another Nicholas Sparks book, The Best of Me will take you on the complicated journeys of Amanda and Dawson, seperate and together. At the beginning, it appears to follow the typical Romeo and Juliet plotline, but as you delve into the book, it becomes so much more. As Amanda and Dawson begin to open up to each other after ten years of being apart, they begin to be honest with themselves, too. You’ll flip through the pages faster and faster to see how Amanda’s well-to-do Southern mother reacts to her rekindled friendship with low-class Dawson, and to see what Dawson’s revenge-driven uncle will do to him. I wish I had read this book by a beach because it would be a perfect novel to read leisurely in the sunshine while daydreaming about your soulmate. Oh, Nicholas Sparks.

~Heidi B., Class of ‘12


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Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu

This book is awesome! Lucy’s parents have divorced and since that day her life changed completely. Lucy has two older siblings which are Phil and Sarah. Lucy gets along better with Phil than with her older sister Sarah. Her mom, a hoarder, completely blames Lucy for everything she loses in the house. Lucy just feels trapped in a world that she cannot come out of. She tries to be an ordinary high school student, but she is not able to since she is afraid to be called “Garbage Girl” once again. One day she comes home from her best friend Kaylie’s house and finds her whole life in a completely trapped situation but does not know what to do. Lucy’s life is like a roller coaster and the boy she has liked since she moved to a public school tells her something that may change her life forever!

I really liked reading this book and I think that you should read it also. This book is romantic and mysterious. If you want to find out how Lucy’s life turns out to be, what her dark family secret is, and how it ends read the BOOK!!

~Gina A., Class of ‘13

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Matched by Allie Condie

What if you had your entire life planned out for you, your every move predicted?  This is exactly what happens in Ally Condie’s masterpiece, Matched. Cassia, the protagonist of the novel, and her family live in a futuristic society where everything from who you marry (“match”) to when you die is decided for you by government officials. In this perfectly scheduled, completely controlled world, there is no room for creativity or individuality. A Hundred Paintings. A Hundred Poems. A Hundred Songs. Even the past is regulated and tossed through the government filter of worthy and unworthy pieces of history.

All her life, Cassia has lived as a model citizen within the society. Then, one day, her grandfather dies, leaving her with two ancient poems illegally kept from before the Society’s reign. On the night of her “match banquet,” she accidentally gets matched twice- once to her best friend from childhood, Xander, and once to Ky Markham, a guy so skilled at blending in, Cassia hardly ever noticed him before. Although the match with Ky turns out to be a mistake, Cassia can’t help but wonder what life would be like if she had a choice in the matter, if everything in life wasn’t decided for her. As the story unfolds and Cassia’s and Ky’s paths strangely intertwine, Cassia must decide for herself whether to risk the security the Society offers for a life much more uncertain and yet much more her own. Is perfection really worth it or is there something better? Read the book to find out! I finished this book in one day; it was so good, I couldn’t put it down!

~Elise R., Class of ’12

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The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

What’s one of your earliest memories? Well, for Violet Ambrose, it’s being “called” or “pulled” to a girl in the woods. But it wasn’t just any girl – she was reported missing and was dead when Violet found her. After that, she grew up finding dead animals and burying them in her backyard with her best friend Jay. As they matured into teenagers, Violet started to develop feelings for him. Just as she was enjoying life, she finds another body and begins her search for a killer – only to realize she’s next in line.

The book was sooo great and easy read. It’s full of adventure and suspense and believe me it was worth the sleepless nights huddled under the blankets reading. It’s creepy, romantic, and there are many chapters where you’re put inside the killer’s head. Definitely recommend it!

~Ashton R., Class of ’12

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

There is no extent that sixteen year old hunter Katniss Everdeen won’t take to protect her family. This includes taking the place of her twelve year old sister as tribute in the brutal Hunger Games. This annual event put on by the Capitol is meant to punish the people of Panem. Each year all twelve of the districts are forced into sacrificing two tributes, a boy and a girl, to the cruelty of the Games as they are forced into brutal conditions to fight until only one victor remains. Armed with a drunken mentor, her fellow tribute warm natured Peeta, and a promise to her sister to try to win, Katniss accepts her role as a piece in the Capitol’s game. Once in the game, it is realized that her fashion designer Cinna acted prophetically when he adorned her in fiery clothing, because Katniss catches the attention of the Capitol and Panem as a whole. This proves more deadly as the games continue to extend far beyond just the arena. Read as the girl on fire ignites a spark in The Hunger Games. Can it be put out?

Whether you are a young reader or just young at heart, anyone that enjoys a tale of courage and spunk will get engulfed by this novel. The Hunger Games is one of the few books that lives up to the hype that has accumulated about it by the media and movie promotions from Hollywood, but does not disappoint. Set aside a good amount of time to read before beginning because, speaking from experience, the story is so incredibly hard to put down. Read it, read it, read it!!!!

~Ashton H., Class of ’12

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A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer

This is a fantastic book! David is a sweet little boy with a loving and enduring family. His mom changed though. When David turns about seven years old, his courageous dad turns into an alcoholic and his mom starts to abuse him. David spends many years under going his mother’s torturous ways, some of which come close to killing him. While David’s brothers are treated like regular children, David is summoned to the basement to be alone. No one could help him, not even his father who slowly abandons him and his family. In this novel you will experience David’s inside struggle, his newly found methods to try to beat his mother at her own game, and his attempts to escape.

This thrilling novel literally comes down to the life or death of a little boy and his struggles along the way. This book will not disappoint you. Try A Child Called It today!

~Amanda P., Class of ’12

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Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

This book was like three in one! Three different writers came together to write one fantastic story. All stories took place in one small town on the worst winter that town has ever seen. When I saw that there was three different authors writing one story, I was a little hesitant to read this book. I thought everyone has their own style of writing and some might not work together. Let me just say I WAS WRONG!  They worked great together, and in some way or another all the characters are tied together. Each time I flipped the page I fell more in love with the characters. Each one of these writes did a great job of making what should have been the worst winter for these teens, come the best one they could dream up.  Trust me – read it!

~Amanda G., Class of ’12

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