Neal Shusterman can think up some crazy things! I enjoyed this journey into Everlost with Nick and Allie, who are headed “toward the light” following a car crash when they are bumped out of the way and land in Everlost. Shusterman creates a fascinating world that is sort of Peter Pan’s Neverland meets Purgatory. The last 50 pages are when it gets really good.
I really don’t like the cover of this book, but I liked reading it! It’s a Georgia Peach award nominee from last year, is geared toward guys, and came recommended by Mrs. Golemme, so I read it over the break. Alex, the main character and narrator, is a typical screw-up high school freshman who can’t do much right. His parents are divorced, his dad is involved with Alex’s 3rd grade teacher, and Alex is fairly angry. So when the he tries his dad’s vodka and grabs the car keys, things take quite a turn for Alex.
Don’t get me wrong – this is not a dark book. In fact, it’s kind of funny. Fortunately for Alex, he only hits a lawn gnome when he crashes (hence the silly cover). Read about Alex’s adventures as he navigates his community service (“babysitting an insane old guy”) and tries to figure out his best friend, who happens to be a girl. 9th and 10th grade guys will probably like this book. Girls too.
The book Jarhead by Anthony Swofford in my opinion is a great book, especially for those that are into action books. The book refers to a Marine and what he has to do to get in the Marines, such as how the Marines are regularly trained, which is exhausting. The book talks about all the trouble this dude got into while he was in the Marines like all the women in his life and all the bar fights he’s gotten into.
There are some emotionally deep parts like when he and all of his war buddies leave the war zone and go back to their homes. He later finds out that one of them just died in a car accident. Also when he and a few of the other guys went to his funeral and had to see his mother cry, that was one of the parts that made me choke up with sadness.
Now that I have a small glimpse of what the Marines go through all the time it makes me respect them a lot more and honor their sacrifice.
I would give this book a 9 out of 10 because it is very descriptive and doesn’t hold back on any of the language. Also the book doesn’t put the reader to sleep; instead it leaves the reader wanting more. And if I tell you that it’s a good book, then it’s a good book because I’m not the person that reads that often; I read a book about two times a year. So to the people that are adrenaline junkies, this is a good book to get your blood pumping, and also to all the action lovers out there this is also a good book for you.
~Javier P., Class of ’12
This is one of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time. Carter is a bumbling, stumbling, honest freshmen who is worried about making his mark in high school, especially with the ladies. Any sight of exposed skin, however, sends his ADD into overdrive and he has no control over what comes out of his mouth. He quickly finds himself in humiliating and hysterical situations with the jocks, his friends, and a hot girl who’s prone to smack him in public. Fortunately his friends often come to his rescue, along with his less socially-challenged older sister, and you’ll find yourself really liking Carter as he figures out who he really is.
Guys and girls will like this one. Carter seems like a friend you might know, and you’ll chuckle and cheer him on during his freshmen troubles. Come check this one out today!
Bang is a heartfelt story about a teenage boy being raised in the ghetto. The story starts out by giving a little history on the main character Mann, his family, and best friend Keelee. Two years earlier Mann’s little brother Jason was shot and killed right in front of him on the front porch of his house. Ever since Jason’s death the family has been struggling to stay together. Mann and Keelee are trying to stay alive, seeing as in their neighborhood people get killed every day for no reason. While trying to survive, the two friends who are also excellent artists spend most of their time drawing murals and painting portraits of people like Jason who feel victim to a bullet. Though after the pair dropped out of school, Mann’s father, an ex-sergeant in the army who deeply feared losing another son, decided it was time to turn the two boys into men. While on his quest to save the boys, things began to take a turn for the worst. This lays out the events that plague the boys throughout the story.
~Ebony J, Class of ’11
Monster is an autobiography of an L.A. gang member during the 1970’s. Sanyika Shakur, aka “Monster Kody Scott” became a full-time gang member at the young age of 11 years old. “Kody Scott” dropped out of school during the 6th grade and devoted every day to gangbanging. From the age of 11 to 16, he had been arrested several times and had a child at the age of 16, and later had another. “Kody Scott” was in a set called the “Eight Tray Gangsters” with five of his other friends. Throughout the story, they face many gun battles and near death experiences. This book shows the life of a gang member, from the time they wake up, until the time they go to sleep.
~Brandon T., Class of ’11
In Fakie, Danny and his mother are witnesses to his father’s death and the convict wants them dead. Being part of the witness relocation program, they move and change identities often. This time Danny is a skater named Alex in Virginia’s coastal area. The murderers are on the search for Alex and his mother and are getting close when he realizes he doesn’t want to leave this time. His friend Tim and bully-turned-friend Brian, among others, help Alex to get out and stay alive.
This book is more of an action meets mystery and had a baby. I think kids who are barely thinking about starting to skate would enjoy it, but not so much kids that have been doing it for a while. It’s a short book so it would be a nice in-class read if you don’t have too much time at home.
~Jovanny B., ’11
The new GA Peach Book Nominees are here! Take a peek at these top 20 teen books in our lovely peach state, then come check one out. We also have them on display at the circulation desk.
All-In, by Pete Hautman, is as full of plot twists as a book can get. The book has chapters from the points of view of three different characters, with young Denn Doyle as the main character. A 17 year old (illegal) poker player making it big in Vegas, but he finds out that not everyone is trustworthy. When Denn hits the dumps, however, an unexpected savior fronts him $10,000 to play in a winner-take-all $1,000,000 jackpot Texas Hold-’em tournament.
~Ryan S., Class of ’13
Eddie Corazon doesn’t like school and its condescending teachers. He’s pretty smart, though, so he gets into trouble a lot. In fact, he seems to have a knack for it. His friends and cousins are even better at it, and not only end up in trouble at school, but also with the cops as well.
When Lupe moves in from another school, Eddie’s world starts to look a little different. She’s gorgeous and smart, and he wants to be better for her, but isn’t quite sure how to stay cool with his friends. The two worlds are very different. On top of that, Lupe’s father is very strict, Eddie’s dad is not much of a talker, and Eddie’s promised his mom he’ll graduate high school, even though that goal seems far, far away.
Pick this one up! It’s a good read. Eddie seems very real and you want to know what happens to him all throughout the story – especially about one situation that happens when he’s out with his brother one night. It’s also one of the Peach Award Nominees – so you know it’s good.