CLP Teens Blog


Never let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

It was a fantastic read… extremely different from anything I’ve read before.There is a strange sense of nostalgia given that the narrator is only 31, however it fits perfectly with the particular plot. It was extremely interesting how the narration wasn’t one long string of story but sporadic events, not all in order, exactly the way memories enter one’s mind. A really thought provoking read.

Review by Laura, Age 15

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The Hollow by Jessica Verday

Ever since her best friend Kristen disappeared, Abbey has felt adrift in her hometown of Sleepy Hollow. Abbey clings to her best friend’s memory, even when Kristen’s body is finally found in the Crane River and everyone is town is whispering that she must have killed herself.

Abbey’s inability to let go leads her to discover that Kristen had been keeping secrets from her, and Abbey feels betrayed and confused. The only thing that distracts her from her life going to pieces is Caspian, a boy who shares her enthusiasm for graveyards and the local lore of Sleepy Hollow—like the tale of the Headless Horseman. Caspian also seems to think that Abbey is in some sort of danger, and is obsessed with keeping her safe. Abbey is drawn to Caspian, and even though he sometimes seems to share Abbey’s strong feelings, at other times he is distant and elusive. Abbey is left wondering who exactly Caspian is, and why he came into her life just when Kristen left it.

Mysteries begin to compound, and when all is revealed will Abbey be able to handle the truth?

The Hollow is dreary story set in the town of Sleepy Hollow, which was made famous by Washington Irving’s short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Jessica Verday draws a lot from this much older story, and tries to infuse The Hollow with the same amount of spine-tingling mystery, but I think most people will read it for the love story between Abbey and Caspian. The sequel, The Haunted, is coming out on August 31, 2010.

Review by Eva, CLP – Allegheny

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

I loved this book. I have to say I shied away from reading for a while but after i read this i started again. It a romance but at the same time has zombies… i know a weird mix but it’s wonderful. I have to say I didn’t care that much for the main character. She’s realy selfish but I think that’s what the book was about. The love and the selfishness.

Review by Brooke

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is my favorite book!!! It is about a girl named Katniss who has to participate in the Hunger Games, a fight to the death on national tv. I’m not into books like this but this one was soooooooooooooooo good! If you ever need a book, pick this one up and start reading it.

Review by Taylor

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My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult tells us of the struggle one family must go through for the life of a daughter, Kate. Kate was diagnosed with cancer when she was very young and her parents, especially her mother, try so hard everyday just for her daughter’s life. Then the possibility of having a new child was discussed amongst the parents because they needed a perfect match to help donate certain things to Kate. So none-the-less, Anna was a “designer baby” with the soul purpose of saving Kate. But at some point she becomes fed up and sues her parents for medical emancipation of her own body. This goes with out saying, but her parents are furious. Can Anna win her own case? What will happen to Kate?

I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone that loves a good heart felt novel. I found it quite easy to read this book because I wanted to know what was going to happen next, and I am not a person who loves to read. Every chapter is told from a different character’s point of view, which helps to create a lot of variety and diversity in the feelings that are shown. Another thing, if you think that just by seeing the movie you know what’s coming, you are wrong. The book features a different ending that some wouldn’t see coming.

Review by Liana, age 17

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Chibi Vampire by Yuna Kagesaki

Karin Maaka has a problem.  She’s not like anyone else in her family.  You might call her the black sheep of the family.  So how do you become a black sheep in a family full of blood-sucking vampires?  You GIVE blood.  She can’t help it.  She HAS to give blood to someone on a regular basis, or else blood just pours out of her nose.  Karin’s family think she is total freak.

Karin’s just trying to get by in school, keep her family off her back, and deal with her weird vampire-ness.  When Kenta Usui, a new student, arrives he makes Karin’s life infinitely more difficult.  He senses something is off with the cute girl prone to nose bleeds.  What sort of problems will the gorgeous stranger cause in Karin’s already problem-ridden life?  Check out Chibi Vampire, the manga series, to find out.

Review by Holly, CLP – Main

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A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

For anyone who likes fiction and magic they will love these books! They have a good romance thing in them and the characters have adventures with other worlds. These books (the whole trilogy) have adventure, romance, and dealing with everyday parents and school. It mixes real life and magic in the 1800s really well! I highly recommend them!

Review by Kaba, age 14

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Stay With Me

by Garret Freymann-Weyr

Leila Abrenal is in awe of her older sisters.  Born 20 years before them to her father’s second wife, Leila grew up in awe of the love, travel, and excitement they experienced.  She was always eager to listen to stories of her sister Clare’s bad boyfriends and exciting jobs, as well as her sister Rebecca’s failed marriage.

When Rebecca kills herself, Leila is devastated.  She can’t understand why Rebecca would do such a thing, though her dyslexia often leaves her struggling to understand things.  Rebecca’s parents cope with the tragedy by flying half-way around the world on a humanitarian mission, leaving Leila to Clare and a lot of questions.

In Stay With Me, Freymann-Weyr crafts a pointed novel of longing, despair, and ultimately understanding (though not the kind of understanding you expect).  The sharp, poetic language underscores the poignant and interesting relationships that Freymann-Weyr crafts between the different family members, living and dead.

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The Seekers: Smoke Mountain by Erin Hunter

Two characters are Toklo, a brown bear who has a very stubborn attitude towards the other bears but deep down he’s very kind a Lusa, a black bear who is hyperactive inside the group and brings laughter and joy when someone is down.

These 4 Bears were traveling together to get to the wilderness but each of them has a different location on were they need to be.

I really enjoyed this book because it made me feel like I was really there. This book made me feel like I was one of the characters myself. I really hope to read more about the seeker series!

**The above review was written by Savannah as part of the Teen Fine Alternative Program.  If you’re interested in working off fines owed on CLP materials and are between the ages of 12-18, please contact your local CLP location.**

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Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Someone is trying to kill 16-year-old Nora Grey.  But maybe it’s just her nerves or her imagination. After all, her father was murdered only a short time ago. And although she’s taken self defense classes  and she’s always  wary, she thinks maybe she’s imagining things . And it doesn’t help that her mom’s job forces her to spend a lot of time away from home.  So Nora spends a lot of time alone.  Until Nora meets Patch. He’s been in her biology class since the beginning of the year, but she’s never paid much attention to him. Now she’s forced to notice him. He’s her new partner! And although he seems dark and scary and mysterious, Nora is drawn to him. Could he be involved in the plot to kill Nora? Or has Nora lost her mind?  If you are interested in the supernatural or stories about fallen angels, this book should hit the mark.

Review by Barb, CLP – Allegheny

Want to read more about Hush, Hush? Eva reviewed it in December — read her review here.

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