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The Mediator 1: Shadowland by Meg Cabot Book Review (Non-spoiler)

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Rating: 3.5/5

Publishing Company: Avon Books

Publishing Date: 2005

Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult, Comedy, Romance

Set in northern California, a girl from New York who talks to ghosts, finds herself in the company an unexpected roommate when she moves into her “new” house.

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The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu Book Review (Non-Spoiler)

Rating: 5/5

Published by: Roaring Book Press

Publishing date: 2014

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

 

“There is one thing I’ve learned about people: they don’t get that mean and nasty overnight. It’s not human nature. But if you give people time, eventually they’ll do the most heartbreaking stuff in the world.”

After thinking about it,  I don’t think there is a better quote to depict the synopsis of this book.

Teenagers don’t bully other teenagers because they’re evil. They do it because something triggered them; and even though their actions shouldn’t be justified by these factors, it can’t be denied that it happens.

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Colin Fischer by Miller & Stentz Book Review (Non-Spoiler)

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Razor Bill

Publishing Date: 2012

Genre: Young Adult Mystery Contemporary Fiction

When I bought this book I was expecting a character based story that depicted the life and eccentricities of a teenage high school boy with Asperger syndrome. That being said I expected a certain degree of character development and some type of difficult interactions and relationships with those around him. To say the least, I was expecting something with which I could vicariously experience what it’s like to deal with the condition.

However, I was highly deceived by this book’s synopsis.

Because it was so much better than what I expected and offered so much more than just a mystery.

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli Book Review (Non-Spoiler)

Raiting: 4.5/5

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Publishing Date: 2015

Genre: Y.A Contemporary Romance 

 *I, with a dumb smile on my face, get to page 303*

“Awww, this is so fucking cute. I want more”

*Me turning the page and encountering the acknowledgments section. Blood drains from face, lips turn pale and eyes go red. Then furiously turn the page back again and then turn it again and the acknowledgment’s page is still there*

“Noooooo!!!! Why is this book over?!”

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Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern Book Review (non-spoiler)

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Harper Teen

Publishing Date: 2014

Genre: Y.A Contemporary Romance

As far as young adult contemporary novels go, this is one of the best I’ve read so far.

I, by having two siblings with physical conditions similar to those of Amy, could relate in some of the points the author tried to make.

First, most people that say “hi” or stop by to talk to you for a few seconds or assist you because you depend on their help, aren’t really your friends. Secondly, it is true that kids feel reluctant to make friends with you because you are always in the company of an adult. Lastly, “normal” people can have issues, limitations and insecurities worse than those people that are actually diagnosed with a condition.

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The Dust of a 100 Dogs by A.S. King Book Review (non-spoiler)

Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Publisher: Flux
Published: February 8, 2009

How would you feel if you knew that in another lifetime you were a most wanted pirate woman, kicking ass all over the Caribbean. But now you were a hopeless American teenager dying to be eighteen to finally get away from your parents and go search for your three hundred year old buried treasure in Jamaica?

A.S. King had things to say and she found the perfect way to say them by making one of the best Y.A. books out in the market today.

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Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley Book Review (non-spoiler)

Rating: 5/5
Publisher: Atheneum
Date: 2011

This book was exactly what I wanted in a YA contemporary novel.

It’s the type of book that leaves you numb after reading it. That makes your chest ache with sadness, anger and anticipation. It makes you want to hurl the book against a wall, makes you want to cry out loud and skip towards the end to see what’s going to happen. Continue reading “Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley Book Review (non-spoiler)”

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Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King Book Review (non-spoiler)

Rating: 4/5 Publisher: Little, Brown Books Published: October 3, 2011

Bullying is everywhere, and it’s often unnoticed, ignored or not taken seriously by  those who have the authority to stop it. Some cases are temporary and finish being just an awful memory from when we were at school, while others end up tragically.

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