Teen Summer Reading Review

A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying

This book was about a royal princess who doesn't want to be queen when her mother retires. She wants to become the royal monster hunter instead. In order to do that, she must kill the gryphon, the most dangerous monster out there. I enjoyed this book a lot! I rate this book a 5 because it is exciting and adventurous!

The story is exciting, and I couldn't stop reading once I started.

Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes

This is the third book in the Aru Shah series in which Aru and the other Pandava sisters have to find the tree of wishes and wish to win against the Sleeper, a demon who is destined to awake the god of destroyers. The setting of the book is the Otherworld. Read to find out if the Pandava sisters find the tree of wishes before the Sleeper!

I liked this book because it has a lot of things happening at once and a lot of mysteries intertwined with it.

Guts

I like this book very much because it shows how to overcome your fears. This book is about a girl who is afraid of throwing up, which leads to many inconvenient tasks such as, not eating, staying away from friends, etc but she ventures through her obstacles and overcomes her fears. I love these series (smile, sisters).

This book was very good because it tells me why to fear in life and there is nothing to be afraid of. If you are afraid of stuff then it might get inconvenient for you, like in the book if you are afraid of throwing up you might not eat certain food that will make people throw up.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Lightning Thief

This book is the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series where Percy finds out that he is a demigod! Grover, Percy's satyr(half man and half goat), Annabeth(another demigod), and Percy are the main characters in this book. When Percy and his mom got attacked on their trip to Montauk, Percy finds out that there is a summer camp for kids like him. After being welcomed inside the camp Percy finds out that the gods think that he stole the lightning bolt and he and his friends have to go on a quest to retrieve it. Find out what happens as you read this book!

I liked this book because it is adventurous and a lot of different places where the story is taking place.

When Stars Are Scattered

The story was about two boys who lost their mom and dad because of a war. They settled in Dabbab with a foster mom. The older brother ended up going to school and managed to move his family to America. I would recommend this book to people who are immigrants or basically anyone that enjoys adventures. Out of a scale of 1-5 I'd give it a 4 because I loved the drawings and the creativity but some parts were a little bit boring.

I enjoyed this book because I couldn't wait to see the main character succeed.

 

Arsenic for Tea

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong, arrive at Daisy's English country mansion, to spend the holidays there. Guests are also invited, as there is a party during the weekend to celebrate Daisy's birthday. However, the day of the party, one of the guests dies, and Daisy and Hazel know right away, that it is murder. After a fierce storm arrives, time is of the essence. They are trapped in the house with a murderer, and they must apprehend them before another person is killed.

I liked this book because not only was the plot ingenious, but because most murder mysteries have heroes that are grown ups, and it was amazing to read a murder mystery where teenagers can solve a mystery, even without official resources.

The Shining

Jack Torrance, a recovering alcoholic, has recently taken a job as the winter caretaker for a famous hotel called the Overlook. After he and his family move into the mountains of Colorado for the season, a series of peculiar events start occurring. Jack's son, Danny, starts to have ominous visions of past and future tragedies happening in the hotel. To make things worse, the hotel and its remnants are starting to invade Jack's head, sending him into a murderous spiral.

Even though this book has so many fans all over the world, The Shining just didn't do it for me. This book was long and monotonous, often dragging along for what seemed like hundreds of pages. I can still see why the book is so popular though, but this novel still seems that it was written for a movie, not a book.

     

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

In "A Good Girl's Guide to Murder", Pip Fitz Amobi has to create her senior year capstone project. She decided to try to resolve the murder of Andie Bell who was presumed to have been murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh who then killed himself, five years earlier. However, Pip knew Sal and she didn't believe he could have done something like that. So she uses her chance to work on her project to finally be able to uncover the truth of Andie Bell and bring justice back to the Singh family.

This book is one of my favorites because the author used so much detail that enabled you to know everything the character knew. This helped me to be able to solve the murder along with the characters which made reading it much more fun. I also love murder mystery which made it no surprise that I loved this book so much.

To Kill a Mockingbird

 

to kill a mocking bird has a few main character, it's not just based on two or one character. so first we have boo radely who is rumored to be a bad person who harms children. there is also scout who is stubborn but a smart daughter of aticus. aticus is a lawyer who defended tom robinson who is a innocent black person. then we have jem who is the older brother of scout. this story takes place in a quiet neighborhood. boo is characterized as a mockign bird.

i liked this book because it had a nice plot and metaphorically gives many points of what is wrong and what is right way to treat people.

Ghosted

Ellie Charles is the best student at Lincoln Heights Middle School when it comes to, well, everything. She's got good looks, grades, and she's popular. People respect her out of fear. Ellie seems perfect on the outside, but she has a dark past. A series of unfortunate events happen, and Ellie finds herself trapped with a ghost in black. Ellie must then face the past that she's worked so hard to put behind. After her father walks out on her family, she chooses to reinvent her personality and become a role model for those at her school. Marley, her best friend from a few years ago, was her backbone when the divorce happened. Marley knows who she is and doesn't care what people think. With Ellie and Marley's different personalities, they begin to grow apart. Ellie thinks everyone adores her, but they clearly don't after seeing it first hand. Not only does she see her past and present but the future as well. Instead of becoming this monster that people find tyrannical, Ellie decides to change before things get even worse. Instead of being a stereotypical bully, she decides to be nice and empathetic.

I found the book pleasurable due to many reasons. The book doesn't have many pages and it wasn't too tasking. I'm more like Marley, but the author somehow made me feel connected to Ellie. I was able to empathize with the two girls and I was hooked from the beginning. Overall, the book was written well.

 

The Storm Runner

This book is related to Mayan mythology in which Zane Obispo has to kill the Mayan god of death, Ah Puch, with a little help from his friends. It all started when a mysterious girl Brooks told Zane that the volcano in his backyard is a prison cell for the god of death. The girl Brooks later becomes Zane's friend and helps Zane in defeating the god of death. Read the book to find out if Zane succeeds in defeating Ah Puch!

I liked this book because it has a lot of adventure and mysteries tied to it.

 

Stargirl

This story takes place in a town called Mica in Arizona. It is about an eleventh-grade girl named Stargirl who is different from others, but the book was written from the point of view of a boy named Leo Borlock. Stargirl was homeschooled until eleventh grade, and started coming to the public school in Mica. During the entire school year, the students' perspectives on Stargirl changes. There are many events that change the way they feel about Stargirl, and how Stargirl thinks of herself.

I enjoyed this book because it shows how people can be different and everyone doesn't have to be the same.

 

Revenge of the Red Club

The book was about standing up for what you believe is right. I enjoyed reading this book and finding out if they won or not. Out of a scale of 1-5 I in my opinion would give it a 5 because standing up for women rights and a club they strongly believe in makes me proud of the characters in the book.

The book could teach everyone a lesson.

Dirt Diary

I like this book a lot because it shows change is change and it can't go back to the same. The book shows this because Rachael has many tragedies, but ventures through troubles and realizes change cannot be changed back once it is already changed. I really like this book and hope to read the other series, one of then is the prank list.

This book was very good because it shows you that change is change and there is nothing you can do about it, it conveys to you that there is change everywhere and you just got to deal with it. The good side of this is that as you cultivate habits during the change, you might actually begin to like it after the change.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

This book is about Sirius escaping from Azkaban, trying to catch Peter Pettigrew (scarbbers). When they find out something about Sirius that is extraordinary.

I love this book because it's a great turning point in the book, when everyone (well most of them) realize that Sirius actually didn't do anything he was accused of doing. Tho he was still mischievous.

Main Street 'Tis The Season

This book was about this two girls who live with their grandma Min, Flora and Ruby are about to experience their first Christmas/New Year in Camden Falls. Flora and Ruby are excited and nervous at the same time, they plan to open their gift in the morning, have lunch with Mr. Pennington, go over to Olivia's and Olivia coming over to them, have Christmas Eve left over dinner and watch the ball fall in New York City on New Year's eve.

I liked this book because it just looks so fun on Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve, etc. This is fun because they go to there neighbors a,d friends house and watch the ball fall in New York City, it just takes us away from what is currently happening in the world (COVID-19), and makes us feel hopeful and how we cannot wait for everything to get better and go to back to celebrating these holidays with family. and friends.

Maybe He Just Likes You

The book was about a girl who was harassed by boys. She didn't tell anyone, but eventually she learned to speak up and tell others. I would definitely recommend this book to others, because I enjoyed it and I think they would too. If I were to rate this book from 1-5, I would give it a 5. I really liked this book and would read it again!

I liked this book because the girl's brave to speak up.

The Hate U Give

This book is about an African American boy named Khalil who was shot by a police officer in a poor community called Garden Heights. The thing that made this case special was that the boy wasn't doing anything wrong. The main character, Starr, was a witness that night, and she went through all kinds of things following the incident.

This book was amazing because the author really put in lots of details and it was a touching story.

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Letters

This is a book filled with letters from teenagers who went through many hardships, such as depression, suicidal thoughts, loss of loved ones, and many more. Before, I was very self-centered, and I always thought that I was the most saddest person in the world, but as I read through this, I felt very ashamed of my behavior and felt very lucky that I did not experience any of the things the other teens have felt in the book. These letters are not stories, but real difficulties the people our age faced, and I hope you feel the same sympathy as I do when reading this book.

I really encourage other people to read this book because It made me realize that there are other people at my age who are facing much more difficult things than I am, and it made me realize how lucky I was compared to the other teens that have written the letters.

And Then There Were None

In "And then there were none" 10 people are invited to a mysterious island known as Soldier Island. Each of them had received a letter from the mysterious "U.N Owen" inviting them to the island. However, one by one each of the guests turns up dead. Soon, the remaining guests discover that these deaths are not by accident and that if they don't do something they will all have the same fate.

I liked this book because it is not like any other horror book. It doesn't include zombies, clowns, or anything supernatural. I also liked this book because it was written by one of my favorite authors, Agatha Christie!

Six of Crows

"When Kaz Brekker is offered the deal of a lifetime to break into the seemingly impenetrable Ice Court of the North, he recruits a team to bring back a scientist with a secret that can destroy nations. Together, a spy, an ex-convict, a runaway, a gambler, a Heartrender, and a con have to put aside their desires to murder each other and try not to get killed. To obtain more background knowledge of the Grishaverse, I suggest reading the Shadow and Bone trilogy."

This was a fantastic and imaginative read. Bardugo has managed to create a world with layers and nuances that many other authors can't achieve. The world building was amazing for me. Six of Crows is a very character driven story, and I loved everyone that was introduced. Their stories will stay with me for a long time. This story may be a bit slow in the beginning, but it becomes amazing as you read on. I read this book in one sitting, and I just couldn't put it down.

Ink in the Blood

Celia Sand and her best friend Anya have been misleading the followers of the widely spread religion of Profeta for a long time. For a long time, the two believed that tattooing the devotees of Profeta guided everyone to a better fortune, but Celia soon discovers that she is spreading lies through their revered ink. In order to escape the brutal prison-like temple that Celia and Anya have been serving for years, the friends join the Rabble Mob, a traveling troupe of magic. At first, it seems that all is solved, but the two soon discover that they haven't left everything behind.

This book is full of wonder, magic, and whimsy, which I'm all about. Ink in the Blood was a fascinating read, but only in the latter half. Unfortunately, this story didn't spark my interest in the beginning. In addition, while the content felt like it was for a YA audience, the writing at times seemed like it was written for middle grade readers. However, that was just my take on some parts of the story. Overall, this was an enjoyable read. I'm glad I stayed for the end.

 

Parkland

Parkland follows the aftermath of the Florida school shooting in 2018 and the teenagers affected by the shooting. Dave Cullen crafts a comprehensive narrative of the fight for more gun control laws in America through the eyes of a group of Parkland survivors. In this book, Cullen examines one of the most important movements in this country's history, one that is still going on today.

Parkland was very informative of the inside of the gun control movement. I can see readers in the future starting in depth conversations about the effects of mass school shootings and what they mean for our future.

 

Refugee

This book is about three refugees, each of them in different locations in different generations. There is a Jewish boy named Joseph running away from the Nazis during World War 2, a Cuban girl sailing on a raft to escape her country in 1994, and a Syrian boy escaping war in his hometown in 2015. They all have different refugee stories, but face similar hardships.

I liked this book because every single chapter was interesting and I felt as if I were the characters seeking refugee.

The Iliad

This book is about the great Trojan war between the Greeks and the Trojan. This all started when Paris gave the golden apple to Aphrodite and kidnapped Helen from Menelaus(The king of the greeks and husband of Helen). The Trojans refused to give back Helen and it started the great war. Achilles is a great fighter and is part of the greek army. Read to find out what which army won, the greeks or the trojans!

I liked this book because it has a lot of adventure to it and is very mysterious to what is going to happen next.