This novel revolves around the lives of two teenagers named Skylar and Josh. Skylar is a girl who has high hopes to fulfill her ambitions in Creek View. She doesn’t desire to be the average woman, with a regular job and household duties. On the other hand, Josh is a boy who holds interest in joining the Marines. They both thought their lives were planned out until everything begins to crumble. Skylar learns she can’t afford the art school she’s always wanted to go to. Josh experiences a physical injury that stops him from pursuing his career. Soon, they both connect with one other, deeper and deeper, as they work at the same place. Skylar is my favorite character because of how determined and hopeful she is about her future. I would rate this book a 10 out of 10.
Submitted by M. H.
The novel The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith is about a refugee and his story from 14-16 years old. His name is Ariel and he is compared to a “schizophrenic bomber” and the “diaries of a failed Artic expedition.” Ariel has had many homes: in a fridge during an army rebel battle, in an army base near a refugee camp, and with his foster family in Sunday, West Virginia. My favorite character is Max, mostly because of his personality- funny, brave, and confident, and his “out of the box” thinking. My favorite part is when Cobie Peterson gives a bottle of vodka filled with water and tricked everyone into thinking he had a bottle of vodka. My rating of this book would be 4.5 stars because of its maturity level, and I would recommend this book to friends. So those are my thoughts about the book and I hope you liked it!
Submitted my J. K.
The book Living With Jackie Chan by Jo Knowles is a very interesting book. It is about 17 year old Josh, who moves in with his Uncle Larry. Why? Because of the unfortunate actions that led to an unexpected pregnancy. Afraid to face the girl, and his baby, he moves in with his uncle. His uncle loves karate, and Josh helps with his karate classes. As he works hard to find forgiveness, he makes friends with Stella, a girl that will help him along the path. Every character is different, and likeable. This book shows us an honest look at teen pregnancy, and how it can be to cope with it, but with the right people by your side, the struggle won’t be as hard.
Submitted by Azim Chowdhury
Teen romance novels of all kinds seem to be extremely popular nowadays, but have you ever noticed that many of them involve rather average protagonists? Melissa Keil’s “Life in Outer Space” takes the high school romance clichè and twists it by starring a smart, geeky protagonist. Sam Kinnison is an aspiring screenplay writer and a huge movie nerd. He is convinced that he and his small circle of friends are destined to remain at the very bottom of the Bowen Lakes Secondary school social hierarchy, and he doesn’t plan to change that one bit. In fact, he feels the best way to get through school is to more or less ignore everyone that isn’t one of his friends. Yet this routine doesn’t last for very long because of Camilla Carter, a new student who’s lived in many different places due to her father’s gig as a traveling musician. She’s completely unlike any other girl Sam has ever met—she’s friendly and social, yet also unique and totally collected. The two of them quickly become close friends, and Sam finds himself involved in events he’d never thought he’d experience. This is a major plot twist in the movie that is Sam’s life, and before he knows it life is changing in too many ways for him to keep track of, including the fact that he now has the one thing he never thought he’d have—a crush. Will Sam keep it together throughout all the drama, or will he collapse under all the pressure?
“Life in Outer Space” stands out among the crowd of teen novels due to its colorful cast of characters. Sure, there’s a good amount of novels with one or two quirky characters, but Sam and his crew aren’t just the stereotypical unpopular kids. They all have very distinct personalities—for example, Sam is witty but somewhat negative, his best friend Mike is calculating and a hard-worker, and his friend Adrian is boisterous but more social than you would think. The way Keil writes her characters is undoubtedly one of the best parts of the book. I also really enjoyed the geeky pop culture references sprinkled about and the book’s almost passive-aggressive sense of humor. All in all, the character development and uniqueness of this book alone make it a great read for those looking for a romance novel that’s different than the norm—and yes, it’s still very enjoyable even if you don’t get the nerdy references. It also teaches you that it’s perfectly okay to be weird and that even the most unpopular people can feel like a star as long as they’re surrounded by the right friends.
Submitted by Lauren Leon