Teen Book Review: The Selection

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Review by Anna, Sonoma Valley Branch

It is about 300 years in the future, and America has collapsed, and a nation called Illéa has taken its place. Among many changes from America, Illéa has a lottery. Thirty-five girls, only thirty-five, will be chosen at random from the entire country, and sent to the kingdom to live in. One of these girls will be chosen to marry Illéa’s prince, Maxon. Seventeen-year-old America Singer is one of these girls, but she wants nothing to do with the prince or the crown. But, the longer she stays away from home, the more confused she becomes about which future she wants.

 I loved this book. It is by far my favorite book that I’ve reviewed. This book combines The Bachelor TV show and fairytales, a combination that I love but others might not. The Selection is also a little bit like the Matched series, but I enjoyed this book much more. I would recommend the book to anyone that likes modernized fairytales, or anything I compared it to above. This book is an easy read, though, so don’t choose this book if you want something challenging.


Book Spotlight: My Boyfriend is a Monster: I Love Him to Pieces

My Boyfriend is a Monster:  I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang

Review by Tiffany, Sebastopol Branch

Dicey, a jock, and Jack, a nerd, have to work together to keep an egg alive for a school project.  In the middle of their project, they start to have feelings for each other and decide to go out on a first date.  One their first date, a zombie apocalypse breaks out in their town (don’t you just hate it when that happens?!?).  Will the two make it out of the city alive?

Why I picked it up:  I’m in the middle of reading 25 out of the 80 “Best of the Best” YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) books.  This book is listed as one of the top ten graphic novels for teens.

Why I’d finished it:  I’m not normally into graphic novels, but this one was somewhat endearing.  I really liked the two characters, Dicey and Jack.  Plus it only took me about ½ hour to read.

Who I would recommend it to:  Anyone who wants a quick, fast, fun read with zombies.  I had fun reading something different than what I usually pick up.

Teen Read Book Reviews!

Have you signed up for Teen Read yet?  Have you read a great book this summer?  For every book you read for the Teen Read, you need to fill out a book review card.  If you do, you may see your review up on the blog! 

Here are some teen book reviews from the Northwest branch:

Justin Bieber: First step 2 forever by Justin Bieber- 4 Stars

Review by:  Araceli, 9th grade

Book description: Justin talks about how his life changed just  by putting up a video on Youtube.

I picked this book because I am a fan of his and it counted for the reading bingo. I finished the book because I found it interesting to read and would recommend it to all my friends.

Miles to go by Miley Cyrus ; with Hilary Liftin – 4 stars
Review by: Elena, 7th grade

This biography talks about the life of singer/actress, Miley Cyrus, beginning with her birth and until reaching age 16.

Why I picked it up: …because it seemed interesting;

I finished it: because it was worth reading.

I'd recommend this to a teenage friend.

Teen Book Review: Remarkable

  Remarkable by Lizzie Foley

Review by Anna, Sonoma Valley Branch

In a fictional town called Remarkable, everyone is extremely talented. This town has the world’s nest architect, artist, writer, the best in any job. The only person who isn’t remarkable or very talented is Jane. But before she knows it, she finds herself in the biggest mystery and adventure the town of Remarkable has ever seen. And despite not being terribly remarkable, Jane comes to the rescue in her own special way.

I didn’t particularly like this book. It wasn’t bad, but it was predictable and sometimes boring during situations that were supposed to be action-packed. From the start, I knew this book wasn’t one of my favorites. However, I’m sure it could be someone else’s favorite. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys extreme fiction, with worlds and monsters made up instead of just a story, like most fiction.

Novels in Verse

Have you picked up your Bingo card yet?!?  If you have, you will notice that one of the bingo squares says "Read a Novel in Verse".  Here are a few suggestions for you so that you can cross off that square.

The Trial by Jen Bryant

Because I am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas

Love that Dog by Sharon Creech

Beanball by Gene Fehler

Hidden by Helen Frost

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Identical by Ellen Hopkins

Shakespeare Bats Clean-Up by Ron Koertge

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Exposed by Kimberly Mecum

Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum

The Voyage of the Arctic Tern by Hugh Montgomery

Karma:  a novel in verse by Cathy Ostlere

May B by Caroline Starr Rose

What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonia Sones

Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

Unlocked by Ryan Van Cleave

The Watch that Ends the Night by Allan Wolf

Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff


Teen Read 2012 starts today!

Teen Read Starts Today!

Today is the first day to register for Teen Summer Reading!  Go to your local library and get your bingo card and start crossing of squares today!

Programs happening this week:

Wednesday, June 6th at 2 pm:  Henna Art at Guerneville
Thursday, June 7th at 3 pm:  Wii Gaming at Rincon Valley
Thursday, June 7th at 3 pm:  Comedy Improv at Healdsburg
Thursday, June 7th at 3:30 pm:  Henna Art at Central (downtown Santa Rosa)
Friday, June 8th at 3 pm:  Movie Matinee at Cloverdale
Friday, June 8th at 3 pm:  Henna Art at Windsor