Teen Book Review: Not Exactly a Love Story

Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis
Review by Anna, Sonoma Valley Branch

Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis is, despite the title, a love story. Vinnie is new in town, and by great circumstances he acquires a girl’s number. But not just any girl’s number, Patsy’s number, Vinnie’s cute next-door neighbor. He calls her that night with the total intention of asking her out, but instead he chokes and stays silent as she accuses him of many bad deeds. What started as a bad situation turns into a charming set of phone calls late at night where Vinnie and Patsy talk about everything, even though Vinnie is just the Voice on the Phone. But Patsy doesn’t like Vinnie in person, so how can he ever really date her?

I don’t usually like corny love stories, and I didn’t like this one. But, that’s just me. Not completely predictable, it does leave you guessing at times. I think it’s a cute story with a plot line that could potentially happen. If you enjoy love stories, you’ll like this one. Read at your leisure and enjoy the lives of Vinnie and Patsy.

Teen Book Review: The Aviary

The Aviary by Kathleen O'Dell

Review by Anna, Sonoma Valley Branch

The Aviary is a historical fiction novel about eleven-year-old Clara, and the mystery that revolves around the Glendoveer mansion.  Mrs. Glendoveer loves her five pet birds as much as she would with her own children.  But it isn't until Clara speaks to the birds, and they speak back, that Clara uncovers a half-century-old mystery.  With the help of her newfound friend, Daphne, Clara discovers all the secrets about her and Mrs. Glendoveer's past.

The Aviary's first hundred pages are hard to get through, but the book turns out to be really interesting and full of suspense until the end.  I did like this book, although it wasn't my favorite.  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries or historical fiction.

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Teen Book Review: Along the River

Along the River by Adeline Yen Mah
Review by Anna D., Sonoma Valley, 8th grade

Along the River by Adeline Yen Mah is about Zhang Mei Lan.  Set in Ancient China, this novel tells the story of Zhang Meu Lan, and the orphaned servant boy that comes to help her family, Ah Zhao, who is an amazing artist.  Ah Zhao becomes Zhang Mei Lan's friend, but their friendship is constantly tested by the expectations of Ancient China.

I liked this book because it was fascinating to hear how life was in China then.  It's so different that I have a hard time imagining it.  I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys historical fiction, or anyone interested in learning more about Ancient China.


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