Reviews and Blog Posts: high school

How to ditch your fairy

by Justine Larbalestier

DPL Rating:
3

Most people have a fairy which charms them in some way. Charlie's best friend, Rochelle, has a clothes shopping fairy which always scores her amazing deals (when it isn't raining, anyway). Charlie's romantic rival, Fiorenze, has an all boys will like you fairy which overrides their usual dating tastes. Charlie,...

Promise me something

by Sara Kocek

DPL Rating:
3

Reyna has a lot to deal with. Her mom died seven years ago, and her dad has a new girlfriend. She's just started high school--at a different school than the rest of her friends. She's not sure where she fits in. Reyna doesn't really like Olive when she starts talking...

The beginning of everything

by Robyn Schneider

DPL Rating:
4

Ezra Faulkner thought he had his senior year (and the rest of his life) all planned out. A tennis star and school leader, he was a golden boy destined to be homecoming king. Tragedy strikes with a hit and run car accident that destroys his athletic ambitions. Suddenly Ezra doesn’t...

Forgive me, Leonard Peacock : a novel

by Matthew Quick

DPL Rating:
4

This is a very sad day in the life of Leonard Peacock, unfortunately it also happens to be his 18th birthday. This is the day Lenard chooses to be his last day and that of his enemy and former friend Asher. Leonard goes to school armed with his grandfathers P-38...

Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell

DPL Rating:
5

Eleanor and Park is an unusual and incredible story of teenage love.

Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell

DPL Rating:
4

Trigger warnings for: domestic abuse, implied domestic violence, sexual harassment, and bullying.

Eleanor has an abusive stepfather, an emotionally distant father, and any number of bullies at her new school. She thinks Park is beautiful.

Park has the only parents on the block who are still together. When he's not being ignored...

Forgive me, Leonard Peacock : a novel

by Matthew Quick

DPL Rating:
4

Nothing spreads sunshine and roses like a teen murder/suicide novel. From Matthew Quick, the author or Silver Linings Playbook and Sorta Like a Rockstar, comes the story of Leonard Peacock, a jaded, sarcastic 18 year old who has decidedly unhappy plans for his birthday. He is going to kill Asher...

Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell

DPL Rating:
4

It's August of 1986, and 15-year-old Eleanor is the new kid at school.  She spent last year living with her mom's friends after being kicked out of her house by her abusive stepdad, but now she's back with her mom, stepdad, and four younger brothers and sisters.  Eleanor's family is...

Curses! Foiled again

by Jane Yolen

DPL Rating:
3

    This book is actually the sequel to another title called Foiled and in this title we again encounter  Aliera Carstairs, a fiesty teenager who makes good grades, practices really hard in fencing class and doesn't get into trouble. However she can't seem to do anything right when it...

The virgin suicides

DPL Rating:
4

I knew of Jeffery Euginedes from reading his Pultizer Prize winning novel, Middlesex. But what I didn't know was his first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was optioned for a film and directed by Sophia Coppela. What a collaboration! The story unfolds via flashbacks with voice over narration by one of the boys...

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