Book Genre: Fiction

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Hannah Moskowitz
Becker
4

Etta has a lot of identities, but none of them seem to encompass all of who she is. She's one of the few Black girls in her Nebraska town, attending a private school with other rich kids. She identifies as bisexual, which grates on her friends, The Dykes, who end up shunning her when she dates a...

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Neil Gaiman
lisab
5

This is latest of Neil Gaiman’s short stories and poems.  The stories read like folklore or fairy tales with a bit of a twist at the end and in some cases Gaiman took an old tale and updated it nicely.  A few of the stories I went back to reread the ending because they got me thinking...

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Tess. author Sharpe
Becker
3

Sophie has almost died twice. The first time was in a car crash that left her in chronic pain--and with an addiction to painkillers. The second time was after she's gotten clean, and her friend Mina was murdered in front of her. Everyone believes that Mina was murdered because of Sophie--that it...

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Laura Whitcomb
Allie
5

While A Certain Slant of Light is categorized as Young Adult, and while the story does center around a couple of teenagers, I doubt that any one who has read this work would label it as such.

The book focuses on the life (or on the many lives, if you prefer) of Helen--a...

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Sharon M. (Sharon Mills) Draper
Josh
4

  The cover of this book features some children walking in the woods at night in front of a burning cross and the story does not disappoint. Based in part on a journal her grandmother kept before being forced to leave school at a young age Stella by Starlight is told by young Stella whose...

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1985- author Ashley
CoCo Supreme23
3

This was my first time reading an Urban Fiction book and, I have to admit, I actually enjoyed it! The fast-paced and gritty story line kept my attention from beginning to end. I read this book in a week (which never happens, because I'm a slow reader :) I'm currently participating in winter of...

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Rainbow Rowell
Angelita
5

I have grown to love listening to Rainbow Rowell's work. I think the people chosen to read for the characters is accurate. I also love the way her books are written, the sense of reality in her fiction. It makes me want to believe the characters are real people. Each character, from major to...

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S. E. Grove
lisab
4

What an interesting premise - a time disruption has caused the world to evolve into different eras and now Sophia, the niece of Shadrack a cartographer, has to save the world. And there are maps – lot’s of lovely different kinds of maps – water maps, glass maps, sand maps, ice maps all in...

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Pat McKissack
Josh
4

    Not many people know about the Gullah people of coastal South Carolina and fewer people know about their culture, myths and legends. For this reason I jumped at the chance to review this book. In it, we meet a young girl called Precious who must stay at home by herself and she...

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Raymond Chandler
Zac
5

I wake up dazed and disoriented after reading Raymond Chandler, feeling much like I do after a night of drinking. Consciousness creeps up on me before I can get out of the way. I feel a bit wicked, my body too heavy to move, my mouth too dry to speak. There’s always a dusty and empty thudding in...

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Greg Neri
Josh
4

There are few books that can combine cowboys, family drama, inner city life and still have an authentic feel. In Ghetto Cowboys, we meet Cole, a troubled boy who lives with his mother in Detroit. His shenanigans have pushed his mother to the edge and she decides to carry him to Philadelphia to...

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Isabel Quintero
Hope H
4

Gabi is a "Mexican fat girl". She loves her family, and food, and poetry, and maybe even Martin Espada. Also food. But no matter what she loves, she's pessimistic about her life. And why shouldn't she be? She's a virgin, she's poor, her father's a crackhead, her best friend is pregnant and her...

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Benjamin Whitmer
Zac
5

This one hits like a blow to the chest, knocking the wind right out and leaving you with a feeling of falling. As the pages turn and the story unfolds, you begin to realize that it’s the falling that is really getting to you, not so much that initial hit. Because when you’re falling, it’s easy...

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Rainbow Rowell
Angelita
3

Georgie McCool is on the verge of making her dream a reality, but then other things get in the way, like Christmas and family. Throughout most of the story, Georgie is realizing that she has had it easy throughout her career and married life. And because she didn't realize this earlier, she may...

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Rainbow Rowell
Angelita
4

I liked this book because I think the age of the main characters is very relatable to me. They are in their late twenties.  Each character is struggling with the realities of being an adult and how things don't always turn out they way you expect or want them to. One of the many reasons, I...

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Ian Culbard
Becker
4

Following 3 people in different parts of the world when everyone around them disappears, Celeste is an unusual, beautiful, and thought-provoking book. In L.A., a man finds himself alone on the highway after being cut off from a frantic call from his wife--and then he finds another man in the...

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Brennan Lee Mulligan
Becker
4

What does it really mean to be a hero? This is the central question of this fun and thought-provoking graphic novel, which started as a web comic and was funded as a print book through a very successful Kickstarter campaign. Alison Green is one of many of her generation who got super powers--she...

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Barry Lyga
Kristen M
5

"I Hunt Killers" by Barry Lyga follows the life of 17 year old Jasper Dent, son of the infamous serial killer Billy Dent. As a child, Jasper was witness to his fathers violent serial killing lifestyle. When most children learned to tie their shoes and ride bikes, Jasper was learning how to...

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David Foster Wallace
Hana
5

One of my favorite books of all time and in my opinion the greatest comedic masterpiece in fiction, books in general, the world?! This is certainly Wallace’s greatest work and one that is touching, uncomfortable, and all consuming. Set at both a prestigious tennis academy and a halfway house,...

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David Levithan
ShellyB
4

A is a human without a body, who switches to a different body every day, experiencing for that one day what it is like to be that person, living that life, engaging with that person's friends, family, and girlfriend or boyfriend.  With each new day A's goal is to disrupt the new body's life...

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Isaiah Campbell
Josh
4

    Can a book designed for middle grade readers combine the Civil Rights Movement and the Cold War and be funny, exciting and informative?  After reading this book I would have to say yes. Isaiah Campbell has crafted a novel that is hard to put down as he traces the adventures of...

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Zane
CoCo Supreme23
4

I enjoy books that entertain and give me something to sink my teeth into, this is why I thoroughly enjoyed reading Addicted by Zane.  Zoe Reynard has it all: a great marriage, three beautiful children, and a thriving company. But, Zoe has a dark secret…..she is addicted to sex.  Zoe...

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Jean Thompson
Liberty
4

Jean Thompson's mostly contemporary retellings of classic fairy tales brim with "grimm" and convey an undertone of Shirley Jackson-esque dread. Fabulous!

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Kazuaki Takano
Becker
3

Translated from the Japanese, this thriller spans the globe (The Congo, Japan, The United States) and tackles issues such as human evolution, whether war/genocide defines our species, and power. A 1975 report detailed the ways humans might become extinct, including nuclear war. Now, one of those...

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Gayle Forman
Angelita
4

This is the sequel to If I Stay, and I liked the book more than the predecessor. The first book was emotional, but the emotions in this book were even more intense and relatable to the reader. While, the first book deals with a great tragedy, not everyone can fully understand the...