The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Call #: TEEN ALBERTALLI
Rating: 4/5 stars

This book is about 17 year old Molly Peskin-Suso, who’s always had a problem of unrequited love. Almost her whole life, she’s always had deep crushes on numerous boys but has never had the guts to tell them because she’s scared of rejection. When Molly’s sister, Cassie, falls in love however, she’s never felt so alone. But little does she know that her sister’s girlfriend’s friend Will, and her very own fellow coworker Reid, will perhaps break this cycle of unrequited love.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Before, I was quite familiar with the author Becky Albertalli due to her other famous book, Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda, and I absolutely loved it. When I found out she made another novel, I made sure to get it right away. When I first read what it was about, it caught my attention right away. For once, I have finally been able to relate to a fictional character. It seems as though almost every female protagonist has small flaws or has even had multiple love interests that are almost always interested in them. With this book though, the main character Molly actually struggles with even finding someone who will potentially like her back. She’s not exactly a fit teenager, but she has accepted her body and who she is, yet is afraid because her crushes or other guys may not accept that fact.

I would recommend this book to anyone who’s interested in reading something different compared to normal young adult fiction. In this book, the female protagonist is different from any other main female character in a book I’ve ever read. Guys aren’t exactly pining for her, which makes it interesting in terms of her love life. All she’s ever had were crushes and nothing more, which can be relatable to many people but unknown in other books of the same genre. Overall, The Upside of Unrequited has been a book that has great qualities, in which family, love, and learning to love yourself all combine to tell a beautiful story.

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Star Wars: Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston

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Star Wars: Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston
Call #: TEEN JOHNSTON
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5
Series: Star Wars Universe
Review by Marisa B.

As the Empire approaches its first annual celebration, former Padawan Ahsoka Tano is on the run, still recovering from the wounds of losing the Jedi Order, the Republic, and her friends. Overcome by guilt and loneliness, Ahsoka travels to the farming moon of Raada, where she befriends the locals. However, as the Empire begins to occupy Raada, Ahsoka must decide whether she must leave or stay and fight. Ahsoka’s past, present, and future are explored, along with the beginning of a new hope: the Rebellion.

As a fan of The Clone Wars TV show and Ahsoka Tano, this book was a must read for me. After Ahsoka left the Jedi Order in The Clone Wars, myself and many fans were left wondering what happened to her between joining the Rebellion and leaving the Jedi, and this book gives deep insight into just that. E.K. Johnston doesn’t hesitate to explore Ahsoka’s emotional turmoil, and provides an incredibly enjoyable plot to boot. Johnston’s interpretation of Ahsoka is both in character and depicts how she has changed since maturing and losing her life as she knew it; moreover, it’s clear that Johnston did her homework when writing the book because of how seamlessly it fits into the universe and its level of detail.

For me, Ahsoka was one of the first of Star Wars female characters that I could really relate to, so reading about her struggles and successes in this book deepened my love for the Star Wars universe and inspired me to read more books from it. While Ahsoka’s the main player in this book, that isn’t to say that she’s the only major one; the third person narration allows the reader to see into Bail Organa’s life as he builds the Rebellion, but the characters that Ahsoka meet along the way are incredibly influential and carry their own weight too. Be prepared to meet new characters that you’ll wish you could see more of in Star Wars, because the aspect of family is strong in this one. Overall, I recommend this book to any Star Wars fan or anyone who wants to enjoy an intricate plot with amazing characters.

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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Call #: TEEN WESTERFELD
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5
Series: Uglies, Book 1
Review by Gabriella C.

Uglies is the first book of the Uglies series. It is a dystopian post-apocalypse story that centers around Tally, the main character, who is on the verge of her 16th birthday when she will be able to finally have surgery that will make her “pretty”. The operation is basically a full body and face surgery where one can choose what to look like; everyone has the surgery when they turn 16, because who wants to be ugly, right? But then Tally meets Shay, who introduces her to a whole different side of the “pretties” world, which opens her up to new and different ideas that the majority of people haven’t gotten the chance to know about.

I really liked the book, because I personally like books that take place in the future or that has completely different societal values and norms than we have. This book is easily relatable to adolescence because it talks about people’s physical insecurities and what they do to get over them. In this book’s case, surgery or acceptance. I decided to read this book because a friend recommended it to me.

This book was pretty inspiring because even though the majority of the people had the surgery at 16 to become “pretty”, there were others that were okay with themselves, or eventually learned to just accept it.  I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 because it was really entertaining, well-written, and eventful. I have also read all of the other books in the series which I highly recommend to read as well.

(added bonus: Scott Westerfeld has recently announced four new novels in the Uglies universe!)

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Nevermore by James Patterson

I would recommend nevermore to anyone that enjoys sci-fi and romance. If you’ve read any other of James Patterson’s work I believe this one is one of his best. The tension between Max, Fang, and Dylan builds up romantic suspense. It’s a great love triangle that goes on beyond a single book since Nevermore is the 6th book in the Maximum Ride Series. Another reason why I really enjoyed this book was because it is a series. I hate getting emotionally into a book that won’t continue for a couple more. It helped me break my mini reading hiatus that I was going through at the moment.

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OverWatch Review

 

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There is a reason Overwatch is really popular amongst gamers and I’m going to tell you why. One thing that can catch anyone’s is a great cast of characters and Overwatch excels in that area. They are all really unique in different ways whether it be there background, style, personality or weaponry. Another thing that helps bring out each character is that they are from different parts of the world, so there will always be an interesting character for you to play. It also has a bright and colorful art style which is a nice change for the first person shooter genre. Next is gameplay which once again is something you’ll love. You will  be set on a team to either push a payload or capture points on certain maps, this is where the characters come into play again since you and your team will have to pick out a team of those characters to win the game. The gameplay has even got a bunch of people live streaming it and even managed to become one of the top games streamed on Twitch. Overwatch is also a nice break from all of the gritty shooters out on the market right now. So if you are looking for a great game to play with your friends this is the one to buy.

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The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

The Mark of Athena cover art.jpgIn the book The Mark of Athena, a group of eight half-bloods (half Greek god, half human) have to stop the evil goddess Gaea from taking over the world. Together; Percy, Annabeth, Leo, Nico, Jason, Piper, Hazel, and Frank have to travel across the world to save both their friends back at Camp Half-Blood and the world.

Synopsis by Alice

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Wonder

 

One of my favorite books I have read is the book “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio. I think this is a great book because it is entertaining and incorporates many important values as well. It brings the problems Auggie, the main character, has to face throughout different points of view. It shows that people receive what they deserve based on how they act to other people. This book is a shorter chapter book, but is still something that brings important virtues into everyone’s mind.

 

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