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Read + Review: Read Between the Lines, by Jo Knowles

This book starts with the unfortunate day of an unfortunate boy, Nate Granger. Even though he is the opposite of a jock, a Kcoj as he calls himself, he gets a basketball injury in the middle of gym. He breaks a finger. His middle finger. For the first time in forever, he gets to flip everyone off without getting into trouble. Everyone including his grumpy, abusive and hateful father. At first I expected that this boy would be the main character of the book, but then I discovered he isn’t the narrator after the first chapter. More students and one teacher are the narrators of the rest of the book. As you follow the surprising stories of Claire the popular cheerleader, Dewey the older dropout college student, Jack the high school weed-smoking money stealer, and many other stories, you discover that they all seem to have the same horrible day.

I like this book because the author shows wisdom and comic relief throughout the story. Being able to connect many stories but keep the book interesting and new is truly a talent. Jo Knowles intrigues me and keeps me guessing at what is on the next page. I only wish she would get more in depth with the individual characters’ stories.

In the book, every new story shows the connections of all the others. All the stories interlock with surprising accuracy, and the characters have at least one thing in common, even though many don’t know each other.

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Reviewed by Virginia, grade 7, Dumbarton Area Library 

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Books:

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

The Dorothy Must Die Series

The Selection, by Kiera Cass

The Throne of Glass, by Sarah Maas

The Enemy Series

Night Sky, by Suzanne Brockman

Lorien Legacies Series

Inheritance Cycle

TV Series:

Duck Dynasty

Supernatural

Friends

Gotham

How I Met Your Mother

Psych

Once Upon A Time

New Girl

Spongebob

Scandal

Doctor Who

Dragonball Z

Pokemon

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Read + Review — Bunker Diary, by Kevin Brooks

Linus Weems, an ex-wealthy teenager living on the streets after the death of his mother and consequent arguments with his father, is kidnapped by a mysterious stranger. He awakes to find himself in an underground bunker, alone at first, but kept company by microphones and hidden cameras that allow his kidnapper to monitor Linus at all times. Later, other kidnap victims are brought down to accompany Linus. However, the identity and motives of the kidnapper remain unknown. As the story progresses, Linus’s newly developed friendships are put to the test as the prisoners struggle to escape; bargaining with their mysterious captor proves to be dangerous. But, how long will Linus and his inmates be able to cope before they reach the point of insanity? Read this intense page-turner to find out!

An aspect of this thrilling novel that I thoroughly enjoyed is the author’s dramatization of the plot. Kevin Brooks does a fantastic job of building suspense throughout the story; from start to finish, he always left me wondering what would happen next. Furthermore, intense cliffhangers at the end of chapters made this book impossible to put down. Brooks’s mysterious writing style complemented perfectly the various characters’ personalities and the environment they were in.

The never-ending suspense in this novel makes it extremely memorable. The constant drama and thrill of the story climb steadily throughout the story, leaving readers eager to read on.

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Reviewed by Lisa, grade 8, Twin Hickory Area Library

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Read + Review: Sway, by Katarina Spears

Jesse “Sway” Alderman, a high school senior, specializes in finding ways to get whatever people need; whether it be term papers, a date with the prom queen, or fake ID’s, he sees it all as business. Jesse prefers a life of solitude; he has few friends and tries not to let emotions get in his way. However, when the captain of the football team hires Jesse to set him up with beautiful and kind Bridget Smalley, everything Jesse thinks about himself changes dramatically. Several accidents happen, and in the process Jesse finds that he can’t always hide his emotions, especially when it comes to unlikely friendships and falling in love.

The author of this book, Kat Spears, found a way to weave the story of Jesse Alderman in a way that made me eager to read more. The way that she characterized Jesse’s personality makes it very easy for modern teenagers to identify with him; his sense of humor and belief that he can control everything, including his emotions, is a very common thing among adolescents. Moreover, my favorite thing about the book is how relatable the plot line and its setting of a modern day school environment are and how the characters and their backgrounds drew me into the story. I could not stop reading!

One of many memorable things about “Sway” is how the main character, Jesse Alderman, is portrayed. His life, intricate personality, and journey throughout the story make him seem like a character anyone would want the chance to meet, and possibly befriend.

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Reviewed by Lisa, grade 8, Twin Hickory Area Library 

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Read + Review: Allegiant, by Veronica Roth

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Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent series, is in both Tris’s and Tobias’s point of view. Tris is in a prison for being a traitor in the previous book of the series, Insurgent. In the previous book, she revealed all sorts of information that changed the entire future of the city. Tris finds a way out of the prison and bumps into a group called the Allegiant, a group that plans to escape the city. Tris frees her brother Caleb from jail and flees the city. Along the way, Tris learns about the city’s past and the truth about the city. Read this book to find out more!

I liked this book, but not as much as the book four, which I just read recently. Tris’s view was very limited, as it always is. But I still liked the suspense, excitement, and surprises the book had. I did not like Caleb, because he is always a self-centered jerk. Overall, the book was very good. I was relieved when I found out that Tobias was also going to be narrating. I would recommend this book to people that like books packed with action.

I liked this book, but not as much as the book four, which I just read recently. Tris’s view was very limited, as it always is. But I still liked the suspense, excitement, and surprises the book had. I did not like Caleb, because he is always a self-centered jerk. Overall, the book was very good. I was relieved when I found out that Tobias was also going to be narrating. I would recommend this book to people that like books packed with action.

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Reviewed by James, grade 7, Gayton Branch Library