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by Anna

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Read by Maggie/Copley Teen Room

Looking for a whimsical, witty romp with a dash of romance, a heaping of NYC and a side order of bookstores? This is the story for you.  Deep in the aisles of one of the most famous bookstores in the world, a bored teenage Dash comes across a notebook seemingly left just for him, daring him to accept the challenges within. His curiosity sets off a correspondence with Lily, who might just be what he’s looking for. But how well can you know someone you’ve never actually met?

By the authors of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, there were three main characters in this book: Lily, Dash, and New York City. You’ll get a wonderful sense of what its like to roam around NYC with endless possibilities around every corner. And if you’ve ever talked to someone you may not know in person, you’ll be able to relate that much more to Dash and Lily as they look for someone to talk to, in the middle of one of the biggest cities in the world.

 

Fancy White Trash by Marjetta Geerling

Read by Maggie/Copley Teen Room

The Savage women are loud, messy, and cycle through the same men. But that won’t stop fifteen year old Abby from learning from her mom’s and sisters’ mistakes. One man- The Guitar Player, is making his way through the Savage ladies and leaving wreckage in his wake. Abby’s not too worried- her Rules for Love are going to get her out of her small town in Arizona and on her way to New York City with her best friend, Cody. But before graduation, Abby will have to figure out some stuff. She’ll have to navigate the return of Cody’s older brother, Jackson, her first love. Meanwhile, there’s some questions as to who’s the father of her sister’s new baby, and her mom’s current pregnancy. You might need some maps to keep the relationships straight in this one.

If you like books with smart, witty main characters who are surrounded by loving chaos, Fancy White Trash is just the thing for you.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

I have to say, in a time when vampire novels are getting old, this was a refreshing new twist to paranormal books! Evie works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, bagging and tagging paranormals around the world to keep them under control and out of harm’s way. Her parents didn’t want her, and she spent time in foster care bouncing from house to house before the IPCA picked her up. She was taken in by the agency because she can see through a paranormal’s glamour. That is, she can see past a vampire’s normal looking skin to see the rotting flesh beneath, or the yellow eyes of a werewolf beneath bright blue. Her ex-boyfriend is an annoying faerie who wants her back and the new boy in her world is something no one knows how to classify. In fact, she was the one who bagged and tagged him when he was caught breaking in. But why was he breaking in? And what’s up with the abnormally high rate of paranormal deaths in the world? Strange things start to happen, making Evie question who she is herself and whether or not she can save those she loves from death and even herself. Is she really as human as she thought she was?

This is a MUST READ for anyone interested in paranormal activity. Evie has great wit and humor, loves great television, and yearns to see what a real school locker looks like since she’s never been to high school, never mind a real prom. What more could you want from a book? The romance is thoroughly believable and beautiful, and you won’t be able to put the book down once you pick it up. A kickass story with a little romance. Definitely a good combination.

Matched by Ally Condie

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

This book was awesome! If you like distopia books, I would highly recommend it. I especially liked the ending because it wasn’t what I was expecting. It’s a good, strong ending. There could easily be a sequel, but it’s not necessary at all. Matched works fine on it’s own, and I’m not sure it needs a sequel at all.

This is the story of true love. Of what if you were officially matched with the person you’re supposed to marry, but discover yourself falling for another guy? Another guy who’s not supposed to be in the matching pool because of something that happened years ago, that only he’s allowed to know about… Only… he’s falling for you and wants to spend his time with you…  You know it’s wrong, but you can’t hold yourself back, and in spending time together, you slowly learn things about your society that just isn’t right…

Fantastic read. That’s all I have to say about it. Pick it up. Read it. You’ll love it.

Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci

Read by Anna/Copley Teen Room

This book is fantastic! For those teens who are brave enough to dress up as their favorite sci-fi character every day, or those who wish they had the guts… for those who think romance will never happen to them, this book is for you. A young girl who idolizes her favorite movie character and the actress who plays her, learns a lesson when she meets the actress and she’s not at all what she was expecting. Plus, there’s a new boy in school. In trying to push him away, all she seems to be doing is bringing him closer, until he decides there’s no point in trying to crack her hard shell. Will she ever become true friends with him?

Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin

Read by: Anna Draves/Copley Teen Room (A review by Jessi can be seen further down the page)

This book was fantastic! Sparsely written, yet emotional at the same time,  it tells the story of fifteen year old Charley who’s been abandoned by everyone he knows, except his aunt who lives several states away. After his father dies, leaving him homeless, he steals a horse from his boss, and begins the trek across the wilderness to find his aunt and a home he can truly belong to. I can’t say enough about this book. I would especially recommend it to boys who might be reluctant readers. It’s easy to read, and yet, there’s so much that comes across without the author having to write it down. An adult book with high teen appeal, I highly recommend it!!!

Against All Odds: My Story by Chuck Norris

Read by: Anna Draves/Copley Teen Room

The good guy always wins. That’s what happens in every movie Chuck’s ever been in and in every episode of his tv show Walker, Texas Ranger. It’s also one of the things that draws people to him and his work, which was inspired by the old John Wayne movies where the good guy always wins. Chuck Norris is also a six time world karate champion, another great reason to check this book out if your into martial arts at all. It’s an inspirational story anyone striving for a black belt should read, no matter which martial art you’re training in. Knowing who Chuck Norris is now, it’s hard to believe that at one point in his life he was a shy, quiet kid terrified of public speaking. Not any more! I’m halfway through the book, and thoroughly enjoying every moment of it! He writes in a clear, easy to understand way as well. I was reading the book on the train recently when I came to a hilarious story Chuck was telling about himself and Steve McQueen. I had a very hard time keeping quiet while he told about the practical joke he played on his friend.  It was laugh-out-loud funny. This book is definitely an enjoyable read!

Buddha by Tezuka

Read by: John Kenney/Hyde Park Branch Teen Room

It was a great Christmas present from my family.  I have finished volume one and can say that it’s a classic with good reason.  The art is really fantastic.  He ranges between simple old Disney style cartoon to some wonderful lithograph-like landscapes and full page scenes.  I’ don’t think it’s any coincidence that it’s an 8 volume set ; )  And such a high topic for young thinkers too.  I was sad to see our catalog shows so many missing, lost, or claimed returned.  The 6 x 8 in size is nice.