Posted on July 31st, 2014 by Anna in Books, Reviews - Teens
Tags: a matter of trust, allen trussell-cullen, anne schraff, biography, caught up in the drama, department of youth services, DYS, nelson mandela, no way out, paul langan, peggy kern, reshonda tate billingsley, reviews, schooled, search for safety, sister souljah, Summer Reading, teen reviews, the coldest winter ever, urban literature
Some teens in a community partnership with the Boston Public Library are participating in the teen summer reading program by reading books and writing reviews for our blog. Here are some of those reviews:
The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
Review by B.
The book is about a girl named Winter Santiaga. Her father was a big hustla in Brooklyn, NY. Everything was going fine until her father got busted because the people he was working with told on him. After than happened Winter and her family struggled throughout their life. I liked this book. The reason I liked it was because it explains how people struggled and how good things come to an end and everything that happens in the dark comes out in the light one day. I would recommend this book to a friend.
Nelson Mandela by Allan Trussell-Cullen
Review by B.
I just read Nelson Mandela. I enjoyed the book very much. Nelson Mandela was a good leader. I can relate to him because he was in prison. He always kept his beliefs in prison. He fought for his country and changed laws making people free and equal. The book inspired me to not fight and to think about issues. He believed in talking to people.
A Matter of Trust by Anne Schraff
Review by R.
Darcy Wills is a student at Bluford high school with one special friend Brishana Meeks. Their friendship is put to the test when Brishana gets made and jealous of Darcy being friends with “the zeros” because she doesn’t like them. Ever since then they have been enemies and the tension gets worse when Darcy learns that Brisana is after her boyfriend Hakeen. Darcy is tired of being calm and being nice so she is now triggered with the thought Brisana and knows she wants to do something so she takes things to the next level.
Search for Safety by Paul Langan
Review by R.
Ben McKee is a kid who lives with his mother. Suddenly his mother is all in love with her boyfriend Larry and they are getting married. So Ben and his mother leave a great home to an even “greater one” (as his mother thinks). But all that changes when Ben’s stepfather starts leaving bruises on his mother’s body and it gets even worse when Larry starts putting his hands on Ben. Ben then gets a job to try and stay out of the house as long as he can but then his stepfather starts taking his money.
Schooled by Paul Langan
Review by R.
Lionel Shephard is a really good basketball player. His dad doesn’t pay him very much attention with all of his work and his mom is out of town on work duty. Lionel cannot read and his teachers really don’t know that so Lionel has to read and is save by the bell but over the weekend he has to prepare himself for the upcoming Monday of reading. Lionel is fed up and moves out of his house and moves in with his friend but his friend is just a party freak so he introduces Lionel to drinking and he ends up in the hospital.
No Way Out by Peggy Kern
Review by R.
Harold goes to Bluford high and is a freshman that lives with his grandmother. After his grandmother has a very hard fall down her apartment stairs Harold is threatened with take out of his grandmother’s custody. With the threat of that Harold also has been scared with medical bills that need to be paid so he gets a job but no sooner does Harold get a job, he turns to the biggest drug dealer on the streets.
Caught up in the Drama by Reshonda Tate Billingsly
Review by R.
Camille is a part of the good girlz and they’ve been best friends for a while. But she’s never told them she has a talent and that is her voice. Camille can sing and she gets picked to be in the Sisco’s (a rapper) new video. Camille loses her boyfriend and closest friends because of her new attitude. Camille has to kiss Sisco and with kissing Sisco things get deeper when he lifts her leg and is feeling up on her. She tells him she is uncomfortable and he says that it will be cut from the video but the
Posted on September 27th, 2013 by Anna in Books, Reviews - Teens
Tags: burning blue, Paul Griffin, review, TBOM
Burning Blue by Paul Griffin
Read by: Anna/Central Library Teen Room
Nicole Castro was a rich, beautiful girl. Everyone thought so. She’d recently won a beauty contest for a scholarship. But she was also smart and kind. People said those things about her too. Then one day while she was rushing to class someone popped up out of nowhere and squirted acid into her face, into her left eye, leaving her scarred for life. But the question is, who did it? And why? Enter Jay Nazzaro, rhymes with Sbarro. He has epilepsy and knows what it’s like to be embarrassed in front of the entire school while unconsciously flopping around on the floor while everyone takes pictures and videos to post online of his public seizure. He’s intent on making everyone think he’s stupid by using an old flip phone and asking the cute girl behind the Starbucks counter how to text his father back. But looks can be deceiving. Jay is a hacker who likes to keep his computer parts looking cheap and worthless. His flip phone is smarter than any smart phone around and he’s determined to figure out who is the cruelest person in his hometown. Who would burn Nicole Castro? Is it her boyfriend? One of the teachers? One of Nicole’s rich tennis friends? Or someone else entirely? Jay and Nicole have never even talked to each other before but they may just become the best of friends, if not something more.
I picked up this book and right away I couldn’t put it down. There is a romance in it, but it’s very understated. Jay continually tells people he and Nicole are not in a relationship. The medical issues in the book, Jay’s seizures and Nicole’s acid burns, are spot on well researched and written to be easily understood. It helps that the author, Paul Griffin, is a volunteer EMT who also works with at-risk , special needs, and incarcerated teens, which brings a realness to his writing. This is not your typical mystery. There is no dead body. No murder. Instead, Jay is trying to figure out who would want to burn Nicole’s face. Half of her face is gone. She’s having to go to the hospital for skin grafts, where the doctor takes skin from another part of her body and uses it to cover her face. Never-the-less, her face won’t be the same again. She won’t be the same again. And the truth of what happened will astound you. You won’t see it coming. This is a fast read, but make sure you’ve got the time to read it cover to cover. You won’t want to put this one down.
Our TBOM book discussion group will be talking about it on October 1st, next Tuesday! Come in and get your copy today so you can join us next week for snack food and a good conversation!
Posted on September 4th, 2012 by Laura in Books, Reviews - Teens
Teen Library user Luis P. from the Grove Hall branch wants to share some book recommendations with you! Here he is to tell you why readers who loved The Hunger Games should try Matched by Allie Condie. After that he gets into the head of the main character from Jeff Hirsch’s The Eleventh Plague to give you a little taste of the story. Enjoy!
I compare this book to The Hunger Games. The governments are the same in some ways, they treat different areas of the country different. Some areas are poor and some areas are rich. People are treated different. There are abberations and officials almost like in The Hunger Games. In Matched the government makes sure that people stay healthy, in The Hunger Games the government does not care about its citizens. In both books the government also keeps secrets from its citizens. In The Hunger Games people could choose who they marry. In Matched the government chooses where you work, where you live, and where you love.
Today my grandfather has died. He died in his sleep which is a peaceful way to die. My dad has been digging his grave all day. I keep telling him to take his gold ring and we could trade it for some food. It’s getting dark and my father is almost done digging the hole. My grandfather was a good person, he always told us to do things that will help us survive. I’ve decided to go to the abandoned mall. Plants fill everything in the mall, vines overgrow on the walls and ceiling. I need to find something good to trade. I catch up to my dad, he already buried the body. We have to start moving.
Posted on April 4th, 2012 by Anna in Books, Reviews - Teens
Tags: Book review, Cath Crowley, Graffiti Moon, teen
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Read by: John, a teen at the Copley Teen Room
Graffiti Moon is a brilliant story about the awkward moments and true aspects of teenage love.
Ed is a graffiti artist who goes by the name of Shadow, spraying raw emotions onto the city walls.
Lucy blows glass, crafting her memories into tranperant art.
Lucy wants to find shadow. He is here dream man. Simple enough? No.
Lucy and Ed have actually dated before, which ended with Ed touching her butt and Lucy breaking his nose.
On their last night of senior year, follow them on a misadventure of expression of art, poetry, reality vs.
expectation, and a struggle to accept one’s self.
I enjoyed this and laughed for the first time in a long time reading about Ed, his poetic yet mischevious friend,
lucy and her supposedly psychic friend as each chapter shows different aspects of the same amazing night. I couldn’t
put the book down and regreted finishing it so fast.
Posted on March 3rd, 2012 by Anna in Books, Reviews - Teens
Tags: Meg Cabot, teen book review
One of our teens, Kimberly, submitted a book review to the blog! Here’s the book she submitted and what she had to say about it:
“Ok so I read the book abandon you gave me on friday and its amazing its about this girl called pierce olivera and john hayden which is basically a re told story of the greek mythology hades and persephone so yeah I really love it for real at to be expected from meg cabot the writing was amazing but what I really love is how she kept us in the dark and then every chapter reveal something new regarding pierce live and her story I really would recommend this book to anyone and its a trilogy so I’m super excited thanks for the book I really need a good read after the stressful weekend I had I had to write like 7 essays for real and it was so busy since I was also volunteering so I even manage to read this in 2 days is a testament of how good it was. Thanks again love kimmie”
If you’ve read any good teen lately that you’d like to share with others, feel free to let us know! We’ll be more than happy to post your review on our blog. Even if you hated the book, no matter your feelings, we’d like to know about it! You can email your submissions to our blog’s address: bplteenblog(at)yahoo.com.