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Summer Reading Book Reviews by Teens

Posted on July 31st, 2014 by Anna in Books, Reviews - Teens

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:

 

coldest winter everThe 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.

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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 trustA 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 safetySearch 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.

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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

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.

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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