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Teen Non-Fiction Reviews: (View All)

  • We All Fall Down: Living with Addiction
  • Author: Nic Sheff
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: YA Bio Sheff N

    Dimmie Zeigler 4 stars
    This is a continuation of the story of Nic Sheff that was started with his father's book, My Beautiful Boy. Nic has had a life-long struggle with drug addiction and these books are hard to read. The fact the he has survived and is truly on the road to recovery is inspiring and gives hopes to the millions of those who share addictions.
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  • Guys Write for Guys Read
  • Author: Jon Scieszka
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: TCL Call #: YA 810.8 Guys

    D-4.8 stars
    Wow. Pretty much every great male author in young adult and children's literature writing directly to boys, about what it's like to be a boy. I'm not a boy and I loved it. Some of the short stories are about these authors' personal experiences as boys or young men. They are real and touching and funny. I'm talking funny. Like stories about crushing on the high-school math teacher, being horrible at sports, getting called a girl. Mostly stories about humiliation, but they're honest and REAL (mostly).

    If you are a boy, you need to check out this book.
    If you don't really love reading, you need to check out this book.
    If you breathe air, you need to check out this book.
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Teen Fiction Reviews:(View All)

  • A Confusion of Princes
  • Author: Garth Nix
  • User Rating: 3
  • Review: TLC CALL #: YA NIX G

    Chris’s Rating: 3 Stars
    Early on in life Khemri was chosen to have the opportunity to become a Prince of the Empire, people built into superhuman creatures after being forcefully taken from their parents, who either choose to forget their offspring or face a quick and painless death. But being a prince isn’t everything Khemri expected it to be. For one thing, he isn’t relaxing aboard his personal starship saving the galaxies with brave heroics in an effort to become the next emperor…rather he is simply trying to survive as a grunt, while rival princes seek to assassinate or assimilate him into their circles before he can become a threat. Further troubling Khemri, is that he seems to have very few choices if he wants to continue to exist, as the Imperial Mind (Emperor) pushes him down a path to a destiny he isn’t sure he wants.
    Nix writes an interesting book with an original feel and unique voice that slightly reminds me of Ender’s Game (perhaps because Ender also had very little choice in his fate). The story often poses on a “tell” rather than “show” role as the narration takes over, sometimes with detail, sometimes vague. The reader should expect world building, some technicalities in names between types of technology/power, truth seeking, and change as Khemri comes to realize that the Empire and being a Prince isn’t what he always expected/had been taught. The ending is, for the most part satisfying, although some of the testing (to see who will ascend to be the next emperor) seems wasteful and counterproductive to the success of the Empire (Oh…and the boy on the cover doesn’t resemble Khemri at all!!! At least the cover on the one I read). Good for teen readers (boys particularly) who like semi-complex world building in classic spacey Science Fiction with twists and turns.
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  • MILA 2.0 (MILA 2.0, #1)
  • Author: Debra Driza
  • User Rating: 3
  • Review: TLC CALL #: YA DRIZA D

    Chris’s Rating: 3.5 Stars
    Mila suffers from a bad case of amnesia after the death of her father in a fire. Having just moved to a small town with her mother she doesn’t really feel connected to anyone, until Hunter, a newcomer from California shows up; but then she learns a shocking truth—her life is a lie. She isn’t the teenage girl everyone thinks she is. She is an android created by a secret organization in the US government to infiltrate and destroy her owner’s enemies…and her “mom” stole her to save her from something or someone. Worse yet, they have been discovered and are on the run. Mila simply wants to live a normal life; but if she is to survive and maybe save those she loves, she must accept both the android and the human side of herself and muster every ounce of courage and skill she possesses.
    How to start the actual review part…I have mixed feelings about this book. The first 85 pages…and just about everything to do with Hunter (Mila’s infatuation for a boy she knows squat about) I didn’t really care for. In fact, if I didn’t suspect what was coming I would have put the book down. While I loved the struggle Mila faced in wanting to be human and live her life, initially there didn’t seem to be any real role-models that would have suggested humanity was worth the effort (besides her mother and possibly Hunter who, to be fair seemed nice…but we still know squat about him). Her friends were superficial and obnoxious to the point I would have felt she would have been happy to be rid of them. Once the story picked up…around page 90 or so, the story got really good. Mila’s voice seems genuine, her struggles real and her ingenuity adds to the book. I expected a few twists that never materialized, but liked the conclusion (besides the last few pages which were kind of meh…dang you Hunter). Better for a female than male audience, who might enjoy the blind teenage emotions which added up to my greatest objections. Overall it is worth the read, especially if you can get past the first 85 pages.
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