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Book Reviews: Forever by Judy Blume

I was looking forward very much to reading this book after all I had heard about it: “it’s a teenage classic” “bound to be adored by even the new generation of teens” etcetera…
Unfortunately, I was completely disappointed with the actual content of the book. It tries far too hard, and takes itself too seriously, most of the time seeming more like you’re reading the inner monologue of a condescending Health teacher rather than a teenager. The characters are irritating, flat and have next to no personality. Kath’s best friend being among the most annoying with her constant, seemingly random personality shifts and complete lack of realistic attributes. For a book of less than 200 pages long it tries to cram far too much into the one book – loss of loved ones, depression and suicide, sex and relationships and more – and leaves every single plotline flimsy and undeveloped. I don’t know what things were like in the seventies, when this was written, but the actions and speech of the teenagers in this novel have no relevance to teenagers today and therefore no impact.
There are dozens of books which have taken similar plot points and turned them into wonderful, impactful stories about relationships and growing up (see Before I Fall or The Perks of Being a Wallflower as examples). This is not one of them. Recommended for ages 15-18. Contains sexual references, sex scenes, coarse language and mature themes.
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Book Reviews: How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff


I have a number of mixed feelings about this book, which is interesting but has a great many flaws.
On one hand, the story’s premise is a good one, and Daisy makes for a good, strong narrator, but there are many things which make little sense in the circumstances of the story, or that are just downright gross. The first and most obvious thing within the story is the questionable romance between Daisy and Edmond – I like to think I have a very open mind when it comes to novels, but I do have to say that doing unspeakable things with your underage first cousin, who can, for some absurd reason, hear your thoughts, is digusting. End of story. Another issue I found was with the writing style, which had no indication of dialogue aside from capital letters in lieu of speech marks, and by the end of the novel became incredibly confusing. Not much is done to expand the plotline of the war either, aside from a few grotesque scenes, the novel focuses mostly on Daisy and Piper’s journey, which was fine but made the war an almost unnecessary afterthought in the story. By the end of the book all semblance of sense within the writing style and plot fragments, and the conclusion feels confusing and clumsy after what was, despite it’s faults, still a fairly satisfying book. The main high point of the story was Piper, who appeared to be the only character who maintained some degree of sense throughout the book.
Not terrible, but not the most enjoyable book either, this makes for some interesting casual reading but lacks substance and logic.
Recommended for ages 15-17. Contains sexual references, coarse language, violence and mature themes.

View this book on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/161426.How_I_Live_Now?ac=1
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Book Reviews: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Undoubtedly the sweetest book I have read this and possibly any year, this narrative is one of love and friendship and family, all neatly wrapped up with some sharp witticism thrown in.
At its heart this is a simple yet deliciously tingly romance, but readers will also find passion, humour, and perhaps even a few tears within its pages.
Anna’s story is a richly woven one, and is sure to please fans of romances of all kinds. The setting, the food, the characters – all is magical and adorable and perfect.
This is exactly the kind of romance teen literature needs more of. It’s dramatic but not overdone, and charming and funny and silly and healthy, which many teen novels seem to lack nowadays. There is no co-dependent, angsty girls here, clinging onto the guys they like with all their might. There is just simple, beautiful connection, which is how life and love should be, and is ultimately the greatest theme within this novel – the connections we form with other people, for better or worse.
Recommended for ages 14+. Contains sexual references, coarse language and moderate themes.

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Movie Reviews: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Ladies and gentlemen…. Allow me to introduce the worst book to movie adaptation EVER. Everything that was amazing about the book has been taken and irreversibly twisted into a completely ridiculous film full of cheap laughs and pointless additional scenes. The book is less than 200 pages long, it can’t have been that difficult to stick to it. The starring actors fail to capture all that was good about their characters on the page, and instead turn them into idiotic, soulless pieces of cardboard. Do yourself a favour, read the book and avoid the film at all costs!

Book Reviews: Legend by Marie Lu

This fantastic thriller is a prime example of the kind of action, adventure and quality writing that YA authors have brought us in recent years. Lu’s debut novel hits all the right notes with it’s engaging characters and heart-pounding action. A really well-written book, certainly worthy of all the acclaim it has received. If you’re looking for an action packed novel with a few hints of romance as well, look no further than Legend.
Recommended for ages 14-18. Contains violence and mature themes.
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View all current information on the movie adaptation: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1834266/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

Book Reviews: Deltora Quest: The Forests of Silence by Emily Rodda

Deltora Quest

While these books are generally targeted at younger readers, they should definitely not be overlooked by anybody. Heart-pounding action and fantastic magical realms – the perfect little adventure to curl up with. Recommended for ages 8+ but that shouldn’t stop any older readers!! Contains violence.


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Book Reviews: Matched by Ally Condie


A beautiful dystopian romance following the story of Cassia, a girl living in the Society where at the age of 17 citizens meet their Matches – the person the Officials dictate will be their lifelong companion. Join Cassia on the road to discovering what she wants out of her life and who she wants to love on her own terms, you won’t regret it. Recommended for ages 12-17. Contains mature themes and mild violence.


View this novel on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7735333-matched
View all current information about the movie adaptation: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2382326/?ref_=sr_1