Book Genre: Contemporary

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Katie McGarry
Em
4

Staight-A-designer-clothes good girl Rachel (with numerous overprotective brothers) and tattooed foster kid Isaiah. Classic YA pairing, right? But McGarry makes it interesting--Rachel has mad anxiety issues and is in love with speed and her Mustang GT, and Isaiah is just the sweetest bad boy of...

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Liz Sonneborn
Adelina
3

Good introduction to the American Contemporary Spokane author. Fast read with lots of interesting photos. Provides a basic biography of his life up to 2013. This book gives a broad overview of Sherman Alexie's work and his achievements. Cites lots of wonderful Sherman Alexie quotes from...

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Kami Garcia
Adelina
4

“Unbreakable: The Legion book 1” is fast-paced supernatural action with heart. There’s humor in the face of horror. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this new series.

Its Supernatural meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s a teenage ensemble group dealing with the adult...

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Gary Shteyngart
Alison
1

When the title of a book includes a form of the word 'absurd,' you should expect foolishness and senselessness:  unfortunately, Shteyngart's novel is more frustrating than it is compelling.  The first person narrator is, indeed, absurd, but to a degree that might be described as...

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Hanya Yanagihara
Lily
4

I have never read a book like The People in the Trees, except maybe Lolita. The reader gets drawn deeply into the moral relativism of the first person narrator: a racist, misogynist pedophile and acclaimed scientist. Creepy, intriguing, and beautifully written The People in the...

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Carrie Vaughn
Adelina
2

Carrie Vaughn is a Colorado author who writes the "Kitty Norville" series. "Kitty and the Midnight Hour" is set in Denver, Colorado. Kitty is a midnight DJ who hosts an advice/talk show geared towards the paranormal. Kitty is paranormal herself. She has been a werewolf for about 3 years. She is...

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Julie Maroh
KateM
4

I picked up Blue is the Warmest Color because I had heard the movie adaptation had won the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and because I’m something of a graphic novel junkie. While I’ve heard this graphic novel described as erotica, and admittedly some of the illustrations are...

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Khaled Hosseini
Brianna
2

My harsh rating for Khaled Hosseini's newest book is partly due to the book itself and partly due to the high expectations he's laden us all with, so this book left me sadder than the same book by a different author would have.

After swooning over the Kite Runner and A Thousand...

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Kim Fu
Becker
4

A beautifully written exploration of identity and fitting in. Peter Huang was born in a small town in Canada to first generation immigrants from China. His father, delighted to have a boy after 2 girls, names him Juan Chaun, "powerful king." Peter grows up with his three sisters, knowing inside...

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Justine Larbalestier
Hope H
3

Most people have a fairy which charms them in some way. Charlie's best friend, Rochelle, has a clothes shopping fairy which always scores her amazing deals (when it isn't raining, anyway). Charlie's romantic rival, Fiorenze, has an all boys will like you fairy which overrides their usual dating...

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Rainbow Rowell
Jennifer
4

This was by far one of the best teen books I read last year. It turns out that I have great taste, as it was also recently named as a Michael L. Printz honor book! Plus, the book is set in my hometown - Omaha, Nebraska. Believe me...

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Kate Atkinson
Michelle
5

Complex, bizarre, fascinating, the type of deep good read you will gladly miss sleep over.

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Andrew Jenks
Angelita
4

I became interested in Andrew Jenks through his series on MTV. When I saw he had a book, I wanted to read it. This book is definitely a quick read. He goes through his adventures of being a young boy filming with his brother to actually have executives pay for his trip to Japan to film his...

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Nancy Osa
Shanna
4

Violeta Paz has just turned fifteen years old, and her Cuban grandmother insists that she must have a quinceañera, a traditional coming-of-age celebration for young women.  The party is supposed to mark her transition into young womanhood, but Violeta just isn’t sure if all the...

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Sara Kocek
Becker
3

Reyna has a lot to deal with. Her mom died seven years ago, and her dad has a new girlfriend. She's just started high school--at a different school than the rest of her friends. She's not sure where she fits in. Reyna doesn't really like Olive when she starts talking to her at lunchtime, but she...

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E. L James
Rebecca
1

I try to be fair with reviews. I really do. If I don’t like something, I tell you why I don't like it, and/or what I typically DO like, so that you (Gentle Reader) can evaluate my judgments, and decide for yourself if the things that bother me about a book are also likely to bother you. I’m not...

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Rachel Zucker
Hope H
3

The first few poems in Museum of Accidents​ were difficult for me to get into at first - poetry is not usually my thing - but when I read "Long Lines to Stave Off Suicide" I was hooked; I had to read the rest of the book. There's a brutal honesty to some of the lines which struck me in...

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Sandra Cisneros
Angelita
4

I read this book because it was by Sandra Cisneros, but that's because she conveys emotion so well in her pieces. She reaches inside of you and wants you to feel what the character is feeling. This is a good book for grieving because there is the theme of loss in this book.

Even though it...

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Tim Federle
Becker
4

Nate Foster wants to be on Broadway. Or at least get out of his small Pennsylvania town where it seems no one but his best friend Libby understands him. When they hear about open auditions for E.T.: The Musical, Libby and Nate plot how to get him to New York and back without anyone noticing. Of...

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Sheri Fink
Elaine
5

I wasn't in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit, but I felt the pain of the people who waited for days on their rooftops or lived in squalor in the Superdome. How could the response to disaster in the United States have the look and feel of a disaster itself?

Dr. Sheri Fink, physician...

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Billy Collins
Adelina
5

"Sailing Alone Around the Room: New & Selected Poems" is a great introduction to Billy Collins' poetry. Billy Collins writes accessible poetry. His poetry speaks of everyday life with his unique laugh out loud humor. His poetry is universal, clever and perceptive. He is an American poet who...

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Adam Mansbach
Hope H
5

If you've had any part in helping to raise a small child, or if you plan to, you need to read this hilarious book about the follies of actually putting that child to bed. Adam Mansbach perfectly captures the sleep-deprived anger and frustration inherent in trying to convince a toddler to go...

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Pierre Lemaître
Jennifer B.
4

Set in France, Alex begins as the story of a woman who is kidnapped off the street and taken to an empty warehouse, where she's held in a small cage.  Alternating chapters tell the story of Detective Camille Verhoeven, the police officer in charge of finding Alex before it's too...

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Matthew Dicks
Monica
5

Budo is Max's best friend and has been for many years.  He has lived longer than most imaginary friends, and Max is the only one who can see him.  When Max gets into trouble, Budo has to do something he has never had to do before, to be without Max and to find a way to save him....

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John Green
mbrandstetter
5

I can't find anything wrong with this book.

Hazel Grace is sixteen.  She hasn't gone to high school for the last three years, has all but stopped hanging out with friends, and, oh yeah, she has cancer. In The Fault in Our Stars, John Green gives voice to these young, intelligent,...