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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This is a must read as it is a heart wrenching account of what is happening in America now.  This book is inspired by #BlackLivesMatter movement.  It is the story of sixteen year old Starr who witnesses her best friend Khalil get killed at the hands (More)
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
Get your kleenex box ready for this one.  This is a heart wrenching story of four friends - Carver, Mars, Eli, and Blake.  One text message from Carver to his friends changes everything.  The three of them are killed in a car accident.  Carver cannot (More)
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Go Ask Alice is a controversial novel written by Anonymous.  The book is written in diary form and details the life of a lonely teen, growing up in the 60's and 70's, who will never live up to her parents' expectations of her.  She also is struggling (More)
Girls Like Me by Lola St. Vil
April is National Poetry Month so I decided to read Girls Like Me since it is a novel written in verse.  It is a very fast read about a girl named Shay Summers.  She is coping with the death of her father, a step-mom, being the fat girl at school (More)
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
This book was an incredible and powerful read and so important for all. Reading it evoked many emotions in me.  It made me laugh.  It made me cry.  It made me angry.  It most made me think!! The book centers around Just (More)
America Street by Ibi Zoboi
This book was an emotional and realistic read.  As a reader, I could emphasize with Fabiola who immigrated from Haiti with her mother to Detroit and all she faced once there trying to fit in with her new extended family, her new school, her new commu (More)
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
I read this book for our book club, Page Turners.  I must say I am looking forward to discussing it with the group as it is a book that makes you think, evokes emotions, and think about people differently. Finch, the "freak", and Violet, the popul (More)
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brandon Kiely
WOW!  This book is a must read as it is powerful story and one that will get you thinking about the world we live in today, as well as your own biases and views. All American Boys is told in alternating voice between Rhasad and Quinn.  Rhasad (More)
The Hate U Give Book Review
  Realistic Fiction - 453 pages - Published 2017 Angie Thomas hits it out of the park with The Hate U Give! This black lives matter novel is written in the first person narrative giving 16-year-old Starr Carter a voice that is not only (More)
Book Review: Tash Hearts Tolstoy
In Tash Hearts Tolstoy, a realistic fiction novel by Kathryn Ormsbee, a high-school girl named Tash works on a web series called Unhappy Families with her best frien (More)
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