“The Problem with Forever” by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout is an amazing book that takes your emotions on a wild ride. The book is based around the story of a girl name Mallory who has a past that ends up coming back to haunt her. For most of her life, Mallory was living in different foster homes, but when she was 13, a terrible incident got her out of the system. For years, Mallory had been living in the same home with another boy who was always there to protect her when she needed him. He was the biggest hero in her eyes. But then, she was adopted by a family and had to move away from her hero and hasn’t seen him since. From the scars that her past left, it was hard for Mallory to speak at all. She had been home schooled ever since she was adopted, but by the time she was a senior in high school, she thought she was ready to experience the world again. As she steps foot in the first school she has been inside for years, she sees someone way too familiar. Mallory is now forced to learn how to live with her past and with the way people change. I chose to read this book because just by reading a summary I knew it would be interesting. This book is truly fascinating and leaves you wanting to read more and more. Even through all the difficult parts of the book, the way it is written made me want to know everything going on and get through the book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in the dark truth of what life could be like in the Young Adult genre.

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-Vanessa F.

 

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“Extraordinary Means” by Robyn Schneider

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For most of his life now, Lane has lived inside his boundaries in an almost “boring” lifestyle. He has excellent grades, a great girlfriend, and is ready to head off to the college of his dreams. It all seems perfect to him, until he is diagnosed with an incurable case of tuberculosis.  Lane’s parents have no choice but to send him away to part hospital, part boarding school, The Latham House. Here, Lane finds a girl from his past who is not at all what he remembers. He is intrigued by the way her and her friends live such adventurous lives at a place with such harsh rules. As he starts to get more used to his life at The Latham House, it’s hard to notice how much sicker everybody around him is getting until it happens to the person he cares about the most. Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider provides such a tragic love story that only can be shared through the power of words. The main reason I chose to get through the entire book was because the story line was constantly progressing in the best way possible. Extraordinary Means is a great book for people who have an interest in living with a medical condition and still trying to love in the Young Adult genre.

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-Vanessa F.

“Every Last Word” By Tamara Ireland Stone

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The saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover” has never related to a story better. Sam, presents   herself like the rest of the popular girls in her class, but that’s not the truth. Inside her brain, Sam is struggling with OCD and haunting thoughts. Sam has her family to depend on, but if the girls she is considered to be “friends” with knew of any of this, they would be the quickest people to judge. Sam is tortured by the way she is living and who she is spending her time with. That is, until a girl named Caroline introduces Sam to a place of safety for outcasts who have been ignored. The people in the place slowly help Sam to feel “normal” for once and she is the happiest she has been for a long time. Until reality hits her and she is struck with a fact that is unbelievable. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone is one of the most beautiful stories ever. It deals with struggles everyone goes through and also some struggles only some people deal with. I chose to read this book because I thought the concept of the story was different than anything I’ve seen. It was easy to get through because the story line of this book is incredible and leaves you surprised with every page you turn. I would recommend this book to people struggling with friendships and being who they are in the Young Adult genre.

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-Vanessa F.

“The Season of You and Me” by Robin Constantine

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Cassidy Emmerich discovers that her boyfriend, Gavin, was cheating on her with another girl and the last thing she wants to do is be reminded of him all summer.  Her father and stepmother own a bed and breakfast in Crest Haven, New Jersey, so Cassidy decides to spend the summer with her father’s family to escape Gavin and have a relaxing summer. In Crest Haven, she befriends a group of teenagers while working with them as a camp counselor at the local community center. She especially has a connection with Bryan Lakewood, a boy who lost the use of his legs after a tragic accident and is now confined to a wheelchair. Bryan and Cassidy team up to work on a camp scavenger hunt together and along the way they start to develop deeper feelings for each other. When Gavin shows up in Crest Haven to try to get Cassidy back, she is torn between going back to being Gavin’s girlfriend and taking a risk with Bryan and their new relationship.

Constantine uses the alternating voices of Cassidy and Bryan to share both of their perspectives which gives the reader more insight into the story than if it was told by only one of the characters. Cassidy has a hard time fitting in with all of the Crest Haven teenagers since she isn’t from the area, and teens who have moved to a different place can relate to her in that way. Bryan remains positive most of the time throughout the novel despite his condition, but he struggles with the fact that people treat him differently because he is disabled. He could be viewed as a very inspirational character to those who have overcome a challenge in their lives. This novel highlights the fact that disabled people are still human and that they should be treated the same as everyone else. Both characters have strong groups of friends and family who care about them and the theme of love and support is very prevalent in the novel. Cassidy’s family and friends do not question her judgment when she reveals that she has feelings for Bryan, and Bryan’s friends are excited that he found someone who brightens his life. Anyone who is looking for a unique and satisfying teenage love story should check out The Season of You & Me.

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-Caylee P.

“Isla and the Happily Ever After” by Stephanie Perkins

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Isla and the Happily Ever After is a second companion to the highly popular Anna and the French Kiss. Isla Martin has two homes, one in Manhattan with her family and one in Paris where she attends boarding school. Before returning to Paris, Isla has a chance encounter with her long time crush, Josh. As Isla and Josh return for their senior, something starts to change between them. Falling in love is the easy thing to do for Josh and Isla, but can that love last forever?

This book was the perfect ending to the Anna and the French Kiss series. We are back in Paris, taking classes at SOAP (School of America in Paris) and once again the city becomes its own beautiful character. Isla is such a real and relatable character. Josh is one of those characters that always keep you wanting more. As the reader, you’re constantly wondering what he’s thinking. There are so many favorite moments in this book, but one of the best is the appearances of all our favorite couples; Anna and St. Clair and Lola and Cricket.

Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who has read Anna and the French Kiss or any fan of YA romance.

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-Stephanie Rudisill