“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.

“All the Bright Places” By Jennifer Niven

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This is the story of a boy and girl who you would never expect to have anything in common. Theodore Finch is known as the “weird” boy who has a very strong interest in death and fascinates himself by thinking of ways to commit suicide. Violet Markey blame’s herself for her sister’s death, and is constantly waiting for the future to come faster so she can get out of the small town that reminds her of her sister at every turn. Theodore and Violet have never really crossed paths until the day they both end up on top of the bell tower. That is where Violet saves Theodore, or is it the other way around? Violet and Theodore end up working together on a project where they explore their boring town. Theodore shows Violet the best places around, and they become adventurers. Unfortunately, while Violet begins to enjoy her life, Theodore’s life crumbles into pieces. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven takes you on a wild journey of heartbreak and the sadder parts of life. I chose to read this book because it was easy to see it would be a beautiful story between an unlikely match. The main reason I finished this book was because it was a unique story with a tragic twist. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a tragic but fascinating story in the Young Adult genre.

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-Vanessa F.

“My Heart and Other Black Holes” By Jasmine Wanga

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For Aysel, nothing in her life seems worthy anymore, which is why she is contemplating taking her own life. Her mother thinks of her as a disgrace and her whole town is frightened by just the thought of her father. Along with her family life, she is constantly being mocked at school. She is fed up with her life so begins to plan for her suicide. After some research, Aysel realizes she needs someone to help her go through with her plan. This is why she goes to a website to find a “suicide partner”. Luckily, she finds the not-so-perfect perfect match. Her match, user FrozenRobot a.k.a. Roman, and Aysel begin to plan things out just the way they want them. As things start to get more serious, Aysel isn’t 100% she wants to go through with the plan. She is now left to make the decision of going through with it or convincing Roman not to. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga is a heartbreaking take on a could-be love story. It stood out from many other books and is the perfect book for people who enjoy the darker parts in the Young Adult genre.

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-Vanessa F.

“Before I Fall” By Lauren Oliver

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Samantha Kingston is a popular senior with lots of friends and a great boyfriend. She enjoys life and is constantly partying. In fact, February 12th (“Cupid Day”) is one of her favorite times of the year. That is until she dies in a car accident on “Cupid Day.” However, she doesn’t really actually die. Instead, she wakes up the next morning and the morning after that, reliving “Cupid Day” over and over again. Samantha realizes that small decision or actions can change the whole day for her. She begins to find her voice and discover who she really wants to be. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver was one of the most suspenseful books I have ever read. Although it might’ve gotten frustrating, I was determined to finish the book to see what was going to happen to Samantha. I recommend this book to anyone interested in Young Adult books with a great sense of patience. 

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-Vanessa F.

“The Last Book in the Universe” by Rodman Philbrick

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Rodman Philbrick’s dystopian novel, The Last Book in the Universe, is a narrative framed in a dystopian future, in which escaping reality has become the primary form of entertainment. Due to divisive class separations leaving the less fortunate to struggle for survival in the “Urb” while the upper class live prosperously in the city of “Eden”, the less fortunate are desperate for even a short reprieve from their daily difficulties. This escape is achieved in the form of “mind probes”, drugs that are taken by many as they allow their users to experience realistic hallucinations of more peaceful, enjoyable lives.

The story follows the main character, a teenager called “Spaz” due to his epileptic seizures. Throughout his travels, Spaz makes many new friends, the most notable of them being Ryter, an elderly man with an intense passion for pieces of literature. This is a strange and intriguing hobby to Spaz as, in this largely apocalyptic world, reading has essentially been abandoned. The story follows Spaz as he embarks on a high-stakes, danger-filled journey with his newfound friends in his attempt to forever change the dismal world they are stuck in.

Another theme integrated throughout The Last Book in the Universe that I felt made the book captivating was the idea of genetic engineering. The privileged in this strange society are not just separated by money, but are also separated from the people of the “Urb” on a genetic level. The “proovs” who inhabit Eden are genetically altered to be superior both mentally and physically to the average person. I felt as though this was an interesting topic as many recent biological advancements suggest that the bioengineering of human beings could soon be a real possibility. Though largely grounded in fiction, I found the idea of genetically modified people playing a significant role in shaping society intriguing when considering the futuristic ramifications this type of science may one day actually impose on our society.

I would recommend this book to young adults who thoroughly enjoy novels that belong to the sci-fi genre. The Last Book in the Universe is a short read, but filled with plot turns and near-death encounters that make for a gripping story that many young readers are sure to enjoy.

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-Lisa F.