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What If…Everyone Knew Your Name, Review

21 Dec

What If…Everyone Knew Your Name by Liz Ruckdeschel and Sara James

Plot: 15-year-old Haley moves from California to New Jersey, where she is attending public school for the first time. It’s a huge transition for Haley, and you (the reader) get to help her make decisions that will decide what type of high school experience Haley has. Will she hook up with the hunky boy next-door? Or befriend the strange artsy girl from the bus? Or try to fit in with the popular (but fake and snobby) girls? This book is part of a whole series which allows the reader to make decisions for Haley. The story line lacks any real substance, but it is a fun concept, much like the “Choose Your Own Adventure” stories I grew up with as a kid. I would have preferred to simply have a choice to make at different points in the story; however, the authors try to interject some higher level thinking into the decisions. We end up with a page of text that borders on being preachy about the decisions we make and their consequences. In addition, I found the book to be very disjointed while reading it. The format obviously lends itself to that; however, major characters came into the story with no introduction. I had to go back and make several different choices to try different paths, and each of them read in an equally disjointed manner. This was a fun concept, but it could have been executed in a better way.

Would you recommend this book? No.

3 stars



Teens’ Top Ten List for 2015

14 Nov

The winners of the Teens’ Top Ten for 2015 have finally been revealed! Teens from all over the world voted on their favorite books from the previous year. Over 27,000 votes came in for the 24 nominees.

Here are the official winners:

  1. The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  2. I Become Shadow by Joe Shine
  3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  4. My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak
  5. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  6. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
  7. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
  8. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
  9. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  10. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

The Heir, Book Trailer

13 Jun

All Our Yesterdays, Book Trailer

1 Aug

If I Stay, Book Trailer

20 Jun

What if…

21 Dec

…It’s the end of the world as we know it? In an effort to get all four lists out before the end of the year, here is the third installment of  popular paperbacks for YA 2011!

1. Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 by Hiromu Arakawa
-Equivalent exchange. A price must be paid.

2. Candor by Pam Bachorz
-A world where everything is reqired to be perfect.

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
-Twenty-four enter. Only one will make it out alive.

4. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
-No girls, no memory, no way out.

5. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
-1984 was decades ago, but Big Brother is still watching.

6. The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau
-Venture back to the City of Ember to find a gift left by the Builders.

7. Cold Magic by Kate Elliott
-When steampunk meets ice.

8. Truancy by Isamu Fukui
-It’s students vs. teachers in a fight to the death.

9. Gone by Michael Grant
-What will kids do when all the adults have disappeared?

10. Epic by Conor Kostick
-Erik must win, or lose everything.

11. The Declaration by Gemma Malley
-For others to live forever you must not exist.

12. Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
-Leave as teens, return as revolutionaries.

13. Un Lun Dun by China Mieville
-An urban wonderland beneath modern day London.

14. The Knife of Never Letting Go: Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness
-There are no secrets in the Noise.

15. Airborn by Kenneth Oppel 
-Titanic in the sky.

16. Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund
-Welcome to the most prestigious prep school in the galaxy.

17. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
-When an asteroid collides with the moon.

18. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest  
-If the gas doesn’t get you…the zombies will.

19. Shadoweyes by Campbell Ross
-A newborn vigilants takes justice into her own eyes.

20. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
-Is leaving the sisterhood worth the dream.

*21. Unwind by Neal Shusterman  
-It’s a race to keep your organs.

22. The Comets Curse by Dom Testa
-Two hundred fifty-one teens. A five year journey. Humanity’s last hope.  

23. Y: Last Man: Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan
-If you’re the last man alive, can you have just one girlfriend?

*24. Leviathan by Scott Westefeld 
-This isn’t the history you studied.

25. DMZ: On the Ground by Brian Wood
-In the demilitarized zone, everyone is just trying to stay alive.

* This book made the top ten list from all 4 popular paperbacks categories!

Compiled from the Young Adult Library Services Association

Divergent, Book Trailer

14 Oct

If you liked the Hunger Games, check this book out.