Tiger lily was beautiful. My heart reached out to so many of the characters and despised others. I got wrapped up in their stories, anticipating the time I got to enjoy them. All the characters were well rounded, the world was well built and the prose were spectacular. The narration by Tinkerbell was clever and added something to the story that it would have missed coming from anyone elses point of view. Over all I loved this book and it’s wonderful story which I will keep with me and hope to share with others, in Short I highly recommend it.
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There are only a few more days to share your thoughts about the Teen Zine! The survey closes on Friday! The Teen Zine is a collection of stories, poetry, drawings and photographs submitted by teens from across Maricopa County. We want to know what you think about the Teen Zine and what you’d like to see in the next issue. You can take the short survey here. If you complete the survey you can enter to win a grab bag of free teen books!
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Eleanor and Park is an incredibly well written novel. It’s both heartwarming and heart wrenching at the same time. Both of the characters were extremely relatable. Neither of them fit in with the popular crowd, and I think a lot of people can relate to that. The topics that Eleanor and Park talked about- music, comics, etc.- were a lot of fun to read about.
I loved how caring Park’s mother was, as it was a stark contrast to Eleanor’s Step dad. It was also really nice to hear from both character’s perspective. I feel like if we hadn’t gotten to see each of the characters families from their own perspective, the book wouldn’t have been as moving or powerful.
Sometimes this book just had me laughing out loud. Other times it had me fuming at Tina or Eleanor’s step dad. The ending just shattered my heart into a million little pieces. It still hurts to think about this book. But it’s not the bad kind of hurt. It’s the hurt that you get when you love something so much that you would do it again and again and again, even if it left you crying every single time. That’s exactly what this book will do.
Overall, I loved it. I can’t find a single flaw in this book. I personally loved the open ending, even though some people may have wanted a little more closure. I feel like that just tugged at my heart strings even more. The ending is so powerful, it will leave you speechless. It was the perfect ending to a perfect novel.
– submitted by Emma, Northwest Regional Library
How do you feel about other people dictating what you can and can’t read? Can you imagine someone fighting to remove Paper Towns, Speak, Looking for Alaska, or The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian from your library and saying that you shouldn’t read them? Every year, people challenge hundreds of books that they think they are inappropriate or obscene in some way.
Celebrate your freedom to read what you want! How many books on this list have you read?
Noah and Jude are brother and sister, twins and have been inseparable their entire lives – until they aren’t. Told in alternating points of view between 13-year-old Noah and years later through 16-year-old Jude, the readers are given flashes of the story – real, raw, emotional flashes – only ever getting half the tale until both narratives merge together and to paint the entire, beautiful, heartbreaking whole.
Fans of John Green and Sarah Dessen will love the realistic portrayal of young adults navigating through school, life, family and every wrought and wrenching emotion that goes along with it. And while the story stands on its own – it’s Jandy Nelson’s writing that take Noah and Jude one step further into an electric character portrayal. Read it. You won’t regret it.
— Jacqui, Youth Supervisor at Northwest Regional Library