Summary
This book follows the life of one boy, Aaron Hartzler, funny how that’s the authors name (it’s a memoir). He and his family are Evangelical Christians living in the South, and he enters high school. What happens? Well read to find out.
Best & the Worst of the Book
Best: The ending left me wanting to read more about his life after high school, as well as the episodes were really funny and has a strong voice.
Worst: The plot was somewhat predictable, the cliched struggle/internal conflict, but in an usual situation.
Other Comments
The reading level was very easy, so I was able to finish it within two or three days given school work, etc. It touches some “touchy” subjects, especially if someone is very religious. I also found that because the characters and events actually took place compelling to finish it quickly, even though it wasn’t necessarily a page turner. 
There are some “adult” themes in the book, but not anything different than movies that people watch. So, I’d say give it a go, read this book when it comes out, and the cover doesn’t have a person’s face on it!! (automatically making it a better book than others) 
Overall Book Rating on a Scale of 1-10 (1 Being AWFUL, 10 Being SO GOOD EVERYONE ON THE WORLD HAS TO READ IT!!!!!)…
Rating: 7
Reason: I found it compelling because of it was non-fiction and accessible, but the level was very easy.
— Molly, 12th Grade

Summary

This book follows the life of one boy, Aaron Hartzler, funny how that’s the authors name (it’s a memoir). He and his family are Evangelical Christians living in the South, and he enters high school. What happens? Well read to find out.

Best & the Worst of the Book

  • Best: The ending left me wanting to read more about his life after high school, as well as the episodes were really funny and has a strong voice.
  • Worst: The plot was somewhat predictable, the cliched struggle/internal conflict, but in an usual situation.

Other Comments

The reading level was very easy, so I was able to finish it within two or three days given school work, etc. It touches some “touchy” subjects, especially if someone is very religious. I also found that because the characters and events actually took place compelling to finish it quickly, even though it wasn’t necessarily a page turner. 

There are some “adult” themes in the book, but not anything different than movies that people watch. So, I’d say give it a go, read this book when it comes out, and the cover doesn’t have a person’s face on it!! (automatically making it a better book than others) 

Overall Book Rating on a Scale of 1-10 (1 Being AWFUL, 10 Being SO GOOD EVERYONE ON THE WORLD HAS TO READ IT!!!!!)…

Rating: 7

Reason: I found it compelling because of it was non-fiction and accessible, but the level was very easy.

— Molly, 12th Grade

authorsarahdessen:

You’re welcome. 
buzzfeed:

This is an 11-day-old lion cub being burped. Also, it has a milk mustache.

authorsarahdessen:

You’re welcome. 

buzzfeed:

This is an 11-day-old lion cub being burped. Also, it has a milk mustache.

Summary: This book is the sequel to Divergent (also by Veronica Roth), it follows Tris’ journey as she combats with the Erudite, Dauntless traitors, and others following the aftermath of the Dauntless brainwashing.
Best & the Worst of the Book:
Recommend this to anyone who has ready obviously Divergent or the The Hunger Games (both fellow dystopias). 
The first book was better because the whole plot was working up to one singular moment as in this book you don’t know what’s going to happen. (However, this is somewhat good because the reader wants to know what is going to happen.)
SPOILER:

ENDING: Leaves you on a cliffhanger … you’ll have to read it

— Claire, 9th grade

Summary: This book is the sequel to Divergent (also by Veronica Roth), it follows Tris’ journey as she combats with the Erudite, Dauntless traitors, and others following the aftermath of the Dauntless brainwashing.

Best & the Worst of the Book:

  • Recommend this to anyone who has ready obviously Divergent or the The Hunger Games (both fellow dystopias). 
  • The first book was better because the whole plot was working up to one singular moment as in this book you don’t know what’s going to happen. (However, this is somewhat good because the reader wants to know what is going to happen.)

SPOILER:

ENDING: Leaves you on a cliffhanger … you’ll have to read it

— Claire, 9th grade

visual-poetry:

“love seat” by james hopkins

visual-poetry:

“love seat” by james hopkins

Summary: This book formatted in verse and is centered on three teenagers who try to commit suicide. They are then taken to a mental hospital called “Aspen Springs” where they are forced to face their inner demons together.
Best & the Worst of the Book:
I would recommend this book to anyone who has read any Ellen Hopkins books or if you like books about overcoming suicidal thoughts.
There was nothing terribly awful about this book.
Very quick read because it is written in verse
SPOILER:
ENDING: One of the main characters cannot overcome his inner demons and commits suicide. I really liked this ending because it is very realistic showing us how not everyone is always able to move on.
— Claire, 9th grade

Summary: This book formatted in verse and is centered on three teenagers who try to commit suicide. They are then taken to a mental hospital called “Aspen Springs” where they are forced to face their inner demons together.

Best & the Worst of the Book:

  • I would recommend this book to anyone who has read any Ellen Hopkins books or if you like books about overcoming suicidal thoughts.
  • There was nothing terribly awful about this book.
  • Very quick read because it is written in verse

SPOILER:

ENDING: One of the main characters cannot overcome his inner demons and commits suicide. I really liked this ending because it is very realistic showing us how not everyone is always able to move on.

— Claire, 9th grade

nasdaq:

The Holiday Season was the season for app downloads, according to this article from Fast Company.  There were a record-breaking 1.76 billion app downloads for iOS and Android during Christmas Week 2012.  That’s one for every four people on the planet!  

nasdaq:

The Holiday Season was the season for app downloads, according to this article from Fast Company.  There were a record-breaking 1.76 billion app downloads for iOS and Android during Christmas Week 2012.  That’s one for every four people on the planet!  

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thebeautyofsports:

Maxwell Fornah and Victor Musa Sierra Leone, April 6, 2006 The members of the Single Leg Amputee Sports Club of Sierra Leone chase for the ball in Freetown. A brutal civil war left more than 6,000 amputees in Sierra Leone. (via 100 Greatest Sports Photos of All Time - SI.com)

thebeautyofsports:

Maxwell Fornah and Victor Musa Sierra Leone, April 6, 2006 The members of the Single Leg Amputee Sports Club of Sierra Leone chase for the ball in Freetown. A brutal civil war left more than 6,000 amputees in Sierra Leone. (via 100 Greatest Sports Photos of All Time - SI.com)

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Teen Events at the Library This Month!

In the Teen Area this Month
Answer trivia questions for a chance at a $15 iTunes gift card!

Manga Club
Sunday, January 6, 1:30-3pm
Discuss manga, watch anime, draw, do crafts and make food, and learn about Japanese culture. Gr. 7-12.

Outliers Creative Writing Club
Monday, January 7, 5:30-7:30pm
Practice your writing, organize a magazine. Meet at NCHS in room 221 (non-New Canaan kids welcome!). Gr. 9-12.

Teen Advisory Board Meeting
Tuesday, January 8, 4-5pm
Plan programs, pick books, earn volunteer hours. Gr. 7-12.

Pizza and Pages
Wednesday, January 9, 6:30-7:30pm
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Gr. 6 & 7. Call 203-594-5002 to register.

Door to the Other World Paranormal Investigation
Saturday, January 12, 4:30-6:30pm
Our team of high school paranormal investigators will check the library for evidence of a ghostly presence in honor of the library building’s 100th anniversary. 

Teen Critics Book Group
Thursday, January 17, 6-7pm
Pizza and a discussion of an end of the world book of your choice. Zombie apocalypse, natural disaster, post-apocalyptic dystopian story — anything is fair game! Gr. 7-9.

Manga Club
Sunday, January 20, 1:30-3pm
Discuss manga, watch anime, draw, do crafts and make food, and learn about Japanese culture. Gr. 7-12.