Very Large Expanse of Sea – Read It and Rate It
Huntley Area Public Library » Realistic Fiction
by YA Librarian
1w ago
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi Historical Fiction Realistic Fiction Romance Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) “A Very Large Expanse of Sea” tells the story of a teenage Muslim American girl dealing with racism and Islamophobia after 9/11. The story follows the protagonist, Shirin, and takes place in 2002. Shirin is tired of being stereotyped and is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She endures many comments as a result of her race, religion, and the hijab she wears every day. As an escape from the troubles of the world, Shirin spends her afternoons break-dancing with h ..read more
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Pie in the Sky – Read It and Rate It
Huntley Area Public Library » Realistic Fiction
by YA Librarian
2M ago
Pie in the Sky by Remi Lai Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) An adjusting eleven-year-old boy, Jingwen struggles to get used to his new home in Australia and deal with his annoying little brother Yanghao. Still trying to deal with the loss of his dad, Jingwen finds a way to cope by baking cakes with his father, just like his father used to make with him. With a heartfelt ending that will tug at your heartstrings. “Pie in the Sky” is a great pick. This book really highlights the struggles of being a new person in a new area. Dealing with the loss of a loved one is especiall ..read more
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Bad Romance – Read It and Rate It
Huntley Area Public Library » Realistic Fiction
by YA Librarian
2M ago
Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios Realistic Fiction Romance Thriller Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) This is personally my favorite book ever, and talks about how Grace always wants out of her small town and away from her controlling stepdad and mom who force her to clean. Gavin, a local rock star, seems like he can give her that. When they finally get together, though, he seems extremely toxic and Grace feels as though she cannot breathe, giving up her life goals to stay in the small town with Gavin. Will Gavin save her, or end up breaking her? I love that this book really highlights genu ..read more
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Well, That Was Unexpected – book review
Huntley Area Public Library » Realistic Fiction
by YA Librarian
4M ago
Well, That Was Unexpected by Jesse Q. Sutanto Funny Realistic Fiction Romance Rom-Com * * * * Stars (Great!) Sharlot and George find themselves at the center of a teenage rom-com entirely fabricated by their well-meaning parents, after each is discovered in an embarrassing sexual situation. To get some distance from her boyfriend, Sharlot is whisked off to Indonesia where her mother creates an online dating profile for her and starts exchanging messages with “George.” George’s little sister Eleanor and his father are worried that he’s attracted to weird stuff and are determined to find him a r ..read more
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D&D Dungeon Club: Roll Call – book review
Huntley Area Public Library » Realistic Fiction
by YA Librarian
6M ago
D&D Dungeon Club: Roll Call by Molly Knox Ostertag and Xanthe Bouma Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction * * * Stars (Pretty good) Jess and Olivia have been best friends for a long time and have been playing D&D together for much of that time. Now that they’re in 8th grade, Olivia has a plan to start a D&D club at school and bring in other folks to join the campaign. Jess is NOT on board with that at all. She feels that their game world is a special place just for them. When Tyler joins their group, Jess is initially VERY hostile toward him, but discovers that the game is actually more ..read more
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What the Hex – book review
Huntley Area Public Library » Realistic Fiction
by YA Librarian
6M ago
What the Hex? Witches of Brooklyn bk #2 by Sophie Escabasse Fantasy Graphic Novel Mystery Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Effie is miffed because her friend Berrit made a new friend over winter break and has been completely ignoring her. It’s hard to compete with Garance, who is cool and French and a great artist. Everyone else seems to like her a lot. These sorts of mundane concerns are distracting Effie from her magical studies, but she gets pulled in again when she learns about the new problem her aunts are working on. They host a gathering of witches from the area and one of them ..read more
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Mars One – book review
Huntley Area Public Library » Realistic Fiction
by YA Librarian
6M ago
Mars One by Jonathan Maberry Realistic Fiction Romance Science Fiction * * * Stars (Pretty good) Tristan and his family are part of the Mars One mission – something they signed up for as a family a long time ago. They’ll be among the first colonists to go to Mars. And when they do, they’ll be leaving Earth and all of its entanglements behind forever. Tristan will have to leave his friends, and most particularly his girlfriend, Izzy (Isolde). Although they’ll be able to send messages, it won’t be the same, and they’re both resigned to it, knowing things can’t last forever. That might be tolerab ..read more
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Amy’s Big Brother – book review
Huntley Area Public Library » Realistic Fiction
by YA Librarian
6M ago
Amy’s Big Brother by BonHyung Jeong Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction * * * Stars (Pretty good) In this companion novel to “Kyle’s Little Sister,” we meet Amy’s big brother, Andrew. He thinks his little sister is super annoying (she is always in his business) and is thrilled that they’re going to different schools now that he’s in middle school. Andrew’s main love is basketball, until he meets Hannah. Now she’s all he can think about! Other people start to notice his crush, and then their friends sort of orchestrate things so that Andrew has to fess up to his feelings and ask her out. Hannah say ..read more
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Pearl of the Sea – book review
Huntley Area Public Library » Realistic Fiction
by YA Librarian
6M ago
Pearl of the Sea by Anthony Silverston, Raffaella Delle Donna, and Willem Samuel Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction Tween * * * * Stars (Great!) Pearl lives in a small seaside town that’s experiencing an economic downturn. Everyone is looking for work, and Pearl’s dad is trying to make ends meet working in restaurants, which just aren’t making a profit. He’s about to throw in the towel and move them out to the city, but Pearl finds a way to bring in extra cash using her diving skills to fish/collect (illegally) for poachers. She discovers an underwater restricted zone on one of her dives and rele ..read more
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Curlfriends – book review
Huntley Area Public Library » Realistic Fiction
by YA Librarian
6M ago
Curlfriends: New in Town by Sharee Miller Graphic novel Realistic Fiction Tween * * * Stars (Pretty good) Charlie has lived all over the world as a military brat, but now that her dad is changing careers, the family has settled down in the same town where her folks grew up, and Charlie is looking forward to starting over at her new middle school. She studies fashion magazines for ideas and puts together a new look for herself, and tries to hide all of the things about herself that she thinks other kids won’t like or be accepting of. It’s a faulty strategy that just introduces more awkwardness ..read more
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