Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie
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by Merry Mao
1M ago
All of us have a little bit of romance in our hearts. Ophelia has a lot. Ophelia Rojas is sure of herself and knows what she likes. She loves roses, hence the cover of the novel. She also loves her boyfriend, Cuban food, and her best friends. Ophelia feels like she has the perfect life, however, just when everything seems to be going well, her life unravels. Ophelia is a relatable character. On the outside, she is a normal, confident, happy, teenage girl. Inside, she doesn’t really know who she is or what she wants. Teen life presents itself with so many uncertainties, and it can be hard to d ..read more
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All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir
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by Merry Mao
1M ago
Misbah can be described in many ways, but mainly as a dreamer. Recently, she has been placed in an arranged marriage with her now husband Toufiq. They call Pakistan home, but when life gets crazy, they decide to move to the United States. Although the couple is in an arranged marriage, they do a good job at making the best of it and looking to the bright side, even when it is hard. In the United States, they open the Cloud’s Rest Inn Motel for a new start. Juniper, California is where best friends Salahudin and Noor reside. They consider themselves more than just friends, they are truly famil ..read more
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How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox
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by Merry Mao
7M ago
How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox surrounds the protagonist, Elizabeth. She just lives her life, going to school and back, doing her work, talking to her mom, and talking to her dad. As she seemingly makes her way through the everyday life of a young girl growing up. She faces regular normal challenges, things are hard but one can overcome anything with enough thinking. It just so happens that her thinking comes in the form of talking to her dad for his opinion. If she asks or not she’ll get a quick response or comment from her dad. Starting all the way from birth she always got along quite ..read more
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That’s NOT What Happened by Kody Keplinger
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by Merry Mao
7M ago
That’s NOT What Happened by Kody Keplinger is a story about truths and tragedies. Along with topics such as mental health and school shootings. A girl named Sarah died in a school shooting at Virgil County High School. Her friend LeeAnn was in the same bathroom there when it happened. Sarah was glorified and adored after the tragic event occurred. Notably, she was found next to a cross necklace. From this everyone then assumed she died defending her faith. Lee, who was there that day, knows differently. This is a title that encourages everyone to speak their truth and their perspective. Impor ..read more
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What Happened to Rachel Riley? by Claire Swinarski
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by Merry Mao
7M ago
Rachel Riley was incredibly popular at East Middle School less than a year ago. Now, she sits alone at lunch, and people are scared to hear her name. Anna, a new student, is determined to find out what happened to Rachel, especially since nobody will talk to her about it. What starts as a relatively harmless investigation soon spirals off into a rabbit hole of questions. And as Anna uncovers what ostracized Rachel in the first place, she realizes that it is still going on at East Middle School, and that she and Rachel might be the only ones brave enough to stop it. This story is conveyed thro ..read more
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My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
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by Merry Mao
7M ago
This unnamed narrator’s year was anything but relaxing. Following the untimely deaths of her parents and disillusionment in her career, a young wealthy New Yorker begins to hoard prescription medications in an attempt to sleep for an entire year. Deeply profound and funny, this novel strives to answer the question of how to stay alive when life seems futile. Moshfegh leads the reader on an engrossing journey of nihilism through the eyes of an sympathetic addict who, at first sight, seems to have everything. Captivating and poignant, this story will make you look at life with a clearer lens. B ..read more
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Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
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by Merry Mao
7M ago
Regretting You by Colleen Hoover is a powerful and emotional novel. Morgan and Clara, a mother and daughter, struggle to learn how to cope with a sudden loss. Throughout their journey together, secrets they’ve kept from one another are revealed. Readers can only wonder what led to their loss, and the questions that it created. This novel shows not only how grief can bring those together, but tear those apart.  By Teen Reviewer, Cassidy *This book is located in our adult collection and recommended for our older teens-adults ..read more
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Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover
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by Merry Mao
7M ago
Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover is an emotional and captivating novel that follows a young woman, Beyah Grims. Beyah has dealt with more trauma than most at her age, the trauma she’s endured has shaped her personality and worldview. Little does Beyah know how her summer is going to end up. After having to go stay with her dad she hasn’t seen in years, she meets the boy next door, Samson. Not only does she discover secrets about her own family, but Samson too. Readers looking for a powerful and thought-provoking novel, Heart Bones is for them.  By Teen Reviewer, Cassidy *This book is locate ..read more
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Not That Rich by Belinda Lei
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by Merry Mao
7M ago
I found this book to be very relevant as it spoke to the stress and overwhelming feelings circling college admissions. The school attended by students in the book is extremely prestigious and everyone is constantly competing with each other. Some are worried that they wont get into their dream school, while others are worried about loosing their friends. Their perception of a “problem” is constantly being thrown around and inflated. Juggling senior year and applying to college is a different experience for these privileged kids. Yet being privileged comes with its own challenges as well.  ..read more
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Summer Island By Shelley Noble
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by Merry Mao
7M ago
Phoebe finds out who her real family is when she is hit with multiple tragedies at once. She leaves her fiance and looses her job only to return home to divorced parents. She has little hope in her future. She finds comfort in the idea of spending time with her grandma at a trendy island. On this island she finds new company. The circle she forms causes her to find a new source of happiness, sadness and all other emotions. Essentially she is starting over and navigating through this “new life”. By Teen Reviewer, Sarisha ..read more
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