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YA Book Review- Delirium by Lauren Oliver

In Lena’s future United States, love is considered a disease. It is blamed for all of the wars, illness, and hatred that humans have ever brought on themselves. This is why the government has come up with a “cure” that is supposed to prevent a person from experiencing love. It isn’t legal to administer the cure until the subject is 18, so Lena is waiting for her turn. She has an urgent need for the cure because of her family history: her mother committed suicide in the name of love. What Lena doesn’t realize is how much is going on beneath the surface of her little world and how much love still thrives. When she falls in love with a boy who was never cured, suddenly her urgent needs all center around him and she begins to realize just how terrible a world without love can be.

This book is beautifully written, full of intense moments, picks up with major action sequences towards the end, and really makes you think. I would say this book is great for almost anyone, especially romance readers, sci-fi- enthusiasts, and philosophers.  Additionally, this is the first book in a thrilling trilogy so keep an eye out for reviews of the next two volumes!

delirium

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YA Book Review- Jake, Reinvented by Gordon Korman

Jake Garrett is the new kid in town, and he’s taken Fitzgerald High by storm. The school year has barely started and he’s already a star football player who throws the craziest house parties anyone has ever seen. But who is he, where did he come from, and why is he bending over backwards to spend time with the quarterback’s girlfriend? Told from the perspective of high-schooler Rick, readers look on as Jake makes a huge impact on the town and things quickly spiral out of control.

This story is a re-write of the classic novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The author, famous for his sports-centric novels, takes a story originally set in the age of flappers and spins it to fit in a modern-day suburban high school. He takes great care to change things to fit the new setting, while keeping true to the elements of the original tale. Grab this up if you like new versions of old classics, high school drama, and football stories.

Jake Reinvented

YA Book Review- Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King

Vera’s friend Charlie has died and left a giant hole where his friendship used to be. Actually, the hole was there before he died, because he decided to ditch her for a new crowd a while before the tragic circumstances that caused his death. Vera and Charlie were inseparable, and probably even in love, although neither of them would ever discuss that. Even though she is trying to ignore her grief and move on with her life, something is gnawing at Vera to further investigate the situation that ended Charlie’s life. Is someone who hurt Vera so deeply worth the additional pain of investigating his death?

Pick this up if you like mysteries and John Green.

YA Book Review- The Best Night Of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando

This story takes place on the night of Oyster Point High’s Senior Week Scavenger Hunt. All of the seniors who want to participate get together in groups and meet up with the judges (last year’s winning team). There are two lists, each long and complicated, and every item gets a certain number of points. For Mary, this scavenger hunt is about a lot more than proving to her classmates that her team is the best- it’s about showing them she is more than just a goody-two-shoes brainiac. Which team will win…and how much does it really matter? Pick this up if you like fun and funny stories about senior year and growing up, or if you are a fan of crazy scavenger hunts!