Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes
"It's a really interesting story following Karl's senior year. He is part of a therapy group that contains the most exciting people. Every character has an interesting story line that will keep you reading. I highly recommend it!"
-Emma Himes '17
You Don't Know Me but You Don't Like Me by Nathan Rubin
"Nathan Rubin describes his time while traveling with two eccentric fan bases, Phish Phans and Insane Clown Posse's Juggalos. He is on a wild ride exploring the need for community and what makes a story fan base survive."
-Evelyn O'Byrne '15
Bronstein's Children by Jurek Becker
"Bronstein's Children is about the son of a Jewish survivor from World War II who holds his former torturer captive in his summer house. It's about guilt and how one judges and deals with crimes that loved ones committed. The controversial questions the author is dealing with fascinated me a lot and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in WWII or moral dilemmas."
-Vicky Schmidtmayr '16
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
"While containing mystery, this novel shows how love and lust can affect every decision made by a person. With the main character suffering memory loss, we see how her memories help her solve a mystery that started with money and ended with her."
-Lekem Amsal '17
Confessions: The Private School Murders by James Patterson
"The Private School Murders is a series that tells the story of Tandy Angel, an upper class student living in Manhattan, who solves multiple crimes going on around her. It is entertaining and always keeps you wanting to turn the page!"
-Siobhan Kiernan '17
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
"If you're looking for a teen love story between two misfits, Eleanor & Park is the book for you! Follow Eleanor, a chubby redhead, and Park, a biracial boy, through their bond of comics and music. Watch as their relationship builds and falls apart."
-Julia Bonadonna '16
Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese, published in 2006, has won a multitude of awards since. The graphic novel tells the stories of a Monkey King, a second-generation Chinese immigrant struggling to fit in, and a teenager burdened with his stereotypically Chinese cousin, Chin-Kee. With an unexpected twist, the stories seamlessly come together in the end.
American Born Chinese was an easy read; this, however, did not take away from its intricate plot. The stories were not only entertaining but also taught a valuable lesson about staying true to your roots. This is prevalent in today's society since most teenagers are so desperate to fit in, but with comedic relief, American Born Chinese remedies this with its lesson.--Jules Almazar '16
"[This book] is complicated and suspenseful (and has a completely unexpected ending!)." -Kristina Soltesz '14
"It is so great because you have no idea who is murdering everyone. You are in the dark for the entire book, and it keeps you on your toes!" -Ellie Brown '17
"[I like] And Then There Were None because there were people and then Lombard and Vera are like, 'Whoa, where'd all the people go?'" -Emmet Teran '14
"[I] got to learn about each character [and the] different stories for each. [I] couldn't figure it out, [and] it challenged me." -Jules Almazar '16
"I absolutely love this book. I was stunned by the relationship between Clay and Jensen. Who whou'dve thought she would be a reason why she committed suicide?" -Christopher Campbell '16
"Maximum Ride is an amazing story about a group of teenagers who have two extra limbs--wings, to be precise." -Charles Loomis '17
"I love Agatha Christie so much--she's probably my favorite author ever. I was so engaged throughout the whole book!" -Maahnoor Shah '16
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee:
A lawyer's children, Jem and Scout Finch, venture through the hardships of the Twentieth Century, and they learn important life lessons, such as the importance of judging people based on their outside characteristics.
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen:
Remy has had her fair share of boyfriends and is about ready to give up, when she meets someone she just can't seem to dump.
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen:
Macy's summer is all carefully planned out for her: she would study for SATs and help her mother with her luxury development. She does not expect, however, to meet a very special person.
Recommended by Samantha O'Donoghue '17
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