Morristown & Morris Township Library TEENBOOKBLOG http://www.jfpl.org Morristown & Morris Township Library TEENBOOKBLOG RSS Feed Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:52:00 GMT Book Review: Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts http://www.jfpl.org/teens/polBlogs.cfm?doc_id=25652 Poor Zac and Mia. Not only are they teens with cancer, but readers are going to compare their story to <i>The Fault In Our Stars.</i> In my opinion they're much different, but not everyone is going to see it that way.<p><em>Zac and Mia</em> is definitely reminiscent of <em>The Fault In Our Stars</em>. I've seen people go so far as to say that it was plagiarized. That's a pretty serious accusation, and for the record, <em>Zac and Mia</em> was published in Australia around the same time as <em>TFIOS</em> and therefore was definitely NOT plagiarized. It's only just now made it's way to the US.</p> <p>Now that we have that out of the way, let's get on with the review. Zac is a nice guy, trying to keep a smile on his face as he goes through his cancer treatment. Mia is the girl on the other side of his wall from his hospital room. They start a friendship based on note passing and message tapping.&nbsp;</p> <p>When Zac leaves the hospital, he never expects Mia to show up there several months later. But she's on the run from her mom and needs a place to crash.</p> <p>This is a great (sad) story told in alternating points of view. Though not quite <em>TFIOS</em> sad, for the record. I love the family dynamics in it and I love the setting. It will make you think. Definitely recommended to anyone in high school who hasn't had their fill of cancer stories yet.</p> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.jfpl.org/teens/polBlogs.cfm?doc_id=25652 Coming soon to the teen collection! http://www.jfpl.org/teens/polBlogs.cfm?doc_id=25631 Keep an eye out for these new titles to be added during the next few weeks. If you're looking for something new, then this is the list for you!<p><em>I'll Give You the Sun</em> by Jandy Nelson</p> <p><em>Heir of Fire </em>by Sarah J. Maas (sequel to Throne of Glass)</p> <p><em>Anatomy of a Misfit</em> by Andrea Portes</p> <p><em>The Infinite Sea</em> by Rick Yancey (sequel to <em>The Fifth Wave</em>)</p> <p><em>Zac &amp; Mia</em> by A.J. Betts</p> <p><em>Falling Into Place</em> by Amy Zhang</p> <p><em>Made for You</em> by Melissa Marr</p> <p><em>Sway</em> by Kat Spears</p> <p><em>Vault of Dreamers</em> by Caragh O'Brien</p> <p><em>Unfriended</em> by Rachel Vail</p> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.jfpl.org/teens/polBlogs.cfm?doc_id=25631 Book Review: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson http://www.jfpl.org/teens/polBlogs.cfm?doc_id=25630 <p>Haiku Review:<br /> I don't know what to<br /> say about this book. But you<br /> NEED TO READ IT NOW.</p><p>I'll Give You the Sun is a story told in alternating viewpoints at two different times. It's about a pair of fraternal twins. Jude tells the story from when the twins are 16 and Noah, her brother, tells the story from when they're 13 going on 14.&nbsp;</p> <p>While from the outside it looks like a story about a family dealing with loss and sadness, this book has so many layers that I couldn't help but fall down the rabbit hole. I&nbsp;worried and wondered why their mom was acting so weird during the Noah viewpoints, and really felt for Jude during the later chapters when she couldn't figure out why all of her art projects kept getting destroyed.</p> <p>As I'm trying to summarize this story, I'm struck once again by the sheer depth of the story, all of its twists and turns and revelations. I thought I had it all figured out, but even then there were so many surprises. The supporting characters are interesting and enigmatic, the twins' parents are flawed and realistic and frustrating. </p> <p>I actually listened to this book on a long car trip I&nbsp;took recently and it really left its mark. I still can't stop thinking about it.</p> <p>I&nbsp;would highly recommend it for anyone in high school who likes contemporary fiction with angst and still a little bit of whimsy thrown in for good measure.</p> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.jfpl.org/teens/polBlogs.cfm?doc_id=25630 Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith http://www.jfpl.org/teens/polBlogs.cfm?doc_id=25628 Looking for a light read that involves air travel, London, a wedding, a funeral, love, and messed up family dynamics? Then look no further than the <i>Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight</i>!<p>Hadley does not want to go to her dad's wedding in London. He and Hadley's mom split up a few years back and Hadley is without a doubt on her mom's side. When she misses her flight by a mere four minutes, she is almost relieved. But it doesn't mean she's going to get out of the wedding entirely.</p> <p>Instead she spends the hours in the airport chatting with a boy named Oliver, also on his way to London. They end up sitting next to each other on the flight, getting to know each other and telling each other more and more.</p> <p>Even though the whole story takes place in a 24 hour period, it has the slow build feel that I&nbsp;always look for in romances. The way Hadley and Oliver get together feels organic and unrushed, even if the time fram is short.</p> <p>Highly recommend for anyone in high school looking for a quick, contemporary romance read.</p> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.jfpl.org/teens/polBlogs.cfm?doc_id=25628 Book List: Road Trip Stories http://www.jfpl.org/teens/polBlogs.cfm?doc_id=25627 Just because school started doesn't mean you have to stay in one place. Join these characters for a road trip and see the world along with them!<p><em>Let's Get Lost</em> by Adi Alsaid</p> <p><em>Paper Towns </em>by John Green</p> <p><em>Amy and Roger's Epic Detour</em> by Morgan Matson</p> <p><em>Two Way Street </em>by Lauren Barnholdt</p> <p><em>Going Bovine</em> by Libba Bray</p> <p><em>The Disenchantments</em> by Nina LaCour</p> <p><em>You Are Here</em> by Jennifer E. Smith</p> <p><em>Don't Stop Now</em> by Julie Halpern</p> <p><em>Jerk, California</em> by Jonathan Friesen</p> <p><em>Open Road Summer</em> by Emery Lord</p> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.jfpl.org/teens/polBlogs.cfm?doc_id=25627