Morristown & Morris Township Library TEENBOOKBLOG Morristown & Morris Township Library TEENBOOKBLOG RSS Feed Fri, 25 Apr 2014 07:45:58 GMT Carter Trilogy by Brent Crawford I reviewed <i>Carter Finally Gets It</i> a few years ago, but since then the stand alone novel has turned into a trilogy. If you're looking for wacky hijinx and laugh out loud moments with a side of bathroom humor, then look no further than the Carter Trilogy.<p>&nbsp;The first in the series, <em>Carter Finally Gets It</em>, takes place during Will Carter's freshman year of high school. He's awkward, hyperactive, and deals with a stutter. But he takes on life with a good sense of humor. Even when the school bully, Scary Terry, is planning to kill him.&nbsp;</p> <p>But he joins the football and actually does get around to talking to some girls, althought things don't work out with THE girl. But when do they ever?</p> <p>In <em>Carter's Big Break,</em> he finds himself working on a Disney-esque teen movie. He still has a lot of the same issues, but he's learning to overcome. Or ignore. Sometimes he likes to ignore his issues, but don't we all.</p> <p>And then in <em>Carter's Unfocused, One Track</em>, he's returned from his summer stint on the big screen to tackle his sophomore, so to speak.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you're looking for books that will make you laugh and make you feel like you're not the only loser in the whole world, then I would definitely tell you to give Carter a try. Recommended for anyone in 8th grade and up.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:00:00 GMT New books coming to the teen section this week! It's spring vacation and that means it's a great time to check out some reading material! Here's a short list of new books to keep in mind and reasons you might enjoy them.<p><em>To All the Boys I've Loved Before</em> by Jenny Han </p> <p>(She wrote <em>The Summer I Turned Pretty</em> trilogy and this one looks just as good.)</p> <p><em>Noggin</em> by John Corey Whaley</p> <p>(I&nbsp;dare you to look at the cover of this book and NOT&nbsp;be intrigued.)</p> <p><em>Far From You </em>by Tess Sharpe</p> <p>(The author is<a href=""> running a book giveaway</a> that seems to include two purple crayons.)</p> <p><em>Love Letters to the Dead</em> by Ava Dellaira</p> <p>(She did a twitter Q&amp;A&nbsp;recently that was awesome AND&nbsp;she's friends with Stephen Chbosky, author of <em>Perks of Being a Wallflower</em>.)</p> <p><em>Sunrise</em> by Mike&nbsp;Mullin</p> <p>(The third and final installment of the <em>Ashfall</em> triliogy.)</p> <p><em>The Here and Now</em> by Ann Brashares</p> <p>(THIS&nbsp;BOOK&nbsp;SOUNDS&nbsp;AMAZING! And pretty much the opposite of the<em> Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants</em>, which this author also wrote.)</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:00:00 GMT Review: The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe In honor of National Poetry Month AND National Autism Awareness Month, I bring to you <i>The Sound of Letting Go</i> a novel in verse about a girl named Daisy who has a brother, Steven, with autism.<p>Daisy Meehan has always been a GOOD&nbsp;girl. She gets home on time, watches her brother Steven whenever her mom needs a break, practices her trumpet, and never makes waves. </p> <p>But then her parents start having late night meetings in the kitchen with the door closed and Daisy figures they're getting divorced. She's aware of the statistics, how hard having an autistic child can be on marriages.</p> <p>While there's turmoil at home, Daisy focuses on things at school. There are two boys who have both caught her eye, quiet Cal on an exchange program from&nbsp;Ireland and Dave who she used to share jelly sandwiches with when they were kids. And she daydreams of going to a summer band program. </p> <p>It's a lot to juggle and Daisy does her best. Until she just can't anymore. Until her parents drop a bomb on her that has nothing to do with their marriage and everything she's always believed about <em>family.</em></p> <p>A light read on a difficult topic. Recommended for anyone in high school.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 04:00:00 GMT Contemporary Recommendations There are a lot of great books available in all different genres. But isn't it nice sometimes to read a book that happens in the real world, to real people? In case you need a break from the dystopian or supernatural, here's a list of contemporary fiction books.<p><em>Beginning of Everything</em> by Robyn Schneider</p> <p><em>This is What Happy Looks Like</em> by Jennifer E. Smith</p> <p><em>Eleanor &amp;&nbsp;Park</em> by Rainbow Rowell</p> <p><em>Just One Day</em> by Gayle Forman</p> <p><em>Get Well Soon</em> by Julie Halpern</p> <p><em>Anna and the French Kiss</em> by Stephanie Perkins</p> <p><em>Amy and Roger's Epic Detour</em> by Morgan Matson</p> <p><em>Wintergirls</em> by Laurie Halse Anderson</p> <p><em>Dairy Queen</em> by Catherine Gilbert Murdock</p> <p><em>My Life Next Door</em> by Huntley Fitzpatrick</p> <p><em>Me and Earl and the Dying Girl</em> by Jesse Andrews</p> <p><em>The Boyfriend List</em> by E. Lockhart</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 04:00:00 GMT Review: Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt Haiku Review: <p>Jonah made a lot of<br /> assumptions about Brighton<br /> Can one night change them?</p><p>&nbsp;Confession: I love movies, TV show episodes, but especially books, that all happen in a 24 hours period. I have a soft spot for them immediately. And that's what drew me towards <em>Bright Before Sunrise</em>.</p> <p>I also love books where the characters alternate points of view each chapter. I love how it gives you a full, round understanding of their motivations, even when they're getting everything wrong.</p> <p>And I love books that take place within the weeks before high school graduation. It's a seriously awesome time, where nothing really matters, but everything feels <em>important </em>and<em> meaningful.</em></p> <p>So really, I was predisposed to like <em>Bright Before Sunrise</em>. It would have had to had major flaws for me not to like it. But I felt like it had everything I was looking for in a book. Laughs, tears, family dynamics, miscommunication, all on top of the three things I listed above.&nbsp;</p> <p>It's the story of Brighton and Jonah, who by all means should never even appear in each other's social circles. Brighton is the most popular girl in school, and Jonah came in as a new senior halfway through the year and he pretty much refuses to even bother with a social circle. Brighton keeps hounding him about volunteer activities and he assumes it's because he's her charity case. The reality is that she's going for a school record, 100% participation from all students in at least one volunteer activity. And Jonah is basically the last one she needs to get involved.</p> <p>I could go on and on summarizing this book, but I'm going to stop here and say that I know it's only March, but theres' a really good chance this will end up being one of my favorites books of 2014.</p> <p>Highly recommended for anyone in high school.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 04:00:00 GMT