Student Reviews


We Read to Know that We Are Not Alone

Are you stumped as to what you should read next? We now have a separate page for book reviews. These reviews are completed by students and some great books are recommended. Reading book reviews is a great way to become familiar with what we have available on-site.

Writing reviews is important to the success of your fellow students. Often times, a book recommendation by peers can become a student’s favorite book. If there is a book you have recently read, that is available here and would like to review, please talk to Mrs. Gordon in the library. We look forward to seeing reviews from as many students possible this year!



Skin-and-BonesSkin and Bones by Sherry Shahan     4stars

Skin and Bones is about a boy with anorexia named Jack who is sent to a hospital to recover. While there, he meets a boy names Lard. As in big-fat-tub-of-lard. That’s what he calls himself anyway. He is a chronic-overeater who turns to cooking to curb the hunger. Jack is christened Bones. Bones meets one other anorexic patient besides himself. The patient is a girl. He instantly falls in love. She claims to be recovering. But will that really last long?

The thing I liked most about this book is that is shows real situations, real people. It doesn’t sensor things that need to be said. This book is eye-opening and inspiring. Unlike most books, this actually taught me some things, helped me to not take things for granted so often. I loved that it discussed real problems and disorders like bulimia, anorexia, and chronic over-eating. It isn’t that often that you find a books about a boy with anorexia. That makes this book unique. I absolutely LOVED Skin and Bones.

Review by Emma Roberts, 7th Grade



Popular_comp9.inddPopular by Maya Van Wagenen     5stars

Popular is about eleven year-old Maya Van Wagenen who finds a book on how to become popular. She decides to conduct an experiment to see what exactly popular is and if anyone, even her geeky self, can be popular. Not only does this book give lots of tips on everyday things, but it gives you an idea about how false popularity is.

For me, the story was very personal because she sounded like she was me. It’s very good if you’re an outcast and know what it feels like to sit alone outside. It will open your eyes to what is real and what we make up. All in all, I loved Popular and I would recommend it to every girl in the school.

Review by Katherine Burris, 8th Grade



Lola and the Boy Next DoorLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins     5stars

Lola Nolan is just a girl who likes to costume. “What’s the point of life if you can’t be different people?” She lives at home with her dad in an old Victorian neighborhood. Everything is good in life – her 22 year-old boyfriend, her friendships, everything. This is until the boy next door returns – Cricket Bell. He didn’t come alone either; Calliope Bell – the Olympic gold medalist in figure skating – and their whole family moved back. Lola now has to either move on from her history with the nasty Calliope Bell and her first love, Cricket, or trip and figure her own feelings out.

I, personally, loved Lola and the Boy Next Door. She does a great job characterizing Lola. All of the characters are well put together, from Max to Norah. Perkins’ book also has its moments of boredom, as does every book. But overall, Lola and the Boy Next Door is a fantastic contemporary novel.

Review by Jolynn Charter, 8th Grade



scarlet-marissa-meyerScarlet (Book #2 of The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer     5stars

Scarlet starts off with a young woman searching for her missing grandmother. While searching, she meets a street fighter who has connections and clues to her grandmother’s disappearance.

There are many things I liked about Scarlet, but my favorite thing is Scarlet and Wolf’s relationship. They both love each other, but they argue, fight, and disagree. Doing those things strengthens their relationship. Wolf has intense loyalty to Scarlet and protects her at any cost. Scarlet would do anything for Wolf, even risk her own life. One thing, however, that I didn’t like is how Cinder is mocked and framed while trying to save Kai’s life and is ridiculed by people who don’t know the true information.

Review written by Tayler Powell, 8th Grade



Pennyroyal AcademyPennyroyal Academy  by M.A. Larson     2stars

A girl who lived in a forest long enough to forget her own name arrives in a kingdom with a knight in training. She joins the Pennyroyal Academy where she’s given the name “Evie” and learns how to be a princess. Remington, the aspiring knight, spends the entire book saving Evie from witches she was taught to fight.

This is obviously a book for elementary students. There are quite a few interesting ideas in the book that sadly go to waste. The few that are explored are completely destroyed  by a soft-pedaled ending. It was a disappointment because the premise is cool. There are evil witches and only trained, strong princesses can effectively fight them. However, the books show very little of how the princesses virtues actually defeat the witches. The main twist was something I saw coming after the first chapter. The transitions were horrible; the chapter would build up to a climactic moment, then the next chapter would start and the moment ended with a two sentence resolution. Though the story line was decent, it quickly faded under choppy writing, boring characterization, and constant clichés with loads of predictability.

Review by Ashley Hale, 8th Grade



Pennyroyal AcademyPennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson     4stars

A girl is in the forest with no name and no idea where she is. All that is keeping her going is a letter from a school called Pennyroyal Academy. She arrives at the academy with a knight in training that also got a letter to the academy. At the academy, she is taught how to be a princess. She also makes friends and enemies there. She learns about a war between princesses and witches, what a witch’s strengths and weaknesses are, and what it takes to be a true princess.

Personally, I think that the book was written at a fifth or sixth grade level. I think the story was good, but in some places there was too much detail and in others there is too little detail. I enjoyed the unexpected twists in the story. Also, I liked how certain characters I felt I could relate to and see how I would react in their situation. I think that there should be two more books in the series.

Review by Emily Doorack, 8th Grade



ugliesUglies by Scott Westerfeld     5stars

Uglies is about a girl named Tally who struggles to have the life-changing operation from Ugly to Pretty. But a girl along the way named Shay may change her perspective forever. Shay doesn’t want to become Pretty, so she runs away. People are tracking her down and questioning Tally on her whereabouts. Will she give up Shay’s secret to become Pretty or will she keep Shay’s secret and stay Ugly forever?

I loved this book because it had in-depth emotions that I (and any teenager) could relate to. The fantasy of being perfect and all of this cool technology appealed to me. The suspense at the end was so unbearable that I couldn’t put my book down. This is a must-read dystopian series!

Review by Leia Asp, 8th Grade



One Response to Student Reviews

  1. Nathan asp says:

    middle school rotten luck it is about a boy how has bad luck his name is kachum gordan
    he plays foot ball but he is very bad at it he dose not want to be him any more he even likes to make comics he says he is not good (ps he is good at it no mater what!) if you want to now more read the book middle school rotten luck.

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