Book Review – The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn

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Book: The Bar Code Tattoo

Author: Suzanne Weyn

Series Number: 1 of 3

Length of Book: 250 Pages, 28 Chapters

Theme: Future, Futuristic, Conspiracy, Government, Mental Illnesses, Telepathy.

Personal Review: This book was overall… okay. I found it hard to get into, and some of it was a little hard to go along with, just because it was kind of boring. The main problem with this book seemed to be that it was, like, trying a little too hard. That’s just my personal opinion, though. It’s definitely an easy read, though.

Summary: Teenager Kayla has a dream. She wants to become a famous artist, live in a rich home, and have a happy life. That dream won’t be very easy for her to succeed, though. First she is told that she can’t get into the art colleges she wants too, then the mysterious ‘Bar Code Tattoo’ everyone is getting causes her family trouble. It’s supposed to be a credit card of sorts. An identification card. But on your body. It’s weird, and it’s tearing her family apart. But she doesn’t know why, or how!

Time it took me to read it: About 2 weeks, but I definitely wasn’t reading it often. I was busy with exams.

Do I recommend it?: I recommend it for some people who have trouble reading, since it was more of an easy read. It was nothing special to me, though.

Age Recommendation: 12-16

Rating: 4/10

Book Review – Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Book: Twisted

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

Series Number: Not a series.

Length of Book: 250 Pages, 78 Chapters

Theme: Depression, False Accusations, Bullying, Rape, Suicide, Teenage Boys, Sex, Self Harm

Personal Review: I got this book because I had heard of the author before. She wrote the book called “Speak”, a book my sister had read when I was little. Once I started reading the book, two people told me that the book is “Really messed up.” I didn’t find it to be messed up, it had minor rape references, a bit of self harm, and a lot of talking of suicide, so if you’re not into that this wouldn’t be the best book for you. It was perfect for me, though. I liked it, It slightly grabbed me in and kept me reading, but like, I wasn’t dying to read it while I was doing my school work. It was okay, a good read, but not the best I’ve ever read, you know? Maybe I’m thinking that way because I just read an amazing book before this, though.

Summary: Tyler used to be a typical loser. Small and scrawny. Weak. Unnoticed, unless he was being made fun of. No one cared about him. But he was going to change that! After, well, breaking the law, and totally getting caught, his rep actually went up a bit. Then after working all year he got tanned and tough, and people were actually noticing him! Including, wait for it, Bethany Milbury. The hottest girl in school. And she was noticing Tyler! But after a party where everyone got  drunk, and being framed for compromising pictures of a girl.. just what will happen to Tyler?

Time it took me to read it: Two days.

Do I recommend it?: Yes, but not to anyone who’s iffy with suicide, self harm, rape, and junk like that. This book may be a touchy subject for some.

Age Recommendation: 15+

Rating: 5.5/10

Book Review – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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Book: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Author: Stephen Chbosky

Series Number: Not a Series.

Length of Book: 213 Pages, 4 Parts, & Epilogue

Theme: Suppressed Memories, Mental disorders, Rape, Drugs, Drinking, High School Life

Personal Review: Wow. All I can say is just… wow. This book changed me, I think. It was life changing, really. This was one of the best books I’ve ever read, and it was just… just… wow. I picked up this book after hearing about the movie (I always like to read the book before seeing the movie) and after reading it in a day, I cried at the end. This book made me giggle, smile, tear up, get angry, and cry. It made me feel. It actually made me feel. More than any other book, too. This… this was something. This was a feeling I’ve never felt before, in my entire life. It was truly an outstanding book.

Summary: Follow Charlie’s letters to you as he heads to his first year of high school. He has a lot of firsts this year, actually. His first best friends, his first cigarette, his first time getting high, his first time drinking. His first love. Charlie is an awkward individual, and his mind works different than others, but you may find yourself connecting to him in ways you never could of thought. Through tears, sweat, and vomit, Charlie grows and learns new things in this exciting and terrifying life. Maybe he’ll even learn his very own deep dark secret.

Time it took me to read it: A day of reading in all my classes.

Do I recommend it?: Yes, a thousand times yes! This book grabbed me in and would not let me go, I couldn’t set it down. It tugged my heartstrings, too.

Age Recommendation: 15/16+

Rating: 10/10

 

Book Review – Don’t Look Behind You by Lois Duncan

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Book: Don’t Look Behind You

Author: Lois Duncan

Series Number: Not a Series

Length of Book: 176 Pages, 18 Chapters & Epilogue

Theme: Witness Protection Program, Murder, Hitman, Life Changing

Personal Review: I got this book since I read another book by Lois Duncan and liked it so much. I found it a little hard to get into the book at first, but it could’ve just been my mood. I found the book was good, but only twice did I find myself actually suspenseful in the moment. It wasn’t the best from Lois Duncan, but that could be just because I prefer paranormal books, and the last I read from her was just that. Overall, a good book, but not very grabbing.

Summary: Alice Corrigan’s life it about to change. Literally. No, you don’t understand, her father is shot at and is holding important information, and she literally has to change who she is, everything about her, even give up her long beautiful locks and loose connection to her loving boyfriend as she and her family are put in the witness protection program. She is sent across the country and into a new town full of new people. It’s utterly terrible. Will they ever get back to their home town? Will they ever be safe?

Do I recommend it?: Yes, I do! It was an easy read, but not very grabbing. I did get a little confused at parts. It took me about three hours to read.

Age Recommendation: 14-18

Rating: 5/10

 

 

 

Book Review – The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

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Book: The Future of Us

Author: Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

Series Number: Not a Series

Length of Book: 356 Pages, 65 Chapters

Theme: Facebook, Future, Time Travel, Romance, Marriage,

Personal Review: When I grabbed this book at school, the bell was about to ring. I saw the morris code on the cover, and thought, ‘Oh, this must be about technology!’ Technology is cool, I love computers, so I got it. Once I read the description, I actually thought I’d hate it. It takes place back in the 1960’s, they talk about Windows 95 and CD-ROMs, now that I think about it, how did that sound bad at all? Once I got into the book I couldn’t put it down. I loved the way the characters were written, and oh GOD, I wanted them to fall in love so badly. The story was interesting, new, and modern, and it was like, sci fi, but not TOO sci fi. Just enough to still be a little girly and have lots of Romance.

Summary: When Emma gets a new computer with Windows 95 (Wow, modern!) her friend Josh visits her, giving her a CD-ROM he got in the mail. Once the two sign onto Aol, they see an odd page in the favorites list. Facebook. But wait, Emma and Josh are in the 1960’s! But this website? No, it’s taking place 15 years in the future. And every little thing Emma and Josh do changes their future lives! Oh, and hey, what’s going on with Josh and Emma’s feelings for each other?

Do I recommend it?: Yes, of course! I loved this book. The story was new and modern, and the book was fresh and full of emotional drama. Just like high school. The book was an easy read for me, I read it in two days. It was a little long, but the words were simple.

Age Recommendation: 15+

Rating: 7/10

Book Review – Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan

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Book: Down a Dark Hall

Author: Lois Duncan

Series Number: Not a Series

Length of Book: 181 Pages, 19 Chapters

Theme: Thriller, Paranormal, Ghosts, Art

Personal Review: I ended up picking this book just by finding it in the school library without having any idea of how good it would be. I have never really read a thriller before, so I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. It was an easy read though, and only took me a day. I had only found out while I was halfway through the book that Lois Duncan had written the book ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ that has a movie based off of it. And now I have just found that this author has also written the book ‘Killing Mr.Griffin’ that I have heard about in middle school. Overall an easy read, not the best ending, not very scary, but not bad!

Summary: In the book ‘Down a Dark Hall’ a young 14 year old girl named Kit, or, Kathyrn, is sent to a new boarding school in the middle of no where while her mother and stepfather go on their honeymoon. But… when she first arrives at the huge dark and terrifying place, she can only think of one word. Evil. Something about this place doesn’t settle right with her, and soon she starts having weird nightmares. She wakes with her fingers aching, and feeling like she hadn’t slept at all. Will she find out just what is so ‘evil’ about this place? Will she make it out, dare I say, alive?

Do I recommend it?: Yes, I do! It was a good book. Not the best I’ve ever read, but good. The writing style was nice, and the word choice was simple. It was a easy read to me, and I don’t have outstanding reading skills.

Age Recommendation: 12-16 Years of Age.

 

Book Review – The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

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Book Name: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Author: Carrie Ryan

Series Number: 1

Length of Book: 309 Pages, 36 Chapters

Theme: Romance, Post Apocalyptic, Zombies

Review: I absolutely adored this book. I found it after I got into The Walking Dead, and the post apocalyptic-ness about it drew me in. When I started to read it, I didn’t even know it was about Zombies! In this book, they call the zombies ‘Unconsecrated’, which means not holy, impure, or defiled. This story takes place after ‘The Return’, or, the zombie apocalypse. But it’s not what you’d expect. No, this takes place years after The Return, so long that people don’t remember much about it, like what happened, what the world was before, or even the ocean. The ocean is a myth to main character Mary believes in to no end. But she can’t visit it, for she is locked inside a forest. Not just any forest, but the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But the unconsecrated are not the only problem. She is also in love with a boy that is promised to someone else. Will she ever leave her small town, where everyone must follow the rules of the nun like sisters? Will she escape, and find the ocean? Will her forbidden love work out? Or, will the Unconsecrated find their way into their town and kill them all?

Recommendation: This book has become one of my favorites, and I have already recommended it to all my friends. It gets a little… sensual at times, so I do recommend it to teenagers to adults.