Young-Adult Book Reviews

The Girl On The Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
          Honestly? I can't really tell if I like this book. The story is very interesting, but all the characters are bad people. There isn't really someone you are rooting for... there are only people who you are rooting against. Its creepy, weird and mysterious, but the story draws you in. You will find yourself getting excited when Rachel comes close to solving the case and frustrated when the clues that she finds don't work out. Hawkins makes you believe one thing is right and then turns around and shows you that the opposite is true. This was an interesting read, but I'm not sure if I recommend it or not.

         Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She looks forward to it. She's even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life--as she sees it--is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

Until today
And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

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The Lovely Bones 

Author: Alice Sebold

Ok. I hope this isn't super disappointing...But I'm not going to write a whole review on this book. I started reading it and at first, it was sort of interesting...but I don't really like creepy stories, and this one was really creepy. Frankly, I thought this book was repetitive, although I can't really review it properly because I didn't have the willpower to finish it. I just really don't like creepy stories. If you like scary, creepy stuff, maybe you should try this book, I just didn't like it. Sorry :(


        When we first meet Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. As she looks down from this strange new place, she tells us, in the fresh and spirited voice of a fourteen-year-old girl, a tale that is both haunting and full of hope.

In the weeks following her death, Susie watches life continuing without her--her school friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her family holding out hope that she'll be found, her killer trying to cover his tracks. As months pass without leads,Susie sees her parents' marriage being contorted by loss, her sister hardening herself in an effort to stay strong, and her little brother trying to grasp the meaning of the word gone.

And she explores the place called heaven. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good king of swing sets. There are counselors to help newcomers and friends to room with. Everything she ever wanted appears as soon as she thinks of it--except the thing she wants most: to be back with the people she loved on Earth.

With compassion, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie sees her loved ones pass through grief and begin to mend. Her father embarks on a risky quest to ensnare her killer. Her sister undertakes a feat of remarkable daring. And the boy Susie cared for moves on, only to find himself at the center of a miraculous event. 

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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Author: Stieg Larsson

Review Coming Soon


​         Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.

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