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The Teen Review

Check out these reviews written by teens in Marathon County!

Started in 2008 as part of the Teen Summer Program (as "The Metamorphosis Review"), MCPL's "The Teen Review" accepted and published reviews of books and other media from area teenagers through 2020. Review submissions are no longer accepted at this time. The following reviews are maintained for archival purposes.

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"The Mountain Between Us" by Charles Martin

★★ Stranded in the wilderness of Utah, two strangers struggle to survive and grow to depend upon—even love—each other while helping the other get over their emotional baggage. How the author sets up the situation is ridiculous and pretty implausible, but I don’t mind that as much as the boring writing and weird romance. When Martin writes, his sentences all...

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"Blankets" by Craig Thompson

★★★★★ This graphic novel serves as a sort of memoir for author Craig Thompson, who hails from the Marathon area himself. It follows his childhood and describes how the people and circumstances of his life shaped his views of religion, love, and art. The story itself is gripping, and other young people are sure to recognize some of the scenes and emotions Thompson...

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"The Lunar Chronicles" by Marissa Meyer

★★★★★ The Lunar Chronicles is a four book series written by Marissa Meyer. It takes place in the future, but with a fairytale twist. It is the year 126 t.e. (126th year of third era), and earth has taken on some changes, including; turning injured people into cyborgs for the sake of life, hovers (cars that fly!), netscreens (cellphones), and even little robots...

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"Maybe a Fox" by Kathi Appelt, Alison McGhee

★★★★★ A compelling and emotional (almost depressing) novelette about two sisters. Plus a semi plot involving a boy and his older brother. It's the type of book that has you wanting to get to the end and see how everything turns out. Maybe books make you cry all the time, or maybe you think crying is for weaklings, but no matter who you are this book will tug on...

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"The Waterborn" by J. Gregory Keyes

★★★★ Overall, the book, "The Waterborn" by J. Gregory Keyes was very interesting and unique. The book had a pretty slow start up till the third chapter, then it got a lot better. Some of the content wasn't very appropriate for anyone less than sixteen, but it was an adult book. Some of the good things about this book was that it was a completely different way of...

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"Warriors: Twilight" by Erin Hunter

★★★★★ The book Warriors: Twilight is an exceptional book to read. It has action and never gets you bored. The whole book is how Thunderclan and the others are settling in on their new territory. Problems faced in the book give the characters dilemmas. Some of the problems faced is one cat is torn between loyalty to her duty as a medicine cat and the her love....

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"One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

★★★★★ I read One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez for a summer English project, and I enjoyed every minute of it. A few factors influenced my decision to read the book: it is on the College Board's list of books to read, my mom and Spanish teacher reccommended it, and just as importantly, the cover was really appealing (I know, I know, never...

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"The Time Capsule" by Lurlene McDaniel

★★★★ The Time Capsule by Lurlene McDaniel is a great book. I think it's a really good book because of the plot and because of the word choice. The story was also really fantastic because the author did a really nice job of having the reader receive a certain mood or feeling in each and every part of the book. I would say that one good thing I will emphasize...

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"Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer

★★★★ Reading the book Twilight I wasn't able to put it down. The reason I marked this book down from a 5 to 4.5 is because the first chapter seems a little confusing when you are starting. Isabella (Bella) Swan is moving living with her newly married mother to live with her father in the rain town of Forks, Washington that she has always avoided. This story is...

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"Harry Potter Series" by J.K. Rowling

★★★★★ A boy was raised by his aunt and uncle. They were really mean to him because they did not want Harry (the boy) to be a wizard. Harry did not know he was a wizard until someone, Hagrid, came and got him. He was the gamekeeper at Hogwarts. Harry arrives at Hogwarts. He thinks that he could not be wizard but there were other kids who parents had no magic....

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"The Clique" by Lisi Harrison

★★★★ This book was amazing! It was something I could really relate to. It had good details. The book was about Claire who moves into Massie's guest House. Massie is the most popular girl in her school with Alicia, Kristen, and Dylan. Massie doesn't like Claire, so then Massie steals Claire's new best friend. Claire strikes back to get revenge on Massie. This...