Teen Book Battle:/ 10 Things to Do Before You’re 16 by Caroline Plaisted Vs. The Fashion Disaster that Changed My Life by Lauren Myracle

Caroline Plaisted

Caroline Plaisted


This was a funny little story (148 pages) about two British girlfriends who want to be popular.  They make a list of all the things they think they need to do to achieve that goal.  Unfortunately, things don’t turn out quite like they expected!

Lauren Myracle

Lauren Myracle

In just 125 pages we find out about Allie, who wanted to make a big impression on everyone upon entering 7th grade, but NOT in the way it actually happened!  I had to check this book out because I once worked with a MAN who had the same thing happen to him, and it was hilarious! (Well, for the rest of us – for him, not so much.)


Both of these stories were obviously written with the younger teen in mind and done well.  All the tribulations of trying to fit in at school, getting along with your family, and finding out where you belong in the world are all part of the angst of growing up.  Everyone goes through it and we all survive.
Both books made me laugh and I identified with some of the actions taken by the characters. These are quick reads – give them a try!

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Prisoner of Night and Fog

Prisoner of Night and Fog

Gretchen Muller’s father gave his life to save Adolf Hitler and ever since she has grown up under the wing of her “Uncle Dolf” in the National Socialist Party. That is until one fateful evening when she meets Daniel Cohen, a Jewish reporter, and she can’t seem to stay away from him. She should hate Daniel but she finds herself attracted to him. She shouldn’t believe a word he says, yet she is drawn to his stories and finds herself questioning everything she has been brought up to believe.

Investigating the new found mystery of her father’s death and escaping a cruel brother, Gretchen finds her world turned upside down by the people she trusted most and the only person who can help her is the one she has been told to despise.

The Prisoner of Night and Fog is an exciting read that envelopes the reader in the turmoil of examining your beliefs and struggling with changing your whole way of life. Daniel develops a fragile friendship with Gretchen on faith and it grows to an unexpected outcome for the both of them. Pick it up for a day at the beach or read it in the comfort of your bed on a rainy day. Whichever you choose, make sure you put it on the “to be read pile” this summer!

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Sailor Moon Crystal


So as a kid growing up, I remember waking up in the mornings before school and watching sailor moon.It was a great series that was done perfectly.

The classic anime art style worked and the show didn’t have to focus on any fancy special effects. Those two things are what make the original Sailor Moon series a classic. Recently though during the winter there was talk that a company in Japan was going to be making a reboot of this classis series.

Now with the new series starting. I love the fact that it is following the manga, it seems a bit more serious though compared to the old Sailor Moon series which was full of comedy however, and this is only the first episode so I can’t really judge it. Sailor Moon has always been one of the big favorites, and this new series has had so much hype. The only criticism I have is her transformation, it seemed like they tried too much with the special effects of her transformation. Other than that the new Sailor Moon reboot is pretty good compared to the old classic.


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Rule Breaker: Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Maria Semple

Maria Semple

This book is a rule breaker in that it is Adult Fiction, not YA.

Parents: Have no fear! There is no sex or violence and very few swear words (if any).

Teens:  Don’t let this stop you from reading it!

This is a hilarous story told mostly through a series of emails,  letters and phone calls of a teenage daughter’s search to find out where her wacky (but lovable) mother disappeared to!

Bee dearly loves her brilliant, artistic mother -Bernadette- in spite of her quirks.  Her father is a laid-back computer geek working for Microsoft, who also has some issues.  Things at home are pretty chaotic.

When Bernadette gets into a feud with another mother, whose son attends Bee’s school, the “crazy” just escalates!

I especially enjoyed the frantic tone in the emails from the school’s fund-raising chairman “Ollie O.” to Bee’s parents.  Oh, my gosh they were so true to life, that I had flash-backs to my own days of parent-organizing school events!

Spoiler:  Bee’s Mother is found in the most unlikely of places, but I guarantee you will enjoy the search for her and the discoveries that the search uncovers!    Others must agree, because this book is being made into a movie .





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I grew up on Disney’s version of The Little Mermaid. I fell in love with the story, and I fell in love with the handsome Prince Eric.

Prince Eric

(He’s so dreamy!)


Anyway, at some point I realized that Disney had  brutally changed the story, and that it didn’t really resemble the tone of the story written by Hans Christian Andersen. Especially the ending. You see, Dear Readers, the real story doesn’t end with a happily ever after. SPOILER ALERT: The real story ends with our favorite mermaid turning into foam. Disney fooled me!!



I can’t even be bitter, because I love that movie.


Recently I read the book Inland by Kat Rosenfeld. This book is kind of the opposite of The Little Mermaid. In The Little Mermaid, a mermaid falls in love with a man and she’s willing to give up everything to be with the man she loves. Inland is the story of a girl that falls in love with the sea- she falls in love with the sea deeply and madly- in a way that is completely unhealthy. The word I use to describe Inland is insidious. This story has a creepy vibe. This book played with my mind and my emotions. This book put me in such a dark frame of mind I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone suffering from depression. On the flip side, the book takes a fearless look at a teen suffering from serious health issues with real family problems. Inland is the story of Callie Morgan, a sick girl that is bounced from doctor to doctor and hospital to hospital and when she finally begins to get better physically, she suffers emotionally and mentally. This is a dark dark story. And even though its been a few years since I was well and truly afraid of the dark, there was something so eerie about this book that I definitely kept a light on hand.

I felt like I was drowning in a sea of words by the end of this book. And all of those words were designed to mess up my mind and emotions. This book is good in the way dark chocolate is good, or bass on the radio or I guess, like the ocean. It is deep and rich in a way that spoke to some deep-seated fears I didn’t even know I had.

You MUST READ Inland by Kat Rosenfeld if you like :

H. P. Lovecraft

Stories of the Sea

Stories about Mental Illness

Stories of Sick Teens


You MUST READ The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen if you like:

Original Fairy Tales

Stories of the Sea

Love Letters


Bonus Fact: I’m told that Hans Christian Andersen wrote The Little Mermaid as a love letter to another man. He hoped his feelings might be reciprocated, but instead his love interest rejected him and got married. Don’t believe it? There’s more info on the subject here: http://rictornorton.co.uk/andersen.htm


Thanks to giphy.com for the cool Gifs!
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Win, Lose or Draw!

The Plague Year

by Edward Bloor


Okay, so to start, let me just say that fantasy is usually my go-to genre.  Feeling adventurous one day, I decided to pick up this novel, a piece of literature that is realistic fiction. 

Trying to get out of my comfort zone, this books looked like it might be a nice break from my regular reading.  This story is set in a small town in Blackwater, PA.  The story centers on Tom, a regular, run-of-the-mill  high schooler, who is actually kind of boring in my opinion.  The synopsis of the story on the book cover tells you that it’s about the drug Meth and how it will take over this small town that Tom lives in and turn its residents into “zombies.”  There is even a quote on the back of the book that read “I see walking death” that really caught my attention.   Sounds like a really interesting and compelling story, right??  WRONG!

This book was such a big disappointment to me.  I was excited in the beginning of the read at the prospect of a great depiction of drug use and its effects on people.  By the time I was 3/4 of the way through the book, Meth might have been mentioned 2, maybe 3 times in passing.  An example is when one of Tom’s teachers mentioned that this is a new drug in town called Meth….BORING!  I stopped reading the book at about the 3/4 mark because I was bored to death.  The characters were flat and dull, there was hardly any mention of the topic that the books was supposed to be centered around and the plot went nowhere.   Since this book was such a big disappointment….I’ll have to call it a LOSER!


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Six Word Summary Showdown – the Dog Days of Summer

Canis Major

Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer.  To celbrate, today’s six word summary showdown is a classic dog read.  LOVE this book.  Truly.  And a quick google about the dog days of summer is pretty fascinating too.

Walk a Mile in His Shoes


This Book Will Make You Cry


Embrace Your Geekness Day

It’s national Embrace Your Geekness Day – Let’s celebrate!  How many of us are geeks?  Raise your hand.  Come on, raise them high.  Don’t be embarrassed.  Wherever you are right now, embrace your inner geekdom.  Stand up and shout  “My name is _______, and I sir or madam am a Geek!  Now, doesn’t that feel better?  OK, sit down because people are probably staring.  Let it be known from this day forward that the Geeks shall inherit the earth!  :)  Check out these books about teens who have loosed their inner geek!




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Clash of the Covers: Which creepy read are you looking forward to reading this August?


9781606841563Amity by Micol Ostow will be released on August 26, 2014.



Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff will be released on August 14, 2014.



The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco will be released on August 5, 2014.



Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan will be released on August 26, 2014.



Sanctum by Madeleine Roux will be released on August 26, 2014.

(Read Asylum before you read Sanctum!)



Undead with Benefits by Jeff Hart will be released on August 26, 2014.

(Read Eat, Brains, Love before you read Undead with Benefits!)



Zomburbia by Adam Gallardo will be released on August 26, 2014.

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When Mr. Dog Bites

First off – Trigger Warning for Language.

First, I have to say – to whoever checked out Greenbrier’s copy before I got to it – Well Played.  It’s not easy to get the jump on the librarians.  But if you’ve ever wondered if we give the readers a fair chance to get things first – here’s your proof.

Now, why the language flag?  Easy.  This book is about a guy with Tourette’s Syndrome, and it doesn’t pull any punches.  So if profanity is going to bother you, think twice about this book.

With that all out of the way, though, this is a really great read!!  When a misunderstanding turns Dylan’s life from challenging to life-endingly-challenging things get very interesting.  Armed with an impossible bucket list, a short timeline, ODD, Tourette’s, and an impossibly funny attitude, Dylan “sets out to have some fun.”  The result, for the reader, is fun – and touching, and insightful, and educational.  But you’ll be laughing so hard you won’t notice anything by the fun.

Some reviews said the story wanders at points, but to me that seemed like part of the whole experience rather than a flaw.  Let us know what you think.  Add your own review in the comments.


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