Bistro Book Club

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

Levi. 15
Sharon Cameron
The Forgetting
Scholastic Press 2016

We are made of our memories, but what happens when you forget these precious memories. What happens when you are the only one who doesn't forget, what then? This book tells the story of the that person and how they try to understand how the forgetting happens.

Rating: 4 Better than most

It's Not Me, It's You by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Stephanie Kate Strohm
It's Not Me, It's You
Point 2016

What I liked most about this book was the humor and writing style. Okay, the format was a little confusing at first, but I figured it out pretty quickly. And yes, the book was about ex-boyfriends (So I don't recommend it to guys), which I normally wouldn't particularly care for, but the hilarity made up for it. It wasn't particularly dramatic, not like Shakespeare or anything like that, but it was still a good-ish story line. (I liked the main character a lot: A clueless blonde with a lot of sass...) Plus, the touch of irony at the end was great. So girls, I would gladly recommend this book to you.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

My Name Is Not Friday by Jon Walter

Galina, 15
Jon Walter
My Name Is Not Friday
David Fickling Books 2016

As far as historical fiction is concerned, this book was outstanding. I would definately recommend it. Set in the Civil War era, it shows both the good and the bad of slavery, which I thought was unique and enjoyed a lot. The most compelling aspect of it was, in my opinion, how the author showed the walk into slavery, not through it.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Dog Ray by Linda Coggin

Molly, 14
Linda Coggin
The Dog Ray
Candlewick 2016

This is a heart breaker book.  In the story, The Dog Ray, a girl comes back to earth as a dog. The only thing is she remembers who she was. You venture with her in her quest to find her parents and watch as the world she knew disappears. My favorite part of the book is the ending because of how the author plays with your emotions. It is a quick read and I recommend it to everyone.  

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

Erin, 14
Erin Summerill
Ever the Hunted
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016

I thought this book started out a bit slow, but gradually got better and more thrilling with each chapter. It was a little confusing, but still a great read. I really enjoyed how it introduced the characters with having a mysterious side that you slowly learned about as you read.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Friday, July 29, 2016

Everland by Wendy Spinale

Molly, 14
Wendy Spinale
Scholastic Press 2016

In this remake of Peter Pan, the only way to grow up is to survive. All the characters are still here but never as you've seen them before as they venture to bring down Hook and stop a world wide virus. I recommend this book to fantasy readers!


5 Hard to imagine a better book

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Titans by Victoria Scott (3 reviews)

Molly, 14
Victoria Scott 
Scholastic 2016

This is now one of my FAVORITE books! This story is based on horse racing taken to the next level with dangerous obstacles, mechanical horses, 2 million dollars to win, and a girl who's willing to risk it all. I was kept in suspense the entire time. I definitely recommend this book!!!                          

Rating 5: Hard to imagine a better book

Tim J., 15
Victoria Scott
Scholastic 2016

In Titans a young girl who's family is going to be thrown out of their home and her father can't find work. So she goes out on a limb to save her home and her family. She enters the Titan races. With no experience and little training, can she do it?

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Erin, 13
Victoria Scott
Scholastic Press 2016

Want a fast-paced, thrilling book? Want a collection of brave, kind, sarcastic and changing characters? Allow me to recommend Titans by Victoria Scott, where the mechanical horses are ready to run, and the jockies are prepared to risk their lives for two million dollars... This book was a page-turner, and besides, who doesn't like mechanical horses called Titans? I thought they were pretty amazing!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book