Bistro Book Club

Saturday, February 25, 2012

One Boy and His Dog by Eva Ibbotson

Drake, 13
Eva Ibbotson
One Dog and His Boy
Scholastic Press 2012

I found this book to be extra heart warming. It was a dangerous road full of unexpected twists and turns. I think the author should go more in depth in the country side.

The cover is good but deceiving.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Friday, February 24, 2012

Close To Famous by Joan Bauer (2 reviews)

Madi, 13
Close To Famous
Joan Bauer 
Viking    2011

This book is about a girl who loooves to bake. Her mom had been dating a man who thought he was Elvis, and when she broke up with him he "chased" them out of there town. They got to a new town called culpepper and she meets lots of new friends and someone who changed her life.

This is one of the best books ive read all year and it really taught me something about following my dreams and trying my hardest. i definetly think this is a girls book. i couldnt put it down!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Abbie.    12
Joan Bauer
Close To Famous 
viking    2011

      It would be a great disappointment if this book isn’t on a BFYA list.     This was one of the best books I have read in a long time! It had the pefect balance between adventure and a dream coming true. I would recommend  this book to anyone in middle school looking for a great fast moving read. The thing that made this book a great book is that the main character never gave up her dream no matter what she was going through.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Thursday, February 23, 2012

How To Save a Life by Sara Zarr (2 reviews)

Taylor, 15
Sara Zarr
How to Save a Life
2011

I absolutly love this book!!!! What i really liked about this book was that you were experiencing both lives and how they were slowly being brought together. In this book i could really imagine the whole setting and characters. I could just feel the tension in this book. Magnificent!!!!!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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brittany, 17
Sara Zarr
How To Save a Life
2011

it was a very good book and it deals with real life issuses. it was very interesting and entertaing. it was beliveable. it was one of the best books i have every read.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Jane Jones: Worst Vampire Ever by Caissie St. Onge (2 reviews)

Ashley, 15
Caissie St. Onge
Jane Jones: Worst. Vampire. Ever.
2011

This book is about a young teen of 15, who is a vampire of 90. She goes through a lot of teen drama along with vamp drama. She makes unsuspecting friends and tries to uncover the secrets her teacher and family are keeping from her. I also love the setting and connections the author did to make this book more appealing to teens. I also loved the personalities of the many characters in the book. I personally enjoyed reading this book and i felt i could connect to the human side of the main character. People who love to read, mainly girls who love to read, will love reading this book.

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Danielle,     15 
Caissie St. Onge 
Jane Jones: Worst Vampire Ever 
Ember    2011

            This book was very interesting. Jane is a dorky vampire who is nothing like the vampires on TV. First and formost, she's blood-intolerant. She cannot drink normal blood. All she wants is to be normal and the mysterious vampire Timothy may have those answers. If she becomes normal she can go to school and maybe even have a boyfriend with the geeky yet sweet Eli. It was a good book.   It wasn't my favorite book but it was still very good. 

Rating: 4 Better than most

Monday, February 20, 2012

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (2 reviews)

Chelsea
Lauren Oliver
Delirium
2011

 This book was so beautiful, it made me cry. The main character Lena meets Alex an 'Invalid' one who has not been cured by the disease love. This society believes love is a disease and at the age of 18 you get a procedure done. Alex opens Lenas eyes to the joys of love and soon the society catches on. Can her and Alex escape? Well, I won't tell you but fair warning, you will have your nose in the book all day just wondering 'whats next? And 'Oh my god! Are they going to be ohkay?' I absolutely love this book and I demand the second one to read(:

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Anqi,    12
Lauren Oliver
Delirium
Harper Teen    2011   

I enjoyed Delirium a lot, and wanted to add a lot of points to include in it. :)    Delirium is a fantastic, futuristic (though not exactly apocalyptic) novel that is set at a time where the world is changing drastically. The title of the book is derived from the book's main focus, a disease titled amor deliria nervosa which people once thought was love, but now is widely agreed as one of the most dangerous illnesses on the planet. Upon reaching eighteen, every citizen is required to receive the cure, a surgery involving the brain that will eradicate the deliria and will furthermore cause the patient to live a healthy, worry-free life. Lena, a teenager verging on her eighteenth birthday, is excited to receive the cure. She is a good girl who has always followed her Aunt Carol's rules and has always taken care of her two younger cousins, Jenny and Gracie. But despite her calm appearance, Lena, also known as Magdelena Haloway, is troubled by dark secrets, the most horrifying one being her mother's suicide. Whispered by the members of her community, in the futuristic world of Portland, Oregon, Lena is also ridiculed upon by her strange past, and always receives a moderate greeting as she is one who isn't thin or fat, pretty or ugly. All this changes, however, when on the day of her evaluation (a test taken to determine future options, such as a person's occupation and his or her spouse,) Lena catches a glimpse of a handsome boy with amber hair and eyes. From this day on, everything Lena knows about her society changes. In deft but lyrical wording, Lauren Oliver succesfully describes Lena's hardships in this world not unlike Suzanne Collin's The Hunger Games series, while still giving us a relationship that is real and satisfying. Both characters were well developed, and I especially enjoyed the fact that Lena wasn't one of those 'perfect' main characters, and instead was one who was shy, protective, and meek all at once, but still always likeable. The thing that I liked best about Delirium was the fascinating setting that her characters were set in. The futuristic society is fully described and is further enriched by the excerpts from fictional books she gives at the beginnings of each chapter. Society itself seemed similar to Jonah's in the Newbery Honor book The Giver, where the people (and the adults in Delirium's case) were strangely detached and experienced no feeling, good or bad. This was an amazing novel, one of the best I've read so far in the 2011 year. The subtle cliffhanger left me waiting for more, while satisfying me for a few months to come. The serious, almost chilling mood let me experience the world full on. Told simply, I can't wait until the sequel of Delirium is out!

5 Hard to imagine a better book

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Violence 101 by Denis Wright

Vince, 18
Denis Wright
Violence 101
The penguin group 2010

I hate books and I hate reading but I really liked this book! Probably the only book I will ever talk good about.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book.

You Against Me by Jenny Downham (2 reviews)

Rachel, 17
Jenny Downham
You Against Me  

This book would be a very powerful and inspiring book for sexually abused or raped teens to read. It gives you an idea on what happens to both the raper and the victims families. It so moving and a book I highly suggest reading. This book gives a better understanding of the feelings and emotions of the families on both sides of rape. It gives you the opportunity to see both sides of the story and feel all the things the families feel.

Rating: 4  Better than most.

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Jasmine,    17 
Jenny Downham 
You Against Me 
David Fickling Books    2011

       Very complicated to tell about, but easy to read, very fast read , very compelling book that I find is my fav of the year.     

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Death Sentence by Alexander Gordon Smith (3 reviews)

Brian, 16
Alexander Gordon Smith
Death Sentence
2011 FSG

The book Death Sentence is the third book in the escape from Furnance series, in this book the main character Alex is taken by the warden and he has the weezers  do surgery on Alex. Alex's has his skin cut open  and the weezer's put a bunch of muscle in him  and fill him with a nectar that makes him crave power. The warden gives Alex a black suit and tells him to kill his friend Zee but he can't do it so he beats up the warden and Alex and Zee get back to the general population of the prison, After that all the inmates go crazy and start a huge riot ....

Rating 4 Q. Better than most.

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David, 16
Alexander Gordon Smith
Death Sentence

This book is about Alex getting taken by the weezers and being transformed  in a blacksuit. He has to kill one of his friends to show he is loyal. Then things go wrong and his buddy fidns him turns him back to himself and now he is himself with a black suit body trying to escape again. Can he actually make it this time? Read it and find out.

Best one in the series so far.

Rating: 4 Better than most.
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Ashley, 16
Alexander Gordon Smith
Death Sentence

When Alex and his friends attemp to escape from the Furnance. they are caught and Alex suffers the worst of the conaequences. The warden turns him into one of the furnace monsters, like the Hulk of evil steroids. One of his friends before and during the injections of nectar taht he is receiving keeps telling him to remember his name. Will this help? I would highly recommend this book for boys, not really a girl book, but I still really liked it.

Rating: 4  Better than most.

Fallout by Ellen Hopkins (3 reviews)


Austin, 15
Ellen Hopkins
Fallout

This was a great book to end the trilogy. It is a story of Kristina's three oldest children and how more them don't know their mom or know they have brothers and sisters. But throughout the book they start learning that they have 4 other siblings. They were trying to meet them all and at Christmas they all come together but its not how they expected. If you read all three books and follow them the book fits right in its place and I think it was a really good way to end the trilogy.
Rating: 5  Hard to imagine a better book.
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Travis, 14
Ellen Hopkins
Fallout

Fallout is a real life story about meth and how it can effect a family so itis very graphic and not for young readers. It tracks the children of a girl that got hooked on meth.

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.

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Stormie, 18        
Ellen Hopkins     
Fallout  
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing    
I think this was an okay book but not the best Ellen Hopkins has written. I was expecting a lot out of this book that's why I was disappointed when it took me what seems like forever to read.
3 Q. Readable.   4 P. Broad general appeal. I read a couple books a year.

Just Another Hero by Sharon Draper

Colton, 17
Sharon Draper
Just Another Hero

This book has a well thought out plot. The author accomplishes making each character an individual and by doing so makes the book more personal to read. You are able to feel how the character does. Another thing the author does well is ellis in what happend in the prevous books and ties it well into the story. SO the story seems to continue and not stop at one book to be started up agin in the next book. The only bad thing i noticed was some of the conversations were too preditable and thought out like the character was reading movie lines. The author addressed teen drug abuse and how quickly it takes over your life very well. She not only showed how it affected the teen but also how it affected others around him.

Rating: 4  Better than most.

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Austin,  15
Daniel Handler
Why We Broke Up

This book was about a girl named min and she was breaking up with her boyfriend so she wrote this big long letter and gave him a box filled with all the things that they collected over their relationship.

This book starts really slow and is kinda hard to follow  but it is an alright book.

Rating: 3  Readable.

The Saga of Larten Crepsley: Ocean of Blood, Darren Shan (5 reviews)

Anthony, 17
Darren Shan
Larten Crepsley: Ocean of Blood

While reading this book it kept me on edge. I would definitely recommend this book to those who like thrillers. This book goes into detail so the reader can make a great picture in their mind.

This book has make me want to read this series.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book.
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Nathan,    15
Darren Shan
The Saga of Larten Crepsley: Ocean of Blood   

                This part of the saga is better than the first book. I liked it because how Larten matures and how he decides to get through all of his life struggles. Yes I recommend this book but not just to Twilight fans

Rating: 5 Q. Hard to imagine a better book.
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Gavin, 12
Darren Shan
The Saga of Larten Crepsley: Ocean of Blood  

              It is a grusome and awesome, but maybe more of a "Guy Book" They dont call it ocean of blood for nothing    Larten Crepsley is not normal/ He is thought as a demon. Larten is a young vampire finding a purpose in his life. When he goes  and sees an enchantres, gets kicked out and gets followed by her maid.

Rating: 5 Q. Hard to imagine a better book.
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Kenny,    17 
Darren Shan 
The Saga of Larten Crepsley: Ocean of Blood   

              A good book for all  

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.
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Shane,    16  
Darren Shan 
The Saga of Larten Crepsley: Ocean of Blood      

            Larten Crepsley is a vampire that is lost in the world he gets into gambling and drinking. His master tells him to choose the fun life or the life of becoming a vampire. He choses to live the fun life for a little bit. Then Larten meets a human girl and they start dating . Then they get on this ship she gets killed so Larten kills everyone on the ship and turns a little kid into a canibal.  

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.

She Said/She Saw (3 reviews) by Norah McClintock

Austin,  15
Norah McClintock
She Said/ She Saw

This was a good book about a girl was in a car with two of her friends and out of no where there heads explode. Everyone blames her for her friends being shot because she told everyone she didn't see anything. People from school make a website about her and she posts something that changes everything. this is a good book and when i started reading it I didn't think it would be a good book but it was.

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Colton, 17
Norah McClintock
She Said/She Saw

Norah made my experience reading the book very enjoyable. I would definently recommend her books to others. I can't wait to read another book of hers I loved the way the book was written. It was written like a play or TV show. It gave me a very un-usual visual effect while reading it. The author seems very in touch with teenages and how they operate. How teenagers reason, process and how if something as serious as death of friends were to occur. How would we cope with it? She grasped the idea the everything is more than it seems and how fast the story can change or get twisted.

Rating: 4  Better than most.
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Ashley, 16
Norah McClintock
She Said/ She Saw

She Said/She Saw is about a teenage girl who witnesses two of her closest friends get shot in the head. You will journey with her as she is harassed  byt her former school friends, detectives, the boys' families and her own sister all of who don't believe her. She goes to great lengths to prove that she doesn't hage a clue who the murderer is. I don't like thte set up of this book though and I feel like it was too short

Rating: 3  Readable.

Flip by Martyn Bedford (3 reviews)


Skyler, 15
Martyn Bedford
Flip
Wendy Lamb Books 2011

The book Flip is alright I must say it definately could have been alot better than it was. The ending is kind of what you expect but at the same time you don't expect it. However, I wouldn't recommend this book to very many people if any at all. If you like books with weird spontanious situations this might be an alright book for you.

Rating: 3 Readable
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David, 16
Martyn Bedford
Flip

This book is about a kid that wakes up in another boys body. The other boy has a way different life he is more muscular athletic and has girlfriends. He doesn't want this life he wants his own body back and will do anything to get it back.

There should be a second one

Rating: 4  Better than most.
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Austin,  15
Martyn Bedford
Flip

This was a very good book it was baout a boy who wakes upin a different body and a different room and he freaks out. So he tries to figure out what happened. He goes to his old house and learns that Alex (his orginal body) was in a coma. He also learns that there are other people like him  and he is not alone. Getting back is a mystery

I thought this book would be a boring book it was a very good read. Im happy I finished it

Rating: 3  Readable.

Bitter End (4 reviews) by Jennifer Brown


Julia,  13
Jennifer Brown
Bitter End
Little, Brown and company 2011

Bitter End is a heart changing book about a girl who gets involved in a domestic violent relationship. This book is amazing, but if you're looking for a cheerful book don't read this one. I could read this book a million times over.

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Colton, 17
Jennifer Brown 
Bitter End

Bitter End was a very compelling story that kept me entertained throughout, it is a very honest, down to earth  book, that grasps the idea behind the stuggles of abuse. In a teenagers life. I was very impressed with the books ability to show both sides with only one main character. I love how there are not any fairy tale happiness. There is no real hero. It makes the book that much more realistic and readable. I would definently recommend this book.  Bitter End is one of the best books i've read this year that is about day to day struggles the author doesn't sugar coat it to make it seem not so bad, she does very well describing the hardship and reality of it  

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book. 
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Austin, 15
Jennifer Brown
Bitter End

This book was about a girl who gets introduced to the new boy at school and they have a study lab together and they they start dating but only when they start dating Cole seems all nice but he has rampages and he abuses his girlfriend to the point it gets really bad. When you first start reading you think it is going to be some strange love story but it turns out to be an abuse story.

 it is a good book

Rating: 4  Better than most.
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Miriam, 16
Jennifer Brown
Bitter End

In my opinion I enjoyed reading the book "Bitter End" it was a different sort of book that I wouldn't have read if someone didn't point it out. I enjoyed reading it, and I would read other books like it. I would recommend this book to others.

Rating: 3  Readable.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Winterling by Sarah Prineas

Darby, 15
Sarah Prineas
Winterling
Harper 2012

Winterling is a cute little book. It's another fairie type book with my new favorite protagonist. Fer is an amazing girl. This book is a quick read and just fun while holding a good plot.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst

Cyn-Dee, 16
Sarah Beth Durst
Drink, Slay, Love
Margaret K. McElderry Books 2011

One of the best vampire books I have ever read. This book is about a vampire girl whose life changes when she gets staked by an unexpected creature. And no she does not die.  She learns about feelings. She learns to see through someone else eyes on how her and her family habits effect the world or one person. She learns to love. its one of my top books

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Devoted by Hilary Duff

Beth, 16
Hilary Duff
Devoted
Simon & Schuster 2011

I read this book within the time it took me to snap my fingers. The story was good but I think I would have enjoyed it more if it had had more. . . Meat to it. It was a seriously easy read. I think they should have added more. More about the underground tunnels. More of Ben and Clea. More of their efforts when trying to find Sage. . . More of EVERYTHING. It's kind of hard to recommend this book but I think it would do better with a more middle school audience. The only thing that really screamed "High Schooler" at me was the "almost there" scenes with Sage and Lily, Ben and Clea.

Rating: 3 Readable