Bistro Book Club

Friday, April 22, 2016

Shutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Sophie, 14
Shutter
Laurie Faria Stolarz
Disney Book Group
October - 2016

For a rather stereotypical story about a hot escapee who falls in love with a lawyer's daughter, this book was surprisingly well done. Most of the characters were well thought out and have decent reasons for doing what hey do. One of the cons of this book may be that there is very little actual character development. The ending was surprising and fun as well as leaving it wide open for a sequel. I recommend this book to any teen girls looking for a little candy in between the heavier books.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Bad Decisions Playlist by Michael Rubens

Tim  J., 15
Michael Rubens
The Bad Decisions Playlist
Houghton  Mifflin  Harcourt 2016

In  THE BAD DECISIONS PLAYLIST  a  young  man  meets  his  would  be  father.  but  is  this  man  really  worthy  of  that  title?  Is  he  there  to  be  the  father  he  always  wanted  or  are  his  motives  for  finnialy  coming  home  deeper?  Loved  this  book!  Kept  me  up  all  night!    

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Monday, April 18, 2016

Sabotage by Neal Bascomb

Don, 14
Neal Bascomb
Sabotage
Scholastic 2016

Sabotage by Neal Bascomb is a non-fiction book about the Norwagian's plan to sabotage Hitler's atomic bomb. Although it is a non fiction book, Neal Bascomb did an excellent job in making the book enticing enough to even catch the attention of fiction readers. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and also enjoyed the amount of facts it had.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Salt and Stone by Victoria Scott

Tim J., 15
Victoria Scott
Salt and Stone
Scholastic 2016

In this book our characters are in the final leg of the race That will get their loved one a cure for any illness. But in this last leg of the race everyone is desperate and no one knows who to trust anymore.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Erin, 13
Alexandra Bracken
Passenger
Hyperion 2016

Danger. Betrayal. Romance. Drama. Time travelers. It's all here in Alexandra Bracken's novel Passenger, where music prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she cares about, and is carted away to a different time. The time-traveling aspect of this book was very interesting, like how they managed to avoid all of the paradoxes.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Lost Stars by Lisa Selin Davis

Erin, 13
Lisa Selin Davis
Lost Stars
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016

I believe that this would have been a good book, if only I didn't hate the main character so much. It's hard to like a character when all they do is complain. And that's exactly what Carrie (the main character) did. After suffering a tragedy, she was feeling blue. But it never seemed to occur to her that other people had lives that were just as worse, or even more awful. Instead, she wallows in self-pity and makes other kids lives misreable because she torments them. I do think she became a bit more likeable in the end, but most of the book was hard to read. I did enjoy all of the lyrics and songs that were mentioned, because it was a nice surprise from what I usually read.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano (3 reviews)

Tim  J., 15
Elle  Cosimano
Holding  Smoke
Disney  Book  Group 2016

 In  HOLDING  SMOKE  a  young  man  arrested  for  a  crime  he  did  not  commit  is  being  held  in  a  youth  prison  in  Denver  called  the  Y.  Unknown  to  his  fellow  inmates  and  guards  though,  is  that  he  has  the  ability  to  travel  outside  of  his  body,  and  that  with  this  ability  he  is  following  a  dangerous  road  to  find  out  who  really  committed  the  crime  he  was  framed  for.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Robert West, 17
Elle Cosimano
Holding Smoke
Hyperion 2016

Holding smoke is an interesting book, but lacks a hook to bring anything out. The main character seems dull and under achieved and the overall plot seems gray. There isn't much about this book to enjoy. A great start to writing, but it needs more development in my opinion.

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Erin, 13
Elle Cosimano
Holding Smoke
Hyperion 2016

Holding Smoke was a decent book, with mystery, romance, and thrills. I found the ending a bit hard to understand, but the rest of the book was easy to read, and I found all of the characters diverse and entertaining.

The Last Full Measure by Trent Reedy

Tim J., 15
Trent Reedy
The Last Full Measure
Arthur A. Levine Books 2016

This was a great book and I was was very exited about it. A big hand to Trent Reedy for another great book!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book