Review: The Recruit (Cherub, #1) by Robert Muchamore

The Recruit by Robert Muchamore

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Publication Date: 2004
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Point of View: 3rd Person & Masculine
Recommended Age:11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Espionage


CHERUB spies, 17 and under, hack into computers, bug houses, download crucial documents, and Do Not Exist. James, recently orphaned, is their newest recruit, and brilliant in math. After 100 days grueling training, his mission begins. Continue reading

Every Day – David Levithan

Every Day by David Levithan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 28th, 2012
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Point of View: 1st Person
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, LGBT, Contemporary, Magical Realism, Romance, Philosophy


Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day. Continue reading

Review: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Publication Date: October 22nd 1999
Publisher: Puffin
Point of View: 1st Person
Recommended Age:13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Abuse, High School


Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.

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Review: Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Publication Date: October 1st 2001
Publisher: Knopf
Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 9+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Love


Flipped is a romance told in two voices. The first time Juli Baker saw Bryce Loski, she flipped. The first time Bryce saw Juli, he ran. That’s pretty much the pattern for these two neighbors until the eighth grade, when, just as Juli is realizing Bryce isn’t as wonderful as she thought, Bryce is starting to see that Juli is pretty amazing. How these two teens manage to see beyond the surface of things and come together makes for a comic and poignant romance. Continue reading