Teens

Let's talk Summer Reading. We are just shy of two weeks away from Summer Reading. Are ya'll psyched?!!! I know I am. The library's kick-off is going to  be something worth coming to (May 30th, 10-12). The Summer Reading theme this year is SUPERHEROES. That's probably the best theme ever. With there being so many every day superheroes in our community, our kick-off is going to host local police, firemen, and possibly (still waiting to hear back) military with their awesome vehicles we can (I'm ho… Read More

New Books for Teens


Staff Pick

Belzhar
by Meg Wolitzer

"If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be  at home in New Jersey with her sweet British  boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching  old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing  him in the library stacks.

She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English.

But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.

Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss.

From New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer comes a breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance.
" (Goodreads synopsis)

"I WAS SENT HERE BECAUSE OF A BOY." (Belzhar, Sentence 1, Page 1)

This book is not a fluffy read by any means. I think that's why I started it and put it back down for a few weeks. This book deals with tragedy and friendship and so many things it's hard to describe. What is reality? How powerful IS the written word? How far are we willing to believe the stories we tell ourselves? The one thing that I personally didn't like (although I can appreciate it's literary significance) is the unreliable narrator. I'm not going to go into spoilers, but I was sitting and reading when I literally spoke out loud and said, "Wait...what?!!!" I ignored the "What's the matter?" question I got from one of my teens as I continued to read in disbelief that I had been so thoroughly deceived throughout the ENTIRE book. Gah. I hate plot twists. However, I loved the characters and the setting. I was genuinely interested in all of the characters in the special topics class. The ending to Sierra's story had me emotionally swinging back and forth between sorrow and joy. The setting is a boarding school setting...'nuff said (Hogwarts, you still hold my heart).


I didn't regret reading this book, and neither will you. ~Krystal

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