All-American Girl is a really great realistic fiction book. This book was loaned to me by my best friend, and I absolutely loved it.
The main character, Samantha Madison wears all black because she’s in mourning for her generation, eats nothing but hamburgers, is in love with her sister’s boyfriend (and is convinced he loves her back), is forced to take art classes, and to top it all off: she breaks her wrist.
How did she break her wrist you ask?
Oh, just stopping an assasination attempt on the president of the United States.
And in the midst of all of this, she becomes U.S. Teen ambassador to the UN, learns A LOT about art, and her younger genius sister detects a “frisson” between her and the president’s son.
I know I was. I totally recommend this book to any book nerd craving something entertaining and funny to nibble on.
It might not be in everyone’s opinion, but in my opinion, this book deserves to be a classic. I’m not a fan of one of Lois Lowry’s other books, Gathering Blue, but this book is a favorite of mine (If you’ve been following my blog posts, you’ll notice that I have a lot favorite books). The main character is Jonas, and he lives in a utopian society that has all kinds of odd rules. When you turn 12 in this society, you are given an assignment, a job that you are to do for the rest of your life. Jonas is chosen as a Reciever, a very rare assignment, given only to those “with the capacity to see beyond”. Jonas meets the old Reciever, who he calls the Giver, and learns that his position is to hold all the good and bad memories inside of him so that the people of the society don’t have to deal with memories of pain and suffering. Jonas goes through quite a lot of painful memories, and even gives a few away. This is an incredible book and a classic I would recommend to anyone.
The Giver by Lois Lowry
This series is full of magic and adventures. The main character is Percy Jackson, a demigod. A demigod is a child of a mortal human and a god. The series is centered around the Greek gods and goddesses being real and alive. Every once in a while, they have a child with a human, and that’s a demigod, a real person with some of the powers of their god parent. Around 11 or 12, the monsters from Greek mythology, which exist too, start to pick up on the scent of the demigod, and begin to hunt them down. Around this time, the demigods are found and taken to Camp Half-Blood. There, they’re protected and taught to control their powers. Percy is a child of Poseidon, god of the sea. Poseidon is one of the Big Three, the three most powerful gods (Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades) that took a pact not to have demigod children, since they always turn out dangerously. So Percy is already considered special. In the first book, he learns of his godly parentage, and that he has been accused of stealing Zeus’s symbol of power- the almighty lightning bolt. So, Percy sets off on an adventure to clear his name and prevent disaster. Each book brings more magic, adventures, awesome fighting skills, and a hint of romance. It’s an amazing series, by one of my favorite authors, Rick Riordan, who has made a ton of books with allusions to ancient mythology in them.
- Book 1- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
- Book 2- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters
- Book 3- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse
- Book 4- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth
- Book 5- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Last Olmpian
Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
Sorry boys, this is a VERY girly series. Counting the prequel and the 5 summer books, this is a 20 book-long series, following the life of rich Massie Block, the leader of the Pretty Committee, and her 4 friends. They all live in Westchester New York and go to OCD (Octavian Country Day) School. Massie Block, Alicia Rivera, Dylan Marvil,and Kristen Gregory all live in Westchester and are 75% of them are rich. I won’t tell you who isn’t rich. But then, Claire Lyons, who’s father was college buddies with Mr. Block moves into Massie’s guesthouse and turns her whole life upside down. Every book is a different adventure including boys, dances, plot twists, secret rooms in the school, movies, break-ups, lip-kisses and an amazing taste in fashion. You will no doubt love these ah-mazing books. And if you don’t, you are a total LBR (Loser Beyond Repair).
Books in order:
- Prequel- Charmed and Dangerous
- Book 1- The Clique
- Book 2- Best Friends for Never
- Book 3- Revenge of the Wannabees
- Book 4- Invasion of the Boy-Snatchers
- Book 5- The Pretty Committee Strikes Back
- Book 6- Dial L for Loser
- Book 7- It’s Not Easy Being Mean
- Book 8- Sealed with a Diss
- Book 9- Bratfest at Tiffany’s
- Book 10- P.S. I Loathe You
- Book 11- Boys R Us
- Book 12- These Boots Are Made for Stalking
- Book 13- My Little Phony
- Book 14- A Tale of Two Pretties
- Summer Book 1- Massie
- Summer Book 2- Alicia
- Summer Book 3- Dylan
- Summer Book 4- Kristen
- Summer Book 5- Claire
Clique Series by Lisi Harrison
There are three books in the Hunger Games Trilogy (duh-trilogy). I read these books recently, and they are thrilling, although a bit graphic and haunting. The books are the story of Katniss Everdeen, a 16 year old girl who lives in Panem, a country in what used to be North America. There are 12 districts and a Capitol. Each district has a certain resource they are responsible for making. Katniss lives in District 12 withe her mom and younger sister Prim.
74 years from the start of the first book, the districts revolted against the Capitol in a war, and lost. As their punishment for revolting and to keep them from starting again, each district, must send one girl and boy between the ages of 12 and 18 as tributes to compete in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death in an arena. The lone winner gets to live in the Victor’s Village, guaranteed money and food for the rest of their lives. It’s a horrible tradition, and in the 74th year, Prim gets picked. Unable to let her sister die, Katniss volunteers. And things get crazy from then on. To complicate things, there’s two boys, a drunk who is supposed to be coaching the tributes, and some berries. That’s all I’ll tell you about the first book. If you are like me, and have a serious problem with death, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK! There is a LOT of death. But the books themselves are ridiculously good. You’ll be hooked by the end of the first book and unable to put them down until the last page of the third.
- Book 1- The Hunger Games
- Book 2- Catching Fire
- Book 3- Mockingjay
Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Fever 1793 is a historical fiction story set in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1793. The main conflict is the Yellow Fever epidemic.Mathilda (Mattie) Cook is a young girl who helps her mother and grandfather with the family cafe. Mattie thinks that the cafe is old- fashioned and that her mother is a nag. Until her mother is diagnosed with Yellow Fever. She is sent away (to her great frustration) so that she doesn’t catch it. She goes through quite a lot, including nursing several people with Yellow Fever back to health.
It’s an inspiring and factual story without it being slow and boring. Mattie is relatable and good-natured. I personally enjoyed this book, but I know quite a few people who didn’t care for it, or got so bored in the first couple of pages that they gave up on it. I think if you see it through to the end you are likely to enjoy it.
Fever 1793 is written by Laurie Halse Anderson.
Harry Potter is one of my all-time favorite fantasy series. It’s all about Harry Potter, a boy who became famous at one year old. You see, Voldemort is an evil wizard, and he tried to kill Harry Potter when he was just a baby. But after succesfully killing his parents, Harry got away with just a single, lightning bolt shaped scar. No one had survived an encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort, and Harry had done it as a baby. 11 years later, after living with his non-magic uncle and aunt who treated him horribly, Harry learns of his amazing past and his magical blood. He goes to school at Hogwarts school of wizardry and witchcraft. And although he loves Hogwarts, over the next 7 years/books at Hogwarts, he has more than his share of wild, crazy adventures. Each book is full of plot twists, new characters, and magic. I am currently reading this series a second time, and would recommend it to anyone not afraid to read a long book. Because they do get very VERY long. Like, the last book is over 800 pages. But trust me, it’s totally worth it.
The 7 Harry Potter books were also made into a popular 8 movie series.
The 7 book series goes in this order:
- Book 1-Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
- Book 2-Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Book 3- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Book 4- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Book 5- Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix
- Book 6- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Book 7- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
All 7 Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling.