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Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover

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Yeah, sometimes books or reading can be boring, in some people's opinion, but if you have a good book, you can always get into it. So, if anything here sounds interesting, try to check them out!

It's coconut02 here, bringing you reviews of books that I have read in the past -- I encourage you to get to reading! :)

Some of these books are better for older readers, some are all right for any age. I think that if you can be honest with yourself, you'll realize which books you're mature enough to read. I read plenty of different kinds, because I feel as if I can handle the things that happen. Please be sure to ask a parent before deciding to read a book that may not seem appropriate for your age!

Title: Bad
Author: Jean Ferris
Plot: Dallas hasn't always been the typical good girl. Her boyfriend isn't the best influence, either. So, after making a horrible decision, Dallas ends up in a Girls' Rehabilitation Center. Here's something from the description on the inside: "Feeling betrayed by her boyfriend and abandoned by her father, who acts as if he never wants her back, she wonders if everything she's been learning about cleaning up her act is just a big waste of time."
Review: I would recommend this book for someone 13 and over, but as I said, it's all based on maturity. This book is an excellent read to show how some decisions can end in a worst-case scenario. It's really amazing, because the author personally went to a real rehabilitation center for information, and she interviewed girls there. I personally think it teaches a huge lesson on crime, so go ahead and pick it up at your local library.

Title: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Author: Ann Brashares
Plot: Friends since birth, Carmen, Lena, Tibby and Bridget spend their first summer away from each other. They decide to document their summers in letters, and they pass around a pair of jeans that they think have a spirital aspect to them. The girls record rules for the jeans, writing down where they went on the right leg, and the best thing about the summer on the left.
Review: I guess you could say that this book is a girl-ish book to read, but it's a very good "feel-good" book. I'd recommend this book for someone around sixth grade (that's the time I read it! =D). Also, there IS a sequel to it, called The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, so read on!

Title: The School Story
Author: Andrew Clements
Plot: Natalie Nelson has been working on a book, and when her best friend Zoe reads it, she's amazed. She's so amazed that she decides that Natalie should find a way to trick her mom, an editor, into getting the book published. This story tells how Zoe and Natalie attempt to get her book published.
Review: This book used to be one of my favorites when I was in fifth grade, and I still think it's a pretty good book. I'd recommend it for almost any age, but mostly for ages 9 and up.

Title: All-American Girl
Author: Meg Cabot
Plot: This book is pretty unrealistic, but that's what makes it so good. Here's what happens: Samantha Madison gets a D in German, because all she can do is spend her time making drawings of celebrities... so her parents make her take a drawing class. But she hates the class, and the teacher, and so, being a music fanatic, she ditches the class and spends her time in a CD store called Static. Living in Washington, D.C., seeing the president's limo was common. But then, one day she sees a man with a gun trying to shoot at the president, so she jumps on top of him to stop him. The whole country treats her like a star, even the popular girls who never would pay attention to a girl like her. She then finds out that the president's son is in her drawing class, and she starts to have feelings for him.
Review: This is my all-time favorite book. I would recommend this book to ANY girl who is 11 or older. Half of the girls in my grade last year read it, and not one disliked it at ALL. It has humor, unrealism, and a look into a teen's life all in one.

Title: A Corner of the Universe
Author: Ann M. Martin
Plot: I'll take the plot right out of the jacket. "Hattie Owen prefers to be steeped in the familiarity about the vast world beyond her own. Her family's boarding house is where she feels most at home, with its eccentric tenants and predictable routines -- so different from the controlling and repressive home of her well-to-do grandparents who live nearby." I'll explain the rest. During the summer, Hattie turns 12 and finds out about an uncle she never knew. Uncle Adam is his name, but the thing is, he's... different. Uncle Adam has a mental illness, and when his school shuts down, he comes to live with Hattie's grandparents.
Review: This book is very inspiring, and I would recommend it to both girls and boys around the age of 10. You truly can't put this book down. I have to warn you, it's sort of sad. But, I love the book so much, I've read it three or even four times. Even though it's sort of sad, the story is still heartwarming. I know pretty much anyone would love it.

Whew, that was long. Well, I hope you found a book you'd like to read out of those that I described!



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