Teen Book Reviews

Take a sneak peek at some of the recent reads from the teen patrons and the ECPL Teen Advisory Board (TAB). TAB members meet monthly to suggest and plan programs, volunteer at library events and talk about books! Teens, age 13- 17, from any school district in Erie County, are eligible to join TAB. TAB teens earn volunteer hours and gain leadership skills while making new friends and having fun. For more information, contact library-teenservices@eriecountypa.gov.
Ruby Red by Kerstin Geir
reviewed by Evelyn T.

Ruby Red is a sci-fi/fantasy story that takes place in modern day London. The main character is a teenage girl who is descended from a family of time travelers, and finds out she is one too. The book is very exciting, the main character is relatable, and it’s is one of my favorite books. Ruby Red is the first in a trilogy, and I read them all in less than a month! The final book has a twist ending, so my advice is to read all three. Five stars!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Reviewed by Shaneen U.

So often you hear about tragedies on the news; things like yet another instance of police brutality. This book explores the reality behind the shooting of a young black man through the eyes of his close friend. It provides readers with a new and fresh perspective.
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
Reviewed by Teena B.
Gaming meets reality! This graphic novel explores online gaming and real life dangers of losing yourself in a virtual reality. The main character is a girl who comes out of her shell online to make real life friends and become a hero. The story is great and you will like this book even if you don’t usually read graphic novels.
The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller
Reviewed by: Liz K.
This book is historical fiction. The main character is Elodie. She must be brave in order to help her father get her family out of debt. She meets interesting people and goes to cool places on her quest. Elodie meets Alex along the way and he helps her on her journey. It was historically accurate, romantic, dramatic and interesting.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Reviewed by Tyler S.
This book is about a Harvard professor, Alice Howland, a successful woman with a healthy family and a great life. Her life turns around when she is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disorder. This is a phenomenal and emotionally touching read. It will make you thankful and you will definitely love the people in your life more after you read it.