The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High – Laurie Boyle Crompton
I haven’t watched very many reality shows but if they’re anything like The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High, I may have to start. I enjoyed this book a lot and it is now on my To Be Reread list.
Shannon’s ‘clique’ is just her and her best friend and she has a super-embarrassing nickname that won’t go away. It is no huge shock when her classmates vote her least likely to be crowned Prom Queen. What is shocking is the new hidden camera reality show she finds herself starring in, titled The Prom Queen Wannabes! Shannon and two other Wannabes must battle to be elected Prom Queen and snag the One! Million! Dollar! prize. After a summer of makeovers and training at Prom Queen Camp, the hidden cameras watch the three of them enter their senior year equipped with secret skills to help wage war on the popular set. Things at Westfield High are about to get ugly, and Shannon must decide how much she’s willing to give up for a shot at winning that tiara
Counting to D – Kate Scott
I couldn’t sleep last night, so I picked up Counting to D. I’m glad I did. I want to be friends with Sam. And Nate. They were awesome characters. I loved that Nate accepted Sam even though she had a learning disorder. And I liked that the girl who I thought would be the mean girl turned out to be really nice.
The kids at Sam’s school never knew if they should make fun of her for being too smart or too dumb. That’s what it means to be dyslexic, smart, and illiterate. Sam is sick of it. So when her mom gets a job in a faraway city, Sam decides not to tell anyone about her little illiteracy problem. Without her paradox of a reputation, she falls in with a new group of highly competitive friends who call themselves the Brain Trust. When she meets Nate, her charming valedictorian lab partner, she declares her new reality perfect. But in order to keep it that way, she has to keep her learning disability a secret. The books are stacked against her and so are the lies. Sam’s got to get the grades, get the guy, and get it straight—without being able to read.
The Body in the Woods – April Henry
I figured out who the killer was halfway through the book. Alexis was my favorite character. She seemed the most real of any of the characters. I’m glad this is a series because I feel like I didn’t get enough time with the characters. :)
In this new series told from multiple perspectives, teen members of a search and rescue team discover a dead body in the woods.
Alexis, Nick, and Ruby have very different backgrounds: Alexis has spent her life covering for her mom’s mental illness, Nick’s bravado hides his fear of not being good enough, and Ruby just wants to pursue her eccentric interests in a world that doesn’t understand her. When the three teens join Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, they are teamed up to search for a autistic man lost in the woods. What they find instead is a dead body. In a friendship that will be forged in danger, fear, and courage, the three team up to find the girl’s killer—before he can strike one of their own.
This first book in April Henry’s Point Last Seen YA mystery series is full of riveting suspense, putting readers in the middle of harrowing rescues and crime scene investigations.
Downsiders – Neal Shusterman
This is my favorite book by Neal Shusterman. I don’t know how many times I’ve read it. I love how the book is a combination of true history and fiction. And I’m so happy that there is a sequel coming.
Talon lives Downside, that is, underneath New York City. There is a strict code of secrecy among the Downsiders. However, when Talon accidentally meets a young woman named Lindsay, who is a Topsider (from above the ground), the two worlds inevitably collide. They become friends and love blossoms. The punishment for Talon’s lack of discretion could be death. What will happen to them? Will the entire Downsider community be discovered?
Full Ride – Margaret Peterson Haddix
Stay awesome ♥ Christa