To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

If you love romance dealing with a stubborn but intelligent girl, and the popular boy, this book is for you.  The book starts off with a girl named Laura Jean who has written a letter to every boy she has ever loved. She puts all of their addresses on the letters, and puts them in a box her mother, who died a couple years earlier, gave her when she was younger.  But one day, all of her letters get released, and her worst nightmare becomes reality. We follow her as she goes through the ups and downs of high school, and a love triangle starts to form. This book was one of the best I have read in awhile. Jenny Han made it super easy to fall in love with all of her characters – even the ones I didn’t like.  The movie for it came out this past summer, and I can say it was 80% like the books, but I am extremely excited to see the next movie!

By Katie 5

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Hidden Gem: Hero by Perry Moore

Hello fun people, its Quinten here, and I want to introduce a different kind of book review called “Hidden Gems.” In this series of reviews, myself, and the other bloggers, will suggest different books that we do not see getting as much attention that they should! So! With that out of the way, here is my first “Hidden Gem.”

For anyone who loves the world of comics and gay representation, then this is the book for you! I had the pleasure of reading Hero for the first time when I was a sophomore in high school. Immediately, I was obsessed with the characters and the overall setting of the world. Any coming of age story can be complicated for the protagonist, but Thom’s experience brings it to a new level. Not only must he navigate being a teen, but on top of that he must deal with being gay, a metahuman with healing powers, being raised by a single father — an ex “batman like” hero— and the perilous adventure of falling in love! This story has many unexpected twists and turns and multidimensional that make you question what it means to be good, and human. I could go on and on about the story, or why I love it so much, but I think this is the kind of book to experience by yourself. So, please give this book some much needed love!

Book Review: Famous in a Small Town

 

Ok so I love this book. Sophie is such a good protagonist with a friend group made up of so many fun characters. Their friendship feels so natural and all of their interactions are so much fun to read. All of the casual LGBTQ+ rep made me super happy and honestly there were multiple moments while reading that I honestly felt like I might cry just from how much I adore these characters. And this is a silly small thing, but I love that their library has a teen section, and that it’s an important place to them. All in all it was a super pleasant read, 10/10 would read again.

-Christan

Congratulations, Katie 3!

Wood Library is so proud of our teen, Katie, who was awarded the Youth Ambassador of the year at the Pioneer Library System Annual Meeting earlier today. Her dedication to library advocacy has been extraordinary, and we’re so lucky to serve in a community with such an active teen population. Congratulations Katie, it is well deserved!

 

-Katie Smith

Teen Services Librarian

The Return of Doctor Who

Doctor Who is the longest running Sci-Fi show to date. For many years, the role of the Doctor has been played by men and men only…Until now. On October 7th, the famous time-traveller returns, but this time he is a she. Jodie Whittaker will be taking on the monumental task of playing the iconic Time Lord (now Time Lady). I have been heavily anticipating this moment for many years and wondering when a woman be taking up the role, and the wait is over. I’m sure that Jodie will do a fantastic job, as she is a phenomenal actress, and I couldn’t be more excited for the return of Doctor Who!

-KatieE

Book Review: “The Brilliant Death” by Amy Rose Capetta

The characters were a lot of fun and very easy to get invested in, the magic was really cool, and the plot was interesting and full of twists that caught me off guard. There were a few bits where it felt it took itself a little too seriously, but never to the point of being irritating. All in all it was an excellent book that left me wanting more.

-Christan

TAB Member

Book Review: Rebecca

Over the summer, I read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.  I enjoy classics like this, Le Morte D’Arthur, and Jane Eyre.  The writing style is fairly complex, and the imagery is beautiful.  Set in England on an estate called Manderley, this book depicts the marriage of the nameless main character to Mr. de Winter.  After the death of his first wife, Rebecca, Mr. de Winter falls into a deep depression, and only the young Mrs. de Winter restores him to his normal self.  However, she suspects that Rebecca’s control still lingers over Manderley.

The story tells of a nobody who becomes a somebody.  But more importantly, it tells of a love strong enough to change a fate that seems inevitable.  I loved the story, including the ending, which came as quite a shocker. I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes something with a complex story line and unpredictable characters.

 

Olenka

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