Book Reviews: Back to School this Summer!
By Jillian Bietz
At the pool, on the beach or inside with the AC at full blast this summer, it's always fun to plunge in a great book during the summertime.
These books are all about different teenagers and their various day-to-day lives. And while they may be set in those infamous high school days-something most of us can relate to- we all have our unique stories, and these characters prove no different. So whether your high school life is yet to come, where you'll be returning next fall, or was many years ago, these entertaining scenarios will make you reassess your high school experience- for better or for worse!
Prey by Lurlene McDaniel
Ryan Piccoli is just a regular kid. He has a great group of friends (including longtime best friend Honey, who's had a secret crush on Ryan forever) is preparing to get his drivers license, and often bickers with his caring yet clueless dad. But on the first day of school, Ryan's life changes forever. Enter Ms. Lori Settles.
New to the school, history teacher Ms. Settles is young, gorgeous, and dresses like she knows it. The girls are jealous of her, and the boys can't take their eyes off her-Ryan included. One day, Ms. Settles asks Ryan to help her move furniture into her apartment. Their secret meetings outside of school don't stop there. Frequent e-mails turn into late night rendezvous at a coffee shop, and eventually, a secret, illicit affair begins. But as Ryan's "love" for Lori grows, his life deteriorates into a string of lies, confusion, and manipulation.
Spoken from the viewpoints of Ryan, Honey, and Lori, "Prey" paints a sickeningly realistic-sounding picture of how someone so innocent could get so carried away.
Sweet Valley High Series #1: Double Love by Francine Pascal
It's often said that everything old is new again. And "Sweet Valley High" is back in a big, updated way! "Sweet Valley" proves that no matter what the hottest trends are, who drives the coolest car or even what year it is, high school will forever be the same.
If you lived in the 1980's, chances are you'd be a teased haired, shoulder-pad sporting "Sweet Valley" freak. In 1983, the best-selling series captivated the nation, paving the way for future overtly-cliché, high school melodramas. Eventually, over 150 books (not including the spin-off series'!) were created, as well as dolls, games, videos, and a 1990's TV show.
Even though Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield are identical twins and best friends, they couldn't be more different. Elizabeth is altruistic, studious, loyal, and levelheaded whereas Jessica is snobby but still affable, lighthearted, and friendly.
Jessica is no stranger to getting what she wants. She can wrangle her way into anything, and doesn't let the repercussions stop her, even though it means she must rely on her doppelganger to get her out of trouble. And though in the past Elizabeth never minded rescuing her sister from time to time, when a certain boy enters the picture, all bets are off. Elizabeth is determined to snag him and will rival anyone who gets in her way-even Jessica.
The Hollywood Sisters: Star Quality by Mary Wilcox
The fourth book in "The Hollywood Sisters" series, Jessica and Eva are at it again!
The very first day of high school always stinks. And if it's your very first day of high school at a new school, which happens to be an-ultra fancy Beverly Hills prep school, it's even worse. But when your sister is a total Hollywood it-girl but you'd rather sit in the corner and evade all attention? Well, you're in for a plain old disaster. Welcome to Jessica Ortiz's world!
Though Jessica older sister, Eva, may be a major TV star, she's very shy. But when a string of mysterious happens occur, the new girl becomes the target- and Jessica must prove her innocence while still remaining true to herself and becoming who she wants to be.
The Hollywood Sisters know that life isn't something that comes with a script! Perfect for pre-teens, "The Hollywood Sisters" books are entertaining, fashionable and fun!
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