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Teens

A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Upside Down Dog on book coverReviewed by Tom Han, Teen Advisory Council

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by U.K author Mark Haddon is no ordinary young adult novel. It follows an autistic 15 year old boy named Christopher and his first person perspective of the world and his surroundings. The book offers a refreshing take on the young adult genre with its unique point of view of real, human conflicts while being funny and touching at the same time.

Fifteen Lanes

Fifteen Lanes by S.J. Laidlaw

Review by Nicolai Hughes, Teen Advisory Council

Bullet-hole in GlassFifteen Lanes by S.J. Laidlaw is an award-winning Canadian novel, and it's clear to see why.
It's a groundbreaking story set in Mumbai that refuses to gloss over difficult topics like teen
mental illness, the sex trade, self harm and suicide, as well as other important issues. It
follows the story of two teenage girls, each coming from vastly different backgrounds and
situations, who grow to understand each other's hardships, and form an unbreakable bond
because of it. It's an emotionally taxing read, with a writing style so raw and real that you
may have to take time between chapters just to allow everything to sink in. If you're looking
for a thought-provoking story to truly change your perspective, I would highly recommend
picking up Fifteen Lanes.

A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses By: Sarah J. Maas

Reviewed by Minhal Farrukh, Teen Advisory Council 

A woman in lace and maribou against a red sky and a forest backgroundThis novel tells a story of a 19-year-old Feyre, who finds herself in a world of faeries after unknowingly killing one. When she kills a faerie in the woods to feed her family, a beast comes to take her away to the spring court where she has to live forever as her punishment. Feyre than discovers that her captor is not a beast but a man whose named Tamlin. He is one of the high lord who once ruled their world but was taken over by a queen who is evil. Feyre must find a way to stop it or doom Tamlin and his world forever. 

I'll Give you the Sun

Book CoverI'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Review by Nicolai Hughes, Teen Advisory Council

This book is an intriguing read from start to finish. Nelson has a
unique and real way of storytelling that keeps you hooked throughout. The plot of the novel
revolves around the complications of growing up, especially the need for adaptability in
relationships. The story revolves around the familial relationship between the two
sibling-protagonists, and the way their priorities shift away from each other as they get older.