Book recommendations for teens, by teens

Special to KT by Courtney Mellor –

Are you a teen who is looking for a good read? Here are three book recommendations from the Carlingwood Library’s Teen Advisory Group.

The Selection, by Keira Cass
Review by Ramona Charbel

In this fantasy version of the Bachelor, young America Singer is persuaded by family and friends to compete against 35 other beautiful and eager contestants for a chance to win the Prince Maxon’s heart – and the crown. Despite America’s deep distaste for the Selection, she develops a quick friendship with the inexperienced Prince, which soon evolves in to more. But when an old love keeps standing in the way, America is stuck in her own little Selection. If you’re looking for a summer read that will make you fall in love, cry and feel a wave of emotions you didn’t know you could feel, The Selection by Keira Cass is a must read!

Locke and Key, by Joe Hill
Review by Cathy Jing

In the world of Joe Hill’s Locke and Key, a key doesn’t just unlock doors. The Head Key opens the mind and allows anyone to insert memories and thoughts into the mind. The Animal Key has the ability of turning anyone into an animal. But… what’s the Omega Key? Join the Locke brothers on their adventure of protecting the most evil and terrifying door of them all.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon
Review by Maryan Chirwa 

Christopher, a fifteen-year-old boy, knows all the countries of the world and their capital cities and every prime number up to 7,507. He was living the life with his father and his pet rat until his neighbour’s dog was brutally murdered with a fork. He then became an amateur detective and started writing a book explaining in details his investigation. What has yet to be mentioned is that Christopher Boone has an autistic spectrum condition. However, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by British writer Mark Haddon is not simply a novel about disability, but a means of demonstrating the life of a teenage boy who, despite his lack of insight into other people’s emotional lives, is capable of overcoming his deepest habits and fears. Christopher Boone is not a typical character you find in a novel. What differentiates Christopher from others you may ask? Read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and jump into the mind of Christopher as he uncovers some unexpected secrets.

For more information about the Teen Summer Reading program, please visit the Carlingwood or Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

Courtney Mellor is the teen services librarian at Carlingwood Public Library.

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