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This is a novel that every teacher, parent, high school student, should read. An honest account of what "innocent" bullying can do in the lives of all involved. The lingering psychological effects of trying to be a part of the in- crowd be it: teacher, students, or parent are laid bare in these pages. An unforgettable portrayal of the most dangerous place on Earth.

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So true, the character's mother had breast cancer. The teacher made the mistake of assuming things go back to normal during remission. And the truth is, "Nothing ever goes back." #cancersurvivor #mytruth

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Purple Hibiscus: A Novel | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Think The Color Purple for a new era of Readers. Adichie's characters are raw and pained by unspeakable abuse. They are powerful and beautiful. Her words are like honey on the page. They read slow but the movement isn't. Horrific abuse and powerful redemption make this read outstanding. This should be taught in schools and have a movie deal!

shawnmooney Great review – I just started this, my first by her, last night! 3y
Yourfriendlylibrarian I hope you enjoy it! 3y
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Orbiting Jupiter | Gary D. Schmidt
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This book will give you all the feels. It's heart wrenching in a good way. It's a laugh and cry out loud kind of novel. I read it for the middle school library but will add to the high school collection. Lower level writing with higher level messaging. #teenparent #loss #fosterchildren

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Holding Up the Universe | Jennifer Niven
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If you like a quick, feel good, love story with a twist, then this will give you the warm fuzzies! Love the heart of this book and the characters who struggle to find their places in the tumultuous world of a 21st century high school over-run with entitled bullies. This gives you a whole other perspective on girls with weight issues and the boys who love them!

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If you like artsy-intense psychological thrillers then you will enjoy this one. Not the most difficult who-dun-nit but very interesting and leaves you wondering if they truly caught the right person, even after you finish the book. It will also have you questioning what kind of messed up life this author had in order to write this. The imagery will stay with you for a long while.

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Behind Closed Doors | B. A. Paris
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Excellent, fast, creepy thriller! Perfect for Halloween! Paris has a tight grip on suspense and excellent characterization of what it means to be a villain. This should be a movie!

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Very interesting twist and mystery. Author uses a lot symbolism and suspense to keep the reader attached. The characters are interesting with just the right amount of creepiness. Makes for a great spooky Halloween type read!

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Rapture Practice | Aaron Hartzler
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Heart wrenching for those who know Hartlzer's story because it echoes so many of those who were brought up in an oppressed home full of religious rules and cult-like doctrine. A well-written memoir with a heart-felt voice. Perfect for YA and adults.

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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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Very tripy.. The reader is submerged in to the psychedelic, pot-smoking, cultish decade of the Manson Family with a fictional account of what it must've been like to be sucked into a group of misfits. The sophisticated voice of the narrator allows the reader to experience the push and pull of degenerate behavior without regret.

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What Was Mine: A Novel | Helen Klein Ross
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A point of view smorgasbord! Ross impressively leads the reader to feel empathy for the villain. A page-turner that leaves you wanting more! The kind of novel that never lets you forget it's story or characters long after you turn the last page.

Josie Well, I'm sold!! Great review 3y
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The opening scene so extremely riveting. You will not be able to put it down. Slaughter's crime scene descriptions are eerily perfect and have the reader on the edge of the seat throughout the entire novel. Perfect for a summer read!

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Reconstructing Amelia | Kimberly McCreight
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Intense who-done-it, believable characters with a timely plot. Bullying takes a front seat; the fall-out leaves the reader wishing for an intervention. A slightly rushed ending that leaves you wishing for a few more chapters! Extremely quick read. Worth your time!

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Intense and uncomfortable look into the harsh reality of repressed feelings. Jewell paints an eerie picture of the darkness of hoarding and the effects on one family. Intertwined with other taboos that undoubtably happen but are swept under the rug. Open-mindedness is a must for this one.

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The Nest: A Novel | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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Interesting take on an old problem, it's never wise to "count your chickens" but when you do that's where the problems begin. The power of destructive decisions makes this a memorable novel full of drama and unique voices. A complex quilt of characters that won't let you go for a long time.

MrBook You read a lot of great books! 😊😎👍🏻 3y
Yourfriendlylibrarian Thank you, I've read my share of bad ones but I do a lot of research before I select a book. Hazard of the profession! 3y
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In the Woods | Tana French
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Yourfriendlylibrarian The truth is the most desirable woman in the world and we are the most jealous lovers... 3y
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Vanishing Girls | Lauren Oliver
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Not exactly a heart pounding page turner but definitely worth a read. An interesting look into the mind and its ability to fraction in the wake of trauma. If you like chronological order then this one is not for you. Challenging but interesting.

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Another stellar mystery by Hannah! So strangely wicked and truly psychologically twisted. Who is lying, who is is telling the truth? A provocative page turner. The best detective series I've ever read. Love the mixed points of view.

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Bone Gap | Laura Ruby
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A strange mix between Stephen King's Children of the Corn and The Wizard of Oz. It's a magical horror story that pulls you into a world that makes no logical sense but you can't just walk away from the scarecrow. You must have on open mind to get through this one!

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Little Face | Sophie Hannah
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Lovely, little, psychological thriller in the same vain as Girl on a Train. Totally shocking plot twist that makes the reader think, could someone really do that? A detective series where the detectives are not the main characters but intricately involved enough to make it worth following along.

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The Crown | Kiera Cass
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The Crown | Kiera Cass
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Just got my copy of The Crown by Kiera Cass! Laying down two other books to hopefully finish this one this week!

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Extremely disappointing, the writing was less than enticing with schizophrenic sentences and perhaps characters. Hard to follow the intermingled story lines of past and present. Could be considered a travel journal with a short story mixed in.

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The Lies About Truth | Courtney C. Stevens
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This author speaks to the audience with her realistic characters and storylines. This novel explores the damage done by keeping secrets and grudges. Also, takes a real look at anxiety and its triggers and treatments. Love the plot and the twist that you don't see coming at all.

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Faking Normal | Courtney C. Stevens
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The characters are so believable and the storyline is one that is often too real to even stomach. Shocking twist to the who-done-it leaves the reader wanting to know more of why and how? Very informative on social issues that plague today's teenage culture.

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Lake House | Kate Morton
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The Lake house takes a bit of effort to read as the hook is not as enticing as some of Morton's previous novels. However the intricacies of the plot and movement of the story line keep the reader going back for more. The who-done-it is not at all what I expected. Excellent mystery!

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