Please enjoy some book reviews from one of our VolunTeens, Julia W.!

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

This book immerses you in a world where teens are solving decades old cold cases. Using special abilities they have to piece together the puzzle of what happened. And as the series continues it gets more twisted. Bringing an element of Criminal Minds to young adult literature, I highly recommend hopping on the mysteriously daunting roller coaster.

Obsessed by Allison Britz

This book follows a teen Allison Britz through the navigation of high school with unknown O.C.D. in the early 2000s. It brings the darkness and misconceptions of O.C.D. to a halt, explaining the illness as if its your own mind. It brings the attention to what it really is and not what they do. It focuses on the thoughts and the plaguing obsession, not the continuous hand washing often associated with O.C.D. This read is perfect for understanding on a new level what a loved one is going through with O.C.D., and even those without, it better explains them as humans not just people who must keep everything straight.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

This book tells the story of the sinking of the Whilhelm Gustloff, the largest maritime disaster in history. Following five different walks of life, thr reader understands the nuance of conflict and war. It’s never black and white, it’s always in a greying haze. This book does an amazing job of portraying that, having characters who have lost their families, gone through unspeakable traumas, and the loss of their home. Sepetys takes all of that and blends it into what really happened, and how when you’re trying to survive, it’s never black and white.

Miss. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

This takes place in a world of immortals in a mortal world, but they’re only immortal if they stay in their time capsule. Following a teen in a fantastical version of Earth, after the death of his grandfather; navigating the wake of his death with hunters and immortals battling out for top prize, his blood. It’s a devilish wonderland bound to keep you reading.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Set in a prestigious Vermont private school, Stevie Bell is set to solve the mystery of the century -the disappearance of the founder’s wife and young girl. Through this dangerous adventure she picks of clues of the school’s past and scandals. Taking the reader on twists and turns literally and figuratively throughout the book. I highly recommend.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

A fairytale retelling of Cinderella in a technological sci-fi world perfectly encapsulates this book. Following Cinder through the journey of mechanic to debutante to the ball where the Prince finds his lover. She doesn’t just find her lover, she learns about a whole secret world she’s never known.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

This book stands the testament of time being in the top of peoples’ top lists for over 150 years. This book is bound to be good. While slow, it’s a good read. Bringing the romance of mid-19th century England, with a harrowing love tale. Of scandal, romance, and a determination for a true love. That hasn’t changed, the world might’ve, but the yearning to be loved hasn’t. And that to me, is what has set this book apart. It encapsulates the debate that in someway still is prevalent today, love or self-preservation?

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is one of the most prolific mystery authors to date. And she has written incredible things, but this is by far my favorite. Tying in the world of justice and karma, to morality. It has you guessing until the end, you never know what someone will do, no matter how well you know them.

When the World Didn’t End by Caroline Kaufman

A collection of poems written about a tumultuous time throughout the author’s life, a time where writing was the only way to cope through the awkward, uncertain and scary times of life. She opens herself up to the reader as nothing more than a girl in a world. Being surprisingly relatable, in the feelings she has and those she uncovers. It’s an amazing read.

Victoria Vogel

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