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The Crossover

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Alexander, Kwame(2014)Recently Added Review
The Crossover
Young Adult

Josh Bell, aka Filthy McNasty, is twelve years old and the star of his middle school basketball team. He loves to rap, listen to Lil Wayne, and play basketball. He is proud of his dread-locked hair and of his basketball skills. Josh tells his story about growing up off and on the court, with his mom, who is the school principal, and his dad, who is a retired European basketball legend. His twin brother, Jordan, is amazing at basketball too, but gets a little side-tracked when he gets his first girlfriend. Josh experiences first crushes, family problems, jealousy, and everything else we go through when we are in middle school. This is a very quick, but entertaining read; perfect for boys, reluctant readers, and sports fans alike.

Reviewed by Maeve C., University City Regional

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My Sunshine Away

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My Sunshine Away

Everything changed the summer of 1989 in Baton Rouge when fifteen-year-old Lindy Simpson was the victim of a horrible crime. Once a track star, and loved by all of the boys, she slowly spirals into a darkness that will change her forever. Our narrator is fourteen at the time and desperately in love with Lindy. He tells the story of that fateful summer when there were four suspects in the crime, including himself. This book is more than a mystery, it’s a story about a boy simply trying to understand what happened to the girl he loved. M.O. Walsh paints an amazing picture of Baton Rouge--you can feel the heat of the southern summer air as you read. If you liked the storytelling in The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, you will enjoy this book.

Reviewed by Maeve C., University City Regional

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Green Eye Bandit 2

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Green Eye Bandit 2

Has anyone close to you ever been murdered? The primary character is New Jersey born Tina Martin. As a child she suffered all forms of abuse and resorted to thievery as a means of survival, and she is devastated after the brutal killing of a loved one. She creates a black list in her head and begins to “off” the people on that list. The author’s simplicity of word choice, use of sexual references, and raw language will thrust this page-turner to the top of the list for anyone who desires both a captivating and an easy read.

Reviewed by Lateefah T., Beatties Ford Road Branch

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The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty

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The center of a close-knit group of artistic friends living in New York City, beautiful Barb struggles under the weight of her own beauty. Eager to find a man who can love her despite her stunning looks and not because of them, she wears a disfiguring disguise in public and enjoys repelling shallow men with her costume. At the same time, her best friend Lily, a supremely talented yet conventionally unattractive pianist, is struggling to secure the affection of her love interest, who is incapable of seeing past her lackluster appearance. To complicate matters further, there is a murderer lurking in their midst. A thought-provoking novel with elements of fantasy and mystery, this unique novel is charming and will also make you laugh.

Reviewed by Lacey S., Mountain Island Branch

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The Terrible and Wonderful Reason Why I Run Long Distances

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The Terrible and Wonderful Reason Why I Run Long Distances

Starting out as a webcomic and quickly becoming the most popular entry on TheOatmeal.com, The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances is a hilarious, heartfelt, and often vulgar memoir-of-sorts that follows Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman throughout his adventures in distance running. He chronicles both the best and worst runs of his life, his dietary habits, frustrations with today’s gym culture, and many, many digressions. What are his reasons for punishing himself day in and day out with endless miles? Food. Camaraderie. Blerches. What is a Blerch, exactly? Check out this brutally honest and colorful (in hues as well as language) collection to find out for yourself.

Reviewed by Kaitlyn M., Morrison Regional

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The Last Policeman

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The Last Policeman

An asteroid is quickly approaching the planet, and mankind has been given six months to live. The world economy has tanked, vital resources are scarce, and lawlessness has set in. In such a desperate world where suspicious deaths are commonplace, Detective Hank Palace is still dutifully on the job and is called to investigate an apparent suicide. A man has hung himself in the bathroom in a McDonald’s and everyone believes it to be a suicide—everyone except Palace himself. Faced with the skepticism of his few remaining colleagues, Palace must embark on investigating the murder by himself. “The Last Policeman” is the first in a trilogy and offers intrigue that both mystery and dystopian fiction fans will enjoy.

Reviewed by Lacey S., Mountain Island Branch

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Seven Second Delay

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Seven Second Delay
Young Adult

In the future, societies have collapsed. A utopia has arisen. A place where all the essentials - food, clothing, housing - are free. The cellular device they implant into your head is free. This phone enables you to see all, hear all, and do all. On the outside of this utopia is crippling poverty, violence, and sickness. Mila’s goal is to get inside, get a phone, and live free. When her plan goes awry and she finds herself a fugitive, Mila has all the odds against her, except for one thing. The feed on her phone has a seven second delay. That’s all the time she needs, just as long as she can outsmart, outrun, and stay alive.

Reviewed by Kaitlyn M., Morrison Regional

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Gemini

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The delicate issue of monitoring a hospital patient with life-threatening injuries and fighting time for recovery is just one major problem for Dr. Charlotte Reese now. The hit-and-run victim is in good care at Charlotte's Seattle hospital. But the patient is unidentified--and that is a big issue as time passes and costs climb. What Charlotte doesn't know is that the "Jane Doe" is Renee ("Raney") Boughton who's a wife and mother living near Seattle. Fact is: Renee is also a onetime romantic interest of Charlotte's boyfriend Eric. And after Charlotte describes a "scar on her arm" to Eric, he asks if he can verify her identity. This nimbly crafted, satisfying novel of family and medicine is told largely alternating between Charlotte and Raney’s stories.

Reviewed by Lawrence T., South County Regional

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Forever Evil:  Blight

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Forever Evil: Blight

This collection continues the story of the Crime Syndicate takeover of Earth and the resulting destruction of the Justice League of America. Delving deeper into the back stories of Pandora, the Phantom Stranger, and John Constantine, we find our crew of shadowy spell casters searching for the missing members of the Justice League Dark and battling both a growing evil presence called Blight as well as the Crime Syndicate. Can the JLD withstand having their powers siphoned to create a supernatural weapon of mass destruction and save the world? This must-read companion to Justice League Dark - Volume 4, features an all-star cast of mysterious characters and will have you clamoring for the next installment of this riveting series.

Reviewed by Jori F., Steele Creek Branch

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First Impressions

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Sophie accepts a job at an antiquarian bookshop shortly after the death of her beloved, book-loving uncle - a death that she believes was no accident. She receives two requests for a rare book, sending her on a literary scavenger hunt that could ultimately prove that her idol, Jane Austen, plagiarized Pride and Prejudice. Sophie’s search becomes increasingly dangerous as she begins receiving threats. She must learn who she can trust, and prove Austen’s innocence, before it’s too late. The novel alternates between Sophie’s search for the book and a fictionalized account of Austen’s burgeoning literary career. With a hint of romance, this fast read is perfect for book lovers and just might inspire readers to revisit Jane Austen’s classics.

Reviewed by Christine B., South County Regional

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