Jefferson Market’s Teen Book Club, The Undercover Muffins, recently discussed some of their favorite reads of the past month. Here is a list of titles they came up with and why they were chosen.
“This book was about a boy named Justin who changes his identity completely because he believes fate is out to get him and because of fate, he faces many dangers and obstacles. I like the book because the narrator is like a fly on the wall and knows what each character is thinking or feeling and it helps the reader to understand the protagonist’s situation. It takes you into the mind of a teenager who is going through new experiences and is learning about life and its reality.”
“This book is about a girl that is dying of cancer. She makes a list of things she should do before she dies and actually follows through with it. Some of the things included on her list were having sex and doing drugs. I really don’t like how she ends up dying but it was a good book.”
“This twelve year old girl runs away from her abusive foster parents. She has run away a couple of times before, jumping from foster home to foster home since her mother’s O.D. But this time was different because she actually got far away enough. I like this book a lot because during the young girl’s journey she writes down everything and you really feel connected to her. It gets to me because she is only twelve and she has gone through so much. It’s heartbreaking!”
"I liked this book because it’s a fantasy book about werewolves. It’s a love story between a human boy and how this wolf girl falls in love with him and at the end she has to choose to leave the pack or the human boy. She goes through problems with her family, lots of secrets, and is forbidden to see him. It is like a Romeo and Juliet story."
"Throughout the book racism and hatred towards her culture and religion played a major role. The teenager Jamie, whose real name is Jamilah, hides her true identity from the outside world. A connection between me and the story is we are both Lebanese stuck in a racist and close-minded world. Jamilah was affected mentally and physically after the 9/11 attack. That led her to change her image and also transformed her image towards her religion."
"It was an interesting book and I liked the idea and plot for it. It had a good storyline and I like the characters in the book. I like how it was easy to follow and the story was clear. I also liked the way the story was written in poetry form and I liked the ending of the story. I suggest this book to teenagers because it can help teens with struggles and it’s just an overall good read."
Reported by Jefferson Market’s Young Adult Librarian, Marie Hansen