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  • House of Furies — Teen Review
    review by Jacob Chon, age 15 House of Furies by Madeleine Roux     House of Furies is a gripping tale of a young beggar who is thrust into a boarding house straight out of a horror movie. Louisa Ditton runs away from her status as a beggar to become a maid at […]
  • The Art of Feeling — Teen Review
    review by Kira Toal, age 16 The Art of Feeling by Laura Tims Summary:     The Art of Feeling is a YA romance/drama by Laura Tims about pain, emotional and physical, and the different effects it has on two foils: a girl with chronic pain, and a boy with congenital analgesia. Characters:     The […]
  • The First Time She Drowned — Teen Review
    review by John Chon, age 15 The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter Summary: Cassie O’Malley has been trying to keep her head above water—literally and metaphorically—since birth. It’s been two and a half years since Cassie’s mother dumped her in a mental institution against her will, and now, at eighteen, Cassie […]
  • Madness — Teen Review
    review by Jacob Chon, age 15 Madness by Zac Brewer     What is madness if it is not doing something many times, each time expecting a different result? And who is Brooke, if she is not a girl who goes to therapy many times, each time expecting a different result? As a young […]
  • Teen Advisory Board — April 2018
    Pasadena Public Library – Teen Advisory Board, 4/16/2018   Present: Faith, Liam, Sophie, Taleen, Brittany, Denisse, John, Jonathan, Haile, Liliana, Enrique, Luke, Kristina, Armand, Jane L, Chris, Genevieve   Focus of April meeting: advocacy   Assignments:   Register for Mental Health Day if you’re able to attend on May 19: […]
  • The Closest I’ve Come — Teen Review
    review by Jacob Chon, age 15 The Closest I’ve Come by Fred Aceves     Marcos Rivas is like any other high school student. He simply wants to be loved.  From his basketball games with other guys from the hood, to his abusive stepfather, Marcos’s life is not giving him that. All he gets are […]
  • That Thing We Call a Heart — Teen Review
    review by Sylvie Bower, age 16 That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim     That Thing We Call a Heart is the story of Shabnam, a Pakistani-American girl, during her last summer in New Jersey before going to Penn. She isn’t speaking to her best friend, who’s recently started wearing a hijab, […]