Welcome to Teen Reads!
For eight weeks this summer, every Monday, the Teen blog will feature a book review and reading recommendations within a given theme.
Each review will be a recommended read from an OPL Teen Advisory Group member.
Here is this week’s review and recommendations.
Review by Sophia from Carlingwood branch
Chicken Girl by Heather Smith
After reading this book I would definitely recommend it to anybody looking for a summer
read they will be addicted to until the last page! Heather Smith uses amazing, well-developed
groups of characters in many of her books including ‘Chicken Girl’ and ‘The Agony of Bunn
O’Keefe’. In both books even though the characters are very different they work together very
well to communicate the themes of the novel and show that being yourself and being unique are
important in life. Having so many characters in the novel that are dynamic and distinctive
ensures that all readers have someone they can relate to in the novel. Heather Smith isn’t afraid
to make her characters flawed. Which makes the book more interesting, feel more realistic, and
makes the story easier to relate to. The story this novel tells is an important one for today's
youth. It's main themes cover prejudice, internet safety, and mental health issues which are
some of the main issues in society today. Different characters in the book face prejudice for
being who they are; gay, overweight, or homeless. Characters face mental health issues like
depression, PTSD, and addiction. And the main conflict in the novel is caused by the main
characters online safety being violated. These issues are issues that teens face everyday and
this novel helps to bring that reality to light.
Do you have another readalike suggestion for the Real Life theme?
In the comment section below, tell us in a few sentences, which book it is and why you would recommend it. All the comments on this blog post (English and French) will be entered in a draw for the weekly $20 Chapters gift card prize. Enter your comment by midnight Sunday, August 18th.
Feel free to recommend more than one book, but only one entry to the draw will be counted per username.
The winner will be contacted on Monday, August 19th.
Take a peek at the upcoming Teen Reads themes and get inspired about what books you will want to recommend.
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