On the Come Up

Title: On the Come Up

Author: Angie Thomas

464 Pages

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Date read: November 2019 (Seventh grade)

Synopsis: This book follows a girl who has always wanted to be a rapper just like her father who was murdered. When a huge opportunity arises, our main character blows up online. This book shows how she manages this fame within her community.


Review: I 100% loved this book. It was very powerful, and had many good messages. The characters were all very relatable. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes music because the rapping aspect of this book was very well done.

The Hate U Give

Title: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

444 Pages

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Date read: February 2020 (Seventh grade)

Synopsis: Starr has two lives. One at her fancy, private school with primarily white kids, and another at home surrounded by fellow black people. When Starr’s best friend gets shot by a cop, it is up to Starr to seek justice for her friend.


Review: I have never read anything like this book. I loved it because it was so powerful, and it was so shocking because things like what happened in this book happen in real life. This book had such a powerful message, and I would say that this is a book that everyone should read.


Title: Wildwood

Author: Colin Meloy

541 Pages

Genre: Fantasy, Trilogy

Date read: April 2020 (Seventh grade)

Synopsis: When a murder of crows takes Prue’s baby brother into the strange and mysterious forest, Prue knows she has to go after him. The world she discovers within this mysterious forest is not what she expects.


Review: I thought this book was ok. I enjoyed it a lot, but I think I would’ve liked it more if I had read it at a younger age. However, I do think it was worth reading. I hadn’t read a fantasy book in awhile before picking this up, but this book was very enthralling. I would recommend this to people who don’t normally like fantasy because I think you will be surprised with this amazing story!

The Young Elites

Title: The Young Elites

Author: Marie Lu

344 Pages

Genre: Dystopian, Trilogy, Fantasy

Date read: January 2020 (Seventh grade)

Synopsis: After kids get sick with this disease, if it doesn’t kill them it leaves them scarred and with powers. This book follows a girl who is mistreated by her father. She was sick with this disease, and now has powers. Throughout this book she is searching for a famed group of kids who are just like girl.


Review: I thought this book was very creatively done. The main character was very interesting, and the writing was very captivating. The plot was also well done, and I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an adventurous read.

Fountains of Silence

Title: Fountains of Silence

Author: Ruta Sepetys

512 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Date read: February 2020 (Seventh Grade)

Synopsis: This book follows a boy from Texas who is visiting Spain in the 1950s when Spain is under a dictatorship. He bonds with the girl who serves him at the hotel he is staying at, and he begins to see a side of Spain that the rest of the world doesn’t know about.


Review: I LOVED this book. I have never read anything about Spain during this time, and I learned so much. It felt so real, and each time I picked up the book I was transported back in time. I have never read anything like this. I would highly recommend this book to any historical fiction lover.


Title: Scythe

Author: Neal Shusterman

443 Pages

Genre: Dystopian

Date read: December 2019 (Seventh Grade)

Synopsis: This book takes place in a world where humans haver learned everything there is to know, including the secrets to immortality and bringing people back from the dead. In order to keep the world population in check, there are people called ‘scythes’ who go around killing people for good. This book follows two scythe apprentices of whom only one can become a real scythe.


Review: I really liked this book. I was hooked from the start. I think the whole world this book took place in was just so fascinating. The characters in this book were also very relatable even though their world was very different from ours. I’d highly recommend this book!