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  1. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
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    ⭐⭐⭐ I really enjoy the fact that the whole book is written in poetry. I think it is a great book for reluctant readers and boys in general. For me though it seems like the characters weren't developed enough. Everything seemed very superficial and surface level.
  2. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
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    ⭐⭐⭐ This is the first Raina Telgemeier book I've read all the way through. Most of my other exposure to her books have been reading with my mentee. I was really excited about this book because it discussed Cystic Fibrosis which a friend of mine has. Unfortunately this book focused more on the ghost aspect than on CF. Overall it was a light, easy, and enjoyable read.
  3. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
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    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I loved this book! The characters and their life stories were so compelling. I must admit I was bawling towards the end of the book. This is a book that will stick with me.
  4. The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
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    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I read this book with my mentee and we both loved it. The connection to science and science history is worked into the book in such a way that kids don't even realize they're learning anything. The story is so original and the relationships are real.
  5. Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe
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    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I loved this book! I never realized all the Hollywood connections Rob had. Between his stories of Hollywood, his family, sobriety, and friends I couldn't stop reading.
  6. Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
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    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ The writing in this book isn't excellent. Drew has not had an easy life. She seems to have found her way even without a lot of family support.
  7. Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
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    ⭐⭐⭐ This was an easy and light read. I found it slow at the beginning but it picked up after a few chapters. I really liked the main character, Franny. She reminded me a lot of Lauren.
  8. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
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    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I loved this book! The two characters struggle with mental illness is relatable and heartbreaking. There journey together will have you falling in love with them. This is another book that had me bawling at the end.
  9. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
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    ⭐⭐⭐ Honestly, I was pretty generous with the three stars I gave this book. I haven't ever seen the TV series Girls but liked Lena from her TV appearances. I really only liked the chapter about weight loss. The rest of the book she came off as entitled and whiny. I couldn't stand it.
  10. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
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    ⭐⭐⭐.5 I only knew a little bit about this book before I started reading it. I thought there would be more of Aziz's funny side in the book. This is actually a very well researched sociological study of love in the past and present. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot. I'm not sure this is at all related but shortly after finishing the book I met my amazing boyfriend.
  11. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
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    ⭐⭐⭐ I enjoyed this book but it was not as good as her first book. It was more about Hollywood and her work life. It was still a great book and I still love Mindy.
  12. Auggie & Me by R.J. Palacio
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    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Love, love, love this book! It is a great companion to Wonder. It really gives you a more in depth perspective on some of the main characters.
  13. The Daily 5 by Gail Boushey
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    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I read this book after several of my classmates raved about it. I really like the idea of this reading program but it seems like it would be hard to implement. I've seen various adaptations on this that seem to work for specific classrooms.
  14. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
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    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I LOVED this book! I learned so much. Melody is amazing! I wish there was a sequel!
  15. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
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    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I've looked up to Amy since I was 12. This book is just as amazing as she is.
  16. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
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    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ A perfect companion to the Harry Potter books. The stories are cute and explain some of what is talked about in the books.