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Teen Book Review Blog

Kelly's review of "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr

January 10, 2024

Review by Kelly

 all the light cover

4 stars of 5

All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

In All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, the author juxtaposes the stories of two characters: Marie-Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a German soldier. However, due to World War II and fate, their paths cross. The story describes how Marie-Laure adapts to her environment and survives when the Germans invade her home country. Despite being blind, Marie-Laure can “see” everything and helps those in need through her own ways. On the other hand, Werner joins the Nazis to fight in hopes of accomplishing his dreams of becoming an inventor. In addition, the novel dives into themes involving family, identity, freedom, and perseverance. With each character discovering their true roles in society, the story is an emotional roller coaster with each turning page 

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Kelly's review of "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini

November 7, 2023

Review by Kelly

 Kite runner

5 stars of 5

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a tragic tale about two people: Amir and Hassan. Originally living in peace in Afghanistan, the two were inseparable friends to the point they were almost brothers. Due to an unforeseen incident, Amir and Hassan drift apart. Later on when the war began and the Soviets invaded the country in 1979 during the Soviet-Afghan War, Amir and his family had to escape their luxurious life in Kabul to California in the United States. This book describes the maturing of Amir in a new country while trying to find his was after the tragedies that happened when he was a child. Through several events and plot twists that occur, the story drives fleets of emotions through the reader in the most brilliant ways possible. 

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Kelly’s Review of “All That's Left in the World” by Erik J. Brown

June 16, 2022

Review by Kelly

All Thats Left in the World Brown

All That's Left in the World by Erik J. Brown

3 and a half stars of 5 

All That’s Left in the World by Erik J. Brown is the story of the journey of two survivors of a super-virus, Jamison and Andrew, who stumble upon each other one fateful day. Two characters who are both equally mysterious with sorrowful pasts, come together to search for answers after a pandemic wipes out most of the human population. Through meeting several people along the way and encountering numerous challenges, Jamison and Andrew soon discover each other's past and the truth about the current world. 

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Kelly’s Review of “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline

May 27, 2022

Review by Kelly

Orphan Train Kline

5 stars of 5

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline tells the story of a young girl named Vivian, who was orphaned after she and her family moved from Ireland to America in the early 20th century. Vivian, whose real name was Niamh, was discriminated against for being Irish, and the book paints a compelling portrait of a moment in US history when orphans were not treated well. Vivian was passed on from family to family because she was Irish. 

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