Dessen, Sarah. Along for the Ride. New York: Speak, 2012. Print. Auden, a teenager suffering from insomnia without her parents knowing, goes to her dad's house in Colby for the summer. Her brother is backpacking through Europe and her mom has been very busy lately, writing books. Her dad who lives in a different city is also an author. She stays with her dad, her stepmom, Heidi, and her newly born stepsister. Auden, who usually doesn't talk to many people, finds herself in many relationships. Auden's character really stands out to me, because in the beginning, you don't know much about her. But as you read further, her character develops and you learn about her secrets. I really like how the people in her life get to know her in a similar fashion.
Dessen, Sarah. That Summer. New York: Speak, 2012. Print. That Summer is about a teenage girl, Haven, going through difficult times. She is almost 6'2" and she is very insecure about her height and appearance. Her dad is remarrying and her sister, who seems perfect to Haven, is planning her own wedding. She is marrying a guy named lewis, who Haven doesn't really like. Then, on top of all of that, her mom wants to go on a trip with her best friend, Lydia. Haven just wants everything to go back to the way they were before, but she just has to learn to deal with her feelings in a healthy way. I liked this book because it was different from the other books I had just read. This book is more realistic, because all or most teenagers, even if your family isn't splitting up, go through a period of time when they feel like their life is the worst and I think this book shows what to do in that type of a situation, and even what not to do.
Dessen, Sarah, and Nancy Brennan. What Happened to Goodbye. Place of Publication Not Identified: Turtleback, 2013. Print. What Happened to Goodbye is about Mclean Sweet, a teenager with divorced parents. She hates her mom because she left her and her dad for her dad's favorite basketball player. Now her dad has a new job, help owners start up their own restaurants all over the country. This means that they would have to move around a lot, so Mclean never had any real friendships until she moved to Lakeview. She many close friends. Mclean also finds out who she really is here. I liked this book because I had read other books by Sarah Dessen before and I really like her books. Although the plot is not the best, I like the way the book was written.
Bodeen, S. A. The Raft. New York: Scholastic, 2013. Print. The Raft tells the journey of a young teenager named Robie. Robie lives on Midway Atoll, a Hawaiian Island, and goes to the Big Island of Hawaii to visit her aunt. While she's there, her aunt has a business emergency and has to go to the mainland country. Robie wants to stay alone in Honolulu, so after many arguments, her aunt lets her stay as long as the neighbor checks on her every day. After a day in Honolulu alone, a man attacks Robie. Someone nearby helps Robie get to the apartment safely, but now she wants to go home. She knows that there is a supply plane the next day and she also knows the pilot of the plane, so tries to call her parents but the satellites are down. Robie decides to take the plane anyway. The plane's engine stops working and it crashes into the ocean. The copilot, Max quickly gets Robie onto a raft. Now they have to try and survive till they find land or someone finds them with a bag of skittles and no water. I really like this book because Robie faces so many unexpected challenges. In most books, I have an idea of what is going to happen next, but in The Raft, every time I turn the page, I am curious to see what is going to happen next.
Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars. London: Penguin, 2015. Print. Hazel and Augustus are both cancer patients, but after Augustus gets his leg amputated, he doesn't have cancer. One day, after her mother forces her, Hazel joins a cancer support group where she sees a boy named Augustus. Soon they fall in love, but they know that they don't have much time left. They have to fight cancer, but they have each other to help them get through the tough times. This is one of my favorite books because it is from a different view point. This book follows a teenager who knows she is going to die soon. It made me realize how good my life is, and how many things I take for granted every day.