Teen readers only! We'll feature what you read, what you should read next, and the books other teens like you are loving. Have a book or DVD recommendation for us? Get in touch.

 

Review of Looking for Alaska, by John Green

I recently picked up my well-loved copy of Looking for Alaska by John Green. It had been almost a year since I’d read it last. When I began rereading, I was once again transported into the (at first) un-extraordinary life of Miles Halter. His voice is reminiscent of Holden Caulfield - another of my favorite characters. He tells his parents that he wants to go to a new school in search of a Great Perhaps. At Culver Creek, a private school in the south, Miles, nicknamed Pudge by his roommate Chip (aka The Colonel), meets many new friends, and none are more intriguing than Alaska. The book is split into two sections, “Before” and “After,” and both are equally important in one of the book’s major mystery themes. This summer, join Pudge and friends through their unforgettable misadventures at Culver Creek Prep School.


If you liked Looking for Alaska, also try:

- Review by a Wayland Teen

High school art teacher Janet Armentano led a workshop on oil painting for teens at the Wayland Free Public library on July 16.  Because of heavy rains, she held the workshop inside, and the teens painted from photographs.  They amazed themselves with their talent, painting fabulous oils in under two hours! Ms. Armentano will lead another workshop at the library on July 23, which, weather permitting, will be held outside. 

I just finished Unhinged, the sequel to Splintered.  They’re sort of a twist on Alice in Wonderland.  A dark twist!  Alyssa is part of two worlds — the regular world that we’re in, and Wonderland.  She thinks her family is cursed, so a childhood friend guides her through the undoing of some of Alice in Wonderland’s mistakes.  Remember the River of Tears, anyone?  This book has a little for everyone.  It has suspense, adventure, a love triangle, and I liked the creative retelling of Alice in Wonderland.  

In Unhinged, Morpheus, the childhood friend, returns to win Alyssa’s love and defeat her enemy.  This book introduces more paranormal creatures, which I liked.  Some are twisted!  This book kept me wondering about Morpheus’s intentions until the end.  He reminded me of Jack Sparrow, with his mysterious trickster ways.  Alyssa also realizes she needs to be more cunning in order to beat her enemy.  Their clash at the end is great!  But she accidentally sends people she loves into the dark world …

Overall, I recommend reading both.  Unhinged picks up where Splintered leaves off.  I normally stay away from any books with love triangles, but these books were different and had a lot of dark elements.

If you like paranormal, adventure, romance, drama, suspense, or mystery try these!

I can’t wait for the third book to come out… I want to read more about her twisted adventures.  

- review by a Wayland Teen

If you liked Every Day, by David Levithan, we have a feeling you’ll like these too:

Flight, by Sherman Alexie

Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan

Something Like Fate, by Susane Colasanti

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

The Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon

The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer

Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt

- suggestions from a Wayland Teen!

Imagine waking up into a different body every day. Since the day A was born, life has been anything but constant. A wakes up in a new body every single day - has a new life every single day. Girl, boy, gay, straight, ugly, and beautiful – A has been it all. One morning, A wakes up in Justin’s body and falls in love with his girlfriend, Rhiannon. It’s rather difficult to maintain relationships with anyone when one’s body is not constant, and as a matter of fact, A has never kept in contact with anyone for longer than a day, but A knows that Rhiannon is the one. This book is thought provoking, funny, and a great summer read. Be prepared for your ideas of gender to become negligible as A lives life day in and day out undefined by societal norms, and instead by an individual identity of simply A.
 by Wayland Teen

Imagine waking up into a different body every day. Since the day A was born, life has been anything but constant. A wakes up in a new body every single day - has a new life every single day. Girl, boy, gay, straight, ugly, and beautiful – A has been it all. One morning, A wakes up in Justin’s body and falls in love with his girlfriend, Rhiannon. It’s rather difficult to maintain relationships with anyone when one’s body is not constant, and as a matter of fact, A has never kept in contact with anyone for longer than a day, but A knows that Rhiannon is the one. This book is thought provoking, funny, and a great summer read. Be prepared for your ideas of gender to become negligible as A lives life day in and day out undefined by societal norms, and instead by an individual identity of simply A.

 by Wayland Teen

If you liked The Fault in Our Stars you might also like these books. List compiled by a Wayland Teen.

Calling all anime lovers! If you love it on TV, try out the print versions too. We found some great manga to recommend. If you like fantasy, action, drama, or humor, then come by the Wayland Public Library to check these out.

Recommendations compiled by a Wayland teen.

Movie Review:  The Fault in Our Stars
I was ecstatic when I heard one of my favorite books, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, was going to be a movie, and in fact it exceeded my expectations.  TFIOS was cast perfectly, and filmed in a way that was true to the book.  John Green himself has put his stamp of approval on the movie.  Fans of the book will be delighted to hear direct quotes, and to see Hazel’s beloved (fictional) book, An Imperial Affliction.  Hazel and Gus’s love story is infinite, and teaches valuable lessons on life, love, and friendship.  This tear-jerking movie adaptation is a must see, okay? Okay. 
— Review by Wayland Teen

Movie Review:  The Fault in Our Stars

I was ecstatic when I heard one of my favorite books, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, was going to be a movie, and in fact it exceeded my expectations.  TFIOS was cast perfectly, and filmed in a way that was true to the book.  John Green himself has put his stamp of approval on the movie.  Fans of the book will be delighted to hear direct quotes, and to see Hazel’s beloved (fictional) book, An Imperial Affliction.  Hazel and Gus’s love story is infinite, and teaches valuable lessons on life, love, and friendship.  This tear-jerking movie adaptation is a must see, okay? Okay. 

— Review by Wayland Teen

Teens displayed some of their own Manga art at the Fandom Tea held at the Wayland Middle School.

Fandom Tea party at the Wayland Middle school.  About twenty teens enjoyed fandom tea, cookies, and Japanese candies at the Wayland Middle school.  What was their favorite fandom tea?  My Croft Holmes won over Sherlock Holmes, Captain Jack and Tardis.  Teas from Adagio.

Instead of waiting for these great books to turn into movies, read the books FIRST!  These 9 titles are all due to hit the big screen in 2014-2015.  Which one will make for the best movie do you think?

What are your favorite series books?  We all know Harry Potter, Twilight, etc. But have you read all of these?

Miss Peregrine’s series by Ransom Riggs

Divergent series by Veronica Roth

The Giver quartet by Lois Lowry

Delirium series by Lauren Oliver

Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead

Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld

Hatchet series by Gary Paulsen

Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray

Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce

Shiver series by Maggie Stiefvater

You never know what you’ll find in “the cage!”
WHS Teens Tori, Megan, and Isabel are shown here at the Wayland Public Library with their teacher, Mr. Delaney.  They researched former Wayland teacher and “Red Menace” Ann Hale, a suspected Communist, using newspaper articles from the 1950s.  
Our section of older books and newspapers, known as “the cage,” is a great resource for researchers of Wayland history!

You never know what you’ll find in “the cage!”

WHS Teens Tori, Megan, and Isabel are shown here at the Wayland Public Library with their teacher, Mr. Delaney.  They researched former Wayland teacher and “Red Menace” Ann Hale, a suspected Communist, using newspaper articles from the 1950s.  

Our section of older books and newspapers, known as “the cage,” is a great resource for researchers of Wayland history!

Maybe you’ve already read all of the books on our Teen shelves.  Looking for some Teen-friendly adult books?  We recommend the following books to transition into the adult sections.  If you have another recommendation let us know!

The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
The Death of Bees, by Lisa O’Donnell
Caring is Creepy, by David Zimmerman
Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon
World War Z, by Max Brooks
Tell the Wolves I’m Home, by Carla Rifka Brunt
Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
Amity & Sorrow, by Peggy Riley