Teen Review: “The One” by Kiera Cass

Posted in book review, teen volunteer with tags , , , on March 28, 2015 by centraltllc1

America has finally decided her heart lies with Maxon. Now with this knowledge, the chance of her losing is so much worse. Though America is the favorite of many, every time things start to get really good with Maxon, something goes wrong. As his feelings for Kriss grow, the more anxious America gets. How can she give herself to someone who shares himself among multiple girls. Also, every moral move America makes sends the king into fits. If Maxon doesn’t send her home, the king might end up doing it. This third and final book left you guessing until the very end, and though there were some sad parts, the majority of the ending was quite happy.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 18

"The One" by Kiera Cass book cover

Parman Teen Book Review: “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner

Posted in book review on March 23, 2015 by parmanlibraryteens

mazerunnerMost teens are familiar with this title because of “The Maze Runner” movie that was released the past year staring Dylan O’ Brien, but the real question is: have you read the book that the movie was based on? The Maze Runner is a science fiction novel, the first in a trilogy, so if you’re into science fiction novels and series like I am I would definitely recommend this book for you. Honestly, the framework of the plot has striking similarities to those of the Hunger Games trilogy and the Divergent trilogy, but the main difference is that the protagonist a teenage boy named Thomas who is placed in a mysterious land named the Glade. The Glade is filled with several boys his age who have the same predicament as him – they don’t remember anything about themselves other than their names and have no idea how they got into the Glade or who sent them there. Thomas, who is a bit more inquisitive and clever than the others, wants to figure out the entire mystery of how the Glade works and whether or not there is a world outside the Glade. A female character, Teresa, is introduced towards the end of the novel to spice things up. This book is filled with action, but not to the grotesque level that was included in the Hunger Games, and the interactions between the boys are humorous in the sense that they are pretty realistic. Overall, Dashner’s novel was an interesting read, although the plot itself was not too complex or intricate.

~Niraja, 16 Parman TLLC

Teen Review: “The Geography of You and Me” by Jennifer E. Smith

Posted in book review, teen volunteer with tags , , , on March 21, 2015 by centraltllc1

Lucy and Owen meet during a freak accident that caused a complete power outage of New York City. They are first trapped in an elevator in the building where Lucy lives and Owen’s dad manages. When they are rescued, they end up walking around New York and spending the night up on the roof, enjoying the view of the stars that are usually covered up by all of the light pollution. They even have a discussion about how insincere “Wish you were here” post cards are because of the abundance of ones Lucy has on the fridge from her ever traveling parents. Though they form this connection that night, not long after they both end up moving miles apart, and it’s hard to tell if what they felt applies outside of this single night. They stay connected through cheesy “Wish you were here” post cards, but can they keep this up forever?

Aedan, Central TLLC, 18

"The Geography of You and Me" by Jennifer E. Smith book cover

Parman Teens host Robotics Workshop for Tweens

Posted in Uncategorized on March 20, 2015 by parmanlibraryteens

IMG_0969 IMG_0971 IMG_0973 IMG_0974Parman teens hosted their first Robotics workshop with help from the Reagan HS Robotics team. This 3 hour workshop was completely run by the Parman Teens, who hope to offer more workshops this summer. Participants learned the basics of Lego Mindstorm Robotics and had fun with the different challenges. IMG_0972 IMG_0975

Parman Teen Book Review “The Shadow Club” by Neal Shusterman

Posted in book review on March 20, 2015 by parmanlibraryteens

shadow club“The Shadow Club” by Neal Shusterman

First and foremost, this is a phenomenal novel, about a ninth-grader named Jared and several friends he makes in the Shadow Club, a group that he and his best friend Cheryl founded for those who feel that they are left in the shadows of those who are better than them – it is basically a pity club for the second best. Several humorous scenes are contrasted by dangerous scenes, and the danger escalates when the Shadow Club’s silly pranks on their competitors become serious incidents; yet the group decides to blame these occurrences on Tyson McGaw, their school’s social outcast. By the time that Jared discovers that danger is not in Tyson, but in the Shadow Club and his own friends, will it be too late to fix the many mistakes they have made? This novel is truly thought-provoking, tackling many themes, especially how and how not to deal with feelings of hatred we may have towards others, instigated by comparing ourselves to others and the belief that we are not good enough. I recommend all teens to read this book, which is a fairly short read, because all 199 pages of this novel are worth reading.

~Niraja, 16 Parman TLLC

Parman Teen Review: “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth

Posted in book review on March 14, 2015 by parmanlibraryteens

allegiant“Allegiant” by Veronica Roth

The third novel in the Divergent trilogy, Allegiant differs significantly from Roth’s previous two novels in the sense that each chapter offers either the perspective of Tris or Tobias because there are several important scenes when they are away from each other, and the dual-perspective helps the reader get a complete understanding of what is going on. This novel does a good job in wrapping things up, for my perspective on some characters that I had previously considered to be evil has changed; I realized that they are just human beings who succumbed to cowardice when making tough decisions. We are also introduced to several new characters as Tris, Tobias, and the rest of the gang head outside the gate and discover a world that they did not exist in their wildest imagination. I must warn you, although the ending does a good job in wrapping things up, it’s unsatisfactory in the sense that it is sad, and things don’t end up the way they were planned. Overall, Allegiant is a good read, and the Divergent trilogy is by far my favorite series.

Niraja, 15 Parman TLLC

Teen Review: “The Elite” by Kiera Cass

Posted in book review, teen volunteer with tags , , , on March 14, 2015 by centraltllc1

With the selection of 35 girls down to six, America is now one of the Elite. The competition is more intense, and the girls duties  become heavier. While the other girls are putting in their best effort, America still has no idea what she truly wants. Every day, she is drawn more and more to Maxon, but at the same time, it is hard to let her past with Aspen go. All the while, the rebels’ attacks are growing in number. The southern rebels are ready for the selection to end and are getting more dangerous the longer it goes on. Though the rebels may be wrong, America is gaining true insight into the wrongs of Illéa’s system. Can America win Maxon’s love? And if she does, will she be prepared to handle the duties of being the princess and later the queen? This book was just as gripping as the first book, leaving me desperate to read the third and finally book in the series.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 18

"The Elite" by Kiera Cass book cover

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