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That Was Then, This Is Now

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I read this book a while back when I was around 10 or so, and I absolutely loved it. Just finished reading it again for the first time since then (I'm 21 now), and it didn't leave quite the same impression. It was still enjoyable since the characters were interesting and the plot moved along at a steady pace, but the overall atmosphere of the book was very grim. The main character, Bryon, repeatedly states the problems of caring for other people, and by the end of the story it seems like he still maintains this same melancholy attitude. The ending was very sad with no promise that things will ever be better. Still though, overall the book was very good, and some people may appreciate the realistic, untypical non-happy ending. Generally I do, but for this book it just didn't seem fitting.
The Hunger Games

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I really enjoyed this book. I read this after watching the movie and was very happy to find that the story was very close to what I had seen on screen. The book was better though because you knew what the characters were thinking and this changed some very pivotal scenes for me. Dystopian fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I think that this would be a great introduction into the genre for young readers.
Cut

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I read this book when I was around 12, and I really enjoyed it and have remembered it ever since, so when I came across a copy for 25 cents, I bought it immediately. I was so pleased to find that it was just as good 10 years later. It deals with serious issues that affect some teenagers today, and it does it in a way that is understanding and non-condescending. It ends on a hopeful note that I feel is very important for teens that may be dealing with the same problems.
Slam

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I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. The basic story and the voice were good, but there was a strange time travel story line that I did not feel fit as well as it could have. It was handled awkwardly and wasn't introduced until a long way into the story so it was rather abrupt and startling. I like science fiction and I like coming-of-age stories, but I don't think they were blended together very well in this book.
Mockingjay

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This was my favorite book of the series. It details the war between the districts and the Capitol. The atmosphere for this book is a little different than the other two. It begins to feel more like an action sci-fi than a simple dystopian story, but I really felt that the atmosphere was perfect for the story.
My Goat Ate Its Own Legs: Tales for Adults

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This is one of the worst books I've ever read. It started out okay enough, but once the novelty wore off, you were left with several loooong pages left to read. I often found myself reading my bookmark instead of the pages in front of me because, frankly, it was more interesting. With each story I read, I got the feeling that the author felt that each word he had written was the most genius thought ever written before. It wasn't. It took many months of torture to work my way through this one. Normally, I love weird, off-the-wall stories, but this just did not do it for me. If you want good, quality strange stories, try something more like Etgar Keret or Robert Shearman.
Paper Towns

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I really enjoyed reading this. The characters were all a lot of fun, and the mystery was intriguing. There were a lot of great quotes to be found in this book (both from John Green and from other famous writers, like Whitman). The book gets a little "rambly" at the end, but within the last few pages, it redeems itself.
Catching Fire

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In my opinion, this was the weakest book of the series. That being said, I still thought it was a very enjoyable read. It is about the 75th Hunger Games and the beginning of the Panem Revolution.
Tex

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I think this is officially my favorite Hinton book for the time being. I recently reread That Was Then, This is Now, my favorite Hinton book from childhood and was slightly disappointed with it. When I read Tex as a child, I hated it, but now this time around I loved it! Isn't it funny how things can change with time? Hinton, as usual, has a wonderful way of getting into the mind of her protagonist. The dialogue is realistic, and the story is interesting without ever being too far over the top. The soul of the story is the relationship between Tex and his older brother Mason; their relationship is flawed, but deep down they truly love each other.There are several side stories that are just as interesting, and the pacing was wonderful. I never found myself bored or counting backwards from the last page. Wonderful book that is a perfect addition for anyone's library.
Let the Right One In: A Novel

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This was a great book. I picked up a copy after seeing "Let the Right One In" since I loved the film so much. The book did not disappoint. The film cut a LOT of storyline out, and the book was incredibly interesting. I really liked how the author told things from several different people's points of view. There were numerous main characters that he rotated "chapters" between, but especially interesting were the brief "chapters" told by outsiders from the story: a cab driver, a hospital worker, a squirrel. The story was never dull, and Lindqvist did an excellent job of letting the suspense build enough to make the reading experience incredibly enjoyable. Note: This book was in the YA section of my public library; I feel that it maybe would have been better suited for the adult section due to large amounts of violence, gore, adult themes, etc.
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