Teen Book Reviews - Special Review by Teen Winner!!!
Published on Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 2:21pm
We have a very special treat for you in this month's teen book review post. As part of DC Public Library’s Summer Reading program, a local teen named Anna submitted the review below. This is a great review that won Anna the grand prize in our contest, a Dell netbook computer. It’s about a great book that asks the question, “If emotion were outlawed because of the trouble it caused, what would happen to someone who wants to feel?” If you want the answer to this question, read on...
"Delirium" is a book by Lauren Oliver. I read this book at the beginning of the summer and I very much enjoyed it. I really liked the characters in this book because all the characters were very detailed and you could easily imagine what the person would look like. All the characters’ personalities were distinct from each other in a good way because then you would not get them confused. The characters all had an important role in the story and that made me happy because then there aren’t just a lot of random minor characters that don’t do or say much in the story. The main character in the story is a teenage girl named Magdalena, or Lena for short. Her mother abstained from getting the cure from love and Lena does not want to follow in her mother’s footsteps and end up in the asylum. But then she meets Alex and becomes biased to the cure.
I can relate to Lena because I am tactful and I also run like Lena does and I am smart. I also relate to her best friend Hana because I am boisterous and bold. This book also teaches lessons to the reader. What I have learned from this book is that you should always fight for your freedom and not let something get in the way of you loving someone. I also learned that you should never let someone change your mind about something and if someone tells you to do something you don’t want to do because you believe it isn’t right, don’t do it. This is part of the reason that I would really recommend this book to any teen. It delivers messages to people. I would also recommend it because it is one of those books where you stay up late because you just can’t put it down, you cant eat because you are busy reading, and you fall asleep reading it. It is a dramatic book but dramatic in good terms.
I have much to conclude from this book. First, the characters were very well thought out and very well written. Lauren Oliver was very descriptive in describing the characters. Second, I learned much from this book from learning that you should be yourself and not try to be like someone else. That you should not go to a party just because your friend is going but you know it’s dangerous and wrong. Third, this is a really good book and I would recommend it to anyone that likes dramatic, energetic and action-packed books. Lastly, you can learn so much from books and in pretty much ANY book, you can probably relate to at least one character if not more. You can always learn a lesson from a book even if it is a small lesson or a big life long lesson that sticks with you. Either way you will always learn lots from books because books are just portals to whole new worlds.
Delirium is recommended for mid- to late-teen readers. Check it out at Northeast Library or other DC Public Library location today --and keep reading!!!