EBPL's First Look

EBPL's First Look program is a community service project by East Brunswick teens.

Teens get an exclusive look at young adult books before they are released for publication.  The books reviewed here have been read by teens and reviewed for the library.  

Check out these reviews to find your next favorite book!

For more information on how you can participate in the First Look program, please check out our Teen Volunteering page here.

Revenge of the Star Survivors

Revenge of the Star Survivors brings you back to an unfamiliar time period- back to a time when being a nerd was socially unacceptable, when bullies got away with their deeds because there were no fancy cameras to keep watch over a school’s population, and when computer glitches were prone to wiping a student’s entire record clean.
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The Upside of Unrequited

Albertalli's The Upside of Unrequited is a wonderfully woven story about a girl who finds herself and accepts who she is, finding love during the process.
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Looking For Group

The story of Dylan and Arden, two internet friends that go on a real life quest, is one that has been told before-by other young adult authors.
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The Cruelty

There are no rainbow and unicorns here, but what would you expect from a book called The Cruelty?
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10 Things I Can See From Here

Carrie Mac's 10 Things I Can See From Here is a charming novel about the amplified struggles of a girl named Maeve who deals with anxiety disorder.
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Definitions of Indefinable Things

Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor is a modern twist on the classic teen romance novel.
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The Devil's Banshee

What happens when you kind of take a Viking Prince from the 10th century, a woman who died from the devastating and horrendous, Great Fire of London of 1666, and two recently deceased teenagers from around our era, who go on a journey through the nine circles of hell in hell itself in order to basically find the devil's wife and banshee and try to make it on piece?
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Ashes

Eight years after the publication of Laurie Halse Anderson’s critically acclaimed Chains, Anderson is back with the final book of her Seeds of America trilogy, finally ending the adventure of the two African American characters we’d come to know and love: Isabel and Curzon.
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Everything, Everything

The book Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is unlike any book I had ever read before.
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The Diabolic

The book The Diabolic takes place in a dystopian future where machines run themselves and humans have relied so much on these machines that they cannot function without them.
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