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.

A Crown of Wishes

This fiction book is a story about a prince of Ujijain named Vilkram and the princess named Gauri.
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Forget Me Always

In Sara Wolf's Forget Me Always, the main character, Isis Blake, struggles to remember her old life after being involved in a tragic event.
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How To Say I Love You Out Loud

In Karole Cozzo's How To Say I Love You Out Loud, the main character, Jordyn Michaelson, struggles to be able to express her love to not only her crush, but also her autistic brother.
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Select by Marit Weisenberg is a book that has similar features to dystopian and science fiction novels, but has a very unique and different plot, making it enjoyable.
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Just a Normal Tuesday

Kim Turrisi's Just a Normal Tuesday has become one of my favorite books. It captures loss, grief, acceptance, and all the ups and downs in life. The book will fly by and have you never wanting to put it down but, there will be just enough unanswered questions to make you speculate and reflect on the book.
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In Lindsey Summer's "Textrovert" the main character, Keeley Brewer, struggles to maintain her relationship with her boyfriend, Talon.
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The One Memory of Flora Banks

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr managed to grip my attention from the moment I read the prologue.
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Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz

Survivors Club is a Holocaust story, but one that differs from others due to the young age of the main character.
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Freya by Matthew Laurence is the charming story of a goddess gone rogue, Freya.
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Hello, Universe

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly is a must read for anyone in middle school. A relatively easy read, you will NOT want to put the book down!
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