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Anonymous Teen Recommendations


Six anonymous Denver area teens got together to talk about what they are reading and why and if they would recommend these books to others. Their words have been edited for length and clarity but remain each individual teen's opinion of each book. Here is what they had to say:

Ready Player Two : A Novel
Cline, Ernest
I like it almost as much as Ready Player One. I liked the whole journey of the story and putting together all the puzzles. I didn't see the ending coming. If you've already read Ready Player One and liked it, you should definitely check out this book.
Leviathan Wakes
Corey, James S. A.
It's written by an editor of George R. R. Martin and has the integrity of Game of Thrones but set in space. It's an interesting character study of blind idealism vs. the truth. A beautiful exploration of space with fantastic world building.
Moxie : A Novel
Mathieu, Jennifer
It's about a teenager that starts an anonymous zine to call out sexism at their school. It's a very empowering, heartwarming story. It has a very good message. I wish I had read it when I was younger.
Learning Perl : Making Easy Things Easy And Hard Things Possible
Schwartz, Randal L.
I heard Perl is really good to learn cyber security. Perl is used in a lot of programs, so if you understand how it works, you can make your own modifications.
East Of Eden
Steinbeck, John
It's 600 pages of self-insert bible fan fiction. It has a lot to say about mistakes being made over generations. I really enjoyed the last 70 pages but I'm on the fence whether or not it's worth it to read the first 530 pages to get to the ending. If you enjoy classic novels, this would be a good book for you. If you really hate long books, I would not recommend this book to you.
Orlando : A Biography
Woolf, Virginia
This is my favorite Virginia Woolf book. It's very philosophically interesting but it has very flowery language which can be difficult to get through. A young nobleman who takes his life for granted, dies and then wakes up as a woman and lives 300 years as a woman. The point is to juxtapose the experiences of men and women in society. It's often recognized as an allegory for being trans.