Smackdown Books 2018

Wolf Hollow
Salt to the Sea
The Serpent King
Optimists Die First
The Hate U Give
Orphan Island
Dan vs. Nature
The Female of the Species
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere
Paper Girls, Vol. 1
The Passion of Dolssa
The Distance Between Us
When We Collided
Louis parmi les spectres
Girl in the Blue Coat
Defy the Stars

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Gabi, A Girl In Pieces versus The Tyrant's Daughter

This pairing was a difficult decision in that both books were good, but neither of the two were incredible.

Our pick for this round is Gabi, A Girl In Pieces by Isabel Quintero.  We know the rest of our group still needs to blog and vote so we will see if everyone else in the group felt the same as we did.

We prefered Gabi because the story is slightly more relatable from a teen's perspective as it was easier to connect with the characters. The characters almost seemed like real people. Gabi's drawings and poems added interest to the story as well. Overall, it was simply a better book.

The Tyrant's Daughter was also a good book. It had an interesting plot, unique perspective, and dynamic characters, however it was a little bit hard to believe.

Respectively submitted by: Maureen and teen readers (Cara and Layne)

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