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YA Book Reviews by Amy: One Sentence Challenge Part II

TikTok videos on average are around 16 seconds long (60 seconds at most), tweets are limited to 280 characters, and blurbs on the back of a title are only a sentence or two. These short descriptions or recommendations must be eye catching and clever while getting to the point.

After doing this challenge a few months ago, I felt like this was more difficult to write than other blogs. The limited word choice and the goal to be clear and concise was not the easiest since I tend to be wordier. While creating this blog, I would write and rewrite the sentence until I thought it was the best version.

Here is part II of my one sentence challenge!

Here the Whole Time by Victor Martins

Felipe gets to spend 15 days living with his neighbor and crush, Caio, but he needs to work on himself before even thinking about what their relationship could mean.

Cute contemporary romance with important themes that run throughout the book: including being your authentic self, positive body image, and standing up for yourself.

Available as an eBook on Overdrive and at the library* for checkout.

This is Our Story by Ashley Elston

Five boys walk into the woods, but only four walk out alive; it appears that one of them murdered Grant, but what is the motive and will Kate discover which boy is guilty?

This was a well-written mystery suspense novel that will keep you guessing what really happened until the very end.

Available as an eBook on Overdrive and an eAudiobook on Hoopla.

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

Mila has believed in magic ever since meeting her best friend Riley, but when Riley and two other girls from school unexpectedly die under mysterious circumstances, Mila accidently brings them all back to life for one week; can these girls get along long enough to figure out what truly happened to them?

This book was a surprise: a good mix of humor, mystery, and girl power.

Available on Overdrive and at the library* for checkout.

White Fox by Sara Faring

Two sisters return to the island that used to be their home on the 10-year anniversary of their movie star mother’s disappearance.

This collage novel presents newspaper articles, interviews, movie clips, and the infamous “White Fox” script for readers to try and piece together what happened to the girls’ mother.

Available as an eBook on Overdrive, an eAudiobook on Hoopla, and at the library* for checkout.

Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft

Wren is discharged from her duties as a healer after not listening to the rules set by her superior and Queen; after receiving a mysterious letter that could turn the tides of the potential war, Wren travels to a neighboring country to heal a sick man with a deadly secret.

This was a dark and atmospheric tale that I can only describe as a gothic novel with a fantasy twist.

Available on Overdrive and at the library* for checkout.

The Lies about Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

Sadie will never forget the moment in which her entire life changed: she survived a car accident that killed one of her best friends, Trent, and she does not know how to pick up the shattered pieces that once was her old life.

This book deals with how tragedy effects many people and in different ways.

Available as an eBook on Hoopla.

The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson

Stevie returns to mystery solving after receiving an email from the head of a notorious summer camp to look into a cold case in which 4 teens died mysteriously in the 1970’s (similarly to some famous horror movies of that setting and time period).

Maureen Johnson is so good at writing tension and very suspenseful scenes that just fit into the horror genre without being too graphic.

Available on Overdrive and at the library* for checkout.

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

14 stories about 14 teens are woven together when they are placed in a Japanese internment camp after the events of Pearl Harbor during World War II.

Such a tough, but powerful book about a subject that has been tragically glossed over by history text books.

Available on Overdrive, as an eAudiobook on Hoopla, and at the library* for checkout.

*check the link for available copies or to place on hold



Hello everyone! I’m Amy and I am a Youth Services Librarian at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. When I’m not trying to reach my reading goal for the year, I like to talk about what I’m reading to my family, friends, and coworkers. You could say I am a little obsessed with reading Young Adult books. I enjoy most genres, but my favorites include: Westerns, Historical Fiction, Contemporary, Fantasy, and Mystery. I am always looking for the next great book that makes me connect to its characters and hits me in the feels.