Teen Review Crew

Hey Teens! Here’s your chance to tell others about the books you read, encourage reading among your peers, and earn community service hours. The Teen Review Crew is open to all teens in grades 9th to 12th. 

Here’s all you have to do:  

  • Choose a Teen or Adult Fiction or Nonfiction book from the Placentia Library, don’t forget about our e-books on Overdrive and Hoopla! Click here to browse our catalog.

  • Once you’ve chosen a title, fill out the Title Review Form  and wait for approval to review the book. The book requested to review may be denied if there are already 3 reviews on the selected book.

  • After the title has been approved and you’ve read your book, tell us what you think. Your audience is other teen readers. Give them enough info to help make a decision to read the book or not. Follow the format provided in the Teen Review Crew Guidelines.

  • Recorded Reviews/Book Talks are also accepted. Recorded video reviews must be a minimum of 2 minutes and 30 seconds, but no longer than 5 minutes and 30 seconds. Follow the links for some great examples.   

  •  Email the completed review to volunteers@placentialibrary.org. Reviews must be submitted no later than one month after the title is accepted for review.  

  • You get four hours of community service time for each approved review. You can submit up to five reviews per calendar year for a total of 20 qualifying volunteer hours. You must complete a Community Service Verification Form provided by your school and email it to volunteers@placentialibrary.org or drop it off via curbside service. Verified forms will be emailed back to you.   

  • Your reviews may be posted online on the Library website on the Teen Page. If, due to the personal nature of a piece, you don’t want your name published, we will keep the reviewer username as Anonymous. We will respect your request and not publish your name in print or online, but we must still have accurate name and address information for every user.  

 All the materials you’ll need in order to submit your reviews (Book Review forms, general outline, lists of award-winning books, etc.) are on the Library’s Teen Page webpage.

Teen Book Reviews

"By Any Name" Book Review

"Lying Out Loud" Book Review

"Six of Crows" Book Review

"The Stranger" Book Review

"The Sun is Also a Star" Book Review

"Sweet Bean Paste" Book Review

"Five Survive" Book Review

"If You Could See the Sun" Book Review

"Tokyo Ghoul, Volume 1" Book Review

"Attack On Titan, Volume 2" Book Review

"It's Not Summer Without You" Book Review

"November 9" Book Review

"Our Time is Now" by Stacey Abrams Book Review

"Refugee" by Alan Gratz Book Review

"It Ends with Us" by Colleen Hoover Book Review

"The Lord-Protector's Daughter" by L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Book Review

"Purple Hibiscus" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Book Review

"The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak Book Review

"What I Carry" by Jennifer Longo Book Review

"They Both Die at the End" by Adam Silvera Book Review

"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee Book Review

"Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury Book Review

"Edenbrook" by Julianne Donaldson Book Review

"Dim Sum of all Fears" by Viven Chen Book Review

"Thunderhead" (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman Book Review

"Shatter Me" by Tahereh Mafi Book Review

"Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier Book Review

"Nightfall" by Sharon Messenger Book Review

"Paper Butterflies" by Lisa Heathfield Book Review

"Cinderella is Dead" by Kalynn Bayron Book Review

"Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck Book Review

"Death by Dumplings" by Viven Chen Book Review

"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen Book Review