Teen Lounge

Book reviews, recommendations and reading resources for Teens

Teen Lounge at Bowen LibraryNeed help choosing your next book? Want to join a teen book club? The Teen Lounge has book reviews, recommendations and reading resources as well as information on the Teen Book Club hosted by Randwick City Library.

If you're planning a visit to the Library, be sure to check out the teen events page to see what's happening at our three libraries!

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Tabletop Game collection

Tabletop GamesA selection of contemporary card and board games are available for loan from Randwick City Library. Games are for loan for two weeks, and are limited to two per library member at a time. Browse all our available games on our library catalogue. Check out this page for our awesome tabletop game-related events we run. 

Contact us and let the Youth Officer know if there is a game you would like to see added to the collection. 

Teen book reviews

Finished a fantastic book and looking for some inspiration on what to read next? Look no further than...

The Kill Order by James DashnerThe 5th Wave
by Rick Yancey


The fifth wave is the first book of The fifth wave trilogy. The novel revolves around the main characters Cassie Sullivan and Evan Walker. There was suspense in every chapter and all the good moments were exciting. The cliff-hangers made the experience of reading more exhilarating. There were also parts that played with emotions such as sadness and anger. However as the events climbed to the climax it became more predictable, which was slightly disappointing. The characters were brave and I acclaimed their determination. This was an awesome book to read.

- Adeline, 13 

This review won a Teen Summer Reading Challenge Review prize for 2017

Boundless Sublime by Lili WilkinsonThe Boundless Sublime
by Lili Wilkinson


The book ‘The boundless sublime’ gives an insight into the mentality of modern day cults. It is interesting, yet disturbing to learn how they brainwash and isolate people from the real world; making them believe the outside world is toxic. This book reveals the changes in a person’s mentality throughout the whole cult experience, and shows how difficult it is to escape. It is clever in how it deceives the reader at first; trying to normalise cult behaviours, before revealing the brutal truth. This book definitely shocked me as I had no idea how cults worked. This book reveals how easy it is to be manipulated into becoming vulnerable.

- Temi, 15

This review won a Teen Summer Reading Challenge Review prize for 2017

Attack on Titan by Hajime IsayamaAttack on Titan (Vol 1 - 19)
by Hajime Isayama


The Attack on Titan book series is amazing. It’s about humanity striving to reclaim the walls that the colossus and armoured Titan breached and to also find out what ‘secret’ lies within Eren’s (the main character) Father’s basement, in order to defeat and make the giant bloodthirsty Titans history. This book series is packed with action, drama and horror. I loved reading every single page of it!!

- Dimitra, 12

This review won a Teen Summer Reading Challenge Review prize for 2017

Previously featured reviews can be read here:

Want to have your say?

Want to tell others about a great book you've read? Write a review and email or deliver it to one of the library branches, then keep watching this space to see if yours has been selected.

Teen Book Club

Join fellow readers in a fun discussion of various titles, genres and film adaptations. Members meet every third Thursday of the month to discuss set books and items which they have been reading recently. This is a free event, but bookings are essential. You must be a library member and a high school student in years 7-12 (or equivalent) to attend. Keep an eye out for other great Teen holiday and regular activities coming up soon.

When is the Book Club held and what are they currently reading?

Location Date & Time Titles for discussion

Margaret Martin Library,

Thursday 16 November, 4pm - 5.30pm

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chibosky 

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Please note membership to this group is restricted at the moment, contact us to register your interest for when a space becomes available.

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