Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler VS. Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard
Judged by Steph Su of Steph Su Reads
I must admit, I was kind of surprised the Prada and Prejudice had made it this far into the battle. That is a book I definitely need to read soon! But did it have what it took to stand up in another round of competition? Here's what Judge Steph had to say about this bracket:
"Of the two books, both had charming moments, but only one had the emotional resilience to make it memorable for me. The winning book breaks hearts, mends them, breaks them again, then mends them again, leaving you, ultimately, stronger and better than when you started reading. Even though it was a reread for me, I was still delightedly surprised by how absorbing the story was. It truly is a read for any age and season."And which book is she talking about? The winner is... Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler!
And Twenty Boy Summer sails through again! It moves on to Bracket 22, where it will face the challenge of competing with the winner of our next bracket, which is:
The Season by Sarah MacLean VS. Eighth-Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Judged by Mariah from A Reader's Adventure
Eighth Grade Superzero is another book that few expected to come this far. But will it survive another round? Let's see what Judge Mariah had to say about this match up:
"It was a really hard decision! Both of these books were very good and were so different. The Season was a great love story with mystery, had witty banter, and encouraged girls to use their intelligence whether it is deemed good or not. 8th Grade Superzero was also really good, the subjects it brought up were very important and it encouraged me to get out and help with my community."Want to know what the winner is? The winner of this bracket is... The Season by Sarah MacLean!
And it's The Season that goes on to Round 4. It joins Bracket 22 where it will meet up with Twenty Boy Summer for a spot in the 5th and final round. And that leaves us with just one bracket left...
Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken VS. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Judged by Alicia L.
First of all, I want to point out Alicia is our one resident non-blogger judge. She managed to keep up with all us blogging judges, so a round of applause to her!
And now let's turn our attention to the books. There were two really strong contenders here, both of which have gotten tons of praise throughout the battle. So which one came out on top? The winner for this bracket is...
Here's what Judge Alicia had to say about it:
"Although I enjoyed Brightly Woven I fell in love with Before I Fall so this was a really easy choice for me."Short and sweet! Nothing else to say. :)
So the recap for Round 3 sees Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, The Season by Sarah MacLean, and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver moving on to battle it out in Round 4, while Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard, Eighth-Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, and Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken all drop to the background.
Once again, here's the updated graphic for the battle. And if you look forward to Round 4, you'll notice a bit of a mystery. More on that later...