An incredibly diverse cast, each with their own issues to resolve, beautifully blended with a story about standing for kindness and fighting hatred and bullies. A summer friendship, budding romance, “senior year of high school is coming” book with heart, soul, and a unique nature that really sets it apart.
Stranded on his way back from a college music audition, Lance Hendricks just had to get his car fixed, finish up his senior year, go to a great party with his girlfriend, and write his valedictorian speech. But he finds himself mesmerized by a slightly older mysterious girl in town, and is enticed by her friends into all sorts of things. Is he really jumping a train? Drinking shots? And rethinking everything he thought was good and reasonable? Fantastic realistic fiction for guys!
As a longtime Sarah Dessen reader, I eagerly anticipate any new book she writes, ready to head back to the now-familiar locales and characters of her heartfelt novels. Set during a busy wedding season, I was immersed immediately into the world of vows and centerpieces, and into the lives of Louna and her makeshift family, all cynical about love for their own reasons. When the charming but chaos-prone Ambrose enters their lives, everything gets a little less predictable. Grounded by the gravity of the tragic way Louna’s first (and epic) love ended, the book maintains a poignant depth through the seemingly lighthearted world of wedding planning.
Ever wondered what it would be like to be in the Secret Service? Anyone interested in law enforcement will find this memoir captivating. I liked the fast pace and inside look at what goes on behind the scenes at the white house. Great read!
Who doesn’t love a book set in a bookstore? This one is exceptional, with a potential love story years in the making playing out among the shelves of secondhand books. Rachel and Henry were once best friends, but have barely spoken lately, when they find themselves working closely together. Full of hope, grief, and friendship, you’ll root for the characters to figure out what will make for the best ending to their story.
Flora has anterograde amnesia, which means she can’t make any new memories – or can she? When Flora gets her first kiss she definitely remembers it, and that one memory is the start of an exciting new adventure for Flora. While Flora’s parents are away in France with her dying brother, Flora sets out to follow her memory. What happens next is not only life-changing, but will reveal even more about Flora than she ever imagined. With a surprise ending, this is definitely a book to curl up and read in one sitting.
Dimple has big plans: for college, for her career, and for her life. They do not include going to Stanford just to find her IIH (Ideal Indian Husband), as the women in her family hope she will. Rishi, on the other hand, carries the expectations of his family with enthusiasm. Despite their different outlooks on their Indian upbringing, they quickly hit it off when they meet- maybe more so than Dimple is ready for! Sweet, charming and full of heart!
Amber Sands belongs to a family with a long history of people with power (read: magic!). In fact, Amber has her own magic – she’s a matchmaker. Just by looking into a person’s eyes, she can “see” their perfect match. Sometimes good – yes, the person you like is your match - and sometimes bad – no, the person you’re dating is not your match. When the son of the Mayor comes and asks for Amber’s help with his soon-to-be stepmother, who has gone missing, the two of them get swept into a mystery that puts them both at risk, and forms a bond between the two that goes against her own prediction. Funny, and real life (maybe even the magic part?), I read this book in one weekend!
Renée Adieh has done it again! Flame in the Mist is a gorgeous tale set in feudal Japan that has echoes of Mulan and a sweeping epic feel. Even though Mariko knows that she has one duty in life, to marry the man she has been betrothed to, she is not even remotely complacent with that. When her carriage is ambushed by the Black Clan and everyone except her killed, she decides to take action.
Dressed as a boy, she tracks down the Black Clan with the plan to infiltrate their ranks and find out why they would want her dead. But things don’t go exactly as planned, especially with her twin brother (the famed Dragon of Kai) searching for her. Gorgeously written, Adieh has created yet another stunning tale that will captivate readers. Flame in the Mist will appeal to fans of The Girl of Fire and Thorns and Throne of Glass.
Frances Hardinge’s insanely unique, beautiful &creative style is displayed more than ever in this story. In the underground world of Caverna, which subtly resembles Caroll’s Wonderland, craftsmen can create wines that make you lose an unwanted memory, perfumes that cloud the senses, & cheeses that bite back. The upper classes are engaged in a deadly game of wits in which houses rise & fall at the whim of the Grand Steward. No one in Caverna is capable of making facial expressions & must learn each one, expressions designed by the Facesmiths. So, when a child by the name of Neverfell appears in Caverna, the man who finds her hides her face—which displays every emotion she feels. Neverfell is a fascinating character, a perfectly trusting innocent who knows nothing of Cavernan politics or that people, especially the upper classes. She’s so innocent that at first she drove me crazy because she’s the ultimate naïve narrator & you see how everyone takes advantage of that. It was heartbraking to see her cling to Zouelle, & call her friend. Especially when Zouelle (at first) sees her only as a useful tool. But Hardinge’s great accomplishment in this book is her subtle transformation of Neverfell into someone clever, worldly-wise & able to understand (mostly) the political forces drive the city, & yet she’s still sweet & cares for others. She ends up being the driver behind the greatest plot of all & the salvation of many who were oppressed by Cavernan society. All in all, this was a wonderfully colorful book, with a great taste of magic & politics.
Gabby V., age 15
Simon Snow may be the "Chosen One," but he can't seem to get a handle on his powers, his life, or even the whereabouts of his roommate. In their last year at Watford School of Magicks, the tension between Simon and Baz has reached its crescendo right as they need each other most. Should they help each other survive even as they seem fated to be each other's downfall? With an enormous amount of heart, this is the fantasy book you never knew you could love so much.
When Alice buys her best friend a Powerball ticket for his 18th birthday, she never imagines he could win the jackpot. But Teddy does, and when things start to change, Alice fears that their friendship might never be quite what it was. Filled with recognizable teenage worries in these extraordinary circumstances, Jennifer E. Smith is at her best in this story about friendship, first love, grief and the power that money can hold over us.
Every other year, Min is murdered on her birthday - and wakes up uninjured the next day. This year she is taking matters into her own hands. But who can she trust? Not her doctor, not the principal, maybe not her own mother. Tack? Noah? Each discovery hints at an ever larger conspiracy in this fast-paced thriller.
How can a novel about schizophrenia be an enjoyable, even funny, read? But Calvin is being spoken to by a giant version of Hobbes, the tiger from his favorite comic strip. Calvin's seemingly impossible quest will have you rooting for him as he tries to take back ownership of his life.
Just another retelling of Sleeping Beauty? Think again.
This tale-of-two-sisters story also weaves a tapestry of dark and light, chaos and peace, dreaming and reality: dichotomies reminiscing of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. You see, this YA novel not only twists the Sleeping Beauty we know, but offers themes from Lewis Carroll’s classic. Within it’s pages, Spindle Fire gathers up the vivid characters, and casts them across the rich landscape in a graceful narrative of the universality of loneliness, sisterly-love and the journey to self-affirmation.
A book about being yourself, especially if you are a girl obsessed with science fiction? Yes please! Fresh, fun, charming retelling of Cinderella just for fangirls with wonderfully human characters, great storytelling and fun little details. I kind of want the fictional show Starfield to exist! I devoured this book in one sitting, loved it!
If you can identify random, unexplained references to a variety of fandoms including Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Dr. Who and more - this book is totally for you!
Four fans invite a young famous actor on a cross-country road trip, never thinking he’d accept. Best selling author Chris Colfer takes you on a journey of laughter, tears, and life-changing memories.
A stunning and timely debut novel. What I loved most about this book was the humanity on every single page. I found myself laughing just as much as I found myself tearing up or feeling angry. The story is important and the characters are beautifully written.
Sixteen year old Starr lives two lives. She lives in a rough area surrounded by gang lords, drugs, guns and violence. She goes to school an hour away where she is one of only a few black students. When she witnesses her childhood friend killed by a police officer, Starr's struggle to keep her two selves separate starts to fall apart.
A coming of age novel inspired by Black Lives Matter, The Hate U Give is an important book that everyone should read.
What do you do if all of your friends have hit puberty, but you haven’t? Well, if you’re Jack Sprigley, you fake it! Jack, the former star of a reality show, is the quick-thinking, fast-talking, joke-cracking hero of Spurt, which is a very funny and frequently touching story about the difficulties of growing up and fitting in.
Fans of Greek Mythology, listen up! Bull is the next book you should pick up. I’m not kidding, pick it up! It has all the Greek Mythology goodness that you know and love: meddling Gods, corrupt Kings, monsters, and some pretty twisted plot lines. Have you picked it up yet? This retelling of the myth of the Minotaur is unlike anything I have ever read before. Done completely in verse, Elliot is able to capture each character perfectly in their own unique style of poetry. Amazing!
Media has become a central issue, positive and negative, in every teen’s life. In all parts of their lives they are tracked, but where is the line drawn between security and privacy? When does the threat of cyber bullying outweigh the privacy of a student walking in a mall? Read this fascinating book to find out information you need to know!
Love and adventure collide in this heart-pounding follow up to The Great Hunt. Monsters and princesses. Warriors and magic. All your questions will be answered and a highly satisfactory conclusion reached. This installment is even more romantic, even more gripping. With breathtaking descriptions and compulsively readable writing this is certainly another success for Wendy Higgins. This book will keep you turning the pages with fervor to the very end. If you're a romantic fantasy lover this series is a must!
— Nora, age 16
What an amazing and inspiring story! Michael was just a child when he was a prisoner of the Auschwitz concentration camp. In this book, he tells the long journey that he and his family experienced during World War II. I was truly moved reading his remarkable story of struggle, loss, family, and finally, freedom.
The more I got to know Jade, the more I understood the complicated grey area she lives in. Caught between blatant racism and "special opportunities," she must find the path that is right for her. Insightful and heartwarming; an important perspective to understand in 2017.
Don’t let this title fool you, this book is anything BUT your typical fairy tale romance! If you like funny and unconventional fractured fairy tales then this book is for you. Let Garth Nix take you on this haphazard quest with his very atypical princess, Anya, as she attempts to save, not only her sister’s latest suitor (who has been turned into a frog), but also her kingdom from her evil step-step father. Filled with quirky characters and a quest that just keeps getting more and more complicated, Frogkisser is one of those books you need to put on your TBR list!
Freya is a nobody; 23rd in line for the throne. She has never cared for court life and would much rather be free to work in her lab where she can experiment in peace. And then, before she can even blink, she is thrust into the spotlight and crowned as Queen. Why? The entire royal line before her has been killed; poisoned at the King’s birthday celebration.
Freya must now struggle with the heavy burden of what it means to be Queen all while trying to avoid the same fate as the rest of the court. In this dangerous and somewhat chaotic world that is strikingly realistic, Freya is a compassionate and smart young main character that you cannot help rooting for. Perfect for fans of Rae Carson and Sarah J. Maas!
Scarlett and her sister, Tella, have longed to be a part of Caraval ever since they were little. When they finally get the chance to attend, Scarlett, a newly engaged young woman, is no longer sure it is the right thing to do. Tella, however, has other plans.
With the help of a roguish sailor, Tella brings Scarlett to Caraval but when they wash up on the island, Tella is nowhere to be found. Scarlett and the sailor, Julian, are left to carry on to Caraval to find her. The catch? Tella has been taken by Legend, the mysterious maker of Caraval itself and finding her is the object of the game.
Now, Scarlett and Julian must stay one step ahead of the other players to find Tella. But who can you trust when you are told to trust no one and that nothing is as it seems? Caraval is absolutely spellbinding, engrossing and just plain magical. I could not put it down for even a minute!
An adventurous and romantic story, that begins when a girl meets the guy of her dreams- literally. Finn has been appearing in Jessa's dreams for months, when one day he appears in real life and tells her that she can travel between realities, and that her life may be in danger. Luckily for her, he is more than willing to do whatever it takes to help her fight against this new force of evil in her life. The other realities that Jessa travels to are inventive and fun to explore, and include some of the best scenes of the book!
All of our favorite characters from The Lunar Chronicles are back, and there is still plenty of conflict to keep them busy! This graphic novel lets Iko, Cinder's android best friend, take center stage, and she is a spirited and fierce protagonist. From raiding the dens of wolf-hybrid soldiers to letting the world know that she deserves as much credit as the rest of her crew for taking down Queen Levana, Iko is as fun as ever to root for! (And don't worry, she's still got great fashion sense!)
This is an essential and incredibly important book for all people to read, especially young women. It tackles hard to talk about issues including sex, gender, race and mental illness in a compelling and eloquent way voiced by a diverse group of influential, intelligent and empowered women. It is exactly the kind of book I would like to have given myself as a teenager, and contains information and inspiration I hope all women can carry with them in both times of uncertainty and strength.