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Eighteen-year-old Abby Barnes dreamed of becoming a journalist her whole life. After a change of plans, she winds up trying her hand at acting, but wonders if she made the right decision. Suddenly, she wakes up in a whole new life in a parallel universe. After meeting a boy in this new world, Abby tries to understand how to make things normal again. In Parallel, Lauren Miller tells a drama of fate and destiny in this fast-paced romance.
Golden Boy Max Walker is seemingly perfect. Handsome, athletic, and popular, he is the ideal son. Max's mother is a successful attorney, his father is running for Parliament. However, things are not as they appear in the Walker household. When Max is abused, their family's well kept secret shakes the foundations of their lives as Max discovers who he is-or isn't.
This tale of high school romance (circa 1986) is reminiscent of a John Hughes film: believable, colorful, and smart. Park and Eleanor are two fellow misfits who reluctantly share seats every day on the school bus. Through comic books and the Smiths, they fall in love. Eleanor’s abusive step father adds tension to the plot, leading the reader to wonder if the ending could possibly be a fairy tale.
The lifelong love story of astronaut Elle and neurosurgeon Matt comes to a tragic close when Elle suffers a fall, leaving her brain-dead. Matt is shocked to discover Elle is pregnant, a woman who always wished for children, but never wanted to remain on life support. Matt will need to fight his own mother in court, the press, and opposing moral views in his quest to keep Elle alive long enough to have their child. Sibley expertly weaves flashbacks of Elle and Matt’s life together throughout the present harrowing events, creating a gripping emotional and ethical journey in the process. If My Sister’s Keeper and The Notebook had a baby, this novel is it.
Evening Spiker (Eve for short) has been in a horrible car accident. Her billionaire mother removes her from the local hospital so she can recover in private facilities at her mom’s lab. Eve is given a project: create the perfect boy through a computer simulation. As she digitally makes “Adam,” Eve gets to know a real-life boy named Solo. They begin to unravel the mysteries surrounding Spiker Industries, including how Eve’s injuries have miraculously healed. Eve will have to face her mom’s secrets and possible crimes, their already tenuous relationship hanging in the balance. When Adam proves to be more than a program, this bioethical thriller incorporates a love triangle, too!
This epic novel follows the tale of Ciro and Enza, an Italian boy and girl who grow up on the same mountain in the Alps but only meet once. Ciro, a young Romeo, is sure he is in love with Enza, but assumes he will never see her again. Fate intervenes when they end up in the same hospital in New York City after immigration, beginning their love story in America.
Dystopian author of the moment Allie Condie delivers the revolution we’ve all been waiting for in the finale of the Matched trilogy. Xander and Cassia are both undercover agents for the Rising, while Ky is a begrudging pilot. The Society is overtaken easily, but the glory of rebellion is quickly eclipsed by a plague pandemic. The Rising works to find a cure as the three teens try to save the people they love the most, even as a resolution for their own love triangle appears impossible. Condie again finds a perfect balance between poetry and action, creating a satisfying end to a great series!
For most of our imaginations, a “Freaky Friday” experience
is just that: one day. Renowned young adult author David Leviathan pushes the
boundaries in his latest novel about a person who wakes up every day in another
body, living another life—but only for 24 hours. “A” is a typical teenager
trying to find out who he is, but having difficulty, as his gender, appearance,
and emotional make up change daily. When A falls in love with Rhiannon, he
stops caring about impacting the life of whomever he inhabits, and starts
following his heart.
Maybe you tossed it off as a book strictly for teens. Maybe
you thought it sounded weird. Maybe you didn’t have time. Whatever your excuse
is for not reading this book, forget about it! Written in a series of letters,
Charlie digs in reader’s hearts and minds with his insightful observations
about the world, and then his own adventures when he meets his best friends. Perks
deals with the many issues and fallacies of life and high school without being
depressing, and has become a modern day classic. Read it before you see the
This first novel in a trilogy of a dystopian society, Divergent is told through the eyes of sixteen- year-old Beatrice Prior, who lives in a world where your entire life is determined by what “faction” you’re in, each one named for a virtue that is the most important to you. Beatrice is preparing to choose between the five factions when she discovers she is a feared, dangerous anomaly: she is divergent, and doesn’t belong to any one faction. Her journey continues with a terrifying initiation, an unlikely romance, and ultimately a battle for her family and self.
This suspense filled book is made all the more scary because it is based on a crime that actually occurred in 1955. Set in a sleepy town in the fifties, junior in high school Nora's top worry is if she is too tall to get a boyfriend. When her two friends are murdered, Nora and her community are shaken to the core, yet they all find solace in blaming Buddy, a victim's volatile ex, for the murder. Will anyone believe Nora when she doubts that it was Buddy? Told from multiple points of view, Mary Downing Hahn's Mister Death’s Blue- Eyed Girls will keep you on your toes.
As said in the foreword, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn can’t be categorized as a book about growing up as a poor girl in Brooklyn, a setting re-created so vividly you feel as if you are moving through the streets right next to Francie, the heroine. It’s not about alcoholism, although Francie’s father is an alcoholic. It’s not about family, but the Nolan family members are described so well you feel like you’ve known them your whole life. This book is just about life, and it never shies away from the worst aspects of it, yet the story is still filled with hope. One of my all time favorites!
Christopher McDougall’s journey into the heart of dangerous and deadly canyons in Mexico takes him through a whirlwind of races, attempting to track down and keep up with an ancient tribe whose members run hundreds of miles a day. McDougall meets many colorful characters in the crazy athletes who participate in this extreme sport of ultra running, including “El Caballo Blanco,” who helps to create a race most people would consider suicide: a sixty-five mile death match through one of the most dangerous countrysides in the world. Chock-full of scientific evidence to prove the title true, along with thrilling stories from races all around the world, this book will make you want to run…but not until after you finish it.