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Clare

 


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Too Shattered for Mending Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553538052
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2017

AVAIL. 9/12/17

Little McCardell is drowning in a sea of letters, numbers, and misfortune. At 16 years old, Little is responsible for far too much. His grandfather is missing, his brother is in jail, and he must look after his younger cousin. Little works hard toward graduation but his dyslexia makes school tough. There’s a deputy pumping Little for information and two girls are confusing his heart. Little McCardell is a sweet young man and a gripping narrator. His story will make you think, cherish your own blessings, and want to move Heaven and Earth to help him.

- Clare


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The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812989885
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Published: Dial Press - March 28th, 2017

Samuel Hawley’s criminal past is about to catch up with him in an explosive way, for the second time. As a young man, Hawley made his living working shady jobs and has the bullet wounds to prove it. After the death of his wife, Hawley gave up that life to raise their daughter, Loo. They spent many years crisscrossing the country but have recently settled in Loo’s mother’s hometown. Settling down like this allows Loo to grow up but also uncovers difficult truths. Alternating between the past and present, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is an artfully crafted book that must be read this instant!

- Clare


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The One Memory of Flora Banks Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399547010
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Published: Philomel Books - May 2nd, 2017

I might love this book but I simply don’t remember! That’s life for Flora Banks. At 17, she has no memories past the age of 10 - that is, until she kisses her best friend’s boyfriend, Drake, and it sticks. Flora has done the impossible and has stored a short-term memory. The problem is, Drake leaves the next day for the Arctic. With the words “be bold” tattooed on her wrist and her parents out of town, Flora takes the leap to follow Drake and the kiss in an attempt to make more memories. Accompanied by her notebook of reminders and her endless charm, Flora navigates her way to the Arctic, facing her fears and doing more than ever seemed possible.

- Clare


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My Absolute Darling Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735211179
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 29th, 2017

AVAIL. 8/29/17

Gabriel Tallent is incredible and so is My Absolute Darling! Turtle Alveston is a fighter; she’s always had to be. Her father, Martin, is a harsh man who has taught Turtle the ways of the forest. Turtle loves her father immensely but deep down, she knows he is not good for her. What follows is a shocking story of love, survival, and growing up coupled with Tallent’s superb writing. My Absolute Darling is a must read that will leave you aching to help Turtle and befriend this remarkable girl.

- Clare


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Words in Deep Blue Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101937648
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 6th, 2017

I believe it is every bookseller’s dream to fall in love in a bookstore, whether that be with books, people, or both. Henry and Rachel had all of the makings to be a dream couple until Henry fell in love with Amy and Rachel moved. After a three year hiatus, Rachel has moved back and is working in the bookstore owned by Henry’s family. Ideally, they would pick up where they left off, given that Henry and Amy are no longer, but Rachel is harboring a huge secret and Henry’s plans for the future are unclear. Cath Crowley captures the importance of words and delivers a love story for booksellers and non-booksellers alike!

- Clare


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The Sun Is Also a Star Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553496680
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Published: Delacorte Press - November 1st, 2016

One thing parents love to do is decide their child’s future without consulting their child. It only leads to happy endings! Acutely aware of this phenomenon are Natasha and Daniel, two teenagers in NYC. By fate, luck, or the laws of probability, Natasha and Daniel meet on the most important days of their lives. Natasha is fighting deportation and Daniel is interviewing for a school he has no desire to attend. This chance encounter sets them up for an unforgettable experience that you’ll have to follow until the fated end, rooting for the impossible the whole time!

- Clare


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The Light We Lost Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735212756
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 9th, 2017

Some people are fated to meet. Lucy and Gabe are two such people. They first cross paths on 9/11 and from there, their story grows. What seems like the love of a lifetime fades as career choices move Lucy and Gabe in different directions. The one constant is the deep connection they share, fueling the fight to stay in each other’s lives. Jill Santopolo has captured the depth of human emotion and relationships in this stunning novel. The Light We Lost will hook you and not let go. I am already excited to read it again!

- Clare


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Denton Little's Deathdate Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553496994
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Published: Ember - February 7th, 2017

Denton Little has known the exact day he is going to die since he was 5 years old. Everyone knows their death date, that’s just the way it is. He’s gone through the grief counseling and is ready for a quiet 48 hours before his death but the last thing Denton gets is peace and quiet. There’s a love triangle, government conspiracy, and prom; complete with a powder blue tux! Denton is the perfect narrator to tell this story; equal parts wit, sarcasm, and sincerity. He’s the guy you want to root for and see if he can out-run fate.

- Clare


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Denton Little's Still Not Dead Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553497007
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 7th, 2017

Surprise, surprise, Denton Little survived his death date and now he is on the run from the government! With his birth mother on his side, and the government chasing him down, Denton is in a tricky situation. He could join her underground movement or abandon her and go back to his old family. Hanging in the balance is the life of his best friend, Paulo, whose death date is quickly approaching. Denton Little’s Still Not Dead is written with just as much wit as his previous novel and is wildly entertaining.

- Clare


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The Hate U Give Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 28th, 2017

Poignant and relevant; The Hate U Give needs to be the next book on everyone’s list. Starr Carter, 16 years old, has been witness to both of her best friend’s murders - most recently, Kahlil, shot by a cop even though he was unarmed and not causing any trouble. Now Starr is caught between being a voice for justice and keeping her family safe from local gangs. Thomas captures the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement and calls us all to be brave, like Starr, and advocates for what is right.

- Clare


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Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781468308938
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Published: Overlook Press - July 26th, 2016

As booksellers, we’ve heard it all. “I’m looking for a book with a blue cover.” “I don’t remember the title or the author but it was on this shelf last month.” “Do you know the bus schedule?” Jennifer Campbell has compiled the jaw dropping, wackiest, most absurd bookseller stories from across the country and put them together in one neat place for you! Booksellers and non-booksellers alike can enjoy this laugh out loud funny book!

- Clare


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What Light Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781595145512
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Published: Razorbill - October 18th, 2016

Sierra lives two lives: one for eleven months out of the year in Oregon and the other for one month in California on the family Christmas tree farm. Caleb also lives two lives, the one before the incident and the one after. When the two meet, it seems the magic of the Christmas season has something wonderful in store for them, but Caleb’s past and Sierra’s situation might be too much for them to handle. Jay Asher’s What Light is a romantic story full of love and hope that’ll make you want to find someone to kiss under the mistletoe.

- Clare


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Wrecked Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616206246
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - October 4th, 2016

What was a fun evening for Jordan was a nightmare for Jenny, but everyone knows how stories get stretched. Jenny was really drunk. Jordan never really would have raped her. Enter Haley and Richard, close to the case by circumstance whose budding romance gets sidelined as the truth comes to light. Maria Padian’s Wrecked is an honest look at sexual assault on a college campus and just goes to show how one action can ripple out and change everyone’s lives.

- Clare

 


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The Outliers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062359094
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Published: HarperCollins - May 3rd, 2016

Even if you aren’t friends with someone anymore, you still help them when they ask. That’s what sends Wylie on a wild goose chase to find her former bff, Cassie, with Jasper, Cassie’s boyfriend and the last person Wylie trusts. As the events unfold and Cassie gives them more clues, the truth hits closer to home than Wylie would have liked. Secrets become deadly and the past comes back to haunt them. The Outliers is a thrilling ride that will leave you begging for more!

- Clare


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The Romantics Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419721939
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Published: Amulet Books - November 2016

There are rules to love and who should know them better than Love herself? Gael Brennan, a declared romantic, fell head over heels in love with a girl that broke his heart shortly after his parents’ separation. Now it is up to Love to steer Gael away from the Rebound and towards the girl who can truly mend his broken heart. But the more that Love tries to help, the more Gael falls for the wrong girl. Charming and witty, The Romantics is a relatable story that will remind you of your first love.

- Clare


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Still Life with Tornado Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101994887
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 11th, 2016

A tornado is made of many pieces. Sarah’s tornado consists of her mom, dad, brother she hasn’t seen in six years, a street artist, and past and future versions of herself.  A tornado only becomes a deadly storm when all of the pieces come together in the perfect mixture. For Sarah, her storm begins in art class when crimes are committed, secrets are kept, and she discovers that she is unoriginal. As the tornado rages on, it unearths years of struggling in a toxic family and examines the family vacation that changed her life forever. A.S. King artfully weaves together a relatable narrative that you are sure to be swept up in!

- Clare


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Everything, Everything Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553496642
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 1st, 2015

Imagine you haven’t left your house for 17 years. This is reality for Maddy Whittier, a teenager who is severely allergic to everything outside. Her only friends are her mom and her nurse, Carla, but Maddy doesn’t mind because at least she’s safe. Everything is sent into a tailspin when the devastatingly handsome Olly, moves in next door. Going against years of precaution, Maddy befriends Olly and what comes next is a beautiful story of first love, shocking discoveries, and truly living. Everything, Everything is nothing to sneeze at!

- Clare


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Scary Old Sex Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632862334
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - March 8th, 2016

It’s no secret that aging is tough and each year presents its own new challenges; chief among them being relationships and intimacy. Heyman threads each short story together with themes of love, family, and perseverance. The characters are brimming with personality and the plots will suck you in. Scary Old Sex is a must read if there ever was one.

- Clare


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The Girls Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812998603
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Published: Random House - June 14th, 2016

Emma Cline’s The Girls is a fascinating book that you’ll put your life on hold to finish. Evie Boyd is a lonely teenager in the summer of 1969. At fourteen she is highly self conscious, acutely aware of her parent’s failing marriage, and reeling from the recent end of a lifelong friendship. This perfect storm propels Evie to be mesmerized by Suzanne, Russell and their empty promises. She abandons all rational thought and joins a cult hoping to finally belong. Soon this façade of utopia fades and what’s left behind will haunt Evie for the rest of her life.

- Clare


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This Is Where It Ends Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492622468
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - January 5th, 2016

A small, idyllic town is turned on its head as past and present secrets collide in the most deadly of ways. At the end of Principal Trenton’s speech students try to leave the auditorium only to find the doors are locked. In walks a former student with revenge on his mind and fire in his eyes. Four students give a minute-by-minute account of the massacre, each with their own connection to the shooter. They each feel partly to blame for the tragedy and believe it is their charge to save anyone they can. This Is Where It Ends will grip you from the start and keep you turning the pages until the explosive end.

- Clare


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The Haters Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419720789
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Published: Amulet Books - April 5th, 2016

Andrews does not disappoint in his stunning second novel. Best friends, Wes and Corey, are at a glorious jazz camp that is decidedly not glorious. By a strum of fate they have a jam session with Ash, who’s as quirky as she is talented. This magical moment launches their summer cross-country tour to make it as a band, but they hit some snags along the way. Overflowing with wit and charm, Andrews takes you on a wild ride filled with as many twists and turns, ups and downs as you can imagine. It’s so much fun that you’ll want to become a hater yourself.

- Clare


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The Square Root of Summer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781626723733
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 3rd, 2016

If I told you time travel is real you’d think I’m crazy, but for physics prodigy Gottie Oppenheimer, it is real. The emotional stress from the loss of her grandfather, rejection from her secret boyfriend when she needed him most, and the reemergence of her dorky-turned-dashing childhood best friend send her traveling through wormholes to critical moments in her past. With love, family, and friendships on the line Gottie has to tempt fate to uncover the meaning behind the wormholes. The Square Root of Summer is as entertaining as it is insightful, prompting me to finish it in just one night!

- Clare


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Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781580055826
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Published: Seal Press (CA) - October 27th, 2015

Let’s face it; body image is a huge issue. We are constantly bombarded with the message that we need to fit an unattainable mold of perfection. Jes Baker tears down this fallacy and lays it out plain and simple; you don’t need to change to love your body. Her witty yet factual writing will get you to laugh and feel as though you’ve made a friend. I wish everyone would read this book because Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls has a message for everyone who has ever been uncomfortable in their body.

- Clare


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Salt to the Sea Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399160301
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Published: Philomel Books - February 2nd, 2016

Everyone keeps dangerous secrets but these secrets are even more dangerous during wartime. Four teens – Florian, Joana, Emilia, and Alfred – are surviving WWII but just barely. Their secrets are threatening to surface and cause great trouble. Through a twist of fate and luck, the four find themselves on a ship that could mean their freedom, if their pasts don’t catch up to them first. Ruta Sepetys mixes romance, history, and suspense in such a way that you won’t be able to put the book down. Salt to the Sea is this year’s must read! 

- Clare


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Fangirl Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250030955
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 10th, 2013

Twin sisters, Cath and Wren, attend the same college but they might as well be worlds apart. Wren wants to discover herself (and party) but Cath is content with the way things are. She’s happy to write Simon Snow fanfiction and go to class. Her hope for a quiet year is ruined when her boisterous roommate, Reagan, forces her out of her shell and introduces her to the ever charming Levi. Rowell beautifully weaves together the two worlds in Cath’s head in this stunning coming-of-age novel you won’t be able to put down. 

- Clare


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I Crawl Through It Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316334099
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2015

Stanzi, like most teenagers, attends high school but that’s where the similarities end. Everyday there’s a bomb threat and the students are ushered outside to learn. The secret love of her life, Gustav, is building an invisible helicopter. Her best friend swallowed herself and her other best friend is a pathological liar. Together they crawl through the challenges of high school the only way they know how, beautifully and bizarrely. A.S. King will get you to think about, laugh with, and love these characters.

- Clare


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A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781484707296
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Published: Disney Press - September 1st, 2015

Everyone who knows and loves Disney movies shudders at the thought of how they could have turned out. What if Jafar had won the lamp instead of Aladdin? In this tale, Liz Braswell works her magic and puts a new twist on a story we know so well. Jafar uses the lamp to turn Agrabah on its head with ghoul patrols and dark magic. It’s now up to Jasmine, Aladdin, and their street rat friends to right the wrongs and keep the peace. Who will win in an old story told a new way and at what cost!?

- Clare


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Fans of the Impossible Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062331755
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - September 8th, 2015

Mira’s parents have tried everything they can think of to fix her crippling anxiety, and, as a last resort, send her to a private school. Her best friend, Sebby, goes to public school, and Mira is doubtful that the switch will help her. Then they meet Jeremy, a boy struggling with his own issues, just like them. This unlikely trio of oddballs bands together to deal with anxiety, sexuality, and drugs all while being somewhat “normal.”  Kate Scelsa’s Fans of the Impossible Life reminds us that it’s okay to fall apart as long as you have the support to put yourself back together. 

- Clare


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Barbara the Slut and Other People Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594633782
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 4th, 2015

“Slut” is like the horse of many colors. Some use it as a way to demean women, but some women find the slang empowering. It’s hard to say, given that the definition of a “slut” varies greatly and each woman is different. In Barbara the Slut and Other People, Holmes explores the many shapes and lives the word “slut” can take and transform. The characters are real and their experiences hysterical. I would recommend this collection of short stories to any woman who likes to read!

- Clare


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Modern Romance Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594206276
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Published: Penguin Press - June 16th, 2015

Love is a fickle thing that has, in some respects, been given a facelift. Gone are the days of marrying the honey down the street and in its place is the age of online dating. With so many options at our fingertips many young singles find it daunting but others flourish in the unconventional ways to express love. Ansari’s hilarious narrative coupled with the fascinating subject will make this book impossible to put down! I feel like Ansari is an old friend I could get coffee with.

- Clare


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Never Always Sometimes Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780373211548
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Published: Harlequin Teen - August 4th, 2015

Dave and Julia are determined to not fall victim to high school clichés. The night before the first day of their freshman year they draft a list of all the clichés they must avoid in the years to come. All goes well until March of their senior year when Julia decides that, before the school year ends, they have to complete every item. (Even the one about never dating your best friend.) High school as they know it is turned upside down, and Dave and Julia begin to see the world in a new light. Adi Alsaid’s Never Always Sometimes is a funny and endearing story of friendship and high school told by two people living it to the fullest.

- Clare


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The Underwriting Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399174858
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 26th, 2015

People like to think that the cliques of high school end with high school, but they don’t! This is all too evident when six adults who “have their lives together” must cooperate on a life changing opportunity. Hook, a dating app, is going public and all of their careers hang in the balance. Their stories merge with romance and murder, all with the essence of high school popularity. Michelle Miller’s The Underwriting is a fast paced story that gives you a glimpse of a (not so) glamorous corporate world.

- Clare


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We All Looked Up Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481418775
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 24th, 2015

As a teenager, you are invincible until an asteroid is gunning for Earth. Peter, Anita, Eliza, and Andy are high school seniors who have had little to no interaction up until now. Then, their lives are inexplicably woven together as the world is coming to an end. This unlikely bunch of high school stereotypes must transcend their labels to find happiness in their last two months of life. Tommy Wallach’s We All Looked Up takes a refreshing look at what you do when you’re facing a possible apocalypse.

- Clare


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Magonia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062320520
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Published: HarperCollins - April 28th, 2015

Aza has never really fit in on Earth. Every day she is fighting to breathe because of an undiagnoseable lung defect. Then she sees a ship in the sky that’s calling her name. Only her best friend, Jason believes that she saw it. When the people from the ship in the sky abduct Aza and show her a life she was destined for, she is faced with life changing decisions. She could stay on the ship, where she can breathe and belongs, or she can fight to return to the family she loves. Maria Headley’s Magonia is an amazing story of destiny, family, and love that will take your breath away.

- Clare

 


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I'll Give You the Sun Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780803734968
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Published: Dial Books - September 16th, 2014

Noah and Jude have been inseparable since birth. As twins they claim to share a soul and can feel the other’s pain. Noah is quiet and Jude is wild, but their complimenting personalities have kept them close. It’s Noah and Jude against the world, until they become strangers living in the same house. Noah tells his side of the story as a thirteen-year-old and Jude offers a sixteen-year-old's perspective, but their stories don’t paint the whole picture. Both use art to express themselves and art is the vehicle with which they try and mend their relationship.  Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You The Sun is an expertly written piece on family, love, friendship, and art!

- Clare


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Rapture Practice: A True Story about Growing Up Gay in an Evangelical Family Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316094641
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 27th, 2014

Rapture Practice is Aaron Hartzler’s stunning memoir of growing up in an evangelical household. Everything is great until Aaron starts to question both his faith and his sexuality. He tries to confront these issues while still pleasing his parents, but finds this to be an increasingly difficult task. Honestly, how sinful can going to the movies and listening to music really be? Aaron takes a bold look at faith, sexuality, and being true to yourself while still keeping it light and relatable. This book is an incredible read that I hope everyone picks up!

 

- Clare

 


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I Take You Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780553417821
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - May 5th, 2015

Lily Wilder is a lawyer, a workaholic, and the last person on Earth that should be getting married. Her moral compass is spotty at best and her fiancé, Will, is way out of her league. One week before the wedding she’s having second thoughts and her parents aren’t convinced wedded bliss is for her. To make matters worse, she is being blackmailed by her soon-to- be mother-in-law, and the biggest case in her short career is looming over her head. This hysterical tale of pre-wedding blunders, missteps, and love is sure to have you in stitches. Eliza Kennedy’s I Take You puts a new spin on cold-feet that you won’t be able to put down!

- Clare


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The Summer After You and Me Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492619031
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - May 5th, 2015

Lucy and her family have lived on the Jersey Shore her whole life and she has always known not to get attached to the summer neighbors, but Connor seems different. They’ve been friends for years and could be something more. Then, when Superstorm Sandy hit last summer it tore apart her home and her love life. Now that a new summer is quickly approaching and with that the return of Connor, Lucy is as confused as ever. She should love her boyfriend, but thoughts of Connor cloud her vision and keep her from fixing her broken heart. Tensions mount and friendships are in danger begging the question; will things ever go back to normal? Fasten your beach chairs, The Summer After You and Me is a story you won’t be to stop reading.

- Clare


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Glory O'Brien's History of the Future Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316222723
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 14th, 2014

Glory would rather be taking pictures than have anyone truly notice her. Her neighbor Ellie is the only one she can talk to, but even that isn’t great. Then one fateful Saturday night, they drink the remains of a petrified bat which gives them the power to see details of a person’s past and future. Glory sees a second civil war with gruesome deaths and a United States that is completely different. All along the way, Glory unearths family secrets in her deceased mother’s darkroom that should have been buried with her suicide. Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future is a captivating story with twists and turns on every page.

- Clare


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Anatomy of a Misfit Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062313645
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Published: Harper Teen - September 2nd, 2014

Anika may be the third most popular girl in school but she still has to obey Becky’s rules. So when Logan McDonough returns in September looking better than ever, Anika has to quiet her feelings for the long time dork. To make matters worse, the town heartthrob, Jared, has the hots for Anika but Becky is secretly in love with him. Anika doesn’t know where she belongs and any choice could ruin friendships. Andrea Portes’ Anatomy of a Misfit dissects an age old love triangle with a new twist.

- Clare


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The Tragic Age Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250054418
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 3rd, 2015

When your twin sister dies from cancer you’re allowed to be sarcastic, witty, and critical, at least according to Billy Kinsey. His family may have won the lottery but they aren’t winning everything. His parents are on the brink of  divorce and Billy is skating by academically even though he’s brilliant. Billy is sent into a tailspin when Gretchen, an old friend, and Twom, a mischievous new kid, enter his life. He could go along with Twom’s antics, be “saved” by Gretchen, or maybe manage somewhere in between. Billy is on the cusp of adulthood but with a heartbreaking past and an unclear future, will he be able to conquer the tragic age, or will he be stuck there forever? Stephen Metcalfe’s The Tragic Age will grab you on page one and keep you hooked until the very end.

- Clare


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When Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781484700082
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - January 13th, 2015

Maddie is a normal teenager with an eerie gift. She can read your “death date” on your forehead, and she is never wrong. The people in her community keep her at arm’s length until Maddie and her best friend, Stubby are implicated in a series of murders. Now the FBI is breathing down their necks and Maddie’s uncle/lawyer is doing all he can to clear their names. How could two harmless teenagers be behind these gruesome crimes? When by Victoria Laurie is a captivating story with a plot that gets thicker with every turn of the page.

- Clare


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A Visit from the Goon Squad Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307477477
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Published: Anchor Books - March 22nd, 2011

Bennie is a music executive and Sasha is his assistant. On the outside they are put together, but their inner thoughts reveal secrets and regrets. Bennie had dreams of being a rock star and Sasha once traveled through Europe like a leaf in the wind. How did their innocent and ambitious dreams of adolescence become the mundane scenes of adulthood? Jennifer Egan's a visit from the goon squad uncovers the truth behind their lives and the people who influence them. With a moving story and vibrant characters, I was hooked from the very beginning.

- Clare


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Oh Yeah, Audrey! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419712234
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Published: Amulet Books - October 14th, 2014

Gemma Beasley is an Audrey Hepburn fanatic. She and her blogging friends have escaped to New York City to live out their fantasy of a Audrey Hepburn-themed weekend. When Gemma is swept off her feet by an enchanting stranger, she soon realizes the glamour of New York City isn't always as it seems. Tucker Shaw's Oh Yeah, Audrey! is a whimsical story, perfect for an afternoon, darling!

- Clare


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Party Games Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250051615
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 30th, 2014

Rachel Martin doesn't scare easily, so she isn't afraid to go to a party on secluded Fear Island for Brendan Fear's birthday. Her friends have warned her but she doesn't believe the gory rumors about Brendan's family. When Brendan's "harmless" games turn deadly, Rachel is stuck in a real life nightmare with deadly consequences. R.L. Stine's Party Games is sure to give you goose bumps as you race to the chilling end.

-  Clare

 


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ISBN: 9780062345219
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - July 8th, 2014

If you loved Divergent, you have to read Four, Veronica Roth’s companion to the Divergent series. This story is told from Four’s point of view and fills in his history. He tells of his Dauntless initiation, the two years before he meets Tris, and the corruption he has noticed all along. Plus, there are three scenes from Divergent that are retold through Four’s eyes. Once I picked up this book, everything else was put on hold until I could finish it! 

- Clare


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ISBN: 9781250055309
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 9th, 2014

This biography is like nothing I have ever read before! Told from the view of Victor Maymudes, a close friend of Bob Dylan’s, and Victor’s son Jacob, it chronicles not only the life of Dylan but many of the people around him. Victor helped launch Dylan into stardom and Jacob had many unique childhood experiences resulting from his short time on tour. From LSD trips to the inner workings of Dylan’s music, this story has it all! I couldn’t put down Another Side of Bob Dylan and found myself laughing along with their antics! Even if you’ve never had any interest in Bob Dylan, this bio is a must read!

- Clare


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ISBN: 9780142420898
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Published: Speak - April 17th, 2012

Gayle Forman’s Where She Went picks up with Mia and Adam three years after the accident and is told from Adam’s viewpoint. Mia is excelling at Juilliard and Adam is a bonafide rock star. Their dreams seem to have come true but they are no longer together. Then one fateful night Adam runs into Mia and time stands still. They revisit Mia’s tragic past and hint at a possible future. This sequel to If I Stay had me holding my breath to see what would happen next!


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If I Stay Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142415436
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Published: Speak - April 6th, 2010

Mia is a budding cellist facing the decision of a lifetime. The car accident that left her in a coma has claimed the lives of her parents and younger brother. Mia, who is now in a ghost-like state, has a choice to make. She could either pass on and join her family, or battle on and reclaim her life. The only thing keeping her from dying is her boyfriend. Gayle Forman’s If I Stay is a moving story that begs the question… if you could choose to stay, would you?

- Clare


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Rooms Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062223197
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Published: Ecco Press - September 23rd, 2014

The old adage “if walls could talk” has never had more resonance. When her father Richard dies, Minna, her brother Trenton, their mother Caroline, and Minna’s daughter Amy, go back to Richard’s house to clean it out. They soon uncover more secrets than they had bargained for among the dust bunnies. Lauren Oliver’s page-turner will have you hooked until the very end. 

- Clare


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ISBN: 9780062294906
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 29th, 2014

This is the Water has everything from romance, to murder, to swimming. Trying to ignore her lackluster marriage and her brother's suicide, Annie focuses on her daughters and their swim careers. The swim team is shaken to the core when a serial killer claims the life of a teammate. Due to this incident, Annie spends more time with Paul, a married swim team dad and is stunned to learn that he knows a secret about the killer that he won't share with the police. Author Yannick Murphy makes a splash with this novel.

 

- Clare

 


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Prototype Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525954248
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Published: Dutton Books - July 24th, 2014

This stunning sequel to Archetype will have you on the edge of your seat. Emma is on the run and Declan is pulling out all the stops to find her. When her cover is blown, she goes back to the Resistance and finds Noah with another woman. It is now up to Emma to figure out her future, be a mother to Adrienne, and sort out her feelings for Noah. M.D. Waters’ Prototype delivers the perfect ending to Emma’s saga.

- Clare


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ISBN: 9780525954231
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Published: Dutton Books - February 6th, 2014

Emma awakes with no memories other than what her husband, Declan, tells her. The only problem is that her dreams and the voice in her head feed her glimpses of other memories that also include another man. Conflicted about her past, Emma is forced to uncover the secrets of her former life without raising suspicion with Declan.

- Clare


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$15.00
ISBN: 9780758294289
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Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - May 27th, 2014

Michael “Spence” Spencer has more punch lines than he knows what to do with. He is a traveling comedian who has yet to hit the big time, since being on The Late Late Show eight years ago! Tired of low-budget and ungrateful comedy clubs, Spence considers throwing in the towel when he meets Sam. She makes him a better comic, but she doesn’t want to constantly hear Spence give a “performance." Spence faces the decision of a lifetime: the girl of his dreams or the comedy career that will make him famous. Ward Anderson delivers the final laugh in I’ll Be Here All Week.

-  Clare


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ISBN: 9781442435001
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 6th, 2014

In Since You’ve Been Gone, best friends Emily and Sloane are gearing up to have the best summer ever, but out of nowhere, Sloane and her family just up and leave town. All she’s left behind for Emily is a list of activities that will push her out of her comfort zone. The only thing keeping Emily from giving up on the list is the notion that when the list is completed, Sloane will come back. With budding friendships and unexpected help along the way, Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson is sure to keep you at the edge of your beach chair.

-- Clare


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ISBN: 9781616202569
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - March 25th, 2014

Unlike most teenagers, Francesca Schnell doesn’t look forward to summer. For her, it is a painful reminder that her brother, Simon, drowned and that it was her fault. However, this summer starts with the earth-shattering discovery of a little boy, Frankie, who looks exactly like her little brother. Of course he isn’t Simon, but what if? When Francesca is asked to watch Frankie as a summer job, she is terrified of making the same mistake again. The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner is the story of Francesca’s journey to acceptance, even if there are bumps along the way. Honestly, I couldn’t wait to finish my homework so I couldn’t keep reading! 

- Clare