Social Intercourse

Greg Howard

Beckett Gaines, a gay teen living in South Carolina, has his world turned upside-down by a jock in this laugh-out-loud novel that’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets The Parent Trap.

Beck:
The Golden Girls-loving, out-and-proud choir nerd growing up in the “ass-crack of the Bible belt.”

Jax:
The Golden Boy, star quarterback with a slick veneer facing uncomfortable truths about himself and his past.

When Beck’s emotionally fragile dad starts dating the recently single (and supposedly lesbian) mom of former bully, Jaxon Parker, Beck is not having it. Jax isn’t happy about the situation either, holding out hope that his moms will reunite and restore the only stable home he’s ever known. Putting aside past differences, the boys plot to derail the budding romance between their parents at their conservative hometown’s first-ever Rainbow Prom. Hearts will be broken, new romance will bloom, but nothing will go down the way Beck and Jax have planned.

In his hilarious and provocative debut, Greg Howard examines the challenges of growing up different in a small southern town through the lens of colorful and unforgettable characters who stay with you long after the last drop of sweet tea.

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Flight

Jae Waller

Philip Pullman meets Avatar in a new epic fantasy series

Seventeen-year-old Kateiko doesn’t want to be Rin anymore — not if it means sacrificing lives to protect the dead. Her only way out is to join another tribe, a one-way trek through the coastal rainforest. Killing a colonial soldier in the woods isn’t part of the plan. Neither is spending the winter with Tiernan, an immigrant who keeps a sword with his carpentry tools. His log cabin leaks and his stories about other worlds raise more questions than they answer.

Then the air spirit Suriel, long thought dormant, resurrects a war. For Kateiko, protecting other tribes in her confederacy is atonement. For Tiernan, war is a return to the military life he’s desperate to forget.

Leaving Tiernan means losing the one man Kateiko trusts. Staying with him means abandoning colonists to a death sentence. In a region tainted by prejudice and on the brink of civil war, she has to decide what’s worth dying — or killing — for.

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Everything Everything

Nicola Yoon

Her name is Madeline, Madeline Whittier, the girl who’s allergic to the world. Her disease is so rare that she has not left her house in 17 years. The only people she ever sees are her nurse and her mother until one day she sees a moving truck across the street. That is when she sees him. He’s tall and lean, and his name is Olly. Maddie knows she is going to fall in love with Olly, but she also knows that it’s impossible – they would never be able to see each other. She has always wanted to travel the world but cannot due to her disease.

This book will give you butterflies inside, and it is just a gorgeous and well-told novel. It will keep you up for hours on end. This extraordinary novel is the new The Fault in our Stars. Sometimes we are too afraid to take risks, and then you realize that the biggest risk is not taking one at all. –Ali M.

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Every Day

David Levithan

A” is the name he gave himself. He is never the same person twice, always the same age and never too far from where he has already been. His way of living must sound crazy to you, but for “A” that’s life. He spends one day in the life of Justin, and that is where he meets Rhiannon. He knows that something between the two of them is not right so he gives her a day she can’t forget, but the only thing “A” can’t forget is her. He knows that it will always be impossible for them to be together and he is willing to try – but is Rhiannon?

An amazing novel that will keep you up for hours wondering what is going to happen next. “A” has never experienced love but he finds it easy with Rhiannon. The love he immediately feels for Rhiannon is like a rope that cannot be broken, and her heart is no one that he can risk breaking. This novel is so powerful you might have to read it more than once to understand what true love is all about. –Ali M.

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My Life Next Door

Huntley Fitzpatrick

Samantha Reed had a perfectly well-crafted life, but then one night while she was sitting outside on her window ledge she meets Jase Garret. Over the years, her mother had told her to stay away from the Garrets because they would only be trouble, but Samantha didn’t see that in Jase. He was easy to talk to, and after watching how his family interacts she wished that she was part of it. Her mother was always on top of her, making sure that her life stayed the way she wanted it and Sam’s idea of how it should be. The Garrets were far from perfect, and that is what Samantha needed.

A heart-warming romance that every girl will envy, it is wonderful, uplifting and a summer romance with depth. While reading this story, it feels as if you are in it because you want to be them. Are they willing to risk everything to be together? Which family will save her? Or will she save herself?  –Ali M.

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Don’t Cosplay With My Heart

Cecil Castellucci

When Edan Kupferman dresses up like her favorite character, Gargantua, she feels tall and powerful. That’s important right now, because her family is a mess, her best friend is gone for the summer, her crush is confusing, and Edan’s feeling small and not sure which end is up. When Edan’s cosplaying, she can be angry, loud, and not the good girl everyone thinks she is. And when she’s at conventions, she feels like she’s found her own Team Tomorrow. But when her personal life starts to spiral out of control, Edan has to figure out whether she needs a sidekick, or if she has the strength to be the hero of her own story.

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The Night Circus

Erin Morgenstern

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede, no pamphlets distributed, no sight of a train filled with equipment. It is simply there when yesterday it was not, but instead of one tent, there are many. Black and white striped tents of all shapes and sizes create a maze of draped unknown wonders. Not far away from a very peculiar clock stand the gates with a sign on the top reading Le Cirque des Rêves. The Circus of Dreams. Gates open after sunset and close after sunrise.

However, there is more going on behind the scenes. The circus has become a venue for a bet. Two unwilling magicians have been trained their entire life for a duel in which only one magician will walk out. The circus has become an inspiration for a dreamer who lives in a too small town with his too-large imagination. The circus has become a home for fortune telling tarot reader who ran away from an arranged marriage. The circus has become a responsibility for the twins born in the circus. The circus has become a distraction for a contortionist with a mysterious past. The circus has become an obsession, a myth, a masterpiece.

The Night Circus is a very interesting and sophisticated read. The sense of mystery that comes with the writing really compliments the theme of the novel, and though sometimes the book may seem confusing because of the time jumps it is all comes together in the end. This novel will leave readers entrapped in the magical 19th century anticipating and on edge. – Janki V.

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Top Ten

Katie Cotugno

This novel was written in the form of a single top ten list, the top ten moments of high school for Ryan and Gabby. They tell their side of the story for all ten moments and slowly piece together their friendship as a whole. Gabby is a socially awkward, shy, and a slight outcast. She has anxiety and hates parties no matter how many she goes to. Ryan is a hockey player and jock who likes to party with the many friends in his popular circle. Nothing can break these two best friends apart. No matter how much they resent each other and no matter how different they are, they are friends forever.

This book was written very nicely with sweet lovable characters. However, it was hard to follow with the timelines of the chapters because one moment of the ten takes place in their senior year and the next in freshman year 3 years earlier so you have to pay attention and remember what has happened already before that year and what comes later. Also, you are only told about ten moments of their friendship, but then you don’t get a full backstory nor a full view of how their day to day friendship was. I would definitely recommend Top Ten but beware of the timeline jumping back and forth. Also, because of them only discussing ten moments of four years of friendship, it’s hard to connect Gabby and Ryan’s stories together. You don’t even hear about how they first met in detail until quite far into the book but it ends up coming out like ten short stories of these characters of these two friends that are polar-opposites. A bit different than other books I’ve read, but good for fans of cute love stories. – Zoe P.

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A Walk to Remember

A Walk to Remember is a movie adaption from the 2004 book of the same name by author Nicholas Sparks. It is a romance film consisting of two high school teenagers, Jamie and Landon, who unintentionally fall in love with each other. The two teenagers get thrown together due to a mishap that happened with Landon and his friends, as a result of having to do community service hours. The two get close by having shared interests and then begin to fall in love. The love continues to grow until it’s unconditional and forever. Though there is a truth that will need to be told from Jamie, a Christian girl who always carries a Bible, for that truth may be connected to why she has never truly loved someone yet, before Landon came into her life.

I think this movie is great and so amazing due to many reasons. First of all, it’s because of the incredible love Landon and Jamie have shown in the movie and how that kind of love is almost every girl’s fantasy, including mine. Second, the movie relates to world issues that happen in high school and the world, which was well portrayed in the movie. Also, the movie includes how people can change, be a better version of themselves, and be capable of pure love. Moreover, if you’ve read and loved the book by Nicholas Sparks, you will love this movie adaptation.

In conclusion, I believe A Walk to Remember is a great movie for romantics and people who love a great love story. You will certainly love this movie and may have tears at the end. – Ally M.

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Girl Online: On Tour

Zoe Sugg

This is the second novel in the Girl Online series about Penny, the anxious teen who loves photography, and her continued adventures with her “rock god” boyfriend. Penny continues to survive in her long distance relationship with Noah, her boyfriend from Brooklyn, New York while she lives in Brighton, England. They are meeting up for the first time in months to go on his European tour — he’s a famous musician, which she hadn’t even known when they first met. They live through the struggle of finding time for each other while on tour. Also, they have an internet stalker who has stolen private information from Penny, however they don’t have any idea who is attempting to blackmail them. In Girl Online: On Tour you go through their journey of hotel rooms, monuments, stadiums, shopping and partying. Making friends and mending relationships along the tour, Penny confronts her anxiety head-on being stuck in crowds and losing a little of herself along the way. Can she find her way back to who she really is? Is tour life where she really wants to be or is she just fooling herself?

I would definitely recommend this book, a coming of age novel written by Zoe Sugg (otherwise known as Zoella, a YouTuber). A romance novel with drama, travel, and adventure, it is even better than the first book. You won’t get enough of this love story between Penny and Noah, nor with Elliot and his awesome and unusual facts told wherever they are. This series should be read in order otherwise you may be missing some information they talk about. A well-written book beautifully told that allows the story to flow making it an enjoyable read. – Zoe P.

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