Written with humor, honesty, and warmth, this novel tells the story of Maya, an Indian Muslim who feels torn between her parents' traditional world and the world of American teens. She also has to confront unjust blame and contend with the fear and hatred of her community. This is a relevant and vibrant tale.
There's Someone Inside Your House is a ton of fun. It's a horror novel of the teen scream variety. There's a mysterious killer with a motive, jump scares, teenage romance, sarcasm, and a lot of high schoolers dying in gruesome fashion. It's a blast, and pretty much unlike anything A beautifully illustrated story that introduces the life and work of James Castle, an artist who deserves to be a household name.
Recommended by Elizabeth H. But when she starts dating an Amish guy and the cyberbullying begins, things really start to fall apart. Samantha Stonesong is a character you fall in love with — shy and awkward, but also super smart and funny — and Debby Dodds writes with a wonderful energy Recommended by Emily F. This is not only my number one book for this year, but one of my top five favorite books of all time. I think what I loved most about this book was that it portrayed anxiety and OCD without romanticizing them.
John Green also placed more importance on the friendship featured in this novel than on the romantic interest, which I always appreciate. Recommended by Brenna M. This is without a doubt one of my favorite books of all time. The story is told from the perspective of death — who tells you how everyone dies, and yet I still cried in the end. It is a moving and powerful piece that will make you fall in love all the characters. It made made me an instant fan of Markus Zusak.
Wow, was I nervous before I started this, worrying it wouldn't be as good as its predecessors. Luckily, I loved it just as much, if not more, than the His Dark Materials series. Returning to Lyra's world was like coming home again, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
This book has it all — wonderful characters and world-building, clever, smart writing, incisive and relevant political commentary, perfect pacing and mood development… I never Radio Silence by Alice Oseman is one of the best books I've ever read. It effortlessly contains characters of many colors, sizes, and sexualities. It is not a book that you read, but absorb. Recommended by erin k. A last-minute entry into my Top 5 list for , this book is excellent. Boasting a virus that causes its host to literally explode in order to spread, apps that can be hacked to change a person's DNA, and a large corporation that wants control of those apps to ensure "purity" — even at the expense of those who live only by nonapproved apps — it's a fast-paced book with excellent character-building and a very plausible and frightening view of Recommended by Mecca A.
Dimple is excited to attend a camp for web developers and get started on her dream career. So she is very surprised to meet Rishi, with whom her parents have been trying to set her up, at camp. This charming romance story is a very fun read. This book is so, so, so good. Not only does it paint a realistic picture inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, it is also about family, friendship, dating, socioeconomics, and coming of age in the cross-cultural world that is America. I'm telling you, read it, especially those of you who, like me, didn't grow up in a black home.
Angie Thomas is a force to be reckoned with, and this book hits readers where it hurts. Oh, and an extra Admittedly, I was drawn to this book because of its cover. What I discovered was a tender and authentic illustration of the human condition during love, loss, and loneliness — how grief dictates altruism, how the heart distorts rationality and logic. Recommended by Ronnie C. Meagan Macvie delivers a dead-on coming-of-age tale set in her own tiny hometown of Soldotna, Alaska. Meri faces a senior year full of stress — her boyfriend, her brother, her best friend, her grandmother, her prom, her SATs, her parents, and even the adorable guy for whom she secretly pines — they're all problematic.
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Trying desperately to untangle from the drama around her, Meri keeps her eyes on the future: The story, weaving youthful memories and adult follies, is heartfelt and accountable. The artwork is the best I've seen from Georges, one of my favorite comic storytellers. Recommended by Kevin S. I read this book once, 10 years ago, and I still think about its world especially the army of broken umbrellas all the time. Recommended by Hayley H. Hoffmeister writes a gritty southern gothic novel; even though it takes place in the small town of Pierce, Idaho, the goings-on there would fit snugly in the south.
This is technically a young adult book, but so dark it seems a much better fit to tag it as adult literature. Hoffmeister's characters, cousins Little and Willa, are trapped in a home life full of despair; child neglect and abuse, poverty, crime, and drug running are realities in Do you know where your chocolate comes from? Amadou is a slave in today's Ivory Coast, where his sole concern is for the safety of his younger brother, Seydou.
But when the fiery Khadija is brought to the plantation, she stirs Amadou into action, and the three children embark on a heart-stopping, tear-jerking break for freedom. This gripping novel sheds light on the dark secrets of our favorite treat. This spellbinding read is perfect for fans of fractured fairy tales or Celtic mythology.
A coming-of-age tale about grief and love set against the backdrop of a richly imagined fantasy world, this Cinderella retelling has chilling specters at its edges, and will keep its claws in you long after you've turned the last page. From the author of The Rap Year Book comes this funny, smart, and illustrated collection of basketball debates. What a thrill ride!! When she glitches into the virtual game, she becomes the eye of a hurricane, going deep undercover to find an elite hacker for the game's enigmatic creator, Hideo Tanaka.
Marie Lu has written an adrenaline-fueled ode to video games and MMOs. In characteristic Lu style, the heroes and Friends since the first grade, Rhett and Link have built a phenomenal YouTube fan base with over 12 million subscribers. This hilarious book is a must for all Mythical Beasts! I don't have the words to describe this book, except to say that it feels like finally reaching home in the middle of the night after a long journey and finding that someone has left the porch light on for you. Stiefvater deftly straddles the line between magic and magical realism, populating her porch light world with a cast of unforgettable characters that you will love like family.
This book is perfect for teens of all genders, and adults who need a little Feminism I really appreciated the way Moxie talks to its readers and not at them. I will be recommending this book to everyone. Diana of Themyscira risks her life to save a mortal girl, but Alia is no ordinary girl: Descended from Helen of Troy, she may destroy everything Diana holds dear, unless the cycle is broken.
Leigh Bardugo has reimagined Wonder Woman in this colorful, heart-pounding adventure. Her vision of Themyscira and understanding of this character are simply dazzling. This is a must-read for new and old fans alike! Bombshell is something between a dream and a nightmare.
Joss makes up personalities and "catfishes" people — and she never learns her lesson when her lies go too far. I recommend this book to people looking for a YA psychological thriller. Sabriel lives in Ancelstierre, where magic isn't real — or so they say. Across the Wall in the Old Kingdom, the living dead walk, and Sabriel must take up the bells of the Abhorsen, a Necromancer tasked with keeping the dead at rest. A fascinating, unforgettable blending of worlds from a master storyteller! This oft-banned book is a must-read for any fan of sci-fi or fantasy.
In a world where the soul takes the shape of an animal companion, or daemon, young Lyra Belacqua and her daemon, Pan, leave their home in Oxford to embark on a dangerous adventure to the Arctic — and beyond. This trilogy contains some of the most thoughtful, beautifully written genre fiction I've ever encountered. So much is crammed into this book! It was phenomenal — so much my story, so much entirely beyond or an exaggeration of my story. Raw, honest, and exposed, demonstrating the emotional abuse of trying to "fix the gay" or "pray the gay away," Danforth gives a voice to the silenced, and to the aches and joys of being a queer youth.
Recommended by Andy A. This quick read features a unique plot and a main character that readers will love. The book's multiple storytelling formats are another fun feature! Recommended by Junix S. John Green has so cleanly sidestepped anything precious, sentimental, and heart-warming in The Fault in Our Stars , it's a wonder he was even able to write about two teenagers diagnosed with cancer.
These are fertile fields for tweeness, indeed. Hazel is terminal and Gus is in recovery when they meet at a cancer survivors support group. They have much to say about death, illness, grief, survival, love, and time: If you are trying to break out of the typical cishet male superhero story, this is the book for you! Danny Tozer becomes Dreadnought on one fateful trip to the mall, taking on the body she'd always wished she had. The plot is interesting, the characters relatable, and the subject matter is written about with serious oomph and grace.
It is also important to note that Dreadnought is an Own Voices novel, which we need lift up and praise Reading this story feels like floating. Plus, it's set in Portland in , and sure to make you feel nostalgic about your youth. Clean and powerfully written, with a wonderful heroine in Trell, who never gives up the fight for justice.
Trell is based on a real case, and inspires readers to keep on fighting even against seemingly impossible odds. I loved spending time in James Sveck's head; he's an intriguing character, who's sophisticated, cynical, entertaining, and relatable. This novel is basically just a snapshot of his life at the crossroads between high school and college, when he's feeling the I found myself reading Uprooted while walking down the sidewalk, on every lunch break, and on the bus.
The magic in this story makes it feel as though you could cast the spells yourself! This is an incredibly powerful and compelling novel that explores the power of books in life, and gives the reader a complete picture of what life was like in Auschwitz. Two of my favorite things to read about are the last remnants of a race of dying magicians, and spunky girl thieves navigating hostile worlds. This book features both, and it includes turn-of-the-century New York and time travel as a bonus! This is a great summer read. Dividing Eden is a powerful tale of twins who, when their older brother is assassinated, are unexpectedly thrown into a Trial of Succession to determine who will rule the kingdom.
Once again Charbonneau takes the reader on a thrilling ride of intrigue and deceit. YouTube sensation Ryan Higa has almost 20 million subscribers on his channel nigahiga. Inspired by his "Draw My Life" video, which has been viewed over 30 million times, Ryan recounts his experiences with growing up in Hawaii, family dynamics, surviving bullies, and choosing a positive attitude in this funny and heartfelt memoir. Set in Scotland in , it stands completely on its own.
The book features Julie, who is dealing with loss, the confusion of love and attraction, and a family of travelers gypsies who are just trying to live their lives but facing discrimination. An environmental theme runs throughout the story. This novel is very timely with a powerful, uplifting ending. A List of Cages is a gut-wrenching story told through the eyes of two boys — one who knows happiness and safety, and one who knows something else entirely. In a lot of ways, this book is like a YA version of Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life and comparing something to that book is about the biggest compliment I can give.
It's a portrait of abuse, yes, but also of friendship, family, and love. Meredith Russo delivers a poignant and emotional story about Amanda, a trans girl who moves to a new town and falls in love with Grant, a kind and honest soul. This is a story about friendship, coming of age, and being true to yourself. You will root for Amanda throughout and find yourself relating to her struggles whether you are trans or not.
Oh and Griff has mad OCD. I know, I know Well, it totally is and it's totally worth every tear, I promise. This book captures grief in all of its forms, especially over a life lost young and suddenly. The best contemporary YA fiction I've ever read, hands down. Twins Noah and Jude both artists alternate as storytellers, with a three-year gap between their narratives. Both have beautiful, clear voices, and you won't be able to rest until you see their stories through and find out what happened in the years in between. This book left me breathless.
Jandy Nelson's language is entrancing, and you will not find a more spellbinding love story than the one in this book. Equal parts heartbreaking, interesting, and innovative, I'll Give You the Sun is a story about fraternal twins finding their own respective places in the world. Jude tries to decode her grandmother's journals, and Noah finds himself falling for a boy he meets in art class.
Set on the fringes of the American Revolutionary War, the romance between Alex and Eliza starts with enmity and ends with devotion. Two characters could not be better matched than the brilliant Alexander Hamilton and the passionate, clever Elizabeth Schuyler. A main character with a disability. I couldn't stop simultaneously gasping and clapping and giving audible feedback.
Find out in this unique young adult novel written and illustrated by Francesca Zappia, author of Made You Up. Get ready for a wild ride in this thrilling conclusion to the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. A perfect rainy-day read. Mysterious vintage photographs and Ransom Riggs's rich narrative invoke a deliciously creepy and all-encompassing reading experience. How do you measure the value of a human life? In the immediate aftermath of an apocalyptic disaster, Denise struggles to save her family. When she stumbles across a generation ship preparing to colonize space, Denise thinks she's finally found a way to survive.
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However, the ship will only make room for people they deem valuable. Can an autistic teen convince them to make room for herself, her addict mother, and her absent sister? This amazing, funny, heartbreaking, adventurous, love-filled sci-fi but maybe not sci-fi , coming-of-age, young-adult-but-grown-up story is indescribable, but exactly what you need. This book is a delight! Best friends Chester and Wilson have their own way of doing things.
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Children of Blood and Bone: Besty fits the profile exactly The book starts out with the knowledge that Betsy is technically dead, however everyone but close family and friends think that she is still alive. In Betsy's life she has a stepmother, Antonia the Ant who gives birth to a younger brother, Jon, and her best friend, rich Jessica, and Laura, is technically her half-sister but also the devil's daughter after Satan possessed her stepmother The Ant who gave her up to adoption to, ironically, the Goodman's.
She also receives attention from a human boy who is a past member of a gang of vampie slayers. She also has a gay human friend called Marc, a doctor she saved in the first novel from suicide and a human policemen who is a former flame named Nick Berry. Aside from all of this she has vampire servants who work for her and a hostage wild vampire dubbed George the Fiend. George is a wild vampire created by a year-old vampire Betsy killed. She feeds him with her blood to make him stronger and Jessica teaches him different things such as crocheting.
Laura later attacks George the Fiend thinking her mother Satan is using him to annoy her and meddle in her life. After Betsy tries to break up the fight Laura stabs her with a sword forged by Hellfire that kills magical creatures, however it doesn't kill her. After this Laura is sent to feed him. Eric and Betsy fight after she reveals she can hear his thoughts during sex. Eric is hurt she doesn't tell him earlier and goes back to his room which causes Betsy to point out that he hasn't fully committed to their relationship. Also, in an attempt to connect with her people Betsy starts an advice column intended for new vampires which others deem as stupid.
Also, the human boy, with the decidedly shady past as an ex-vampire slayer, decides to write her life story as a fiction story and publish it through his university course, however Sinclair and his best friend Tina wipe his memory of it to save Betsy from exposure. After a serial killer known as the "Driveway Killer" kills her stepmother's next door neighbor a ghost starts plaguing Betsy.
Laura and her set out to find him and discover him in a rundown house with a hostage. Laura kills him and the two set the hostage free. Betsy finds herself somewhat frightened of Laura doing the fight scene in which the overtake the serial killer and set the hostage free. The book has received reviews from Kliatt ,  Booklist ,  and the Library Journal. Published in , Undead and Unpopular begins with Betsy Taylor, Queen of Vampires, celebrating her 31st birthday and her 1st anniversary of being dead or perhaps that should be undead.
And nobody likes a cranky vampire.
Jessica, her best friend since childhood, has been diagnosed with cancer and this leads Betsy to think that maybe converting her friend to become a vampire might be a good idea. The book received reviews from Kliatt ,  Booklist ,  and the Daily Mail. Undead and Uneasy was published in Along with her human buddies, there's a ghost, a werewolf, and a Fiend crashing at her place.
And though her fiance, Vampire King Eric Sinclair, conveniently disappears when the conversation turns to seating charts and flower arrangements, he does manage to make his oh-so-sexy presence known at other moments. Betsy knows the next few weeks won't be smooth sailing - but she never expects just what's in store for her. Cold feet are no surprise, especially with an undead groom. But when Sinclair truly goes missing - and not just to avoid wedding preparations - along with most of her friends and loved ones, Betsy is frantic.
Alone and afraid for the fate of everyone she loves, Betsy can't trust anyone as she tries to find them and whoever is behind all the disappearances. And what happens next will shake the foundation of the vampire world forever in the bestselling series that "breath es new life into conventional vampire lore. This edition to the series has Betsy Taylor, back to rule the nights as Vampire Queen——and survive the days as a new suburban bride. The eighth book in the Undead series was released on June 2, Such as taking the body of her werewolf friend Antonia—who died in her service—to Cape Cod, where she's not sure if the Wyndham werewolves will welcome her with fangs or friendship.
Meanwhile, her posse back in St. Paul is sending frantic e-mails alerting Betsy to her half-sister's increasingly erratic behavior. Looks like the devil's daughter is coming into her own—and raising hell. The book was reviewed by Booklist. In the ninth book in the series,  Satan wants her daughter Laura Betsy's half-sister , who is the antichrist , to visit Hell so she could understand her heritage.
But Satan says Laura would need Betsy to accompany her. Betsy agrees, but only under the condition that Satan fix things so that Betsy can read the Book of the Dead for more than just a few minutes. Reading it for more than a few minutes at a time drives a person insane. Betsy and Laura visit Hell, which results in a time-travelling journey that reveals the history of Betsy's husband, Sinclair, and has some serious consequences. It was released on July 5, and was reviewed by the Library Journal.
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After her time traveling stint with Laura, Betsy comes back from hell. When she returns home, she's shocked to find that things have been changed. Nick is back and no longer hates her, Jessica is pregnant and Garrett, aka George the Fiend, is alive. While Betsy struggles to accept this new reality, she discovers that an unwelcome guest traveled back with her to the present. Between fighting with her sister the Antichrist and a shoe induced panic attack, she has her hands full. Just when things can't get much worse, she returns to hell to make a deal with the devil herself.
Undead and Unstable was published in There is a heated debate over whether to let him rest in peace or to raise him from the dead. Just when things have reached an impasse, Marc is found lurking around the attic newly undead. While Betsy is dealing with this, a visitor from the future arrives and waits for her to do something, and so does the devil, but she has no idea what either of them wants.
Eventually Betsy unintentionally gives both unwelcome visitors what they want, which changes the course of the future. Betsy's in deep trouble again. Thanks to her, the devil is dead and the Antichrist isn't happy about it. To get her sister to speak to her again, Betsy does what she does best: Her sister becomes so exasperated that Betsy gets her way, and makes Laura promise to show up for Thanksgiving. During a late Thanksgiving dinner, Jessica's pregnancy seems less than normal and Laura becomes angry again.
Betsy is dragged back to Hell, where Laura abandons her. She is left to figure out how to get the hell out of Hell on her own, which she has no idea how to do. For Elizabeth Taylor, Queen of the Undead, it's business as usual. When she isn't avoiding going to Hell to become co-ruler or complaining about her life, she's adjusting to things yet again. Marc and Tina are suddenly best friends, Jessica and Dick-Not-Nick are doting new parents, and her vampire husband is paying more attention to his two puppies than her.
Eventually, her responsibilities in Hell catch up to her. Hell is still nothing more than a misty void of nothingness, until Betsy runs into a familiar soul or two. Before she knows it, Hell has some semblance of a place again. The new Hell is now a huge mall, complete with a directory and a Macy's. Between coming up with new punishments, like trying on shoes at Payless that never fit, she actually begins to have fun with the job. Just when she's getting into the swing of things, her father makes a reappearance. Betsy gets through things with a little help from her friends, two mischievous babies, and strangely enough, a lawnmower.
Hell better watch out, because their new ruler is just getting started. October 24, Review by http: Betsy, queen of the vampires and shoe-loving ruler of Hell-as-the-Mall-of-America, is determined not to let her half-sister Laura the self-righteous former Antichrist set the terms for the vampires' come-out. She asks Fred the mermaid for assistance, which becomes all the more necessary when the Wyndham werewolves decamp nearby, worried about their anonymity.
Betsy proves she's a good deal less vapid than given credit for by turning a theological bee in her bonnet into an innovative parole program for some of Hell's most well-behaved denizens, though her constant mental exposition is deservedly and funnily mocked by her hunky consort Sinclair. For those who once loved the series, which has faltered in recent installments, this provides a proper send-off.
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