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Fans of The Fault in our Stars will love this tale of teenage star-crossed lovers. Maddy has a rare disease, which causes her to be allergic to the world outside her house, but her insular life is turned upside down the day that tall and brooding Olly moves in next door. This is a love story for anyone who has been scared of getting hurt when putting your heart out there.
After her parents’ divorce is finalized, 16-year-old Mim’s father and his new wife relocate her unwillingly to the “wastelands” of Mississippi. After discovering her mother is sick, Mim embarks on an odyssey via Greyhound back to Cleveland, tackling her own demons and meeting the most hysterical cast of characters along the way. This triumphant tale, akin to a modern On The Road, proves to be a fresh take on the transformative journey milieu.
The Wrath & the Dawn
In this imaginative re-imagination of Arabian Nights, Khalid, a bloodthirsty boy-king takes a new wife every night, only to kill her by morning’s light. When 16-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry him, she does so with a plan to not only stay alive, but to avenge the deaths of her best friend and countless other young women. However, her enemy may prove to be her greatest love. This romantic debut novel absolutely sizzles with suspense…don’t be surprised if you find yourself utterly absorbed in its pages.
Kady Grant thought that breaking up with her boyfriend Ezra would be the worst part of her day—but that was before an intergalactic rival invades her planet, intent on killing everyone in their colony. The two exes evacuate on different ships, but when one ship’s artificial intelligence goes rogue, the two have no choice but to work together in order to survive. This space-based action-romance, set in the year 2575, is the first in a captivating science-fiction trilogy. The text is combined with memos, diary entries, blueprints, medical reports and maps that create a visually stunning piece of fiction you won’t be able to put down.
The Impossible Knife of Memory
Laurie Halse Anderson
17-year-old Hayley and her father Andy haven’t had a steady home in over five years, instead crisscrossing the country in a battered eighteen-wheeler as Andy tries to outrun the PTSD from four tours in Iraq, which threatens to strangle him. The two settle in Andy’s hometown and Hayley feels hopeful that she can have some semblance of a normal life—high school and perhaps even a relationship with handsome local guy, Finn. But when Andy can’t escape his pain, Hayley is left to pick up the pieces—again and again. This heartbreaking and poignant story from the author of Speak so astutely captures the scars of war on both veterans and their loved ones.
13 Reasons Why
In this psychological thriller, Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package addressed to him, filled with cassette tapes. He presses play and hears the voice of his classmate and crush, Hannah, who committed suicide only two weeks earlier. As he listens to each tape, he becomes a witness to Hannah’s suffering and learns the truth about the reasons why she took her own life. Asher’s moving page-turner proves that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, which sometimes unfurl with devastating and irreparable consequences.
YA books aren’t just for the youth anymore. Though the genre’s universality was once up for debate (should adults read YA? Or even admit to reading YA?), it’s one of book publishing’s fastest-growing segments. And a 2014 study showed that 77% of young adult literature was purchased by adults. These six novels—while geared to a teen audience—are delightful reads for anyone who enjoys utterly captivating fiction, no matter what age you are.
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