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All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry

In the magical, artsy Pacific Northwest two teen girls live a wild, carefree life with nothing tying them down- except their devotion to each other. Beautiful, reckless Aurora is the daughter of an ex-piano prodigy and a deceased rock star, while the more cautious, introspective narrator is the daughter of a hippie witch. At one time, their mothers were best friends and the girls were raised as sisters. Now, however, Aurora’s mother spends most days in bed, suffocated by grief and heroin addiction. The girls live for the beach, music shows, sci-fi movies, and coffe

The Good Braider by Terry Farish

Fourteen-year-old Viola lives in Juba, Sudan with her loving grandmother, strong-willed mother, and adoring little brother.  Although danger is constantly present in the form of land mines, armed soldiers, and starvation, Viola loves her family and community, and remembers the days when Juba was a lush paradise.  When she is raped by a soldier when walking home one evening, however, her family decides to make the treacherous journey from Sudan to Egypt to the United States.  Tragedy occurs along the way, and Viola finds herself torn between the luxuries found in America, and

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Cadence Sinclair Easton comes from an incredibly privileged East Coast family, in which every member is blonde, beautiful, and wealthy. The Sinclairs own a private island, where all convene every summer. Cady, along with the other family “Liars,” have spent carefree, idyllic summers on the island…until the summer Cady turns fifteen. Summer 15 is filled with fun and first love, until the horrible night Cady is found alone on the beach.

Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell

Rebecca Blue does not fit in at Del Ray high school.  Raised by her professional photographer mother, Rebecca (aka Rebel), she grew up on the road chasing the perfect photographic happenings throughout Central and South America.  When her mother is tragically killed, however, Rebel moves in with her aunt, uncle, and Cousin Pen… all of whom seem impossibly straight-laced and perfect.  The one constant in Rebel’s life is now detention, where one afternoon she connects with perky, passionate, civic-minded Kennedy Green.  For their detention assignments, the two

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

The winner of the 2013 Printz Award, Midwinterblood is a wildly imaginative exploration of folk ritual, human connection, and enduring love.  The book opens in 2073, when Eric Seven travels to the isolated island of Blessed.  He is a reporter who has been assigned to uncover the secrets of a rare breed of orchid flower which seems to give the island’s inhabitants eternal youth.  Nothing is as it first appears, however, and readers are taken farther and farther into the past through seven fantastic stories connected to this ethereally beautiful, but dang

Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon

Seventeen-year-old Richard’s recent transfer from the oncology ward to hospice signifies he has less than one month to live.  The utter finality of this diagnosis causes him to coin the term SUTHY Syndrome (Somebody Up There Hates You).  But as he is about to discover, there is a lot of adventure, love, and self-discovery to be had in a month.  This bittersweet story told from the perspective of an honest and sarcastically hilarious teenager is a great bet for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. ~Lynette Pitrak

Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan

David “Burn” Burnett has had it in for Steven “Crash” Crashinsky since elementary school.  David is positive the two are connected in the same way as Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort- one will have to die in order for the other to live.  Crash recounts their entire twisted history, including on-and-off periods of friendship and fighting, rivalries over girls, and horrific family tragedies.  All of this leads up to April 21st of the boys’ senior year of high school: the day David brings automatic rifles and explosives to school.  This novel is

Champion by Marie Lu

This final book in Lu’s Legend trilogy has all of the intrigue, action, and danger found in the first two volumes.  June has been chosen by new Elector Anden to serve as one of three Princeps-Elect, his closest government advisors.  Meanwhile, Day is acting as a commander in the military, but suffering from severe headaches and black-outs as a result of the experimental tests run on him by the government.  Day and June have not seen each other since the conclusion of Prodigy, and now June is urgently requesting to see Day.  However, despite his continued love for her, th

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