|The 57 Bus
By Dashka Slater
My name is Sasha, and I like to be referred to as "they." I used to be a boy, but now I'm not. My entire life, I've wanted to fit in. but now that I am truly who I want to be, all people do is judge me. I knew things were not going to be easy, but I never expected things to get this bad. That day on the 57 bus changed everything.
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By Suzanne Young
All I've ever known is being the life of a Closer. To help families grieve, to give them a chance to gain the closure they need, but never thought they would have to face. My dad always told me I played a key role in the Grief Department. I was the face of it. Although this wan't what I wanted my life to be engulfed by, I was dang good at it. It offered me protection, safety, a way to allow families to let go and keep moving forward, and most importantly, the feeling of having my own family. There is no better feeling than being able to "become" that special someone and give that family the closure they have hung onto. Just one rule, I can't get attached. Too bad I've taken on this role for more than half of my life and am profoundly deft to knowing my memories from the ones I take on. How am I supposed to stop myself from becoming attached when they are the one who love me most? Hi, I'm Quinlan McKee, or that's who I thought I was.
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|Long Way Down
by Jason Reynolds
Will is a 15-year-old boy. He is distraught over his older brother Shawn's recent death. He refuses to show his emotions about this traumatic situation to cope with the societal rules established by the people in his neighborhood. Will decides to shoot Carlson Riggs, who he believes killed Shawn. He bases this decision on another unspoken rule within his neighborhood, which requires him to seek revenge on the person who killed his loved one. He makes this choice to kill him out of a feeling of obligation to comply with the rules. However, he is not a violet person and quickly begins to doubt his decision, especially as he rides in the elevator.
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|The Year They Fell
By David Kreizman
My name is Josie. My life was not always what I thought it would be, but it was pretty good. With that being said, it only took one day to change everything. That one day changed all of us forever. We all lost people who were special to us that day. That day, without a doubt, turned our whold world upside down, but it was the thing that brought us back together. We may have lost a family, but we created one at the same time.
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|The Things She's Seen
By Ambelin & Ezekiel Kwaymullina
Although a big deal of tragedy happened in my family, I never wanted to leave it. I died in a car accident with my aunt driving, and I saw "that place," but I felt guilty leaving my dad behind, so I stayed. I've felt recognition roaming the Earth with my dad, since he's known to be the only one who sees and hear me, but my soul has felt so lost in the midst of it all. My dad is a detective, so I thought to just use all my supernatural abilities to help him out in his new investigation, but I've become more of just an answer to his grief.After meeting a distraught, confused witness at the hospital, Isabel Catching shares her past in what seems to be a mythical story way that seems useless to the case, but ends up having mysterious ties to our questions. I feel like I witnessed someone or something exactly like me after I met her, but couldn't quite understand why until we realized she could see and speak to me too. Isabel's story runs deep, almost too deep. Her story gains us huge developments, and me huge strides to letting go of the guild I've always felt for my dad. Because of her, we've been able to "catch" a completely different light in our ever-seeking lives.
Recommended by Kamryn Buck
|The Female of the Species
By Mindy McGinnis
I'm Jack, and I guess you could say I'm considered one of the popular kids in high school. I get good grades, and I'm good at sports, and I can get any girl I want. Except Alex. All through high school, she's hidden under the shadows. Everyone knows her as "the girl whose sister died." Senior year just started, and I can't stop thinking about her and dying to get to know her. Will I end up regretting finding out the true Alex, or will it end in a happy ending?
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By Alan Gratz
I, Yanek Gruener, have had quite the life. I'm a Jewish boy born around the 1930s in Poland. Everyone I love, including friends and family, have been taken from me in brutal fashion. I was taken prisoner not too long after my loved ones, and I was called Prisoner B-3087. I have been through ten concentration camps, and I have had ten encounters of death. I'm afraid I won't make it through if I go to another camp.
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By Kass Morgan
It was like a meteor falling from the stars, but instead of a burning, fiery rock, it was a fiery drop ship! I couldn't believe we were going to the ground. After all the years we spent up in space and after the 6 months I spent in prison, I'm almost still too scared to land. Will the radiation kill us? Will we figure out how to grow food? Are we the only ones who are here? Find out by reading The 100!
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By James Patterson
"Nothing good ever comes from revenge," said John O'Hara.
Not revenge for his wife being killed. Not revenge for almost being killed by a serial killer. Not revenge for being made to live in fears.
Nothing good will ever come from revenge.
Working for the FBI, it is expected to lead a rather dangerous life, but what is not expected are the challenges and risks that are destined to follow.
Agent Brubaker reads the headline, "The John O'Hara Serial Killer on the Loose."
What is it with this case? Sarah things to herself as she reads more into the killing of the men with the same name.
"I want on this case." And from that moment, Sarah's life was completely changed.
Read Second Honeymoon by James Patterson and Howard Roughan to follow John and Sarah on their trip to killing a murderer, or two, and escaping reality in the end.
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|The Sun and Her Flowers
By Rupi Kaur
I wrote the book the sun and her flowers for myself. The book goes through the loss and the gain of someone I thought I loved and someone I did love. Through wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming, I tear myself ope and describe the ways the different types of love have shaped me, and the people that have made me who I am, along with my inner struggles.
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|A Time of Dread
By John Gwynne
I was forged in fire, by a warrior and his son, late at night so no-one will know, but the evil enemy lurked in the darkness. They tried to hide me, stashing me away on their horses. While on a bear hunt, I fell into the snow, lost from my creators. It was all in the plans of the deceitful the whole time. She tricked them into the forest for what they thought was a good cause. But it was a ruse, and now the evil ones have me. They bask in my greatness, holding me up for all the shared acolytes to see. I know their plans, and they plan on acting quickly. My power seeps into the hands of the Mishaden fueling their evil, pushing their power to the limit. I'm wrapped in darkness and taken halfway across the realm. The Readoerin put their plans into action, cutting off Agrotha hand to fuel their demon horse. I only hope my creator can free me and this world from this evil.
Recommended by Schyler Gee
|Voices of Chernobyl
By Svetlana Alexievich
I never meant to blow up. My poor design from the Soviets made me explode. My power output soared. These people in this book are hurt in some sort of way. One even lost her son and husband because of me. Most don't even realize that I have begun to kill them. They continue on with their lives like I didn't explode and spread radio-nuclides everywhere. They don't get that their food is poison. I violated them and made them "Chernoblyites." Those who volunteer to clean up my mess are labeled that too. The people I affected tell their stories in Voices of Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster.
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|Hyperbole and a Half|
By Allie Brosh
This is a book review. Because I read this book, I had to think of what to write about from it. I tried numerous angles and even attempted to do a drawing for it, but in the end I just settled for describing who this book is for:
This book contains language, hormones, crackhead childish behavior, cake, dogs, dinosaur geese, and having to deal with self caused depression.
You have been WARNED!!
Recommended by Garrett Harding