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Juliet the Maniac: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612197593
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Published: Melville House - May 7th, 2019

Who is Juliet? She's any of us who ever felt like they were losing their minds. She's the friend you have that's beautiful and brilliant but can scare you sometimes. She's honest, she's real. She's you and she's me. For those who suffer from mental illness, this book will make you feel less alone. Read this book!

Review by Rosa

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Loudermilk: Or, the Real Poet; Or, the Origin of the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781593763909
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Published: Soft Skull Press - May 7th, 2019

This may be a very funny novel about art and idealism. Or it may be a very serious novel about how our work defines us - albeit one that will make you laugh uncontrollably and at random. Either way, the joke's on us: gleeful, satirical and disarmingly sincere, profound and bombastic in equal measure, and so, so familiar to anyone who has been in their twenties, or contemplated the big questions about whether we are what we create or whether, maybe it's the other way around, Loudermilk is refreshing and incisive. 

Review by Sam

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The Forging of a Rebel: The Forge, The Track and The Clash Cover Image
By Arturo Barea, Ilsa Barea (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781782274940
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Published: Pushkin Press - March 26th, 2019

A compelling, unflinching portrait of Spain in the early 20th century, this autobiographical trilogy is at once a charming coming-of-age saga and a chilling study of the rise of a fascist state. Not convinced? Admittedly, it's long...but this prose is as rich and as satisfying as an Andalusian feast. 

Review by Sam

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Lights All Night Long: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525558736
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Published: Penguin Press - April 2nd, 2019

Exchange student Ilya has just arrived in the balmy heat of Louisiana from the frozen tundra of Russia. Smart, hardworking, and thoughtful his journey was to be the opportunity of a lifetime. But he can’t seem leave his home behind, or the brother he would do anything to save. In Lights all Night Long, Lydia Fitzpatrick juggles a coming of age tale; a murder mystery; and social commentary on addiction, drug use, and corruption. And it works. Beautifully. She somehow manages to avoid all the predictable tropes of each to create this sparkling world full of hope, friendship, and the power of family in all its forms.

Review by Erin

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Ghost Wall: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374161927
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 8th, 2019

A reenactment of a romanticized past becomes an inescapable descent into the ugliest and most primitive side of humanity. Succinct in its suspense, you won't realize you've been holding your breath until the very last page. 

Review by Sarah C.

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Normal People: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984822178
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Published: Hogarth - April 16th, 2019

I first discovered Sally Rooney after reading her first book, Conversations With Friends, which I loved! So, of course, I rushed to read her second book, Normal People. On the surface, this sounds like another popular boy befriends awkward girl but this novel unfolds beautifully as you read. With a strong political undertone and exploration of social and economic status, Sally Rooney brings to light many issues worth discussing. But at the heart of the novel, Normal People is an exploration of those friendships we form when we're young that shape us and often times sets the tone of who and what we gravitate towards later in life. Nostalgia will loom over you while you read Normal People.

Review by Rosa

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I Capture the Castle Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312201654
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 15th, 1999

I'm a sucker for coming-of-age novels, more so when the setting is a crumbling English castle. Cassandra is a witty, observant girl on the cusp of adulthood. Her family is in a perilous financial situation: her father probably isn't writing another groundbreaking novel, her stepmom has retreated to London, and her sister pins their salvation on their new, wealthy American neighbors. A lesser-known work by the author of 101 Dalmations, suitable for adult ad teen readers alike!

Review by Danielle

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Speak No Evil: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061284922
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Published: Harper - March 6th, 2018

Niru and Meredith, highschoolers in Washington, D.C., are outstanding students, runners, best friends and more, until Niru faces the facts of being gay. Once his Nigerian parents discover his sexual preferences, Niru is beaten by his father and taken to the parish priest, who recommends a return to Nigeria to be "cured." A powerful, poignant coming of age tale, this story spotlights the joy of carefree youth careening toward tragic destinations!

Review by Jane