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Tigers, Not Daughters Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616208967
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 24th, 2020

What's most striking about this story is how much you care. From the first page, I was entranced and had no real interest in doing anything else with my life until I got to the last page. The story follows three sisters who are being haunted by their late sister's ghost. And yet, it's also not really about that at all. It's about grief, sisterhood, survival and taking back power. Not to mention that the writing is such that it constantly leaves you in an aftermath of wonder. I'm positive I'll be thinking of the Torres sisters for years to come.


Review by Claire

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What I Carry Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553537710
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 21st, 2020

I stayed up until 6 am reading this book. This story—about a seventeen year old girl who will age out of the foster care system next year—is hopeful and heartfelt without disregarding the harsh realities of what growing up in foster care can look like. Longo's daughter was born into foster care and lived in three different placements before Longo adopted her. It was Longo's daughter who asked her to write this book, and we should all be oh so grateful that she did.


Review by Claire

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Not So Pure and Simple Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062349194
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Published: Quill Tree Books - January 21st, 2020

What The Hate U Give did for opening up a conversation about police brutality and racial profiling, Not So Pure and Simple does for toxic masculinity. Giles is able to paint the normalcy of toxic masculinity in all its minute idiosyncrasies without it feeling like a beat-you-over-the-head-I’m-trying-to-teach-you-something story. It's hilarious, honest, and more necessary than I know how to put into words. If this book is any indication of what 2020 look like, we have every reason to be excited about the future. 


Review by Claire

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If I'm Being Honest Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780451481092
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 23rd, 2019

Cameron Bright is pretty and popular, but brutally honest. Her crappy home life is no excuse for failure so Cameron works hard and chases her goals: date crush Andrew, get an internship at her father's office, and get into the Wharton School at UPenn. But when Andrew calls her a bitch, her normal teflon-tough exterior chips. Like Katherine in Taming of the Shrew, does she need to be tamed? 

A millenial teen retelling of the film 10 Things I Hate About You that draws heavily from Shakespeare, If I'm Being Honest is crafted with thoughtful, real-world stakes. Cameron's a ringer for Blair Waldorf - and yet she genuinely learns from her mistakes and works to become a better person. Her social circle is rooted in relatable struggles like making new friends, keeping old friendships alive, being supportive, and managing conflict. She's flawed and *almost* unlikeable but the more I learned about her family dynamics, the more I rooted for her to make better choices and follow a path of her own making. 


Review by Danielle

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A Winter's Promise: Book One of the Mirror Visitor Quartet Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9781609456078
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Published: Europa Editions - May 12th, 2020

I absolutely lose my mind over an immersive YA fantasy and A Winter's Promise is simply the most breathtaking, cozy, sweeping fantasy novel I've ever come across. Think the Golden Compass meets Pride and Prejudice meets Harry Potter. It's an obvious yes for the whimsical, young adult reader in your life.


Review by Claire

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The Thief (Queen's Thief #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062642967
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Published: Greenwillow Books - February 28th, 2017

When I was in high school my dear friend Heather put this book in my hands, smiled mysteriously, and said, "Trust me." 

I devoured it in one sitting.

It is intricate, clever, and excruciatingly satisying. Pay close attention - Megan Whalen Turner is as tricky as her thief and you don't want to miss a thing!

This book came out in 1995. The final book in the series comes out next year. Now is the time folks - trust me.


Review by Allie

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The Last True Poets of the Sea Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368048088
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

I wanted to hug these characters and never let go; live out my life on these salty shores, in the tiny shops; claim the metaphors as my own, never thinking of happy moments as anything other than pebbles on my own beach.  Julia Drake expertly captures the precious and painful experiences of family, friendship, and love in a net of small town lore, diverse journeys toward mental health, and some of the most beautifully poetic lines I've ever read. Simply put, The Last True Poets of the Sea made me ache for an understanding I didn’t know I needed.


Review by Katelynn

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The Last True Poets of the Sea Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368048088
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

I can’t remember the last book I’ve been absolutely glued to like this one. There was a moment where I had to get up and start pacing the room as I was reading because my love for these characters quite literally affected my mind, body, & soul. It’s ultimately a story about survival; one that cuts deep while healing you at the same time. Quite simply, this book is “swoon” incarnate.


Review by Claire

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Hope and Other Punch Lines Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781524766771
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Published: Delacorte Press - May 7th, 2019

Summer camp counselors, awkward & sweet friendship turned to romance, alternating perspectives, laugh out loud humor, AND unputdownable pacing - um, yes please!


Review by Claire

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Brightly Burning Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328948939
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 2018

For fans of Jane Eyre, this futuristic retelling of Charlotte Brontë's seminal work will satiate your thirst for Gothic novels and spaceship drama. Relegated to a miserable engineering job aboard the Stalwart, seventeen year old Stella is offered a governess position on the Rochester, a tricked-out, elite ship. Between a budding romance with the ship's captain and the mysteries of the ship, things get cray and steamy. 


Review by Candace

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