The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

7963255[1]Lennie and Bailey were always extremely close sisters, even though they were total opposites. Bailey was outgoing, popular and a talented actor who was starred in school plays. Lennie was always a quiet bookworm, a band geek and a writer. But she was always happy to be invisible when her sister was around.

Then, in the course of a couple of seconds, everything changed forever. Bailey died suddenly of a heart arrhythmia while rehearsing for a school play.
Now, a month later, Lennie feels adrift and doesn’t know how to deal with her sister being gone. She has withdrawn from her friends and family, her music. The only one who seems to understand her grief is Bailey’s boyfriend Toby. They start to hang out together, talk, comfort each other, and eventually, kiss. They feel really guilty about it, but neither can deny their attraction.

And then, Joe, a new boy in town shows an interest in Lennie. He is good looking, a talented musician just like Lennie, sweet, romantic and charming.

One boy offers comfort and healing, the other one might be her first love. The boys don’t know about each other yet. But if she doesn’t choose soon, she might lose both.


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Have you read all the Twilight books (twice) and seen all of the movies?   Or are you sick of vampire books? Either way, if you are looking for something new, you might like these series.

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Clare, Cassandra. City of Bones. 
New Yorker Clary Fray just wanted to go have a good time at the Pandemonium club. She never expected to witness a murder committed by three other teenagers with strange tattoos and unusual weapons. Also, the three teenagers were invisible to everyone else and there was no body or even blood to report to the police. Clary later learns that the other teens were called Shadowhunters, a secret society dedicated to killing demons. In the next twenty-four hours, she is attacked by a demon herself and mother ends up missing. With the help of the gorgeous Shadowhunter Jace and his friends, she learns of a whole new world that has always co-existed with ours.

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Marr, Melissa. Wicked Lovely. 
Rules #1-3. Do not stare at invisible faeries, do not speak to them, and definitely don’t draw their attention to you. Aislinn has always been able to see faeries, but these rules have always kept her safe, until now. Everything changes when Keenan, the Summer King, choses her as his mate. She is now involved in the 900 year old struggle between Keenan and his mother, the Winter Queen. If Aislinn refuses him, summer will cease to exist and mortals and faeries will all die. If she accepts, she will lose her own humanity.

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Noël, Alyson. Evermore.
Since the car accident that killed her family but spared her, sixteen year old Ever can see other people’s auras, hear their thoughts and know their life story by touching them. She goes out of her way to avoid contact with other people until she meets the mysterious. Damen Auguste. She feels an instant connection with him. When she is with him, the noise and chaos in her head subsides. He doesn’t have an aura and he always seems to know what she is thinking. But she doesn’t really know who, or what, he really is.

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Stiefvater, Maggie. Shiver.
Grace has watched the wolves outside of her window every winter for years, but she had always been drawn to the mysterious yellow eyed one who seemed to take an interest in here too. What she doesn’t know is that these wolves turn into their human form during the summer months. When she meets a boy with the same yellow eyes, she knows somehow that it is him, her wolf. As they start fall for each other, she learns when winter comes again, and with it the change, this could be last year as a human. He will lose Grace and himself forever.

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Taylor, Laini. Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
Karou is a beautiful young art student in a Prague boarding school. Her natural bright blue hair and her sketchbook is filled with pictures of horrible monsters, drawings of the only family she has ever known, the Chimaera, She speaks many languages, not all of them human. She occasionally runs errands for the devil Brimstone, a wishmonger and father figure who has her collect teeth from around the world, especially human ones. You can understand why she doesn’t know who she really is or where she came from. One fateful day she meets the seraphim Akiva with whom she feels an instant connection, she finally starts to get the answers she seeks, even if it means the end of her life as she knows it.

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

30324[1]Vivian, her family, and several of their friends, moved to Maryland from West Virginia about a year before the book opens after the death of two girls and a fire that killed her father. They were blamed for the death of the girls and her father died because of it.

Vivian is sixteen, beautiful and athletic. You would think she would be one of the most popular girls at school. But she stays pretty much to herself most of the time. That is, until she meets Aiden, a boy who is not only good looking, but also a sensitive poet. He truly understands her, she thinks. Her family and their friends don’t approve of the boy, an outsider to their group. But she doesn’t care.

As they start dating and get more intimate, she begins to trust him. Until one night when she decides to show him her true self. He plans a romantic encounter when no one is home. Candles everywhere. Both of them naked. She could finally tell him her secret.

First came the claws extending at the end of her hands. Then the fur started cover her body and her face started transforming. How could he look so scared? She is a werewolf. Why can’t he understand?!

It was then the trouble began all over again.


Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

3599928[1]Carter is a high school guy. Most of the time he thinks about one thing. Can you guess what that is?

[Sex, girls] Getting girls and looking cool. This is his life. He tries out for football, for example. After all, he can check out all of the cheerleaders during football practice. Kicker is probably the safest position. And it is, if you don’t count getting crushed by the other ginormous football players or murdered by the drill team for telling his fellow football players that he got to second base with one of their team members. (He didn’t—not even close).

Almost everything goes wrong  for Carter. Football, girls, parties or school. He can’t even get a cool nickname. He is stuck with Slappy.

Even when he gets Amber, the girl he likes, to go to the movies with him, this happens:

Read page 73, paragraph 2 – page 76, end of 1st paragraph

And on top of all that, his ADD won’t let him focus on anything for more than a minute or so. Except of course when he is thinking about girls.


Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (editors)

7171748[1]Since the dawn of time one question has dominated all others: Zombies or Unicorns?
Now it is time for you to decide for yourself. Which side are you on?

Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?

There are 12 stories in this anthology: 6 about zombies, 6 about unicorns.

Zombies are scary, Unicorns are for 8 year old girls, right?


Here you will find zombie love stories, killer baby killer unicorns, a group of high school students who have decided to hold prom despite the fact that the world has been overrun by zombies, and a unicorn named Princess Pretty pants that helps a teenage girl get revenge on her cheating boyfriend.

Read it. Pick a side.


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

6936382[1]Anna’s plan for her senior year in high school was just fine as it was, thank you very much. She was going to hang out with best friend Bridgette, work at her part time job at a local movie theater where the hot boy who has been flirting with her also works, the boy who kissed on her on that last night before she left for France.

It was her dad’s idea. He is a successful romance novelist. (Think Nicholas Sparks). He wanted her to go to boarding school in Paris. It would be a “good learning experience,” he said. She begged and pleaded, but it was no use. She doesn’t know any of the rich kids at the school and she doesn’t know a word of French.

But it isn’t horrible. She makes a few friends right away. Most people in town speak enough English for her to get by. But the best thing about Paris? Étienne St Clair, or just St. Clair, as everyone who knows him calls him. He is a gorgeous, charming and funny American boy with an English accent and Anna falls for him right away. He seems to like her too, but…he has a girlfriend.

As the school year goes on, Anna and St. Claire grow closer, but are they just friends? Or is there something more there?  In a year of near romantic encounters, betrayals from her friends, and possibly her first french kiss in Paris, her senior year is turning out to have more drama than one of her dad’s novels.

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Hazel Grace Lancaster never thought she would meet a boy and fall in love, 11870085[1]especially one like Augustus Waters.

Hazel is 16. She is obsessed with America’s Next Top Model and the novel An Imperial Affliction by reclusive Dutch author Peter Van Houten.  Augustus is 17. He is smart, has a dark sense of humor and is hot. But most importantly, he is interested in Hazel.

They meet in a church basement during a cancer survivor support group. She has stage IV thyroid cancer which has spread to her lungs. She survives by taking a miracle drug and with the aid of an oxygen tank. He has lost a leg to osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer.

They start spending all of their time together. They watch movies, play video games, and ponder the ultimate questions of life and death, poetry and Natalie Portman movies.  And they fall in love.

In a grand gesture, Augustus decides to use his Make a Wish grant to send him and Hazel to Amsterdam to meet Peter van Houten. Along the way, they struggle to deal with the implications of being in love and facing the inevitable.


Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

How m317282[1]any of you have ever wanted a do-over with your life–maybe a day, a few years, whatever?

Well, when Naomi falls down the steps outside her high school and then wakes up in the hospital, she gets her own do-over whether she wants one or not. Because of the fall, she has amnesia and has forgotten the past four years of her life. When she gets home, she has to start putting together the missing pieces of her life.

Apparently, she has a best friend named Will and they are crazy dedicated to their job as yearbook editors. She has a hot boyfriend named Ace who is on the school tennis team. In her nightstand, she has birth control pills and a food diary.

Was she popular? Did she want to be? Was she having sex with Ace? And if so, was that a good thing? Did she have an eating disorder of some kind?

She has to rebuild her identity one piece at a time. But it remains to be seen if the one she puts together is the same one she had before the accident.


The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

10798416[1]Four minutes. That is all it took for 17 year old Hadley Sullivan’s life to get turned upside down.

She was in the airport and going to board a plane to England where she was going to be the bridesmaid in her father’s wedding, where he planned to marry the woman who broke up his first marriage to Hadley’s mom in the first place, her future stepmother who she has never even met. But she missed boarding the flight by four minutes. Get all that? Basically, her life seemed kind of stunk right then.

She books a later flight and her luck turns. There in in the gate waiting area, she meets Oliver, a very cute British guy who is returning home to take care of some unpleasant business of his own. They instantly hit it off and are happy to learn that their seats are next to each other on the night-long flight. They flirt, they tell each other things they had never shared with anyone else. They arrive in the London airport. They kiss. In short, it is love at first sight.

But then the odds that seemed to be so in her favor from the previous night seem to go the other way again. Hadley has to rush through the airport to her catch a cab to get to her father’s wedding in time. And she loses Oliver along the way.

Now she has one day to see her father get married and then go find the boy of her dreams somewhere in the streets of London before she loses him forever.