Friday, May 27, 2016

Top 5: After High School part III

Since our YA collection serves teens from sixth grade through graduation, every once in a while we like to take a look at the books aimed at our recent graduates. If you're about to wear a cap & gown, this one's for you.

You Know Me Well  by Nina LaCour and David Levithan (see our full review here)
One of the main characters here, Kate, is in her last days of high school and speeding towards what comes next. She also feels like a different person than the ones her long-time friends think she is. This makes a new friend, who doesn't come with that kind of baggage, all the more appealing: enter Ryan.

Together, Kate and Ryan are on the look for love, identity and all the fun they can pack into the long summer days of San Fransisco.

Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith (see our full review here)
Aidan and Claire are responsible about-to-be-college-freshmen. So, they are 100% certain that they aren't going to attempt a long distance relationship when they get to college.

That means that at some point this summer, Aidan and Claire have to break up. They are running out of days before they leave for school. So, this book takes us on one last hurrah for the couple as they visit all the spots and people that made their love work.

Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Hegelson
Gena and Finn both like the same TV show. Besides that, they don't have a lot in common, but being in the same fandom is more than enough. Their friendship grows via comments on fanfic chapters; journal entries and instant messages.

But, the content you create and publish online doesn't tell the whole stories and as the girls become closer and more than (internet or IRL)  friends, they learn more and more of the secrets the two keep offline. But there are still things Gena doesn't know how to tell Finn and when the secrets spill, will their relationship be strong enough to handle the aftershocks?

Giant Days by John Allison
Daisy, Esther and Susan are freshmen at university in England, they were strangers when they were given their assignment as roommates, but quickly became the best of friends.

Mostly they have a normal first year of college, except for the occasional ghost, mystery mold and annoying guy from one of their pasts with a mustache.

This is a really fun graphic novel about friendship, fun times and the occasional attendance of a college class.

Infinite In Between by Carolyn Mackler (see full review here)
This is kind of a cheat because it goes from day one of high school to graduation, but it's a great, nostalgic look back for any senior.

When these newbie high school students meet at freshman orientation, they have no idea how important the group of teens will become to each other. But, over four years, multiple heartbreaks, so many exams, a few dances and even prom, these teens will start the day of their very last day of high school.

The perfect thing to read while wearing a mortar board.

More to read:

Top 5: Life after High School (Part 2)

Top 5 Books about Life after High School

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins

Monday, May 23, 2016

Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki

 A new not-to-miss read from Librarian M:

Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki

Montgomery lives in small-town California with her two moms and her sister, marking time between meetings of Mystery Club, an after-school activity where she discusses mysterious things (aliens, ESP, etc.) with her two best friends, Naoki and Thomas. She’s been feeling detached ever since an incident with boy in her class and the anger she’s let simmer just beneath the surface finally comes to a head when a preacher comes to town to push his religious agenda.

Montgomery is suffering from an existential angst and though the people in her life care about her and would love to help her, she refuses to talk to them. She seems very self-assured, but it’s all a front and watching her slowly unravel and then start to put her life back together again is difficult, but rewarding. Try it if you like realistic fiction, but are not in the mood for a full-blown problem novel.

More to read:

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Endangered by Lamar Giles

Friday, May 20, 2016

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins

The never ending rain might make it hard to believe that we are quickly approaching summer, but it's true! If you, like me, need something to remind you of sunny days and beach reading, this collection of short stories is exactly what you're looking for.

Whether you are planning to spend the summer working at a summer job, hanging out with friends or maybe looking for a summer love, the characters inSummer Days and Summer Nights are there for you.

Like it's companion, My True Love Gave to Me, this features tons of popular authors like Cassandra Clare, Veronica Roth, Nina LaCour, and of course Stephanie Perkins. Plus, if you attend the library's author panel, Shut Up and Write, you might recognize one of the names on the cover. Each short story gives you a bite size look into summer vacation and it will have you even more ready for summer than ever!

More to read:

Up and Coming: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins

You Oughta Be in Pictures: J'aime Paris et Anna

Up and Coming: You Know Me Well by Nina Lacour and David Levithan

Up and Coming: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Teen Review: An Open Letter to Stephanie Perkins

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

Librarian M shares a unique new thriller:

Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

Lennie’s dad is Leonard Cash, a notorious criminal who famously brought her along on a bank robbing spree when she was six. Now Lennie is in high school, where she doesn’t really fit in, both because of her dad and because she holds almost everyone at arm’s length. After her best friend is murdered, she decides to throw caution to the wind and bring some of her uncles’ famous moonshine to a back-to-school bash.

The next morning, Lennie discovers that her uncles have been keeping a secret from her: aided by the moonshine, she and her family have the power to grant wishes. She has created a nightmare scenario at the party house out of the wishes of teenagers who drank the 'shine. Now she not only needs to set everything right before the damage is irreparable, she also has to get away from her dad, who has been looking for her for years.

Down with the Shine is not quite as weird as (Don’t You)Forget About Me, but it is still plenty weird. Many YA books are about a teenager coming to terms with his or her life situation, but this book does it in a unique way that brings in some elements of both fantasy and horror. Pick it up if you’re feeling wild!

More to read:

(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

I Second That: Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Friday, May 13, 2016

Up and Coming: You Know Me Well by Nina Lacour and David Levithan

You Know Me Well by Nina Lacour and David Levithan

Release date: June 7, 2016

Pride week and the end of school are both approaching quickly for Kate. Too quickly. Her best friend is determined to set her up with a girl who sounds beyond perfect, but that only makes her more nervous about the dwindling time Kate has left in San Francisco.

Mark is looking forward to summer, especially if it means extra time to spend with his best friend (sometimes with benefits), Ryan. The only problem is at the first pre-Pride event they attend, it becomes clear that Ryan's insistence that he wasn't looking for anything serious really meant he didn't want to be serious with Mark.

Did you ever make a friend who turned out to be exactly what was missing in your life? Before this week Kate and Mark had never talked even though they share a math class. But after a chance meeting in a club, it becomes clear that they have way more in common that a class period. Can they each help the other figure out how to turn their love lives around in one week of running around San Francisco?

If this sounds like Everything Leads to You meets Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist with a dash of Two Boys Kissing, there's a reason for that. Two powerhouse YA authors are collaborating in this seriously fun summer fling of a book. In the course of one week there will be broken hearts, amazing kisses, glitter, gallery openings, picnics and two teens who are about to have the best week ever.

More to read:

Radio Week:The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

Author Nina LaCour Talks to us About Grrl Bands, Art, Traveling and the Disenchantments!

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Up and Coming: Every Day by David Levithan

Every You, Every Me by David Levithan

Looking for John Green: A tale of woe, near misses and the ALA convention.

Getting in the Holiday Spirit: Dash and Lilly's Book of Dares

10 Years Later, We Remember

Post Card Fridays: Buongiorno Italy

You Oughta Be in Pictures: Will Grayson Squared

Book Trailer: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

One extra Valentine- for Tiny Cooper

Monday, May 9, 2016

Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw

Librarian M introduces you to your new favorite fan girl:

Scarlett Epstein hates it here. Where is here? Pretty much wherever Scarlett happens to be. She’s been coasting through life assuming everything will be better in the future, but her world is rocked when her favorite TV show, Lycanthrope High, is cancelled. She was one of the preeminent fanfic writers for the show and now her whole online world has been thrown into limbo. Her fellow Lycanthrope High fans encourage her to write some original characters and she bases all of her creations on real people from her life including: her crush, the girl her crush is dating, her best friend, and her best friend’s boyfriend. What could go wrong?

Scarlett is a static character at the beginning of the book and you will relish watching her get pushed out of her comfort zone. She’s witty and clever, but clearly needs to reassess her attitude and priorities or risk being caught up in an endless snark cycle. Read this if you like realistic fiction that is heavy on the sarcasm and light on the romance.

More to read:

Up and Coming: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Carry On: The Rise of Simon Snow by Rainbow Rowell

Teen Wolf Week: Top 5 Werewolf Romances for Scott


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

 Librarian M shares her latest and greatest read:

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

Faith’s father was a respected naturalist, but after one of his recent finds is called into question scandal ensues and her family flees to a remote island town to try to escape the whispers and stares. She generally engages in some light snooping as a matter of course (no one will tell her anything, both because of her age and because she is a girl) and after her father’s death she starts reading his papers in earnest to try to prove that he was murdered. She discovers that her father has been hiding a tree that feeds on lies and promises to reveal a truth to any person who eats its fruit. Faith decides the best way to find out what happened to her father is to feed the tree and eat one of the fruits.

Aside from being an intriguing mystery, this book explores issues like women’s place in the scientific world, how scientific advances might affect religious belief, and obsession with advancement at the expense of others. Recommended for readers who like mysteries, historical fiction, or who are just looking for something interesting to read.

More to read:

 These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

 A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Walker

Cinders and Sapphires by Lelia Rasheed