Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Today is a pivotal day for both Daniel and Natasha, however it goes for both of them will change the course of what comes next. Natasha's family is due to be deported to Jamaica at the end of the day unless she can find a way to stop the order. Daniel's on his way to an interview with a Yale alumni. Nailing it will be key to following the path to law school that his Korean parents are counting on him to follow.

When Daniel and Natasha have a chance meeting, Daniel is sure that fate has put her in his path. His poet's heart is immediately taken with her and he can't imagine just letting her fade back into the crowds of the bustling city.  Natasha, on the other hand, is a scientist by nature with no time for this boy, no matter how cute his ponytail and smile might be. But when their meetings in the city become later and the day stretches before them, the Universe seems to be giving them a chance to get to know each other.

As the two of them fill the hours before their appointments, the reader also gets insight into some of the people they run into that day (for example: a security guard, an immigration lawyer) as well as slices of their parents' stories and even some scientific explanations for things that happen along the way (for our scientist, Natasha). The pieces are woven together to expand the story out from just Daniel and Natasha.

Fans of love stories will not want to miss this is an incredibly romantic look at one critical day in the lives of two teens.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Up and Coming: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Up and Coming: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Up and Coming: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

release date: May 30, 2017

Dimple is super ready to jump into life after high school, particularly because in the fall, she's headed to Stanford to pursue her passion for coding and design. When there is a spot at San Francisco State University 's summer intensive app design program for her, Dimple is desperate to attend and begin working towards her goals. After her parents give her the go-ahead, she packs her bags and is on her way.

Rishi is also headed to the SFSU's program--partly because it will give him a jumpstart for MIT (where he'll be attending in the fall), and partly because his parents want him to get to know a girl they think would match well with him. Of course the girl, Dimple, has no idea that her parents have been setting her up.

When Dimple and Rishi meet, it seems like disaster, especially when the two are paired to work together. But, instead of crashing and burning, Dimple and Rishi kind of hit it off.

Dimple has no interest in getting involved with anyone and definitely not with a boy her parents want to set her up with. And though Rishi loves that Dimple pushes him to be truer to his passion for art, he isn't sure that he trusts her with his true wishes for the future. But, as the days go by at the institute, Dimple and Rishi find themselves getting closer as their time together grows shorter...

This book gave me all the Anna and the French Kiss feels. There's romance blooming on campus with lots of late night walking and talking. It's incredibly swoony and one of my favorite books of the year so far. Both characters are realistically drawn with hopes and fears that make them very human. Pair that with some seriously snappy and fun dialogue and you have one very happy rom-com fan. I'll be revisiting this one often.

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Up and Coming: I Believe in a Thing Called love by Maurene Goo

Friday Lit Spotlight: Anna and the French Kiss? Yes, Please!

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Get it Together, Delilah! by Erin Gough

Get it Together, Delilah! by Erin Gough

Delilah has a plan. Send her overworked dad (who has never left Sydney, Australia) on vacation, keep his café running smoothly, don't let the mean girls at school get her down and make sure that she is by her window every evening to catch a glimpse of the very beautiful Rosa at the dance studio next to the cafe. But somehow, not one part of that plan is working out.

The café is a disaster. First, the manager is deported back to Ireland, then she has to fire the new manager after she catches him stealing from the till. Then she lets the girls at school (especially Georgina Trump, who has been spreading rumors about their ex-relationship) bother her. In fact, she lets them get so far under her skin that she may have left school in the midst of some major drama and not gone back....

Now instead of the problem-free couple of weeks she promised her dad, things have gone a bit sideways. And that's before adding her best friend Charlie, who might be avoiding the police by sleeping at her place. Every one of Delilah's efforts to get back to the original plan seems to send things spinning further out of control. This is a madcap, hysterical look into Delilah's efforts to turn things around and, well, get it together.

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Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

Up and Coming: I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo


Friday, May 5, 2017

Up and Coming: I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Release Date: May 30, 2017

In academics and on the soccer field, Desi Lee is unstoppable. Since she was a kid, Desi has been living by the belief that there is nothing in her life she can't excel at if she doesn't try hard enough at it. That's what has made her number one in her class and it's what's going to get her into Stanford, her dream university, to study pre-med.

The only place her extreme levels of stick-to-it-ness seem to consistently come up short is in her dating life. Her best friends Fiona and Wes call her a "flailure" and she lives up to that name time and again. Whether it's ill-timed wardrobe malfunctions or just making things exceedingly awkward, Desi cannot figure out how to excel at romance. After one particularly embarrassing mishap, Desi is ready to try anything to change things up. Enter: her dad's K-Dramas.

Her dad loves to stream Korean television dramas, but they've never been Desi's cup of tea. But, after a weekend binge-watching them, she can't deny that they seem to have just the kind of romantic advice she's been looking for. After all, in the end there is always a kiss, even if it takes twenty-four steps (or thereabouts) to reach it.

When her new plan seems to snag the attention of the very attractive (and nice, artistic and funny) Luca, Desi is sure that it is because of her new list. But how can she keep from descending into flailure when things don't go as the K-Dramas promised?

This is a hilarious rom-com for fans of Leila Sales and Louise Rennison. Desi's flailures are so awkwardly cringe-worthy that you will be laughing out loud as you read them. She is a singularly funny narrator who you will not soon forget. Check out I Believe in a Thing Called Love and be prepared to fall (possibly on your face) for Desi.

More to read:

Last Minute Reviews! Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales

Books to Pack: Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Up and Coming: Past Perfect by Leila Sales

Top 10 before 2010: Into the Wild Nerd Yonder

The Breakfast Club Week: The Brain

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

When you grow up in a small town and your family is from that same town, the sins of people you're related to can follow you around like a shadow.

For Dill, whose father is a preacher serving out a state prison sentence, this is especially true because he's also carrying his dad's name. For his best friend Travis, his dad's disapproval is what's darkening his path. For Lydia, townies think she looks down on them, but when she gets recognized by the outside of the world, it's through the lens of someone who's backwater and backwards.

This Morris Award winning debut follows these three teens through their last year of high school. Dill looks at Lydia and can't help but see the clock ticking down on his time with her before she leaves for college. Travis dreams of a life with deeper meaning and more to fight for, something more like the fantasy novels he escapes to. And Lydia wants both of her friends to want more for themselves.

The three friends have more love and support for each other than the boys find in their own houses. Through the year, the three defend and protect each other as they work to find what's next. If you like stories with true friendship at the heart, be sure to check out The Serpent King.

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I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

Margot had a plan for the summer. It included her two best friends, Serena and Camille, and a beach house in the Hamptons. Instead, there was a minor incident with her dad's credit card and now she's spending her hours stocking shelves in her family's supermarket instead of soaking up the sun.

Margot already felt like she didn't fit in with Serena and Camille, but now she's also sure that she doesn't fit in with the teens working the cash register and pricing items. They think she's a stuck up snob who has forgotten her roots. On top of that, her brother seems overly invested in removing Moises, a  young activist, who has been gathering signatures outside of the store to protest the building of high rent condos. He also forbids Margot to talk to Moises. Margot and her brother have never been close, but this seems like overkill even for him.

What was supposed to be a summer of punishment turns into a summer of self-discovery for Margot as she tries to figure out where she actually fits and who her real friends are.

More to read:

From the Archives: Duckie Returns

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The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler