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

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