Friday, June 17, 2016
Top 5 in 2016 (so far): Nico's Highlights
Endangered by Lamar Giles (see our full review here)
Despite being someone who is known for loving romances, I also have a major soft-spot for thrillers. This is a tight, fast-moving, un-put-downable thriller with super high stakes for the protagonist. Lauren has been doling out her own brand of justice - not only to those classmates who have wronged her - but also to the bullies of others. She's a loan vigilante and it's clear that it's only a matter of time before something goes horribly wrong...
And when it does, I'm betting you will have to keep reading til the very last page (even if it's late, even if it's your bus stop, even if class is about to start).
Dumplin by Julie Murphy (see all our posts here)
This one was a big hit last year and I didn't have a chance to get my hands on it and I was missing out on SO MUCH. I loved everything about Willowdean. She is a the type of girl that I'd love to hang out with - fun, snappy and a huge fan of Dolly Parton.
Plus not only do you get Willowdean, you get all her friends, her mom and Bo. When the book ended I was sad to leave them behind. Murphy is such a warm, compassionate writer, while still being hilarious and dry.
A Walk in the Sun by Michelle Zink (see our full review here)
This was such a deliciously summery read that I am going to re-read it now that we are finally getting some warm weather.This is a true slow-burn of a book. The author takes her time to build the chemistry between Bodhi and Rose and it definitely pays off.
You Know Me Well by Nina Lacour and David Levithan (see our full review here)
I already loved these two authors, so I had super high hopes for this book and was not at all let down. Kate and Mark are teens who go to the same school but did not hang out until the night in question. It's a long summer night and they are young and in San Francisco and nothing is going to stop them.
It was also refreshing that these two characters are not looking to fall in love with each other, instead they become the type of fast friend who just fills a hole in your life you didn't even know you had. This one is real and fun and unmissable.
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley (see our full review here)
In YA right now, you can read books that cover vast events (like the space battles in Illuminae) or something like this story, which really revolves around three characters and one summer. In both situations you have teens who are just trying to grow up and dealing with what life throws at them. You can be in space or watching Star Trek and either way being a teen is tough.
Solomon, Clark and Lisa are, at first glance, prime candidates for The Breakfast Club, the jock, the know-it-all and the quirky nerd. But in reality, they are so much more than meets the eye. When Lisa forces her way into the safe world Solomon has created for himself, none of them are prepared for how things will change for all three of them.