Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Top 5 in 2017: Lisa Recommends

This week we're looking at our favorite books of the year... so far. 

Today Lisa gives us her stand outs so far!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
When Starr Carter witnesses her friend’s murder by the police, her carefully balanced life as both a resident of a poor neighborhood and a student at a private school full of the rich and privileged starts to crumble. A powerful story that touches on racism, police brutality, classism, identity and values.

American Street by Ibi Zoboi (see our full review)
Fabiola Toussaint, a recent immigrant from Haiti, is living with her aunt and queen bee cousins, falling in love, pining for her mother who is being held by Immigration Control, and trying to sort out if drug money is ever acceptable. Blends magical realism with immigration issues, morality, economic survival, and a tender love story.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (see our full review here)
If you liked Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, you’re sure to love Molly! While her twin sister Cassie has no problem finding girls to kiss and even true love, Molly is full of fear and many, many unrequited loves. Then she meets nerdy Tolkien-loving Reid and things begin to change. Set in the metro D.C. area, this is a fun love story with local color.

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer
Iko, Cinder’s former servant droid and fashionista, is now a kick-ass heroine hunting wolf-hybrid soldiers in this fast-paced and fun graphic novel. If you loved the Lunar Chronicles, you’ll be over the moon (get it?) with this new series. If you never read them (what are you waiting for?!?!), no worries, as this first in the graphic novel series easily stands on its own. 

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
It’s all about relationships, and they’ll leave fingerprints on your heart. If for no other reason, read this book to meet the most perfect father ever written. Getting to know Sal’s wise, gay, Mexican-American, artist dad is worth the price of admission.

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