YA Fiction

THOSE GIRLS |Lauren Saft

Summary from Goodreads: Some girls will always have your back, and some girls can't help but stab you in it. Junior year, the suburbs of Philadelphia. Alex, Mollie and Veronica are those girls: they're the best of friends and the party girls of the school. But how well does everybody know them--and really, how well do they know one another? Alex is secretly in love with the boy next door and has joined a band--without telling anyone. Mollie suffers from a popular (and possibly sociopathic) boyfriend, as well as a serious mean streak. And Veronica just wants to be loved--literally, figurativ...
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ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE | Benjamin Alire Saenz

  Summary from Goodreads: Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be. This month (May), the book club's theme for its book discussion was...
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SHINE | Candy Gourlay

  Summary from Goodreads: This is not a ghost story even though there are plenty of ghosts in it. And it's not a horror story though some people might be horrified. It's not a monster story either, even though there is a monster in it and that monster happens to be me. Forced to hide herself away from the superstitious island community of Mirasol, thirteen-year-old Rosa seeks solace online. There she meets Ansel95, and as the friendship moves from virtual to real, Rosa discovers that she's not the only one with something to hide.. From the author of the critically-acclaimed Tall Sto...
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MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES | edited by Stephanie Perkins

This is my second time to read a holiday-themed book for Christmas (the first was A Christmas Carol  by Charles Dickens which I read a few years back before I started book-blogging), and I must say that I really enjoyed the experience. Reading My True Love Gave To Me in the days leading to Christmas was a perfect introduction to the holiday season because of all the feels. I really liked most of the stories in this collection, and it is an eclectic collection at that. There's a mix of fantasy and contemporary, and even though I am not huge on fantasy, the magic felt perfect and very Christmas...
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ON THE JELLICOE ROAD | Melina Marchetta

On The Jellicoe Road is one of those books that comes highly recommended by my friends at the book club. And I understand why. It talks about timeless themes of friendships, belongingness, and family, and of how relationships thrive despite having to go through grief and loss. This book was my first Melina Marchetta and I loved it. As what most reviews say, reading On The Jellicoe Road feels like being confronted with a puzzle with a hundred pieces to put together -- you start excitedly but a few pieces in, you are tempted to ditch the project and just do something else, but then you still tr...
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