YA Fiction

Rebel With a Cupcake by Anna Mainwaring

Grades 9 – 12

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Jess Jones is bold, single and overweight, and she doesn’t apologize for any of it. She is who she is, and is fine with the way things are. She begins to think differently, however, when Own Clothes Day happens at school. She is used to wearing a uniform every day, and now she feels pressured into wearing the perfect thing to school. To make things worse, she splits her leggings and someone calls her fat, which has never bothered her before that moment. It is then that she realizes that she may have been too comfortable with herself, and now she has to figure out what to do about it.

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

 

Books, Romance, YA Fiction

The Weekend Bucket List by Mia Kerick

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Cady LaBrie and Cooper Murphy are high school seniors and best friends who are the definition of what some would call “goody-two shoes.” They’ve always followed the rules and would prefer to stay in on a Friday night instead of looking for trouble. So, they decide to do all the things they’ve missed out on over the last four years and create a bucket list of things to complete in one weekend before they graduate. On top of it all, neither one has admitted that they have feelings for the other. Will it be the weekend of their lives or a complete disaster?

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

Memoirs

Educated by Tara Westover

Ages 18+

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Tara Westover was seventeen years old before she ever set foot in a classroom. Raised by survivalist parents, she was never allowed to go to school, and didn’t consider herself homeschooled either. She wasn’t allowed to go to the hospital even for the severest of injuries. Then, Tara took it upon herself to teach herself enough grammar and math to be accepted into Brigham Young University, where she learned for the first time about the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement. She then went on to Harvard and Cambridge, ultimately earning her PhD.

 

Middle Grade Fiction

Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin

Grades 4 – 6

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Twelve-year-old Della Kelly knows everyone in her hometown of Mayville, North Carolina, including the woman everyone knows as “The Bee Lady.” When Della’s mother’s illness spins out of control again, she thinks she knows just the cure: some of The Bee Lady’s magic honey, which has healed people for generations. What Della learns from the Bee Lady, though, is something she didn’t see coming: the truth that maybe the honey can’t fix her mother’s brain and she should concentrate on loving her mother just the way she is.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

Memoirs

Obsessed: A Memoir of My Life with OCD by Allison Britz

Grades 9 – 12

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Allison Britz’s life was just like that of any other teen in her town, until everything changes forever after she has a dream that convinces her she has brain cancer and that she has to do everything in her power to cure it. First she starts avoiding the cracks in the sidewalk and counting all of her steps loudly as she walks. Things quickly spin out of control until the once popular Allison finds herself an outcast. Her family realizes she needs help, and she starts to see a doctor to help her with controlling her OCD.

 

LGBTQIA, Middle Grade Fiction

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

Grades 4 – 6

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Twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen loves drawing in her notebook, and it is a sort of diary for her. But when a tornado rips through her town and destroys her home, her notebook goes missing. Ivy is very upset that she lost her notebook with all her drawings in it, but more than that she is terrified that someone will find out her deepest secret.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

 

Romance, YA Fiction

Bookish Boyfriends: A Date With Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt

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Merrilee Campbell thinks boys are better in books. While she immerses herself in Pride and Prejudice and Romeo and Juliet, she transfers to Reignald R. Hero High, and all her fantasies come true. A great comparison between classic literature and real life, Bookish Boyfriends is a must read!

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.