Romance, Short Stories, YA Fiction

21 Proms by David Levithan

Grades 9-12

21 proms

This collection of short stories edited by David Levithan includes prom stories written by various authors such as John Green, Libba Bray and E. Lockhart. Each story is focused on a different type of prom, whether it be a backwards prom, known as a “morp,” a prom for fat girls or skipping prom altogether to stay home and watch movies with your neighbors. Read 21 Proms to find out how each character does prom his or her way.

YA Fiction

Kiss & Blog by Alyson Noel

Grades 9-12

kiss and blog

Best friends Winter and Sloane are determined to ditch their geeky past and become part of the popular crowd. But when Sloane gets a taste of the good life, she deserts Winter and goes off on her own. Now Winter is out to seek revenge on Sloane for leaving her in the dust. She does just that by starting a blog and anonymously posting all of Sloane’s dirty little secrets. The blog becomes more popular than Winter ever thought it would be, and she has to decide whether or not the consequences are worth it.

Adult Fiction, Romance

Cocktails for Three by Madeleine Wickham

Ages 18+

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Sophie Kinsella, the author of the best selling Shopaholic series, writes as Madeleine Wickham in this rom-com of a novel. Roxanne, Maggie and Candice are three colleagues and friends who work for The Londoner, a popular fashion magazine. Every month, the girls meet at Manhattan Bar in London for a night of fun and chitchat. They talk about almost everything. Each girl has a secret, however, that they are unwilling to spill. Read Cocktails for Three to find out how their lives unravel and their secrets are ultimately revealed.

Memoirs, Nonfiction

Born With Teeth by Kate Mulgrew

Ages 18+

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Kate Mulgrew grew up in an Irish Catholic family in a small mid-western town, and always wanted of becoming an actress. However, her family’s unconventional way of life made it hard to pursue her dream. At 18, she left home and headed to New York, where she studied acting with the legendary Stella Adler. Then, at 22, she became pregnant and gave up her daughter for adoption, a hard decision to say the least. Known for playing roles of strong women like “Red” on Orange Is the New Black, Mulgrew writes about her perseverance to gain what she yearned for all her life.

Nonfiction

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Ages 18+

henrietta lacksWhen Rebecca Skloot first learned about Henrietta Lacks, she was determined to research all she could about her life and the science advances that her cells made possible. Henrietta Lacks was a poor southern tobacco farmer in the 1950s whose cervical cancer cells were taken and studied without her knowledge. Known as HeLa, the cells took a vital part in discovering the Polio vaccine, unknown information about cancer, cloning, and in vitro fertilization. HeLa is known to today’s scientists worldwide, and continues to grow. However, Henrietta Lacks’ children and grandchildren have seen no profits from this and feel violated. A combination of research and interviews with Henrietta’s family members, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a gripping read.

Horror/Thriller, Series, YA Fiction

Revenge of the Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

Grades 9-12evil librarian

The sequel to The Evil Librarian, this young adult novel follows Cynthia Rothschild, who saved the entire school from the wrath of Mr. Gabriel, the school librarian last year. With the whole ordeal behind her, Cyn is ready to take on the summer at theater camp with her boyfriend, Ryan Halsey. However, her summer isn’t quite what she’s expecting, because the demons are back, and Cyn is worried that Mr. Gabriel may be plotting his revenge. Will she be able to ward off the demons a second time?