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daughters break the rulesThe Daughters Break the Rules by Joanna Philbin
YA PHILBIN, J.
All in all, this book was a great summer read, and on my list of Top 15 books. I loved to read about the life of a famous person and Lizzie, Catrina, and Hudson’s journeys, and ability to stand up to their parents.
Review by Claire

if i ever get outIf I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric L. Gansworth
YA GANSWORTH, E.
This was a good book. At first, I thought it would be boring but it turned out to be interesting. It shows how people even today can discriminate against somebody if he/she is different.
Review by Ravi

CatchingFireCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
I loved this book. It was really great. It was about Katniss and Peeta, and they had to go back to the arena because of the third quarter quell. At the end, Katniss gets taken back to district 13, but Peeta gets taken to the capitol because Katniss is the mockingjay.
Review by Zoe

AnimalFarmAnimal Farm by George Orwell
YA ORWELL, G.
This book is an excellent easy read and fast read for middle-schoolers. It describes how an animal farm goes against their owner and begins to operate without humankind but some problems become visible. Read on to find out if the animals will be able to solve them.
Review by Karolina

fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
It rips your heart out, slowly, then all at once. It proves the world is not a wish granting factory.
Review by Samantha

InsurgentInsurgent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
Insurgent was an amazing book! It was action-packed, a book with murder and sabotage, a book that kept me on the edge of my seat. It was so intense it made me stay awake to the first hours of the morning. I can’t wait to read the sequel Allegiant.
Review by Antonios

WhenDadKilledWhen Dad Killed Mom by Julius Lester
YA LESTER, J.
This book is told from the children’s points of view. It is about how they cope with their mom gone and their dad in jail. The ending was pretty shocking. It is where they piece together why the dad did what he did.
Review by Emily

EvermoreEvermore by Alyson Noel
YA NOEL, A.
It is very addictive. When I stop reading, I am dying to know what is going to happen. It is heartbreaking.
Review by Nehak

EveAdamEve & Adam by Michael Grant
YA SF GRANT, M.
This book was exciting from the first page. There is never a boring moment and the characters are interesting and relate-able. I could not put this book down. I would highly recommend it.
Review by Cassidy

19841984 by George Orwell
YA ORWELL, G.
4.9/5 After many years, I’ve read many classics. Many were dull and simply not worth reading. 1984 , however, is a true classic with a haunting message of epic social and political proportions. The only moment I felt bored was when the book was being read in the story. Otherwise, a scary world is masterfully designed that should warn the reader of any of the same happening now.
Review by Renzmark

FlawlessFlawless by Sara Shepard
YA SHEPARD, S.
A for Alison’s murderer? A for Alison? Or A for the Liars? Flawless is the second book in the Pretty Little Liars series. A knows all of the liars’ secrets and if they don’t do what A wants, their secrets will be out. The liars struggle to find out who killed Ali and who A is. A is closer than they think.
Review by Elizabeth

Book Trailer of the Week– The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.  Lennie has lived in her sister’s shadow her whole life.  However, she is thrust into the limelight when her sister dies  suddenly and Lennie has to publicly deal with her sister’s death.  Feeling like everyday is an emotional roller coaster, Lennie doesn’t know what to do when she finds herself falling in love with a new boy in town.  Click here to find The Sky is Everywhere in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 18, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Drama, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Romance

Reviews by You!

ttylTtyl by Lauren Myracle
YA MYRACLE, L.
This book is a wonderful story about three best friends and their ups and downs through high school. Told in the form of instant messaging, this book is very modern and fun.
Review by Jenefer

scarboysThe Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
YA VLAHOS, L.
This was an awesome book about a new band getting more well-known through every gig and adversity they go through. The book is written through the guitarist’s, Harry, point of view.
Review by Emma

downsidersDownsiders by Neal Shusterman
YA SHUSTERMAN, N.
This was a good book. It was about a civilization under the streets of New York and what unfolded when a girl from the Topside found that place. Overall, I would give this book an eight out of ten.
Review by Ravi

nilNil by Lenne Matson
YA SF MATSON, L.
I really enjoyed this book because it was new and brought a different perspective to the table. The story felt real because the author used actual facts from history.
Review by Abi

MockingjayMockingjay by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
Although a little depressing at times, an overall good finish to an incredible series.
Review by Lia

fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
This book was amazing. It showed the emotion and thoughts that went through kids’ heads with cancers.  Not only that, it showed a cute love story with of course some comedy. I would recommend this book to all teens. This was one of the best books I’ve read.
Review by Mary

readyplayeroneReady Player One by Ernest Cline
YA CLINE, E.
Overall, a really in depth book which includes references to the 80′s along with a twisting plot that keeps readers on edge for the duration of the entire plot. I recommend this book for anyone possessing some knowledge of the 80′s video game era.
Review by Michael

Carrie DiariesThe Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
YA BUSHNELL, C.
The Carrie Diaries was a very good book. Told from the point of view of Carrie Bradshaw, a high school senior, The Carrie Diaries is a story of friendship, love, heartbreak, and the pursuit of one’s dreams. The Carrie Diaries is a must read.
Review by KeAndrea

yotsuba9Yotsuba&!, Volume 9 by Kiyohiko Azuma
YA GRAPH AZUMA, K.
In this funny book, Yotsuba once again has fun with her neighbors, dad, and uncle. Yotsuba is a light, funny story and I recommend it for anyone who wants a quick funny read.
Review by Abby

stayingfatsarahbynresStaying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
YA CRUTCHER, C.
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes is a great book. It teaches you what true friends do for each other. Lastly, it is a great lesson for friends and family.
Review by Anthony

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 15, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Issues, Manga, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance, Science Fiction

Reviews by You!

DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
Divergent is an amazing book about a girl that learns about what she truly believes in. This book teaches a lot about beliefs and the preservation of these beliefs. She learns ways to fight her fears and cope with reality and the danger surrounding her.
Review by Lisa

HootHoot by Carl Hiaasen
YA HIAASEN, C.
I think that this book had a lot of adventure and cool ideas and exciting characters.  It has two story lines together. I loved the settings Coconut Cove and Mother Paula’s. The ending is awesome. I loved everything about this book.
Review by Gavin

eliteThe Elite by Kiera Cass
YA CASS, K.
This was the 2nd book in The Selection and a very fast paced plot. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Review by Morgan

fallenFallen by Lauren Kate
YA KATE, L.
The story is about seventeen year old Luce Price who is sent to a reform school where she meets new friends and falls in love. She also discovers her past love life with Daniel.
Review by Neela

Running DreamThe Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
YA VAN DRAANEN, W.
Sixteen year old Jessica is a runner, but when a tragic accident takes her leg, Jessica is simply shattered with no hope. But can she overcome it to run once more?
Review by Max

bestfriendsneverBest Friends for Never by Lisi Harrison
YA HARRISON, L.
A really good book on friendship and being accepted. I love it and want to read the rest of the series.
Review by Beetal

Lightning ThiefThe Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
I read this book like five times and it never gets boring! I always get to learn something new. I love this book as much as I love the other books, like The Lost Hero. It is humorous and adventurous!
Review by Jill

outsidersThe Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
YA HINTON, S.
The Outsiders was a really good book. It was a little violent and sad, though. Ponyboy (yes that’s his real name) is a likeable character. I really enjoyed reading The Outsiders and recommend it to anyone who can handle some tough things.
Review by Abby

sonofneptuneThe Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
This book is the second book in the Heroes of Olympus series. I liked this book a lot because it was adventurous. I could not stop reading it!
Review by Megan

rulesforbreakingThe Rules for Breaking by Ashley Elston
YA ELSTON, A.
This sequel to The Rules for Disappearing shows the relationship that Anna and Ethan have built after the crazy events that had taken place, but little do they know it’s not over yet.
Review by Emma

Book Trailer of the Week– 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues

This week’s book trailer of the week is for 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues. Jess has just discovered a box filled with scraps of 34 pieces of paper that contain the secrets of her older sister’s life and death.  Ellie recently died when she overdosed.  Was it on purpose?  Ellie’s best friend, Sarah, might know the truth and so might Ellie’s brother Jake.  Just like in the novel 13 Reasons Why, readers are left with clues to determine just what happened in Ellie’s life that drove her to a possible suicide.  Click here to find 34 Pieces of You in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 3, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Drama, Fiction, Issues, Mystery, Realistic Fiction

Reviews by You!

fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
This book was very interesting and captivating. The author’s detailed descriptions and storytelling led me to finish it in only two sittings. I really enjoyed the development of the characters and by the end, I felt like I knew Hazel and Augustus personally.
Review by Stephanie

DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
This book was very engaging. It was a quick read and fast paced. I fell in love with Tris and Four. I thought the five factions were interesting and the fact that Tris didn’t belong in one single faction made her very relate-able.
Review by Natalia

yotsuba3Yotsuba&! Volume 3 by Kiyohiko Azuma
YA GRAPH AZUMA, K. V.3
I found Yotsuba&! Volume 3 very funny and light. It was an easy read but still very enjoyable. In Volume 3, Yotsuba, a six year old girl, goes on small adventures with her dad, uncle, and neighbors. This was very fun to read and you should also read it.
Review by Abby

MemoirsMemoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
YA ZEVIN, G.
I really enjoyed this book. I felt like some parts of the book were slow, but near the end the pace picked up and I thought that the book ended in a good way. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.
Review by Natalia

markofathenaThe Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
This book was like an adventure! There is always something dramatic going on. You feel like turning the page because of the incredible adventures. The characters are also really well developed and have very awesome powers. The teamwork makes this book even more fun.
Review by Jill

DarknessFallsDarkness Falls by Cate Tiernan
YA TIERNAN, C.
Like the first book, this book has a slow beginning and draws more into Nat’s past with Incy. This book goes more into the fight between good and evil. Overall, it was an okay book and good for those who liked the Beautiful Creatures series and I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Review by Sarah

ashAsh by Malinda Lo
YA LO, M.
I give the book 5 stars! It was really good and I couldn’t put it down. I recommend this book to people who like romance, action, fantasy, and sadness.
Review by Alexandra

deadlyDeadly by Sara Shepard
YA SHEPARD, S.
This book was so intense. Even when you think A is revealed, another crazy twist happens. Pretty Little Liars [the series] is a great read that is sure to keep you hooked from beginning to end!
Review by Kendall

pandemoniumPandemonium by Lauren Oliver
YA OLIVER, L.
Better than the first book, fast paced, interesting, lots of action to keep you on your toes. I liked how the author shows Lena exploring other areas and cities within the dystopia. The love triangle is dull and unoriginal. However, the cliff hanger ending will make you read Requiem.
Review by Ellie

PerksThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
YA CHBOSKY, S.
I love the characters. They give you insight into a life you may have never had before, they will give you a new world view. Also this book can help you understand and relate to others better.
Review by Rhiannon

Book Trailer of the Week– She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

This week’s book trailer of the week is for She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick.  Laureth’s father is a famous author, who Laureth believes is missing.  She desperately wants to find him, but as she discovers more and more clues about his disappearance, the more dangerous the search gets.  Adding to the danger, Laureth is blind, so she relies on her seven-year-old brother to be her eyes as they travel across the world searching for their father.  Click here to find She is Not Invisible in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 27, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Drama, Fiction, Mystery, Realistic Fiction

Reviews by You!

invisibilityInvisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan
YA CREMER, A.
When I got this book, I only looked at the cover and assumed it was going to be about an invisible boy falling in love with a visible girl. Then I actually started reading it… this book had me reading! Stephen is an invisible boy who is cursed by his curse-caster grandfather. Maxwell Arbus is the wicked curse-caster who is invisible as well but when he is around, it gets crazy. Elizabeth is an ordinary visible girl who can see curses but hasn’t really figured that out YET.
Review by Elizabeth

SpeakSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson
YA ANDERSON, L.
Speak is about a girl named Melinda who is entering high school with a bad reputation. She was at a summer party and got raped and didn’t know what to do so she called the cops. At school now Melinda has no friends but throughout her year she finds herself with the help of a tree.
Review by Valerie

DJ RisingDJ Rising by Love Maia
YA MAIA, L.
This is the first book in a long time that I’ve read and truly didn’t want someone to tell me how it ends. It started a little slow, but after that it took off! After reading DJ Rising, my love of music has grown even more than before! Definitely recommend this book!
Review by Susanna

TessaTessa Masterson Will Go to Prom by Emily Franklin
YA FRANKLIN, E.
Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom is about a girl who is lesbian and gos to prom with another girl in a tux. Prom is cancelled and there is some major controversy.
Review by Bianca

Maze RunnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
This book kept me at the edge of my seat from the very first word. I kept wondering what would happen to Thomas. He is thrown into this world and no one is giving him answers. I cannot wait until the movie comes out!
Review by Emily

NightNight by Elie Wiesel
940.548 WIE
Night was a sad book about Elie’s experience in the concentration camps. I would tell everyone I know to read this sad but moving story.
Review by Olivia

SteelheartSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson
YA SF SANDERSON, B.
It was a great read. The book is good for kids just entering their teen years. It was so intense. I like David for his determination. I like this book because the author made it seem so real.
Review by Emmanuel

RithmatistThe Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
YA SANDERSON, B.
The Rithmatist is an amazing book about a non-rithmatist (Joel) discovers a crime happening in Armedius. His dream is to become a rithmatist but he is not meant to be one. Instead, he works with his rithmatist friend (Melody). This book has a great unexpected ending. This is now my favorite book.
Review by Sofia

ThingsFallApartThings Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
YA ACHEBE, C.
Good book relating to Ibo culture and language. It talked about his life falling apart due to his attachment to the clan. I would recommend this bok to 6th-12th graders.
Review by Sara

clockwork scarabThe Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
YA MY GLEASON, C.
This book is about two girls (both having famous families that deal with investigation) discovering why girls have been murdered. The murders are related to an Egyptian statue. Along the way of their investigation, they meet a boy (Dylan) from 2016. Miss Holmes, Miss Stoker, and Dylan help discover the reason for the killings.
Review by Sofia

Summer Reads for Teens!

Summer is officially here!  I don’t know about you , but I always enjoy picking up a novel to read in the summer that is actually set in the summertime. Check out this list below, if you are like me, and are look for a good summer read set in the summertime:

Summer Romance

Vast FieldsThe Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd

YA BURD, N.

The summer after graduating from an Iowa high school, eighteen-year-old Dade Hamilton watches his parents’ marriage disintegrate, ends his long-term, secret relationship, comes out of the closet, and savors first love.

GirlfriendMaterialGirlfriend Material by Melissa Kantor

YA KANTOR, M.

Kate has never had a boyfriend. But while crashing at her mother’s wealthy friends’ home at Cape Cod for the summer, Kate meets Adam. But when her breezy summer romance with Adam becomes more complicated, Kate asks herself if she is girlfriend material.

ForeverSummerForever Summer by Alyson Noël

YA NOEL, A.

Far away from the everyday. Closer to making dreams come true…What does summer mean to you? For the two teenage girls in these two unforgettable novels, summer means being torn away from the familiar and finding new friends.

TwentyBoySummerTwenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

YA OCKLER, S.

While on vacation in California, sixteen-year-old best friends Anna and Frankie conspire to find a boy for Anna’s first kiss, but Anna harbors a painful secret that threatens their lighthearted plan and their friendship.

Field Guide for HeartbreakersA Field Guide for Heartbreakers by Kristen Tracy

YA TRACY, K.

When seventeen-year-old high school students Veronica and Dessy go to Prague to attend a summer writer’s program for college students, they experience romance, conflicts, and, ultimately, the strengthening of their friendship.

Summer Mystery

Morgue and MeThe Morgue and Me by John C. Ford

YA MY FORD, J.

Eighteen-year-old Christopher, who plans to be a spy, learns of a murder cover-up through his summer job as a morgue assistant and teams up with Tina, a gorgeous newspaper reporter, to investigate, despite great danger.

AccelerationAcceleration by Graham McNamee

YA MY MCNAMEE, G.

Stuck working in the Lost and Found of the Toronto Transit Authority for the summer, seventeen-year-old Duncan finds the diary of a serial killer and sets out to stop him.

Black Rabbit SummerBlack Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks

YA BROOKS, K.

When two of sixteen-year-old Pete’s childhood classmates disappear from a carnival the same night, he is a suspect, but his own investigation implicates other old friends he was with that evening–and a tough, knife-wielding enemy determined to keep him quiet.

ShiftShift by Jennifer Bradbury

YA BRADBURY, J.

After graduating from high school, best friends Win and Chris take a cross-country bicycle trek from West Virginia to Washington state, during which they discover amazingly beautiful places, meet fascinating people…and have a nasty fight. Win abandons Chris in Montana with no explanation, so Chris finishes the trip solo and returns home to start college…and until an FBI agent shows up to question him about the details of their trip, Chris has no idea that Win never made it back. Outdoor types, armchair travelers, and mystery fans won’t be able to flip these pages fast enough

Midsummer night screamA Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine

YA STINE, R.

Decades after the filming of a horror movie is halted in the wake of three actor deaths and rumors about a haunted set, Claire, the daughter of a failing studio head, helps with a production on the same site.

Summer Sports

Swim the FlySwim the Fly by Don Calame

YA CALAME, D.

Fifteen-year-old Matt and his two best friends Sean and Coop, the least athletic swimmers on the local swim team, find their much anticipated summer vacation bringing them nothing but trouble with unsucessful schemes to see a live naked girl and with Matt, eager to impress the swim team’s “hot” new girl, agreeing to swim the 100-yard butterfly.

DairyQueenDairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

YA MURDOCK, C.

After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school’s rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.

Mexican White BoyMexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña

YA PENA, M.

Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.

BigGameEverythingThe Big Game of Everything by Chris Lynch

YA LYNCH, C.

Jock and his eccentric family spend the summer working at Grampus’s golf complex, where they end up learning the rules of “The Big Game of Everything.”

LeagueThe League by Thatcher Heldring

YA HELDRING, T.

Fourteen-year-old Wyatt, hoping to impress a girl and ward off a bully, decides to join his older brother’s summer football league, “The League of Pain,” against the advice of his parents, who think golf is the right sport for him.

Road Trips

AbundanceKatherinesAn Abundance of Katherines by John Green

YA GREEN, J.

Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

AsEasyAsFallingAs Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynn Rae Perkins

YA PERKINS, L.

A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck…

DontStopNowDon’t Stop Now by Julie Halpern

YA HALPERN, J.

Recent high school graduates Lil and Josh leave Illinois for Oregon seeking Lil’s sort-of friend Penny, who faked her own kidnapping to escape problems at home and an abusive boyfriend, but Lil also wants to find out if she and Josh are meant to be more than friends.

JerkCaliforniaJerk, California by Jonathan Friesen

YA FRIESEN, J.

Plagued by Tourette’s syndrome and a stepfather who despises him, Sam meets an old man in his small Midwest town who sends him on a road trip designed to help him discover the truth about his life.

RulesoftheRoadRules of the Road by Joan Bauer

YA BAUER, J.

Jenna Boller, the star employee at Gladstone’s Shoe Store in Chicago, is a very tall sixteen-year-old who really stands out in a crowd, but when Madeline Gladstone hires Jenna to drive her cross country to save her business, she learns the rules of the road, as well as the rules of life.

Summer Drama

ViewFromTopThe View from the Top by Hillary Frank

YA FRANK, H.

Anabelle and her fellow high school graduates navigate their way through a disastrous summer of love and friendship in the small coastal town of Normal, Maine.

ProjectSweetLifeProject Sweet Life by Brent Hartinger

YA HARTINGER, B.

When their fathers insist that they get summer jobs, three fifteen-year-old friends in Tacoma, Washington, dedicate their summer vacation to fooling their parents into thinking that they are working, which proves to be even harder than having real jobs would have been.

ThirteenLittleBlueEnvelopes13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

YA JOHNSON, M.

When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.

BoysBearsBoys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald

YA MCDONALD, A.

Seventeen-year-old Jenna, an ardent vegetarian and environmentalist, is thrilled to be spending the summer communing with nature in rural Canada, until she discovers that not all of the rugged residents there share her beliefs.

howtobuildahouseHow to Build a House by Dana Reinhardt

YA REINHARDT, D.

When her father divorces her beloved stepmother and leaves her without her stepsister, Tess, Harper decides to join a volunteer organization to build houses for tornado victims, but struggling to figure out her role in the mix upon her arrival, Harper is befriended by Teddy who inspires her to love and trust once again.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 18, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Horror, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Travel

Books to Read the Summer After You Graduate High School

Did you just graduate high school this past Sunday?  If you did, and you are looking for something to read this summer, check out this list of novels and graphic novels about the summer before college or the first year of college.  There’s also some great nonfiction titles that can help you prep for your first year in college.

Fiction

AbundanceKatherinesAn Abundance of Katherines by John Green

YA GREEN, J.

Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

fangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell

YA ROWELL, R.

Feeling cast off when her best friend outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words and worrying about her fragile father.

DontStopNowDon’t Stop Now by Julie Halpern

YA HALPERN, J.

Recent high school graduates Lil and Josh leave Illinois for Oregon seeking Lil’s sort-of friend Penny, who faked her own kidnapping to escape problems at home and an abusive boyfriend, but Lil also wants to find out if she and Josh are meant to be more than friends.

off yearAn Off Year by Claire Zulkey

YA ZULKEY, C.

Upon arriving at her dorm room, eighteen-year-old Cecily decides to postpone her freshman year of college and return to her Chicago home, where she spends a year pondering what went wrong while forging new relationships with family and friends.

hellweekHell Week by Rosemary Clement-Moore

YA CLEMENT-MOORE, R.

While working undercover on a series of stories for her campus newspaper, college freshman Maggie reluctantly endures mixers, rites, and peculiar rules, but soon learns that members of the sorority to which she has pledged have strange powers and a terrible secret.

Graphic Novels

Between GearsBetween Gears by Natalie Nourigat

YA GRAPH NOURIGAT, N.

This honest, autobiographical account of a college senior’s life will transport you to the land of Jell-O shots, term papers, job interviews, road trips, and sanguine optimism in the face of uncertainty and change.

little fishLittle Fish: a memoir from a different kind of year by Ramsey Beyer

YA GRAPH BEYER, R.

Told through real-life journals, collages, lists, and drawings, this coming-of-age story illustrates the transformation of an 18-year-old girl from a small-town teenager into an independent city-dwelling college student.

Nonfiction

TakeThisAdviceTake This Advice: the most nakedly honest graduation speeches ever given edited by Sandra Bark

YA 815.008 TAK

Bark compiles the 40 most powerful, affecting graduation speeches delivered in the last ten years by popular speakers such as Toni Morrison, Judy Blume, Mister Rogers, Al Franken, Gloria Steinem, Jon Stewart, and many others.

 

Ten Tools10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College: the know-how you need to succeed by Bill Coplin

YA 378.013 COP

Ten tools for maximizing your college years and planning for post-graduation success.

Secrets College SuccessThe Secrets of College Success by Lynn F. Jacobs and Jeremy S. Hyman

YA 378.198 JAC

Over 600 essential tips and tricks for current and future students.

What Color is Your ParachuteWhat Color is Your Parachute? for Teens: discovering yourself, defining your future by Carol Christen and Richard N. Bolles with Jean M. Blomquist

YA 331.702 CHR

New chapters on social media and sustainable jobs update the classic title that provides all the big-picture advice you need to set you up to land the job that’s perfect for who you are– and who you want to be.

collegecookingCollege Cooking: feed yourself and your friends by Megan & Jill Carle

YA 641.5 CAR

The Carle sisters (authors of Teens Cook) are off to college, where they serve up an array of tasty dishes with their usual know-how and attitude, presented in a richly photographed package.

college dorm survival guideThe College Dorm Survival Guide: how to survive and thrive in your new home away from home by Julia DeVillers

YA 378.1987 DEV

Comprehensive, humorous, and practical, this handbook to dorm living covers everything from roommates to hot plates to the Freshman 15.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 5, 2014 Categories: College, Drama, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Graphic Novel, High School, Issues, Mystery, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal