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Two of a Kind– Twins in Teen Novels

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Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
YA ZINK, M.
Soon after their father dies under mysterious circumstances, orphaned twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe discover that an ancient prophecy has pitted them against one another in a mystical battle between good and evil. One of them will save the world – if she can prevent the other from bringing about its end. But which one is which? Set in a small town in upstate New York in the 19th century and written with a distinct Victorian air, this haunting novel features richly drawn characters, psychological nuances, spells, fallen angels, and murder most foul.

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Blood Red Road by Moira Young
YA YOUNG, M.
In a distant future, eighteen-year-old Lugh is kidnapped, and while his twin sister Saba and nine-year-old Emmi are trailing him across bleak Sandsea they are captured, too, and taken to brutal Hopetown, where Saba is forced to be a cage fighter until new friends help plan an escape.

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All These Lives by Sarah Wylie
YA WYLIE, S.
Convinced that she has nine lives after cheating death twice as a child, sixteen-year-old Dani tries to forfeit her remaining lives in hopes of saving her twin sister, Jena, whose leukemia is consuming their family.

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Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede
YA WREDE, P.
Eighteen-year-old Eff must finally get over believing she is bad luck and accept that her special training in Aphrikan magic, and being the twin of the seventh son of a seventh son, give her extraordinary power to combat magical creatures that threaten settlements on the western frontier.

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Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams
YA WILLIAMS, G.
When superstitious eighteen-year-old John “Beatle” Lennon, who is dating the best friend of his twin sister, meets Destiny McCartney, their instant rapport and shared quirkiness make it seem that their fate is written in the stars.

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Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman
YA WARMAN, J.
Eighteen-year-old identical twins Alice and Rachel have always shared a very special bond, so when one is abducted the other uses their connection to try to locate her.

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A Chalice of Wind by Cate Tiernan
YA TIERNAN, C.
Separated since birth, seventeen-year-old twins Thais and Clio unexpectedly meet in New Orleans where they seem to be pursued by a coven of witches who want to harness the twins’ magical powers for its own ends.

Kindred

Kindred by Tammar Stein
YA STEIN, T.
Spiritual warfare breaks out when the Archangel Raphael and the Devil deliver assignments to eighteen-year-old fraternal twins Miriam and Moses.

Bruiser

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
YA SHUSTERMAN, N.
Inexplicable events occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Bronte befriend a troubled and misunderstood outcast, aptly nicknamed Bruiser, and his little brother, Cody.

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The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
YA SHEPARD, S.
Seventeen-year-old Emma Paxton steps into the life of her long-lost twin Sutton to solve her murder, while Sutton looks on from her afterlife.

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Linked by Imogen Howson
YA SF HOWSON, I.
When Elissa’s nightmarish visions and inexplicable bruises lead to the discovery of a battered twin sister on the run from government agents, Elissa enlists the help of an arrogant new graduate from the space academy.

ErasingTime

Erasing Time by C.J. Hill
YA SF HILL, C.
Eighteen-year-old twins Taylor and Sheridan are pulled into the future and must find a way to stop the evil government from using the time machine again.

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Dualed by Elsie Chapman
YA SF CHAPMAN, E.
West Grayer lives in a world where every person has a twin, or Alt. Only one can survive to adulthood, and West has just received her notice to kill her Alt.

Alchemyst

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
YA SCOTT, M.
Having discovered the secret to eternal youth, 14th-century alchemist Nicholas Flamel and his wife are alive and well in present-day San Francisco, California. But they won’t stay well if 15-year-old twins Sophie and Josh Newman don’t fulfill their prophesied role of either saving or destroying the world, starting by getting back an ancient text stolen from Flamel’s bookstore.

GeminiBites

Gemini Bites by Patrick Ryan
YA RYAN, P.
Twins Kyle – who is gay – and Judy – who claims to be religious to get closer to a boy who runs a bible study group – are both attracted to Garret, a classmate who is finishing the school year with their family, and who says he is a vampire.

ThisDarkEndeavor

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
YA OPPEL, K.
When his twin brother falls ill in the family’s chateau in the independent republic of Geneva in the eighteenth century, sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein embarks on a dangerous and uncertain quest to create the forbidden Elixir of Life described in an ancient text in the family’s secret Biblioteka Obscura.

Envy

Envy by Gregg Olsen
YA MY OLSEN, G.
Fifteen-year-old twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan of Port Gamble, WA, known as “Empty Coffin” because of a local legend, investigate a former friend’s Christmas suicide and, along the way, discover a secret from their own past.

MidnightTwins

The Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard
YA MITCHARD, J.
Identical twins Meredith and Mallory Brynn have always shared one another’s thoughts, even as they dream, but their connection diminishes as they approach their thirteenth birthday, and one begins to see the future, the other the past, leading them to discover that a high school student they know is doing horrible things that place the twins, and others, in grave danger.

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No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss
YA BLISS, B.
Abigail’s parents, believing the end of the world is near, sell their house, give the money to an end-of-times preacher, and drive from North Carolina to San Francisco where they remain homeless and destitute, as Abigail fights to keep her parents, her twin brother, and herself united against all odds.

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The Prey by Tom Isbell
YA ISBELL, T.
After the apocalyptic Omega, a group of orphaned teen boys learn of their dark fate and escape, joining forces with twin girls who have been imprisoned for the ‘good of the republic.’ In their plight for freedom, these young heroes must find the best in themselves to fight against the worst in their enemies.

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A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery
YA AVERY, L.
Shortly after her boyfriend, Peter, is deployed to Afghanistan, high school senior Michelle dies in a car crash and when her bereft twin, Kelsey, connects with Peter she is unable to tell him the truth as, through their separate woes, they support each other and begin to fall in love.

DeadlyDesign

Deadly Design by Debra Dockter
YA DOCKTER, D.
Genetically engineered identical twins Kyle and Connor McAdams were born two years apart. Connor was born first, and he was the best at everything– valedictorian, star quarterback… everything. Kyle never thought he’d be able to live up, so he didn’t even try. But when Connor suddenly drops dead of a heart attack, Kyle learns of other genetically modified kids who’ve also died on their eighteenth birthdays. Now Kyle is motivated– to save his own life.

Untwine

Untwine by Edwidge Danticat
YA DANTICAT, E.
Identical twin teenagers Giselle and Isabelle Boyer have always been inseparable, and expected to stay that way even though their Haitian American parents are separating–but when the entire family is caught in a car crash, everyone’s world is shattered forever.

TripleMoon

Triple Moon by Melissa de la Cruz
YA DE LA CRUZ, M.
Twin witches (and Norse goddesses) Molly and Mardi Overbrook are sent to North Hampton for the summer where they must learn to control their powers before the White Council exiles them to Limbo.

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The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver
YA LEAVER, T.
When her identical twin sister Maddy is killed in a car accident, seventeen-year-old Ella assumes Maddy’s life, only to discover that it was filled with dark secrets.

SeaShadows

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
YA ARMSTRONG, K.
Twin sisters Ashyn and Moria must embark on a a dangerous journey when the spirits they’re charged with protecting turn vengeful.

Nightfall

Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski<
YA HALPERN, J.
On the island, sunrise doesn’t come every twenty-four hours–it comes every twenty-eight years. The weather is turning cold and the shadows are growing long; the islanders are frantically preparing to sail south, where they will wait out the long Night. Marin and her twin brother, Kana, help ready the house for departure. Locks must be taken off doors. Furniture must be arranged. Tables must be set. The rituals are bizarre but none of the adults in town will discuss why it has to be done this way. When one of their friends goes missing just as the ships are about to sail, the twins know the only way to rescue him is by doing it themselves. But Night is falling….

ThereWillComeTime

There Will Come a Time by Carrie Arcos
YA ARCOS, C.
Overwhelmed by grief and guilt after his twin sister Grace’s accidental death, seventeen-year-old Mark Santos is persuaded by his best friend to complete the “bucket list” from Grace’s journal.

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Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan
YA KIERNAN, C.
In a heart-pounding, atmospheric ghost story, a teenage boy must find the resources within himself to save his haunted twin brother.

IllGiveYouSun

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
YA NELSON, J.
A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah.

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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
YA ALEXANDER, K.
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

Fangirl

Fangirl 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.

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Brother, Brother by Clay Carmichael
YA CARMICHAEL, C.
After his grandmother’s death, seventeen-year-old Brother sets out, with the abandoned son of a friend, on a 200-mile trip to North Carolina’s Outer Banks to find his twin brother, of whose existence he just learned.

ThisOneTimeJulia

This One Time with Julia by David Lampson
YA LAMPSON, D.
Joe’s twin brother has disappeared, and his brother’s girlfriend, Julia, takes eighteen-year-old Joe on a road trip that changes his life.

Chime

Chime by Franny Billingsley
YA BILLINGSLEY, F.
In the early twentieth century in Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister’s horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about.

Bumped

Bumped by Megan McCafferty
YA MCCAFFERTY, M.
In 2036 New Jersey, when teens are expected to become fanatically religious wives and mothers or high-priced Surrogettes for couples made infertile by a widespread virus, sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony find in one another the courage to believe they have choices.

BewitchingSeason

Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle
YA DOYLE, M.
In 1837, as seventeen-year-old twins, Persephone and Penelope, are starting their first London Season they find that their beloved governess, who has taught them everything they know about magic, has disappeared.

Identical

Identical by Ellen Hopkins
YA HOPKINS, E.
Sixteen-year-old identical twin daughters of a district court judge and a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, Kaeleigh and Raeanne Gardella desperately struggle with secrets that have already torn them and their family apart.

SureFire

Sure Fire by Jack Higgins with Justin Richards
YA HIGGINS, J.
Resentful of having to go and live with their estranged father after the death of their mother, fifteen-year-old twins, Rich and Jade, soon find they have more complicated problems when their father is kidnapped and their attempts to rescue him involve them in a dangerous international plot to control the world’s oil.

8 Teen Novels for Dog Lovers

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What the Dog Said by Randi Reisfeld with H.B. Gilmour
YA REISFELD, R.
Shortly after their police officer father is killed in the line of duty, thirteen-year-old Grace’s older sister decides to adopt a dog to train as a service dog for a handicapped child so that she can write about it for her college applications, but, true to form, it is the grief-stricken Grace who ends up taking responsibility for the dog.

AlphaDog

Alpha Dog by Jennifer Ziegler
YA ZIEGLER, J.
Before she can think it through, Katie is standing on the street with a dog rescued from the local pound. There’s just one problem: Seamus is a holy terror. Acting on advice that she should act like the alpha dog to bring him under control, nothing will ever be the same again.

LoveLikeaDog

Love Like a Dog by Anne Calcagno
YA CALCAGNO, A.
Set in contemporary Chicago, it is the harrowing story of Dirk, a young motherless man desperate for his self-centered father’s approval. A rescued pit bull alters their lives irrevocably, embroiling them in the terrible misuses to which the breed is prey. As Dirk’s father grows increasingly entangled in criminal activity, Dirk must quickly come to terms with a series of legal and moral crises and determine for himself what it truly means to be a man.

Whippoorwill

Whippoorwill by Joseph Monninger
YA MONNINGER, J.
In rural New Hampshire, sixteen-year-old Clair Taylor and her neighbor, eighteen-year-old Danny Stewart, fall into an unlikely relationship as they work together to save Wally, a lovable but mistreated dog kept chained in a junk-filled yard by Danny’s cruel father.

Rotten

Rotten by Michael Northrop
YA NORTHROP, M.
When troubled sixteen-year-old Jimmer “JD” Dobbs returns from a mysterious summer “upstate” he finds that his mother has adopted an abused Rottweiler that JD names Johnny Rotten, but soon his tenuous relationship with the dog is threatened.

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The Darkest Path by Jeff Hirsch
YA SF HIRSCH, J.
Since he was captured by the Glorious Path, a militant religion based on the teachings of a former soldier, fifteen-year-old Cal has served the Path in its brutal war with the remains of the United States government, and tried to survive and protect his younger brother, but when he kills an officer to protect a stray dog, Cal is forced take his brother and the dog and run.

StartingFromHere

Starting from Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
YA BIGELOW, L.
Sixteen-year-old Colby is barely hanging on with her mother dead, her long-haul trucker father often away, her almost-girlfriend dumping her for a boy, and her failing grades, when a stray dog appears and helps her find hope.

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Nix Minus One by Jill MacLean
YA MACLEAN, J.
More skilled at woodworking than communicating, Nix Humbolt seeks the words to deal with high school expectations, his extroverted sister, and his neighbor’s neglected dog.

7 Teen Novels Set in Scotland

Ostrich Boys

Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray
YA GRAY, K.
After their best friend Ross dies, English teenagers Blake, Kenny, and Sim plan a proper memorial by taking his ashes to Ross, Scotland, an adventure-filled journey that tests their loyalty to each other and forces them to question what friendship means.

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Undead by  Kirsty McKay
YA MCKAY, K.
On a school trip to snowbound Scotland, several students become infected and turn into hungry zombies, leaving a small band of survivors to take refuge in the school bus.

Forbidden

Forbidden by Eve Bunting
YA BUNTING, E.
Orphaned Josie is sent to live with an aunt and uncle on the rocky, stormy northwest coast of Scotland. Everything and everyone in her new surroundings, including her relatives, is sinister, threatening, and mysterious. She’s told that Eli, the young man she’s attracted to, is forbidden to her, but not why. Determined to learn the village’s secrets, Josie discovers evil fueled by heartless greed, as well as a ghostly presence eager for revenge. Some shipwrecks aren’t accidents.

Explosionist

The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson
YA DAVIDSON, J.
In Scotland in the 1930s, fifteen-year-old Sophie, her friend Mikael, and her great-aunt Tabitha are caught up in a murder mystery involving terrorists and suicide-bombers whose plans have world-shaping consequences.

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The Falconer by Elizabeth May
YA MAY, E.
In 1844 Edinburgh eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron is neither an ordinary debutante, nor a murderess–she is a Falconer, a female warrior born with the gift for hunting and killing the faeries who prey on mankind and who killed her mother.

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Lady Macbeth’s Daughter by Lisa Klein
YA KLEIN, L.
In alternating chapters, ambitious Lady Macbeth tries to bear a son and win the throne of Scotland for her husband, and Albia, their daughter who was banished at birth and raised by three weird sisters, falls in love, learns of her parentage, and seeks to free Scotland from tyranny in this tale based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

PrinceSnowgirl

The Prince and the Snowgirl by Simon Cheshire
YA CHESHIRE, S.
Tom Miller has been performing as a look-alike of Prince George of England for several years, but he finally decides to change his appearance and try to figure out who he really is when the real prince makes a surprise appearance while Tom is competing at the UK Inter-Schools Ski Championships in Scotland.

6 Teens Books to read if you like Sherlock Holmes

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Death Cloud by Andrew Lane
YA MY LANE, A.
In 1868, with his army officer father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously “unwell,” fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire, where he uncovers his first murder and a diabolical villain.

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Young Miss Holmes: Casebook 1-2 by Kaoru Shintani
YA GRAPH SHINTANI, K.
Christie Holmes is a prodigy. At ten years old, she’s as familiar with the sciences and classics as any older student at Cambridge or Oxford. And her facility with logic is reminiscent of her uncle, the eminent Sherlock Holmes himself. So, what’s a brilliant young girl to do when her parents are away in India, leaving her behind in the care of maids and servants? Solve mysteries, of course.

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Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty
YA MY PETTY, H.
In modern-day London, sixteen-year-old Miss James “Mori” Moriarty is looking for an escape from her recent past and spiraling home life when she takes classmate Sherlock Holmes up on his challenge to solve a murder mystery.

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Secret Letters by Leah Scheier
YA MY SCHEIER, L.
Sixteen-year-old Dora travels to London to meet Sherlock Holmes, who might be her biological father, and ask his help for her cousin who is being blackmailed over some stolen letters, but although Holmes dies before she arrives, a handsome young detective comes to Dora’s aid.

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The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
YA MY GLEASON, C.
In 1889 London young women are turning up dead, and Evaline Stoker, relative of Bram, and Mina Holmes, niece of Sherlock, are summoned to investigate the clue of the not-so-ancient Egyptian scarabs–but where does a time traveler fit in?

DowntheRabbitHole

Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams
YA MY ABRAHAMS, P.
Like her idol Sherlock Holmes, eighth grader Ingrid Levin-Hill uses her intellect to solve a murder case in her home town of Echo Falls.

13 Teen Novels about Family Drama

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The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
YA ELSTON, A.
High school student “Meg” has changed identities so often that she hardly knows who she is anymore, and her family is falling apart, but she knows that two of the rules of witness protection are be forgettable and do not make friends–but in her new home in Louisiana a boy named Ethan is making that difficult.

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Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
YA TREGAY, S.
When her father starts dating a man, fifteen-year-old Marcie’s depressed mother takes her to New Hampshire but just as Marcie starts falling for a great guy her father brings her back to Iowa, where all of her relationships have become strained.

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Miles from Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams
YA WILLIAMS, C.
As her mother’s mental illness spins terrifyingly out of control, thirteen-year-old Lacey must face the truth of what life with her mother means for both of them.

EverythingIWas

Everything I Was by Corinne Demas
YA DEMAS, C.
Thirteen-year-old Irene helps in her grandfather’s plant nursery, makes new friends, and begins to learn what she really wants and needs after her father, having lost his job as an investment banker, moves her and her mother to his father’s farmhouse upstate.

InvisibleGirl

Invisible Girl by Mary Hanlon Stone
YA STONE, M.
Thirteen-year-old Stephanie, whisked from Boston to Encino, California, to stay with family friends after her abusive, alcoholic mother abandons her, tries desperately to fit in with her “cousin’s” popular group even as she sees how much easier it would be to remain invisible.

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Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler
YA OCKLER, S.
When Delilah, her mother, and her aunt spend the summer in Vermont settling Delilah’s estranged grandmother’s estate, long-held family secrets are painfully brought to light and Delilah finally learns some difficult truths about her family’s past.

SayWord

Say the Word by Jeannine Garsee
YA GARSEE, J.
After the death of her estranged mother, who left Ohio years ago to live with her lesbian partner in New York City, seventeen-year-old Shawna Gallagher’s life is transformed by revelations about her family, her best friend, and herself.

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Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
YA CHALTAS, T.
The youngest of three siblings, fourteen-year-old Anke feels both relieved and neglected that her father abuses her brother and sister but ignores her, but when she catches him with one of her friends, she finally becomes angry enough to take action.

Vast Fields

The 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.

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Infinite Sky by by C.J. Flood
YA FLOOD, C.
After her mother leaves and her brother and father grow increasingly distant, thirteen-year-old Iris finds solace and friendship in Trick, a fourteen-year-old gypsy boy.

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The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg
YA KONIGSBERG, B.
Seventeen-year-old Carson Speier is bored of Billings, Montana, and resentful that he has to help his mother take care of his father, a dying alcoholic whom he has not seen in fourteen years–but then he meets Aisha, a beautiful African American girl who has run away from her own difficult family, and together they embark on a journey of discovery that may help them both come to terms with their lives.

BeetleBoy

Beetle Boy by Margaret Willey
YA WILLEY, M.
Terrible memories resurface when Charlie’s girlfriend asks questions about his childhood.

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No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss
YA BLISS, B
Abigail’s parents, believing the end of the world is near, sell their house, give the money to an end-of-times preacher, and drive from North Carolina to San Francisco where they remain homeless and destitute, as Abigail fights to keep her parents, her twin brother, and herself united against all odds.