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By Emma Chastain. 2018
Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Mean Girls as lovably flawed high school student Chloe Snow chronicles another year in her life… while she navigates the highs and lows of family, friendship, school, and love in a diary that sparkles with humor and warmth.It’s Chloe Snow’s sophomore year of high school, and life has only grown more complicated. Last year, Chloe was the star of the musical. This year, after an audition so disastrous she runs off the stage in tears, she’s cast as a lowly member of the ensemble. Will she be able to make it through the show knowing everyone’s either pitying her or reveling in her downfall? Chloe’s best friend, Hannah, is no help: she’s been sucked into the orbit of Lex, the velvet-gloved, iron-fisted ruler of the sophomore class. Chloe’s dad is busy falling in love with Miss Murphy, and Chloe is no longer speaking to her mother, who is sending her increasingly desperate and unhinged emails from Mexico. As her parents’ divorce negotiations unravel, a custody battle looms. If only Chloe could talk to Grady about it: his parents are divorced, and he’s easy to talk to. Or he was, until he declared his love for Chloe, and she turned him down because despite all her rational brain cells she can’t seem to get over Mac, and then Grady promptly started going out with Lex. As the performance of the show approaches, Chloe must find a way to navigate all the messy elements of her life and make it through to the end of the year.
By Tiffany Pitcock. 2017
A new spin on the classic smart-girl-and-bad-boy setup, this witty contemporary romance shows how easily a friendship – even one… built on an elaborate lie – can become so much more.Jenny meets Chance for the very first time when she is assigned as his partner in their Junior Oral Communications class. But after they rescue a doomed assignment with one clever lie, the whole school is suddenly convinced that Little-Miss-Really-Likes-Having-A’s and the most scandalous heartbreaker in school have been best friends forever. It’s amazing how quickly a lie can grow—especially when you really, really want it to be the truth. With Jenny, Chance can live the normal life he’s always kind of wanted. And with Chance, Jenny can have the exciting teen experiences that TV shows and movies have always promised. Through it all, they hold on to the fact that they are “just friends.” But that might be the biggest lie of all.Debut author Tiffany Pitcock delivers a spot-on depiction of first love and the high school rumor mill in Just Friends, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads.Praise for Just Friends from the Swoon Reads community:"The story is great. It caught my attention and kept it. In fact, I stayed up all night to finish it!" —KFox, reader on SwoonReads.com"I really loved this book. The characters were lovable and I found myself attached to them almost instantly. The dialogue was snappy, witty, and most importantly, believable." —C. Thomas, reader on SwoonReads.com"What truly in my opinion sets this apart from other best friends turn to lovers plots is that their entire relationship started with a lie and made it work through high school. Definitely something I will read, and read again." —Xanthia Strohl, reader on SwoonReads.com"OMG, I read this book from start to finish non stop! I fell absolutely in love with Chance and Jenny. This book had me feeling every single emotion and I just could not get it enough of it! I wanted more, and more, AND MORE!!" —Twila James, reader on SwoonReads.com
By Jessie Ann Foley. 2017
A powerful coming-of-age story about a girl whose encounters with loss, broken friendships, and newfound faith leave her forever changed,… from Printz Honor winner and Morris Award Finalist Jessie Ann FoleyWhen Wendy Boychuck’s father, a Chicago cop, was escorted from their property in handcuffs, she knew her life would never be the same. Her father gets a years-long jail sentence, her family falls on hard times, and the whispers around their neighborhood are impossible to ignore. If that wasn’t bad enough, she gets jumped walking home from a party one night. Wendy quickly realizes that in order to survive her father’s reputation, she’ll have to make one for herself. Then Wendy meets Kenzie Quintana—a foul-mouthed, Catholic uniform-skirt-hiking alpha—and she knows immediately that she’s found her savior. Kenzie can provide Wendy with the kind of armor a girl needs when she’s trying to outrun her father’s past. Add two more mean girls to the mix—Sapphire and Emily—and Wendy has found herself in Academy of the Sacred Heart’s most feared and revered clique. Makeover complete. But complete is far from what Wendy feels. Instead, she faces the highs and lows of a toxic friendship, the exhaustion that comes with keeping up appearances, and a shattering loss—the only one that could hurt more than losing herself.
By Kara Thomas. 2017
For fans of Pretty Little Liars, Little Monsters is a new psychological thriller, from the author of The Darkest Corners,… about appearances versus reality and the power of manipulation amongst teenage girls.Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister. Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn't exactly feel like an accident.But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone. Praise for The Darkest Corners: "Gripping from start to finish, The Darkest Corners took me into an underbelly I didn't know existed, with twists that left me shocked and racing forward to get to the end."-Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen "You'll be up all night tearing through the pages, gasping through the twists and turns."-Bustle.com “A tight, twisted thriller, full of deft reversals and disturbing revelations—deeply, compulsively satisfying!” —Brenna Yovanoff, New York Times bestselling author of Places No One Knows “As dark as Gillian Flynn and as compulsive as Serial…Kara Thomas’s mystery debut is intricate, chilling, and deeply compelling. Unforgettable!” —Laura Salters, author of Run Away ★ "On the heels of Making a Murderer and The Jinx comes a psychological thriller strongly rooted in the true crime tradition...Expertly plotted with plenty of twists and turns—never mind a truly shocking conclusion—this gritty thriller is sure to find a wide audience among teens and adults alike. Equally concerned with a quest for the truth and the powerful motivation of guilt, this compelling novel won’t linger on the shelf." —Booklist, Starred Review ★ "A cerebral mystery wrapped in heart-pounding suspense...[for readers] who love dark mysteries or fans of Netflix's Making a Murderer." —Shelf Awareness, Starred Review ★ “Thomas carefully crafts the suspense, leaving present-tense narrator Tessa—and readers—to doubt even those she loves the most… An unsettling story of loss, lies, and violence lurking in the shadows of a small town.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
By Kate Evangelista. 2016
A romantic European vacation is the perfect excuse to let go in No Holding Back, the highly anticipated sequel to… No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista. Everyone knows that Nathan is in love with his best friend, Preston...Everyone except Preston. Nathan has always accepted that Preston was too focused on his swim training to worry about love. But Preston is heading off to train for the Olympics soon, so if Nathan wants his chance at love, he has to speak up now. But saying "I love you" is surprisingly difficult, even for someone as confident as Nathan. Maybe a whirlwind vacation in Europe could help? But... what if it doesn't work out and he loses the best friend he's ever had?
By Natasha Friend. 2018
Quinn is a teen who loves her family, skateboarding, basketball, and her friends, but after she's diagnosed with a condition… called alopecia which causes her to lose all of her hair, her friends abandon her. Jake was once a star football player, but because of a freak accident—caused by his brother—he loses both of his legs. Quinn and Jake meet and find the confidence to believe in themselves again, and maybe even love.
By Gia Cribbs. 2018
No one wants me to tell you about the disappearance of Sloane Sullivan.Not the lawyers or the cops. Not her… friends or family. Not even the boy who loved her more than anyone. And most certainly not the United States Marshals Service. You know, the people who run the witness protection program or, as it’s officially called, the Witness Security Program? Yeah, the WITSEC folks definitely don’t want me talking to you.But I don’t care. I have to tell someone.If I don’t, you’ll never know how completely wrong things can go. How a single decision can change everything. How, when it really comes down to it, you can’t trust anyone. Not even yourself. You have to understand, so it won’t happen to you next. Because you never know when the person sitting next to you isn’t who they claim to be…and because there are worse things than disappearing.
By Martin Wilson. 2017
P The Face on the Milk Carton meets The Impossible Knife of Memory in this ripped-from-the-headlines novel that explores the… power of being an ally and a friend when a kidnapped boy returns to his hometown P Sam Walsh had been missing for three years His older sister Beth thought he was dead His childhood friend Josh thought it was all his fault They were the last two people to see him alive Until now Because Sam has been found and he s coming home Beth desperately wants to understand what happened to her brother but her family refuses to talk about it even though Sam is clearly still affected by the abuse he faced at the hands of his captor P And as Sam starts to confide in Josh about his past Josh can t admit the truths he s hidden deep within himself that he s gay and developing feelings for Sam And even bigger that he never told the police everything he saw the day Sam disappeared P As Beth and Josh struggle with their own issues their friends and neighbors slowly turn on Sam until one night when everything explodes Beth can t live in silence Josh can t live with his secrets And Sam can t continue on until the whole truth of what happened to him is out in the open P For fans of thought-provoking stories like The Face on the Milk Carton this is a book about learning to be an ally even when the community around you doesn t want you to be
By Samantha Young. 2018
I am Comet Caldwell.And I sort of, kind of, absolutely hate my name.People expect extraordinary things from a girl named… Comet. That she’ll be effortlessly cool and light up a room the way a comet blazes across the sky.But from the shyness that makes her book-character friends more appealing than real people to the parents whose indifference hurts more than an open wound, Comet has never wanted to be the center of attention. She can’t wait to graduate from her high school in Edinburgh, Scotland, where the only place she ever feels truly herself is on her anonymous poetry blog. But surely that will change once she leaves to attend university somewhere far, far away.When new student Tobias King blazes in from America and shakes up the school, Comet thinks she’s got the bad boy figured out. Until they’re thrown together for a class assignment and begin to form an unlikely connection. Everything shifts in Comet’s ordinary world. Tobias has a dark past and runs with a tough crowd—and none of them are happy about his interest in Comet. Targeted by bullies and thrown into the spotlight, Comet and Tobias can go their separate ways…or take a risk on something extraordinary.From the New York Times bestselling author of The Impossible Vastness of Us and the On Dublin Street series comes a heartfelt and beautiful new young adult novel, set in Scotland, about daring to dream and embracing who you are.
By Ashley Herring Blake. 2018
For readers of Girl in Pieces and The Way I Used to Be comes an emotionally gripping story about facing… hard truths in the aftermath of sexual assault. <P><P>Mara and Owen are as close as twins can get, so when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn't know what to think. <P>Can her brother really be guilty of such a violent act? <P>Torn between her family and her sense of right and wrong, Mara feels lost, and it doesn’t help that things are strained with her ex-girlfriend, Charlie. <P>As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie come together in the aftermath of this terrible crime, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits into her future. <P>With sensitivity and openness, this timely novel confronts the difficult questions surrounding consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault.
By Gena Showalter. 2018
A note from Jade Leighton’s journalYears ago, a tragic accident robbed me of my mother and emotions. Because I find… beauty in darkness and thrive outside social norms, I’ve been labeled a “freak” at school. I know my continued apathy hurts my loved ones, but I’m not about to change. Nothing will ever hurt me again.Then I wake up in an alternate reality…and everything else has changed. Goth is in. I’m considered cool, and my archenemy—the formerly popular Mercedes—is the freak. But my real friends won’t talk to me...and the new boy is getting under my skin. As my world spins out of control, I’m desperate to return to normal. But the more time that passes, the less I’m sure what “normal” really is.
By Randy Ribay. 2018
<P>A powerful novel about friendship, basketball, and one teen's mission to create a better life for his family. <P> Bunny… and Nasir have been best friends forever, but when Bunny accepts an athletic scholarship across town, Nasir feels betrayed. <P>While Bunny tries to fit in with his new, privileged peers, Nasir spends more time with his cousin, Wallace, who is being evicted. <P>Nasir can't help but wonder why the neighborhood is falling over itself to help Bunny when Wallace is in trouble. <P>When Wallace makes a bet against Bunny, Nasir is faced with an impossible decision—maybe a dangerous one. <P>Told from alternating perspectives, After the Shot Drops is a heart-pounding story about the responsibilities of great talent and the importance of compassion.
By Jessica Park. 2018
Algunas personas se pasan toda la vida sin cambiar de perspectiva. Para Allison sólo bastarán 180 segundos... Las redes sociales… y la popularidad a veces ayudan a quien menos se lo espera, ¿pero será tan fácil? 180 SEGUNDOS pueden propiciar un beso trascendental que te lleve a las nubes, incluso regalarte muchos amigos, pero tu nueva y maravillosa vida es capaz de propinarte el revés más cruel. Tras una dura infancia viviendo de aquí para allá en hogares temporales, Allison mantiene su distancia, no se le da la vida social. Le cuesta mucho hacer amigos y prefiere la seguridad de su cuarto, pues sabe mejor que nadie que las cosas no duran mucho tiempo. Pero ya en la universidad cada vez le es más difícil aislarse en sus audífonos. Una tarde cualquiera se ve enganchada en un experimento social en las afueras del campus. De repente ya está frente a una multitud, forzada a interactuar con un completo extraño durante 180 segundos. Ni Allison ni Esben Baylor, el chico estrella de las redes sociales sentado justo frente a ella, están preparados para lo que va a pasar. Cuando se acaba el tiempo, la intensidad de la experiencia los abruma a ambos, los electriza. Con un empujoncito de su mejor amiga, Allison se embarca en una aventura para averiguar si lo que Esben y ella compartieron es real y si por fin podrá confiar en sí misma, en los demás y en el amor. ¿Cómo lograr ser valiente si siempre has levantado muros emocionales a tu alrededor? ¿Y si el mundo te hace una mala broma y alguien que amas levanta sus propios muros contigo?
By Teddy Steinkellner. 2017
Five high school seniors Two different roads One life-changing decision For fans of Tommy Wallach and Patrick… Ness comes a thoughtful funny novel that explores what happens to five teens when they choose the road and the road not taken Should Brian play in Friday s football game even though his head really hurts Should Allegra commit to college now that her mother s illness has returned Should Cole cheat on the SATs for a chance to get into his dream school Should Nikki go all the way with her boyfriend Should Wiley tell his best friend that he loves her and risk losing her completely These five seniors are about to have an opportunity people only dream about to experience two potential outcomes of a life-altering decision When it s all over will they still recognize their futures
By P. L. Harris. 2017
Amanda Stevens is an average uni student, living with her mother. She never imagines that coming home early from a… celebration over her last tutorial will turn her world upside down. The moment she steps into the tattered remnants of what used to be her family lounge room, life as Amanda knows it is about to change forever. The people who did this are looking for something—that’s worth killing for—and she has the key to finding it.She has the secrets of a demon.Jason Tyner has enough on his plate after an exam scandal threatens his position at university and rocks the shaky foundation of trust he has with his father. When he finds beautiful, shivering Amanda hiding in his family treehouse during a storm, he knows he has to help her, no matter the cost.He has the eyes of an angel.With her mother missing and danger lurking around every corner, Amanda and Jason must dig deeper into the truth of Amanda’s key. A whirlwind of attraction and promises pulls them together, while untold secrets threaten to tear them apart. If they can manage to trust one another, they just might unravel the secrets that are hidden.
By Maggie Thrash. 2017
Critically acclaimed author Maggie Thrash’s second novel in the Strange Truth series blends crackling suspense, subversive humor, and biting social… commentary to become the “definition of a page-turner” (John Corey Whaley).Only at Winship Academy would an evening science expo turn into a criminal fiasco. First, there’s the anonymous boy in the girls’ bathroom handing out drugs to anyone with the secret password. Then the student body president is maimed in a horrifying and tragic accident—but was it an accident or an attack? Benny Flax and Virginia Leeds are right at the center of it all. And so is the headmaster’s son, Calvin Harker, an oddball poet whose interest in Virginia sets off alarm bells for Benny. As the case bleeds from Winship Academy to the surrounding city, the deep fault lines of racial tension in Atlanta’s history reveal explosive hatred still simmering under the city’s surface. Once again, Maggie Thrash (author of Honor Girl) delivers a uniquely compelling, thought-provoking, and entirely riveting story.
By Marisha Pessl. 2018
Five friends. Only one can survive the Neverworld Wake. Who would you choose?From the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author… of Special Topics in Calamity Physics and Night Film comes an absorbing psychological suspense thriller in which fears are physical and memories come alive."A thriller that will grip readers from the start." -HypableOnce upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her five best friends were the cool kids, the beautiful ones. Then the shocking death of Jim--their creative genius and Beatrice's boyfriend--changed everything.One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft--the seaside estate where they spent so many nights sharing secrets, crushes, plans to change the world--hoping she'll get to the bottom of the dark questions gnawing at her about Jim's death.But as the night plays out in a haze of stilted jokes and unfathomable silence, Beatrice senses she's never going to know what really happened. Then a mysterious man knocks on the door. Blithely, he announces the impossible: time for them has become stuck, snagged on a splinter that can only be removed if the former friends make the harshest of decisions. Now Beatrice has one last shot at answers . . . and at life.And so begins the Neverworld Wake."A truly eerie reading experience." -Nylon"A dark and twisty tale brimming with psychological suspense." -Bustle
By Carrie Fountain. 2018
Carrie Fountain s YA novel is part-plot-twisty thriller part-sweet romance and perfect for summer reading … Bustle Best YA Book of JulyIt s senior year and Miranda Black s best friend Syd has run away suddenly and inexplicably leaving behind nothing but a pink leopard print cell phone with a text message from the mysterious HIM Everyone wants to know why Syd left but the truth is Miranda has no idea When Miranda s mother abandoned her as a child Miranda had found shelter in her friendship with Syd who wore her own motherlessness like a badge of honor Now Miranda s been left behind again left to untangle the questions of why Syd left where she is and if she s even a friend worth saving all while stumbling into first love with the most unlikely boy in school How do you take on the future when it feels like so much of your past wasn t even real
By Rebecca Phillips. 2018
<P>No one looking at Morgan Kemper would think she had a secret—at least not one that she’s deeply ashamed of.… <P>To everyone she meets, she comes across as sweet, pretty, and put together. But Morgan knows that looks can be deceiving. For over a year, she’s shoplifted countless pieces of clothing and makeup. Each time, she tells herself it will be the last, and each time, it never is. <P>But when she’s caught and sentenced to thirty hours of community service, the image Morgan has carefully constructed starts to crumble. She’s determined to complete her punishment without her friends discovering the truth about her sticky fingers, but that’s easier said than done...especially once she meets Eli, the charming, handsome nephew of the owner of the charity shop where Morgan is volunteering. <P>Soon Morgan is faced with an impossible decision: continue to conceal the truth or admit that she’s lied to everyone in her life, including the boy she’s falling for.
By Meredith Miller. 2018
Sharp-edged and voice-driven Meredith Miller s How We Learned to Lie is a raw and unflinching look… at friendship violence and life in a town on the brink Perfect for fans of Lynn Weingarten and Meg Medina This isn t a love story but it is a story about love P P This is the story of Joan Harris and Daisy McNamara and the year everything in their lives came apart P P It starts when Robbie McNamara appears at Joan s house with someone else s blood dripping from his hands Then it all unravels from there in a string of bad angel dust good biology teachers rusty scalpels and stunning car crashes People keep disappearing and everyone is lying P P There was always Joan and Daisy just Daisy and Joan The thing is even if you love someone how long should you hold on before letting go to save yourself