Dread Nation: A post-civil war historical novel, with added zombies. Justina Ireland has written a mostly historically correct novel.
In among my grad school work it was a semester of reading fluffy books. These novels helped me get through my first semester.
Abby is doing her best to start school afresh, and hide that she lives in a van with family in Roam by CH Armstrong.
When six clones join Emmaline’s prestigious boarding school, she must confront the heartbreak of seeing her dead best friend’s face each day in class. Technically true but The Similars by Rebecca Hanover is much more complex.
Woohoo, the Strange the Dreamer sequel, Muse of Nightmares has been released. Laini Taylor's second book in the fantasy series is just as amazing.
The graphic novel of Deogratias by Jean-Philippe Stassen is released and tells the story of a teen boy in the Rwandan genocide.
Broadway's Dear Evan Hansen has been converted to a beautifully written novel by Val Emmich. It's deep, and dark: everything a musical isn't.
It's Banned Book Week so I'm reading Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: a story of laughter, tears, awkwardness, and young love, and loss.
The poor girl from an abusive home switches with the princess struggling to understand her role in Katie Ward's The Pretender.
Who can Lena trust in 1980s Berlin, when she's a cleaner for the Stasi and her uncle is missing? The House of a Thousand Eyes is a new novel by Michelle Barker.
I learned new things about Persian culture, Iran, and Star Trek reading Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram.
An unseen city, a war orphan librarian, and a blue girl in the sky and his dreams. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor is my new favorite YA novel.
I suspect I would have liked the Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi if it wasn't so hyped. It's a good fantasy YA novel.
Grief, love, and life on a Canadian Indian Reserve in Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones.
Beck's mom wants him to be a world-famous pianist, at any cost. A Thousand Perfect Notes by CG Drews is a heart-breaking but inspiring story of family, friendship, ambitions, and mental illness.
I finally read Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. It's an adorably cute story of love, trust, friendship, and self.
Post-war is meant to be easier, right? Aftermath by Meiling Colorado is the story of a community trying to move on but things get in the way.
Can science win them back? That's what Maya attempts in Chemistry Lessons: the new Young Adult novel by Meredith Goldstein.
How close do you really know the people around you? That's the question in Paper Towns by John Green in this YA novel.
Dating the new girl in a small town means geeky nerd Ray finally fits in. The History of Jane Doe by Michael Belanger is Ray's coming-of-age with love and loss and life (and possibly green cows) in a small town.