The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Jun14

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas I am lucky enough to be a part of a book club at our local independent bookstore. The lucky part is that this is not a regular bookclub. We are a group of adults who drink wine and eat Cheetos and only read children’s books. In the year that this group has existed we have read some amazing titles like Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk and The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz. But hands down the best book we...

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The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter
Nov09

The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

I love finding a book that is impossible to put down, especially when it’s fun to read and the story sweeps me into the pages. But it is rare to find a book that is not only unputdownable, but also beautifully written, each word and scene carefully wrought. This is the case with The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter. From the opening page of The First Time She Drowned, the clean, meaningful writing combined with the compelling...

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Jul20

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic The few times I have been in London, I have felt a sense of magic in the air. Maybe it was due to the fact that my head is full of English folklore and my favorite stories belong to England – Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books, Susannah Clarke’s masterful Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Phillip Pullman’s The Golden Compass, and of course, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. It was my love for London and English fairy...

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Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Apr20

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

When I saw Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum mentioned on Facebook, the premise alone made me want to read it: What if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met? It’s not just the premise that’s intriguing, though. I’ll tell you three other things I loved about this Young Adult novel: (1) It deals with honest emotion about death and grieving and the courage to move on—emotions that readers of any age will be able to...

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The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
Apr06

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

The Hired Girl If you enjoy historical fiction and realistic young adult novels, you will likely enjoy The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz. Set, for the most part, in Baltimore in 1911, The Hired Girl tells the story of Joan, a young Catholic girl who yearns to escape the farm life in Pennsylvania under her father’s strict rule. Joan is allowed to attend school, where she thrives, until her mother dies and she is needed at home to...

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Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Mar23

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Walk on Earth a Stranger Leah “Lee” Westfall has a secret: she can sense the presence of gold. Whether it’s a few flakes of gold dust in a riverbed or a nugget hidden under a floorboard, the metal calls to Lee, tugging at her fingers and tingling in her throat. Since her father fell ill, Lee’s gold sense (as well as her skill with a gun) has allowed her to help provide for her family. But when her beloved parents are both murdered,...

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Kissing in America by Margo Rabb
Oct28

Kissing in America by Margo Rabb

  Kissing in America by Margo Rabb “I loved romances because when you opened the first page, you knew the story would end well.” Since her dad died in a plane crash, Eva Roth has found solace in romance novels – 118 of them over two years, to be exact. Her mother, a professor of women’s studies, is dismayed by what she calls her daughter’s “ultimate rebellion.” But Eva isn’t reading romances to upset her mom: she’s reading them...

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Jul29

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Hi! It’s Jennifer here, and this week I’d like to introduce a new friend and bookseller from my local independent bookstore, Joseph-Beth in Cincinnati, Ohio. Alia and I sat beside each other at Celeste Ng’s excellent talk on her novel Everything I Never Told You (which both had read and loved). As often happens when two book lovers talk, we discovered our common love for great books. We’ll be teaming up with...

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Mosquitoland by David Arnold
Jul15

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

MOSQUITOLAND by David Arnold Mim Malone is not okay. I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange. What can I say…I love this story. A full-on capital L kind of love. Mary Iris Malone (Mim) is a firecracker of a gal, if there ever was one. After her parents’...

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
May06

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

A few years ago, I heard Jacqueline Woodson speak about her picture book Each Kindness. She exuded something special that day and I wished her talk could last all afternoon. Woodson’s free verse middle grade autobiography, Brown Girl Dreaming, was released earlier this year and as soon as I began to read, I knew I was reading something special. It turns out that many others agreed with me and Brown Girl Dreaming won a Newbery Honor,...

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Aug20

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

  We Were Liars by E. Lockhart   Recently there was a bit of excitement in the reading world when Ruth Graham published an article in the Slate Book Review titled, ‘Against YA.’ In the article, Graham bemoans the increase in adult readers buying and loving literature written for young adults. She states, “If they are substituting maudlin teen dramas for the complexity of great adult literature, then they are missing...

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Jul16

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

  ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell I loved Rainbow Rowell’s young adult novel Eleanor & Park, and every adult I know who’s read it loved it, too. Once again we have a case of a book intended for teen readers grabbing the hearts of adults. Do we grownups love this book because it’s set in 1986? Do we love the unlikely protagonists? Or are the unusually well-drawn adult characters that we don’t often see in a book for...

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Divergent by Veronica Roth
Oct16

Divergent by Veronica Roth

I loved The Hunger Games trilogy, and I dove into Veronica Roth’s Divergent hoping that I would find the same combination of page-turning plot, provocative premise, and strong female protagonist.  I was not disappointed on any count.  Divergent’s post-apocalyptic setting is reminiscent of The Hunger Games in many ways, though different in others.  Recognizable as the former Chicago, Divergent’s world has been split into five factions,...

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Parallel by Lauren Miller, a Favorite Read, and a Giveaway
Jul10

Parallel by Lauren Miller, a Favorite Read, and a Giveaway

  Today at Great New Books, we have the pleasure of hosting guest contributor Lauren Miller, author of the novel, PARALLEL. Thanks to Lauren, we have a personalized, autographed copy of Parallel to give away to one lucky commenter at the end of this post (details below). Thank you, Lauren, for joining us at Great New Books and sharing one of your favorite reads with us today! Author, Lauren Miller, on one of her recent favorite...

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The Fault in Our Stars, Liza Palmer, and a Giveaway
May01

The Fault in Our Stars, Liza Palmer, and a Giveaway

  Today at Great New Books, we have the pleasure of hosting guest contributor Liza Palmer, author of the novel, NOWHERE BUT HOME. Thanks to Liza and her publisher, HarperCollins, we have a copy of Nowhere But Home to give away to one lucky commenter at the end of this post (details below). Thank you, Liza, for joining us at Great New Books and sharing one of your favorite reads with us today! Liza Palmer, on one of her recent...

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