Staff picks tagged "general fiction"

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The Rise and Fall of Great Powers

5

If you feel a bit unmoored while reading "The Rise and Fall of Great Powers," well, welcome to the world Tooly Zylberberg. Read more...

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Love Me Back

5

A gritty and blistering story of a young woman doing bad things. Read more...

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You're Not Much Use to Anyone

5

Blog Meets World. Read more...

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Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands

5

A post-apocalyptic novel in miniature; part young adult dystopia and part end-of-the-world horror show. Read more...

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Five Days Left

4

Take a deep breath, grab your tissues and prepare to bawl your eyes out over this heart-wrenching read. Read more...

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Landline

5

Georgie isn't looking for magic, but she finds it right when she needs it the most. How fortuitous. Read more...

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Outlander

5

War, romance, history and just a dash of time travel made this book one of my all-time favorites. Read more...

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Fourth of July Creek

5

A gritty and gut-wrenching debut novel. Read more...

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Boomerang

4

A sizzling summer read so hot you could fry an egg on it. Read more...

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Bellweather Rhapsody

4

A crumbling, haunted hotel, a boatload of rising teenage musical stars and a massive snowstorm combine to create a most enchanting mystery. Read more...

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The Spectacular Now

4

If you're looking for a good dose of realistic fiction with a Holden Caulfield-esque main character, take a chance on "The Spectacular Now." Read more...

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Astonish Me

4

Ballet takes center stage in this novel that highlights the rigors of professional dance and the challenges of self-acceptance. Read more...

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Past Perfect

4

Want a summer read that'll make you ignore your friends? This is it. Read more...

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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

5

A delightful read with interesting and wonderful characters. I didn't want to put it down! Read more...

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Maybe One Day

4

Did you love "The Fault in Our Stars," but aren't sure what to read next? If so, this is the book for you! Read more...

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Since You've Been Gone

5

Like road trips and playlists in your summer reads? This is the one for you! Read more...

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Vampires in the Lemon Grove

4

These are stories that strain credulity while endeavoring to delineate exactly those things that make us human. Read more...

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A Hundred Flowers: A Novel

5

You won't regret taking a journey with this ordinary family facing extraordinary times. Read more...

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Fat Boy Versus the Cheerleaders

4

One of my favorite new teen boy voices in teen literature. Ever. Read more...

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Tyringham Park

4

The most unflinching portrait of aristocratic dysfunction since Goya, "Tyringham Park" puts the "down" in "Downton Abbey." Read more...

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Six-Gun Snow White

4

The fairest of them all is packing heat. Read more...

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Panic

4

A suspenseful tale of brutal competition and secrets. Would you risk your own life in order to change it? Read more...

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The Winter People

3

A bone-chilling read that will have you screaming... DO NOT OPEN THE CLOSET DOOR!! EVER! Read more...

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Americanah

5

A beautifully-told story about two people born in Nigeria who fall in love, move apart and have to make unexpected choices about their lives. Read more...

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Better Off Friends

5

Exploring the age-old question: can a guy and girl really be just friends? Read more...

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Sea Creatures

4

"Sea Creatures" examines the strength of parental love, and offers proof of our capacity to correct a course and move forward. Read more...

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We Are Water

5

This modern family drama is thought-compelling, well-written and intense. Read more...

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Archetype: A Novel

5

My heart was racing, I could not read this fast enough! I absolutely loved every minute of it. Read more...

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The Rosie Project

5

If you like Sheldon in "The Big Bang Theory," you'll love Don in "The Rosie Project." Read more...

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The Sweetheart Bargain

4

This is a sweetheart of a romance about dogs, Coast Guard heroes, girls trying to start over and meddling grandmothers. Read more...

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The Other Typist

4

Who is Odalie Lazar? Intrigue, dark humor and mistaken identitity in this bathtub gin-fueled noir mystery will keep you guessing until the very end! Read more...

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Night Film

4

Fans of Stieg Larsson and Gillian Flynn will enjoy this super-creepy thriller that will keep you up at night! Read more...

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Drizzled with Death

4

When town nasty, Alanza Speedwell, keels over dead in a plate of pancakes and syrup, the town of Sugar Grove finds itself in a sticky murder case. Read more...

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Fifty Shames of Earl Grey (Fifty Shames #1)

4

A satisfying, laugh-out-loud parody of E. L. James' bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey series. Read more...

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Longbourn

4

Longbourn is for fans of Jane Austen, "Pride and Prejudice" or "Downton Abbey." If, like me, you love all three, pick this one up immediately! Read more...

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The Naturals

4

Oh, what? You wanted to read a super-fun book that's pretty much the "Criminal Minds" of teen fiction? Look no further! Read more...

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Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story

5

Sheep detectives. What more motivation do you need? Read more...

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The Truth of Me: About a Boy, his Grandmother, and a Very Good Dog

4

There are all kinds of magic in the world and most of them don't involve spells or wands-- only love. Read more...

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The Screaming Staircase

4

Chomping at the bit for the new season of "Sherlock" to start? Try this for a fix. Read more...

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The Lowland

4

Set in India and America, this is a sweeping novel about two brothers, family tragedy and trying to pick up the pieces. Read more...

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Fortunately, the Milk

4

Aliens and vampires and time travel, oh my! Dad runs into ALL of these things, plus much more, on a short trip to the corner for some milk! Read more...

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The Lucy Variations

4

Sometimes being a piano prodigy just isn't all it's cracked up to be. But I sure do like to read about it! Read more...

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

5

Listening to this novel reminds you of being a little kid tucked in tight while your favorite grandparent reads you a dark and magical bedtime story. Read more...

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The Husband's Secret

4

My jaw literally dropped when Cecilia read the secret letter. Then I got to the end and it dropped some more. I did not see that one coming! Read more...

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The Wicked Girls

4

If psychological thrillers are your bag, pick this up and you'll be creeped out in no time! Read more...

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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

5

It's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" meets "The Westing Game" in this action-packed tale for bibliophiles. Read more...

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Boy Nobody

4

Teen assassin? Sign me up! Read more...

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Navigating Early

4

If "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" got together with "The Odyssey," their book baby would be "Navigating Early." Read more...

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The Shining Girls

5

"The Shining Girls" is a genre-bending thriller that hits every important mark with confidence and swagger. Read more...

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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

5

A powerful and important story about teen depression and suicide that will leave you thinking. By the author of "Silver Linings Playbook." Read more...

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Teeth

5

Read this haunting novel while wrapped in a blanket with your favorite cup of coffee in hand. This book will pull you in and chill you to the bone. Read more...

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Life After Life

5

Beautifully written. Makes me go "hmmm," in the best possible way. Read more...

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Crazy Rich Asians

4

Ever wonder what it's like to be rich? And not just rich rich, but crazy rich? Think "The Bold and the Beautiful" or "Dynasty" set in Singapore. Read more...

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Fangirl

5

Not your average coming-of-age story. Read more...

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You Are One of Them

3

Elliott Holt's debut novel is a Cold War mystery that addresses themes of friendship, loss and our capacity to forge our own identity. Read more...

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Fin & Lady

4

I cried at the end, partially because I felt all the feels, but mostly because this beautiful coming-of-age story was over. Read more...

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

4

Maria Semple skewers contemporary Seattle in an epistolary novel that is trenchant, funny and, in the end, surprisingly uplifting. Read more...

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Charm & Strange

4

While this book definitely charmed me with its strangeness, it's not for the faint of heart. Read more...

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Dead Ever After

3

A quick summer read that wraps up the adventures of everyone's favorite telepath, Sookie Stackhouse. Read more...

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Winger

5

Let's see, a 14-year-old junior at boarding school, living in a dorm for troublemakers and rooming with his archenemy. What could go wrong? Read more...

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He's Gone

3

Dark and raw, this book of psychological suspense, love, betrayal and truth will haunt you until the very end. Read more...

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Doll Bones

5

A creepy tale that seems like it should be told around a campfire. Did you hear the one about the haunted doll made from the bones of a dead girl? Read more...

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The Aviator's Wife

4

A glimpse into the private life (and hell) of one of the world's most famous couples. Read more...

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Destiny, Rewritten

4

If you're looking for a book that's charming and magical, look no further! Read more...

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

4

This ain't no "The Fault in Our Stars." Read more...

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The Fault in Our Stars

5

Who knew a book about a kid with cancer could be so funny, wonderful and brilliant? This was-- hands down-- the best book I've read all year! Read more...

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

5

How accurate are our memories? This remarkable novel delves deep into that and more as its pages unfold. Read more...

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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

3

This summer's first buzz-worthy literary debut is smart, scandalous and seductive. Read more...

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The Dinner

5

Lives are unraveled and madness revealed over dinner. Read more...

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The Rage

5

Expertly plotted and peppered with gritty realism, "The Rage" offers a contemporary crime novel with the perfect blend of street smarts and tension. Read more...

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Reconstructing Amelia

3

A thrilling debut from a writer to watch. Read more...

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Out of the Easy

5

Great historical fiction with a murder mystery twist. I couldn't put it down! Read more...

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Gone Girl

4

A psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last page. Read more...

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The Expats

4

Secrets-- how to keep them and who to keep them from-- lie at the heart of Chris Pavone's riveting new spy thriller. Read more...

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Seraphina

5

If you've always been a little curious (or dubious) about fantasy or teen books, TRUST ME. Once you read this, you'll see the error of your ways. Read more...

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The Secret Keeper

4

A wonderful and beautifully written family saga layered with mystery, romance, hidden secrets and more. Read more...

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Pies and Prejudice

4

Forget Lucky Charms-- the pies at the Charmed Pie Shoppe are what's really magically delicious. Read more...

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Spring Fever

4

A funny family drama with a sprinkle of corporate intrigue, Southern-style. Read more...

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You Are the Love of My Life

4

All is not what it first may seem in this heart-wrenching novel of love, loss and family secrets. Read more...

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Love and Leftovers

4

"Love and Leftovers" may not be what you think it looks like, but if you're open to surprises, it's better. Read more...

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The Tragedy Paper

4

A bittersweet story of first love. Read more...

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The Death of Bees

5

A dark, quirky coming-of-age story that starts off with a bang and keeps you turning the pages. Read more...

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Etiquette and Espionage

5

OMG, this is the most delightful book I've read in a long time. Read more...

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Fake Mustache

4

The Heidelberg Handlebar #7 mustache is ready to take over the world. Be ready to laugh, because this book is 100% ridiculous. Read more...

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Shadowlands

4

If you like being scared out of your mind by a book, this one won't let you down. Read more...

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The Dog Stars

4

Imagine the editors of "Field and Stream," "Soldier of Fortune" and "Poetry" magazine getting together to write a post-apocalyptic novel. Read more...

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The Painted Girls

5

A story so good I drove an extra block every day just to keep listening. You will never look at Degas' ballet dancers the same way again. Read more...

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Ungifted

4

Being gifted doesn't mean you know it all. Read more...

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Unspoken

4

Kami and the entire cast of characters are entirely likeable, but also unfailingly human. Read more...

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The Diviners

4

"The Diviners" is nothing if not ambitious, comparing favorably to such supernatural classics as "The Stand" and "American Gods." Read more...

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Croak

4

Dark and twisty, with a healthy dose of black humor. Read more...

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Talking to the Dead

4

Harry Bingham's riveting U.S. debut introduces readers to Fionna Griffiths, a Welsh detective with razor-sharp intelligence and a mysterious past. Read more...

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I Hunt Killers

5

Teens and Dexter fans will enjoy this really spooky and suspenseful psychological thriller. Read more...

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Endangered

4

When you want a teen book to make you think, read this one. Read more...

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Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances

4

Three holiday romances from three stellar teen authors-- what's not to love? Read more...

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Back to Blood

4

One of the keenest social observers of our time is back with a blistering look at the cultural clashes that simmer in southern Florida. Read more...

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Dash and Lily's Book of Dares

4

I hurt my hand a little writing down all my favorite quotes from this book. Read more...

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Tell the Wolves I'm Home

5

For anyone who has ever felt set apart, odd or like they just didn't fit in the world. Read more...

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11/22/63: A Novel

4

Love, loss, history and time travel collide in this ambitious and, ultimately, likable novel. Read more...

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The Vanishers

4

Beautifully complex, this novel is not at all what it may first seem. Read more...

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Goliath

4

This is a spare and pensive retelling that reminds us that there are two sides to every story, even the most familiar. Read more...

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

4

My friends are tired of hearing how creepy this book is. Read more...

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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

5

It will make you laugh, it will make you cry and it will make your heart soar with pride. Read more...

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Code Name Verity

4

No matter what I write for my review, I will not be able to do this book justice. Read more...

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Flashman on the March

5

Horatio Hornblower? Wimp. Richard Sharpe? Peasant. When it comes to fictional British military figures, accept nothing less than Sir Harry Flashman. Read more...

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

5

To be honest, it's hard to think what's not to love in this book. Read more...

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Bunheads

5

Think "Black Swan," just without all the cray-cray. Read more...

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Game Changers

4

Written by well-known sportswriter Mike Lupica, this book is a fun football read for kids ages eight and up. Read more...

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Into the Darkest Corner

4

This page-turning thriller will grab you by the pit of your stomach and will never let you go. Read more...

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Bitterblue

4

When your past is full of pain-- for you and everyone around you-- how far into history do you dig? Read more...

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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

5

Stop what you're doing and read this book right now. You can thank me later. Read more...

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The One and Only Ivan

4

The One and Only Ivan tugs at the heartstrings in a way that only a true story can. Read more...

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Leverage

5

Raw and intense, this book has some violent moments, but it's hard to put down! Read more...

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Pure

4

I read a lot of dystopian and post-apocalyptic books, but this... this was something else. Read more...

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Seating Arrangements

4

What you think will be a sweet story about a family wedding quickly turns into a string of complicated, tense and darkly comical mishaps. Read more...

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Girls in White Dresses

5

I can't help but think this would be GREAT for a book club, especially one that is all women who like wine. Read more...

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The Immortal Rules

4

If Walking Dead were a vampire book, it would be this book. Read more...

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Pink Smog: Becoming Weetzie Bat

5

This is a gateway book because you will want to read the entire series once you've finished. Read more...

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Wonder

4

I think kids (and adults, for that matter) could learn a lot of great lessons from this book. Read more...

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A Diamond in the Desert

4

This book explores the hardships in the Japanese-American internment camps during WWII and the enduring spirit of the people who were held there. Read more...

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The Apothecary

4

Meloy's style is classic and timeless, and has an appeal for both kids and adults. Read more...

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The Knife of Never Letting Go

4

Brisk and violent, The Knife of Never Letting Go is an alternate reality that's not for the squeamish. Read more...

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Lola and the Boy Next Door

5

When I finished this book, I hugged it and cried sweet tears of joy. Read more...

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Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

5

Are you looking for your summer road trip book? You've found it. Read more...

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Middle of Nowhere

3

If you're like me, and you're a sucker for stories about abandoned kids making it on their own, this might be the book for you! Read more...

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Before I Fall

5

This is a book you'll want to finish quickly and then immediately start reading again. Read more...

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Ready Player One

5

A little romance, a little dystopia, a whole lot of action and adventure, this book was absolutely adorkable! Read more...

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Finnikin of the Rock

5

This book was awesome. A very solid high school read. Read more...