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Young Adult Fiction

Life is But a Dream by Brian James

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Let’s assume that there is a dearth in the young adult market representing schizophrenic teenage girls.  I can buy that. But I can absolutely say that there is no need for yet another book involving a naïve, mentally ill girl who finds happiness with a guy with anger issues.

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

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If your family was killed and you had a choice of whether to wake up from a coma, what would you choose?
Three years ago, that’s the situation that cellist and high school student Mia faced. In the haunting If I Stay , she reflects on her life while listening to those around her, including her boyfriend Adam. Ultimately, Mia chooses to wake up.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

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While I appreciate a dystopian universe as much as the next Hunger Games aficionado, I’ve been bothered by the recent trend of violence in young adult fiction.

Matched by Ally Condie

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What if your husband or wife was chosen for you via a matching process in which you had no choice?

Or, put a bit more pragmatically, what if you had an arranged marriage and career?

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

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Fun fact: about every other review of young adult literature that you’ll read in our modern era starts with “In a future/dystopian universe…”

Memento Nora by Angie Smibert

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How many times have you thought, “Wow, I wish I could forget that horrible break-up/time I got fired/being hit in the face?”

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

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There’s no real rhyme or reason why a good book doesn’t resonate with you. Why have I blocked out major plot points of American Pastoral ? Why does the Old Man and Sea still make me shudder with dislike? Why do some people hate Mansfield Park (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) ?

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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Now back to my regular reading schedule involving death.

This week’s choice was the NPR-recommended Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, and, friends, it rocks.

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