Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki

29981020.jpgFreddy continuously finds herself being broken up with by her dream girl, Laura Dean. They break up, they get back together, they break up again, and so the cycle goes. Until one day Freddy receives advice telling her to break up with Laura Dean first. She begins to question who is really at fault in their relationship. Throughout this story of young love, readers follow Freddy through failing friendships, new relationships, self discovery, and most importantly, a realization and embrace of what is best for her. For fans of realistic fiction and graphic novels with beautiful art, this book is highly recommended!

– Indiana

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We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra

41716953Through a weekly class pen-pal assignment, a wonderful romance flourishes between Jo and Kurl. These characters and their relationship develop through interactions with grief, bullying, homophobia, and abuse. The boys must overcome their family secrets and personal conflicts in order to support one another and hold onto the love they have. For fans of contemporary romance, this book is a must read!

– Indiana

The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg

35442700After his fathers death, Jordan and his mother attempt to get their old food truck running again. When things don’t go exactly as planned, Max, who is practically a stranger, attempts to save the day. Readers follow Max and Jordan as they quickly become food truck connoisseurs and maybe more than strangers. Throughout the book, both main characters attempt to overcome serious issues, including mental illness and sexual assault. If you enjoy realistic fiction (or prickly pear), give this book a try!

Indiana

How I Resist: Activism and Hope for the Next Generation by Maureen Johnson

resistThis is an outstanding collection of personal stories, poems, music, and interviews from some of the most influential icons in music, acting, politics, sports, and writing, etc… of the 21st century. Although marketed for YA, anyone can read this and get inspired. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment.

KC

Buried Beneath The Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

buriedKidnapped in the middle of the night by the Boko Haram, a Nigerian terrorist group, young men and young women are ripped from the safety of their homes to be catapulted into a horrifying nightmare. While the boys are whisked away to begin life anew as soldiers, the girls are forced to become wives, religiously convert, and submit-comply or be killed. A courageous look at this tragic scenario, collected from countless interviews with the surviving victims.

KC

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

poet xXiomara appears to be a tough as nails high school student but this Afro-Latino young lady has a much softer side to her. She loves poetry and in a school where drugs, crime, and sex happens all too frequently, X (as known by friends) keeps her passion close to her heart. Xiomara’s beloved teacher helps her to free herself by encouraging her to join a poetry club. For the first time and not under the thumb of her mother, school, or God, she becomes The Poet X. I loved how the author read this audiobook.

-KC

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

harbor meWhen a group of young Brooklyn students are given the opportunity to gather together in a safe, adult free classroom, they begin an explorative journey through dialogue, poetry, revelation, and storytelling. Jacqueline Woodson taps into the most current challenges that many our youth face today with such unbridled courage and sheer eloquence.

-KC