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!

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Bloom by Kevin Panetta

29225589This sweet monochromatic graphic novel follows Ari, a recent high school graduate, as he attempts to work out his future. Ari wants nothing to do with his family’s bakery; he wants to travel with friends, move to a big city, and play music with his band. When looking for his replacement, Ari meets Hector. While making batches of bread, a beautiful relationship blooms. However, Ari’s anxiety inevitably gets in the way. This book is perfect for lovers of graphic novels, romance, or even baking!

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post- A Teen Reader Review

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Title:  The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Author: Emily Danworth

Summary:  It’s Montana in the 1990’s.  Cameron Post is 12 years old, spending the day with her best friend.  She’s the classic protagonist, a little too quirky and a little too special for her own good, having an amazing afternoon.  That very day, her parents die, and all she can feel is relief.  Relief that the news wasn’t what she feared, and relieved that her parents would never know that she was kissing a girl hours before their untimely death.

Cameron Post is, to be completely candid, not the particularly special character.  She’s the carbon copy of every girl in a lesbian romance.  How many girls could she honestly get with in Montana at age 14?  This doesn’t make her bad per say, but it just means she’s not the new and exciting character you may have wanted.  I found much more realism and excitement in her love interest for the first half of the book, Coley Taylor; the cowgirl with a kind heart and a confused soul, whose motivations and mystery made her one of the most incredible love interests in a f/f book in a long time.  If only the book had more of her, and less drama with Cameron’s aunt.

Of course, since this is a book about young lesbians there has to be the drama of everyone finding out, and the second half of the book is set at a de-gaying camp.  We spend a bit too long here, but I still applaud the slightly different approach Emily Danworth took going here.  Again, the characters Cameron interacts with are far more interesting then Cameron herself, particularly her roommate, a girl with a interesting new personality and mysterious motivations.  The novel checks out every trope of a f/f novel, and while it is beautifully written and a very enjoyable ride, this book isn’t anything too special.  I still recommend this to anyone who wants a exciting journey through the life of Cameron Post, and whose already checked out every other f/f book in the library.

If you like this, try readingAnnie on my Mind by Nancy Garden, Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli , and Keeping you a Secret by Julie Anne Peters

Reviewer Rating:  4 out of 5 stars

Where can I find a copy?:  Paper copy available at Fairfield Public Library and Pequot Library

Recommended by: Josie, a teen reader

One of Us Is Lying

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Title: One of Us Is Lying

Author: Karen M McManus

Summary:  The set-up for this book is Breakfast Club meets Locked-Room Mystery.  Five high school students walk into detention: Brownyn- the Brain, Addy- the Princess,  Nate-the Criminal, Cooper- the Athlete, and Simon- the Outcast and creator of the school’s notorious gossip app.  Unfortunately, only four students walk out of detention.  It’s no spoiler to tell you, that before the end of detention Simon is dead and it doesn’t look like it was an accident.  When the school gossip dies everyone seems to have a motive- especially the four students in the room when it happens.  Because, as it just so happens the latest gossip Simon was set to post would have revealed each of their darkest secrets.

While the mystery is good, what truly sets this book apart are the author’s character development and her exploration of the dark secrets with which each character is struggling.

Who will like this?:  Fans of mystery and suspense will fly through this one.

If you like this, read thisWe Were Liars by E Lockhart, The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma, and Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Recommended by: Jen, Teen Librarian

Here We Are

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Title: Here We Are: 44 Voices Write, Draw and Speak About Feminism

Editor: Kelly Jensen

Summary: “There’s no right way and no wrong way. There are no dead ends. The journey is always changing, always shifting, and influenced by our own experiences and perspectives.” This diverse collection of superbly-written essays, sharply-drawn comics, fun lists and engrossing interviews is a fantastic compendium of contemporary thought on the history, evolution, and current state of feminism for every reader. Organized into topics including body image, gender, sexuality, pop culture, relationships, confidence, and independence, these pieces will introduce you to the concept of intersectionality (the idea that social categorizations are overlapping and interdependent) and encourage you to find your own definition of what it means to be a feminist.Because it’s a collection, you can read just on topics that interest you, pick the pieces by writers you love, or take on the whole thing and discover new voices who will challenge you to see the world in a new way.

Heartfelt stories from beloved writers and artists including Laurie Halse Anderson, Mindy Kaling, Malinda Lo, Liz Prince, Laverne Cox and Daniel Jose Older, as well as pieces from some extraordinary ‘ordinary’ women who have made a difference through their lives and work make this a terrific collection for anyone interested learning more about the many ways one can approach the challenges of what it means to be a woman.  Sure to start some amazing conversations, Here We Are is a great book to read and talk about during Women’s History Month, and that should be shared amongst family and friends.

Who will like this book?: Anyone interested in learning about what it means to be a feminist today. Readers who are sure they are not feminist: You might be surprised to learn that maybe…you are!

If you like this, read this: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Bossypants by Tina Fey. For mature readers: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay.

Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian