Pretty Little Liars

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Title: Pretty Little Liars

Author: Sara Shepard

Summary: In this series about four girls from Rosewood, PA, you will learn the true meaning of friendship. In 7th grade Alison DiLaurentis ruled the school and her best friends were right by her side. One night Alison disappears and her friends can’t believe it. They all personally think it was their fault she died. Three years later, the case is still unsolved and things have quieted down about it. The four former best friends – Spencer, Aria, Emily and Hanna – have drifted apart but must now come back together when they receive mysterious notes signed “A” and Alison’s case is reopened with a shocking discovery.

Who will like this book? This book is for readers who can handle mature themes. Also, if you like secret or sneaking around, you will like this book.

If you like this, read this: The Gossip Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar. The Private series by Kate Brian. The Privilege series by Kate Brian. Also, you might also like the TV show Pretty Little Liars shown on ABC Family, Tuesday at 8/7 c.

Recommended by: Katie, Fairfield resident and avid reader

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Some Girls Are

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Title: Some Girls Are

Author: Courtney Summers

Summary: Regina Afton relished her place as one of the Fearsome Fivesome, the right hand and best friend of the most popular girl in school, Anna. But when Anna’s boyfriend tries to force himself on her at a party, Regina’s days at the top of the high school food chain come crashing to an end. Her friends freeze her out, her boyfriend dumps her (without bothering to tell her) and since she once was the chief tormentor of the social outcasts, Regina is left completely and totally alone: An easy target. Even Michael, a loner who spends the day writing in his notebook can hardly stand to have her sit at his lunch table. After all, how can you forgive someone who enjoyed making your life a living hell? Regina won’t go down without a fight, but her attempts to stand up for herself only increase her ex-friends resolve (and the viciousness of the tactics they use) to break her down.

This book is impossible to put down and Regina – flawed, impulsive, and arrogant – makes for a realistic, if not always likeable heroine. But she is nothing compared to horrific queen bee Anna  and the followers who will do anything to stay in her good graces. It’s not news that there are mean girls. But the lengths that they will go to prove their dominance will surprise some readers – and sadly – be all too familiar to others. Can Regina survive? Could you?

Who will like this book?: This is an important book for all girls to read. If you’ve ever gossiped, spread a rumor, or been mean to someone because a friend told you to, then you need to read this book.

If you like this, read this: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. The Secret Life of It Girls by Dakota Lane. For younger readers, Getting the Girl by Susan Juby and Poison Ivy by Amy Goldman Koss.

Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian

Jumped

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Title: Jumped

Author: Rita Williams-Garcia

Summary: When should you speak up? Trina, a pretty girl who is pretty self-absorbed, cuts through Dominique’s space in the hallway before school. An insulted Dominique vows to beat her down at 2:45 when school lets out. Trina doesn’t realize it – but Leticia, who witnesses the scene and overhears Dominique, does. When Leticia calls her friend to gossip about what just happened, she is urged to warn Trina…but why should she? She and Trina aren’t friends.

As the school day goes on and the clock winds down, we follow each girl through classes, lunch, and interactions with teachers, friends and guys. Trina, oblivious to what is in store for her, hangs her artwork. Dominique, angry about being benched for basketball games because of one failing grade hustles to get back on the court. And Leticia ignores her friend’s pleas to do something, and waits to see if Trina will really get jumped.

Who will like this book?: People who like gritty, disturbing, realistic fiction. None of the girls are heroes – you won’t be rooting for any of them and the ending of the story will leave you shaken. A great read for people who like stories that make you think.

If you like this, try this: Snitch by Alison van Diepen.

Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian