I’ll Meet You There

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Demetrios, H. (2015). I’ll Meet You There. NewYork, NY: Henry Holt and Company.

9780805097955

Hardcover-$13.68 (Amazon)

The title is also available in Paperback and Kindle formats

 

A quirky motel in the middle of nowhere offers an escape for two teens working through their painful personal problems.

Skylar can’t wait to get out of Creek View. Who could blame her when the alternative is to stay in the trailer park, get knocked up, and work as a waitress in the middle of nowhere. Sky has spent her high school career working hard to get into art school, while also working the desk at a local motel to save up enough to get out of town. As if doing all of that isn’t tough enough, she also has to deal with the loss of her father and her emotionally unstable mother.

Of course, things get interesting when the town hero gets back from his military tour overseas with his own baggage. Skylar and Josh somehow manage to create an unlikely friendship while fighting their demons. Between her mixed feelings toward Josh and things getting worse at home, will Skylar give up everything she has worked for?

Heather Demetrios highlights the hardships of teens trying to make their own way in the world, while also framing the struggle of living with physical and emotional disabilities.

More Happy Than Not

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Silvera, A. (2015). More Happy Than Not. New York, NY: Soho Press.

978-1616955601

Hardcover-$12.74 (Barnes & Noble)

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Awards/Honors: Booklist Top 10 LGBTQ for Youth; Booklist 2015 Top 10 First Novels for Youth; SLJ’s Best Books of 2015, Young Adult; Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2015, Teen; Booklist Best Young Adult Books of 2015

Life has dealt Aaron a pretty rough hand and he is trying to figure out who he really is.

More Happy Than Not covers the dark, gritty feelings of Aaron, a teenage boy dealing with a family member’s suicide, as well as his attempt on his own life. As if this isn’t hard enough for a teenager to deal with, he starts having feelings for his new friend, Thomas. Aaron becomes confused because he still loves his girlfriend, but he can’t deny this new attraction. All of these feelings become overwhelming and come with some brutally unfair consequences. Blank considers taking the easy way out by having his memory altered, but is it really worth losing his identity to be “happy”?

This book covers some pretty tough subjects, but they are realistic feelings and emotional struggles that teenagers deal with on a regular basis. Silvera’s debut novel is essential for anyone trying to figure out his or her own identity. It lets teens know that they aren’t alone and it is okay to be yourself, whoever you are. Do you have any memories that you would want erased or do you feel those memories help make you who you are?

Take a look at this Epic Reads interview to see what Adam Silvera had to say about diversity in YA

Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)

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Pearson, M. (2014). Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1). New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company.

978-1250063151

Hardcover-I received this book as part of a giveaway hosted by the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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Awards/Honors: 2014 Goodreads Choice Nominee for YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi

 

A princess runs away from an arranged marriage, unaware that she is being tracked.

Seventeen-year-old Lia has a duty to her kingdom as the princess of Morrighan. Right before her wedding (the result of an arranged marriage with a prince from a neighboring kingdom who she has never met), she convinces her maid to run away with her. They manage to hide their identities and find work in a harbor town, but Lia’s spurned betrothed won’t let her go that easily. He wished he had thought of a similar plan, so the intrigue of his runaway bride leads him to search her out. Unfortunately, he isn’t the only one searching for her. Will Lia’s heart be won by her prince or will she just end up with a kiss of deception?

The Darkest Part of the Forest

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Block, H. (2015). The Darkest Part of the Forest. New York, NY: Hachette Book Group.

978-0316213073

Hardcover-$18.99 (Books of Wonder)

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When a dangerous Fae is loose, it is up to a brother and sister to figure out why and to keep their town safe.

 

There’s a monster in our wood

She’ll get you if you’re not good

Drag you under leaves and sticks

Punish you for all your tricks

A nest of hair and gnawed bone

You are never, ever coming—“ (p.18)

Hazel and Ben live in a small town called Fairfold where humans acknowledge the presence of the fair folk, but try to stay away from their mischievous ways. In the middle of a clearing is a glass coffin with a horned boy inside, reminiscent of Snow White. Hazel and Ben grew up pretending to be friends with the boy and protecting the land as knights. One day they wake up and the coffin is shattered and the horned boy is missing. The teens quickly become entangled in the dangerous activities of the Fae. Will their feelings for the horned boy turn them against each other?