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On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781419739262
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Published: Amulet Paperbacks - August 11th, 2020

Among YA fiction, this grounded, near-future sci-fi story is a rare breed, exploring gender, race, and disability to the backdrop of a frighteningly plausible apocalypse. A tale about bravery, consequences, and what we do and don't owe to family. ~ Reviewed by Claire Bennet

Matched by Ally Condie - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780142419779
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Published: Penguin Books - September 20th, 2011

With graceful, dreamy pose and a compelling romance, this gentler cousin to Hunger Games is now a classic in its own right. It eschews high-stakes action in favor of a more contemplative tone, inviting the reader to explore this quiet dystopia at their own pace. ~ Reviewed by Claire Bennet

They Went Left by Monica Hesse - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316490573
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2020

Boy, do I love the surge of post-WWII-reconstruction novels currently happening across all age categories. Too often, Holocaust stories center Christian protagnoists and relegate Jewish characters to roles that (structurally) do little more than serve the Christian-savior narrative. The current focus on the aftermath of the war flips that script, centering the agency of Jews rebuilding their lives. This YA book is a shining example of that. It follows the difficult, extraordinarily written story of Zofia, who is liberated from Gross-Rosen and treated at a rehabilitation hospital before setting out across Europe in search of her brother, the one family member she has any hope of finding alive. Hesse's crystal-clear rendering of PTSD - without access to the language for it, as those terms were not yet in use in the 40s - is magnificent, and Zofia's voice as an unreliable narrator who is increasingly aware of her own memory lapses is vibrant, despite the deep sense of loss that permeates the book. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky

The Life I'm In by Sharon G. Flake - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781338573176
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Published: Scholastic Press - January 5th, 2021

This sister novel to Flake's outrageously good (and highly acclaimed) 1998 debut, The Skin I'm In, is phenomenal. Flake has always been a brave writer, but she goes further than ever before here, stepping into the mind of her first novel's antagonist, Char, and crafting an unflinching portrayal of child sex trafficking. The subject matter and Flake's brazen, matter-of-fact style make this a difficult read, but also one that's impossible to turn away from. Like its precursor, this feels like a genre-re-defining book. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky

Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781534462458
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 10th, 2020

Rent A Boyfriend is a heartfelt YA contemporary about the struggles faced by many Taiwanese Americans in this society. This novel features Chloe, a 19 year old girl who hires 21 year old Drew to pretend to be her boyfriend. She does this in the hopes that it will stop her parents from setting her up with their idea of the perfect man for her. What follows is a hilarious romp of a novel! ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn

Heartstopper: Volume 1 by Alice Oseman - Book Review

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By Alice Oseman, Alice Oseman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781338617436
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Published: Graphix - May 5th, 2020

A heartwarming, romantic journey of discovery that is an absolute delight to read. Wonderfully paced with beautiful characters, it will not disappoint. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn


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