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The Female of the Species

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ISBN: 9780062320896
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 20th, 2016

There’s something wrong with Alex Craft. After her sister was discovered brutally murdered in the woods, Alex has found it increasingly difficult to contain the parts of her she got from the dad who abandoned her—namely, rage and violence. When she meets Peekay, the Preacher’s Kid who’s trying to be anything but, and Jack, the jock who finds something to love about Alex, she knows they don’t fully understand how twisted she is—but she's kept herself isolated long enough. With compelling characters and excellent social commentary, The Female of the Species is sure to be a favorite for anyone who loves stories about sharp girls with even sharper teeth. ~ Reviewed by Paige Mushaw


Mr. Splitfoot

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ISBN: 9780544526709
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - January 5th, 2016

25 years old and pregnant with her mediocre boyfriend's baby, Cora sees the surprise arrival of her mysterious aunt Ruth as a decent opportunity to step off the path she's found herself treading. Ruth is going somewhere—she won't say where, because she doesn't talk anymore—and she wants Cora to come with her. Alternating between Ruth’s teenaged emergence from a vaguely sinister foster home and her trek with Cora through upstate New York years later, this is a delightfully weird little story about love, family, death, and how we still need people after they’re gone. The characters will perplex and absorb you. ~ reviewed by Paige Mushaw


We All Looked Up

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ISBN: 9781481418782
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2016

When four teens from different corners of the high school social order find out that an asteroid is expected to collide with the earth in less than two months, they become unlikely allies as they face the literal end of the world. Beautifully written and thought-provoking, I loved the characters in this impressive debut novel, and wanted to memorize entire passages. ~ Reviewed by Paige Mushaw


The Sun Is Also a Star

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ISBN: 9780553496680
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Published: Delacorte Press - November 2016

Natasha’s family are illegal Jamaican immigrants who are about to be deported. Daniel’s family is from Korea and they're all trying to figure out what exactly it means to be Korean-American. Told in alternating points of view, this is the story of how poetic Daniel tries to get skeptical Natasha to fall in love with him in one day, before they never see each other again. I fell hard for this endearing romance between two teens trying to find their place: it's a novel with surprising depth, a nuanced look at the cultural struggles of immigrant families, and protagonists who are both easy to love. ~ Reviewed by Paige Mushaw


The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

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ISBN: 9781481401289
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Published: Simon Pulse - June 7th, 2016

My new favorite Ockler novel, The Summer of Chasing Mermaids centers on Elyse d'Abreau's personal tragedy: the loss of her voice— and her promising singing career— in a boating accident. The sea is a part of who Elyse is, and she feels like it has betrayed her; the same goes for her twin sister, Natalie. The mystery surrounding Elyse and Natalie's rift will keep readers intrigued until the very end, but the most gripping aspect of this novel is the lyrical, poetic writing that raises the bar for Ockler's future work and YA in general. An important story about silenced voices finding a way to make themselves heard. ~ Reviewed by Paige Mushaw


Places No One Knows

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ISBN: 9780553522631
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Published: Delacorte Press - May 17th, 2016

Waverly is a popular girl by design—she knows nothing about true relationships, but she's an expert at orchestrating them to her advantage—and Marshall uses drugs and alcohol to escape his overabundance of empathy. They are hardly on the same planet, let alone in the same crowd, but one night Waverly goes to sleep and somehow dreams herself into Marshall's reality. When it starts happening every night, neither of them are sure what's real beyond the connection they share. Dark, unique, dreamlike, and beautifully written, Places No One Knows will leave its mark: it is magical realism at its most honest. ~ Reviewed by Paige Mushaw


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