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by Erika L. Sanchez - Coming of Age, Family, Fiction, Loss, Poetry, Young Adult 13+

Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role. Then a tragic accident leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. It’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend, Lorena, and her first love (first everything), Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? 

Edited by Rose Brock - Anthology, Inspirational, Nonfiction, Young Adult 13+

We all experience moments when we struggle to understand the state of the world, when we feel powerless and --- in some cases --- even hopeless. The teens of today are the caretakers of tomorrow, and yet it's difficult for many to find joy or comfort in such a turbulent society. But in trying times, words are power. Some of today's most influential young adult authors come together in this highly personal collection of essays and original stories that offer moments of light in the darkness, and show that hope is a decision we all can make.

by Katie McGarry - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 13+

The only curse Jesse Lachlin believes in is his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year. A fortuneteller tells Scarlett she's psychic, but what is real is Scarlett’s father’s controlling attitude and the dark secrets at home. She may be able to escape, but only if she can rely on the one boy who broke her heart. Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings, but as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…

by Kim Purcell - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 13+

One week. That's all Jessie said. A one-week break to get some perspective before graduation, before she and her boyfriend, Chris, would have to make all the big, scary decisions about their future --- decisions they had been fighting about for weeks. Then, Chris vanishes. Every Friday since they started dating, Chris has written Jessie a love letter. Now Jessie is writing Chris a letter of her own to tell him everything that's happening while he's gone. As Jessie searches for answers, she must face her fears, her guilt, and a past more complicated than she would like to admit.

by David Levithan - Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

For as long as A can remember, life has meant waking up in a different person's body every day, forced to live as that person until the day ended. A always thought there wasn't anyone else who had a life like this. But A was wrong. There are others. A has already been wrestling with powerful feelings of love and loneliness. Now comes an understanding of the extremes that love and loneliness can lead to --- and what it's like to discover that you are not alone in the world.

by Akemi Dawn Bowman - Contemporary Fiction, Family, Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

There is one thing Rumi Seto is absolutely sure of --- she wants to spend the rest of her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea.Then Lea dies in a car accident, and her mother sends her away to live with her aunt in Hawaii while she deals with her own grief. With the help of the “boys next door” --- a teenage surfer named Kai, who smiles too much and doesn’t take anything seriously, and an eighty-year-old named George Watanabe, who succumbed to his own grief years ago --- Rumi will attempt to find her way back to her music, to write the song she and Lea never had the chance to finish.

by Brandy Colbert - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 14+

Since she was seven years old, Yvonne has had her trusted violin to keep her company, especially in those lonely days after her mother walked out on their family. But with graduation just around the corner, she is forced to face the hard truth that she just might not be good enough to attend a conservatory after high school. Full of doubt about her future, Yvonne meets a street musician and fellow violinist who understands her struggle. He's mysterious, charming and different from Warren, the familiar and reliable boy who has her heart. But when Yvonne becomes unexpectedly pregnant, she has to make the most difficult decision yet about her future.

by Katy Upperman - Dating, Family, Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

After her brother's death in Afghanistan, the last thing Elise wants to do is start over in a new town. But when Elise meets Mati during a beachside walk, they quickly discover how much they have in common. Over the course of the summer, their relationship begins to blossom. But Elise's family becomes uncomfortable with their relationship over one fact --- Mati is Afghan. THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US asks --- how brave can you be when your relationship is questioned by everyone you love?

by Anica Mrose Rissi - Dating, Fiction, Women’s Issues, Young Adult 14+

When Betts meets Aiden at the candy store where she works, Betts already knows the two of them are infinite. Inevitable. Destined to become an us. Betts has only ever kept one secret from her best friend, Jo, but suddenly there’s a long list of things she won’t tell her, things Jo wouldn’t understand. Because Jo doesn’t see how good Aiden is for Betts. She finds him needy. Possessive. Controlling. She’s wrong. With a love like this, nothing else matters.

by Sandhya Menon - Comedy, Contemporary Fiction, Family Life, Fiction, Love & Romance, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the Summer Festival, its a dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy, makes it a dream come true x 2. And when mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the adorkable Sahil.