Category Archives: New Young Adult Books

Fear of Missing Out

 by Kate McGovern

Every teen has a fear of missing out on something–a party, a basketball game, a hangout after school.  But what about missing out on life?  When Astrid learns that her cancer has returned, she hears about a radical technology called cryopreservation that allows terminally ill patients to freeze themselves until a future time where there is a cure. She sets out with her supportive boyfriend Mohit, and her best friend, Chloe, to see if this is the path she really wants to take.  What will Astrid miss out on if she goes through with cryopresevation?  What will she miss out on is she doesn’t.

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Within These Lines

 by Stephanie Morrill

Evalin Cassano’s life in an Italian-American family in 1941 is everything it “should be”…until she falls in love with Taichi Hamasaki, the son of Japanese immigrants.  Despite the scandal it would cause and the fact that iterracial marriage is illegal in California, Evalina and Taichi vow they will find a way to be together.

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Field Notes on Love

 by Jennifer E. Smith

It’s the perfect idea for a romantic week together;  traveling across America by train.  But then Hugo’s girlfriend dumps him.  Her parting gift: the tickets for their long-planned trip.  Only, it’s been booked under her name.  Nontransferable, no exceptions.  Mae is still reeling from being rejected from USC’s film school.  When she stumbles across Hugo’s ad for a replacement, she’s certain it’s exactly the adventure she needs to shake off her disappointment and jump-start her next film.  A cross-country train trip with a complete stranger might not seem like the best idea.  But to Mae and Hugo, both eager to excape their regular lives, it makes perfect sense.  What starts as a convenient arrangement soon turns into something more.  But when life outside the train catches up to them, can they find a way to keep their feelings for each other from getting derailed?

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29 Dates

 by Melissa De La Cruz

When Jisu flubs a test at her Seoul school and skips out on a matchmaker-arranged date to spend time with friends, her traditional parents decide to send her to private school–in San Francisco.

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Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday

 by Natalie C. Anderson

When Abdi’s family is kidnapped from their home in Somalia, Abdi must take on a dangerous mission to save their lives.  He becomes a child soldier  –and double agent–within the ruthless terrorist group Al Shabaab.

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A Very Large Expanse of Sea

 by Tahereh Mafi

2002: Shirin figures everyone at her new school will dislike her for her race, religion, and hijab.  Then she meets Ocean James, who actually seems to want to get to know her–and she discovers breakdancing.

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In Another Time

 by Caroline Leech

World War II: Scotland as part of the Women’s Timber Corps, Maisie finds the independence she’s craved.  But she is frustrated by reserved lumberjack John Lindsay and his many secrets.

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Love A La Mode

 by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Rosie and Henry meet at a prestigious cooking school for teens in Paris, and sparks fly.  But can they handle their stressful classes and their budding relationship?

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Where She Fell

 by Kaitlin Ward

Eliza knows the legends about the swamp near her house–that people have fallen into sinkholes, never to be seen again,  maybe even falling to the center of the earth.  As an aspiring geologist, she knows the last part is impossible.  but when her best friends drag her onto the uneven ground anyway, Eliza knows to be worried.

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