Category Archives: New Young Adult Books

Becoming Beatriz

 by Tami Charles

Set in New Jersey in 1984, Beatriz’s story is a timeless one of a teenager’s navigation of romance, gang culture, and her own family’s difficult past.

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Maybe This Time

 by Kasie West

One Year. Nine events. Nine chances to…fall in love?  Weddings. Funerals.  Barbecues.  New Year’s Eve parties.  Name the occasion, and Sophie works for the local florist, so she can be found at every big event in her small hometown, arranging bouquets and managing family dramas.

Enter Andrew Hart.  The son of the fancy new chef in town, Andrew is suddenly required to attend all the same events as Sophie.  Entitled, arrogant, preppy Andrew.  Sophie just wants to get her job done and finish up her sketches so she can apply to design school.  But every time she turns around, there is Andrew, getting in her way and making her life more complicated.  Until one day she wonders if maybe complicated isn’t so bad after all…

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The Last Word

 by Samantha Hastings

London, 1861.  Miss Lucinda Leavitt is shocked when she learns the author of her favorite searialized novel has died before completing the story.  Determined to learn how it ends, Lucinda reluctantly enlists the help of her father’s young business partner, Mr. David Randall, to track down the reclusive author’s former whereabouts.  Their search for the elusive Mrs. Smith and the rightful ending to her novel leads Lucinda and David around the country, but the truths they discover about themselves–and each other–are anything but fictional.

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Hope and other Punchlines

 by Julie Buxbaum

Abbi Hope Goldstein is like every other teenager, with a few smallish exceptions: her famous alter ego, Baby Hope, is the subject of internet memes, she has asthma, and sometimes people spontaneously burst into tears when they recognize her.  Abbi has lived almost her entire life in the shadow of the terrorist attacks of September 11.  Now, fifteen years later, she is desperate for anonymity and decides to spend the summer incognito at Knights Day Camp.  Too bad, Noah Stern has a similar plan.

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Somewhere Only We Know

 by Maurene Goo

9:00p.m.: Lucky is the biggest Korean pop star on the scene, and tomorrow is her debut on The Tonight Show, hopefully a breakout performance for her career.  She’s in her fancy hotel, and her feet are killing her.  She’s dying for a hamburger.  10:00p.m.: Jack is sneaking into a fancy hotel, on assignment for his tabloid reporter job that he keeps secret from his high-profile journalist father.  On his way out, he runs into a girl wearing hotel slippers who is determined to find a hamburger.  She looks familiar.  She’s kind of cute.  He’s really curious.  12:00 a.m.: Nothing will ever be the same.

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Don’t Date Rosa Santos

 by Nina Moreno

Rosa Santos is cursed by the sea–at least, that’s what they say.  Dating her is bad news, especially if you’re a boy with a boat.  But Rosa Feels more caught than cursed.  Caught between cultures and choices.  Between her abuela and her mother.  Between her home and Cuba.  as her college decision looms, Rosa collides-literally- with Alex Aquino, the mysterious boy with tattoos of the ocean whose family owns the marina.  With her heart, her family, and her future on the line, can Rosa break a curse and find her place beyond the horizon?

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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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