People Like Us

People Like Us by Dana Mele (2018)

people like us

YA Fiction | Contemporary | Mystery
3.5 StarsBlurb:

“Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple. Continue reading

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Heroine

Heroine by Mindy McGinnis (2019)

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YA Fiction | Contemporary
5 starsBlurb:

“When a car crash sidelines Mickey just before softball season, she has to find a way to hold on to her spot as the catcher for a team expected to make a historic tournament run. Behind the plate is the only place she’s ever felt comfortable, and the painkillers she’s been prescribed can help her get there. Continue reading

The Female of the Species

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (2016)

the female of the species

(YA) Fiction | Contemporary
5 starsBlurb:

“Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it.

Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best—the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone. Continue reading

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi (2018)

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YA Fiction | Contemporary Romance
4.5 starsBlurb:

“It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother. Continue reading

The Window

The Window by Amelia Brunskill (2018)

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YA Fiction | Mystery
3.5 StarsBlurb:

“Anna is everything her identical twin is not. Outgoing and athletic, she is the opposite of quiet introvert Jess. The same on the outside, yet so completely different inside–it’s hard to believe the girls are sisters, let alone twins. But they are. And they tell each other everything.

Or so Jess thought. Continue reading