This week's debut YA novels include the following interesting reads ~
The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee
When Rinn Jacobs moves to a new town she hopes it will be a fresh
start-a place where nobody knows about her past. At first, everything
goes according to plan. She falls in with the popular girls at her new
school and falls for the very cute boy-next-door Nate. But River Hills
High School has a secret. The ghost of a girl who died back when Rinn's
mom was a student supposedly haunts a hallway. Rinn's not sure she
believes it, but when strange things start happening to her friends,
Rinn decides there's only one way to know for sure. She needs to ditch
her bipolar meds and see what the voices are really trying to say...Fans of films like Black Swan will be fascinated by this psychological thriller.
The Girl with Borrowed Wings by Rinsai Rossetti
A stunningly written tale of an isolated girl and the shape-shifting boy
who shows her what freedom could be--if only she has the courage to
Controlled by her father and bound by desert, Frenenqer
Paje's life is tediously the same, until a small act of rebellion
explodes her world and she meets a boy, but not just a boy--a Free
person, a winged person, a shape-shifter. He has everything Frenenqer
doesn't. No family, no attachments, no rules. At night, he flies them to
the far-flung places of their childhoods to retrace their pasts. But
when the delicate balance of their friendship threatens to rupture into
something more, Frenenqer must confront her isolation, her father, and
her very sense of identity, breaking all the rules of her life to become
A World Away by Nancy Grossman
A summer of firsts Sixteen-year-old Eliza
Miller has never made a phone call, never tried on a pair of jeans,
never sat in a darkened theater waiting for a movie to start. She’s
never even talked to someone her age who isn’t Amish, like her.
A summer of good-byes When
she leaves her close-knit family to spend the summer as a nanny in
suburban Chicago, a part of her can’t wait to leave behind everything
she knows. She can’t imagine the secrets she will uncover, the friends
she will make, the surprises and temptations of a way of life so
different from her own.
A summer of impossible choice Every
minute Eliza spends with her new friend Josh feels as good as listening
to music for the first time, and she wonders whether there might be a
place for her in his world. But as summer wanes, she misses the people
she has left behind, and the plain life she once took for granted. Eliza
will have to decide for herself where she belongs. Whichever choice she
makes, she knows she will lose someone she loves.
Before You Go by James Preller
The summer before his senior year, Jude (yes, he’s named after the Beatles song) gets his first job, falls in love for the first time, and starts to break away from his parents. Jude’s house is kept dark, and no one talks much—it’s been that way since his little sister drowned in a swimming pool seven years ago when Jude was supposed to be watching her.
Now, Jude is finally, finally starting to live. Really live. And then, life spins out of control. Again.
Acclaimed author James Preller explores life, death, love, faith, and resilience in his first young adult novel that will grip readers from the book’s dramatic first few pages to its emotional end.
So... what do you think???