Great Teen Reads
By Jillian Bietz
Nothing is better than a great book that can take you away from the daily routines of life. Here are a few suggestions that might keep you turning pages all weekend long!
by Julia Hoban
Willow's life has changed forever. On a rainy night seven months prior, Willow was driving her parents home when the car crashed. Though Willow was okay, the horrible tragedy left her orphaned, as both her parents died on impact. Distraught over the accident, Willow packs up to live with her older brother, his wife and their baby daughter. With her brother barely speaking to her, Willow struggles to heal but all she can feel is grief and responsibility over the incident. Unable to cope, Willow starts cutting herself until a classmate named Guy notices her dangerous secret and refuses to sit by as she slowly kills herself.
What I Saw and How I lied by Judy Blundell
It's the 1940s and fifteen-year-old Evie can't wait to grow up and look as effortlessly glamorous as her mother, whom she idolizes. Evie pictures and adulthood filled with posh clothes, lipstick and glamour despite the fact that her mother tells her that growing up is not all its cracked up to be. But when Evie's step dad returns from the war, things change. His behavior becomes hostile and the phone calls he's been receiving make him even angrier. Then the family decides to take an impromptu vacation to Florida. Though the town is desolate, the family meets a nice couple from New York, and Evie is infatuated when she meets Peter, a young man her stepfather knew from the war but whose presence irritates. Though Peter seemingly adores Evie, all is not well. Soon, mysterious things start occurring and people start disappearing. Unsure of what's happening, Evie must seek for the truth in an abyss of lies and scandal.
You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith
Emma Healy feels out of place in her own family. She's always felt that something was missing. She can't relate to her brilliant much older siblings and professor parents. But while Emma pines for a normal, typical family, her geeky neighbor Peter wishes for a more exciting home life instead of the quiet one he lives with his father who eschews any talk of his mother who died during his birth. Yet one day as she scoured the attic, Emma comes across the birth certificate of a twin brother she never knew existed, as well as the death certificate which says he died two days later. With Peter, Emma drives cross-country in search of her brother's grave. Adjoining in grief, love and life, the pair ultimately discovers unite out of family and loss.
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Jillian Bietz, Teen columnist, enjoys reading, creative writing, acting and cooking.
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