Book Genre: Contemporary

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Eugene Yelchin
Josh
4

Soccer is unquestionably the world's game and has legions of fans who experience the highs and lows of each game and discuss the team feverishly all week. Some of the biggest stars of today came from humble backgrounds but they have used their skill to create a better life for themselves and...

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Alan Cumming
Allie
4

I listened to the audio version of Not My Father's Son, and since Alan Cumming himself narrates it in his delightful Scottish lilt, I cannot say enough positive things about this work. It's part memoir, part self-discovery, for Cumming switches back and forth in time, in tale, and...

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Sister Souljah
Josh
4

       In college I  heard Sister Souljah speak at a forum held at my school and I remember her words were very powerful and  moving. Certain things she said had the auditorium in rapt attention.  This novel is no different. I went into it with low expectations...

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Holly Goldberg Sloan
Hope H
5

Willow Chance is a quirky 12 year old genius who loves plants and numbers and diagnosing people's medical conditions. Most people find her to be off-putting and just plain weird, so her biggest support in life are her adoptive parents. But when they die in a car accident, Willow is left in the...

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Ruth Reichl
Hope H
2

Billie Breslin fled her life in Southern California to work at New York's premier food magazine, Delicious. But just when she's become accustomed to her new life and new culinary friends, the owners of Delicious cease publication and lay off everyone except Billie, who stays on to honor the...

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Rita Feutl
Josh
3

      Nick and his sister Katie  live in foster care and because of past transgressions they are determined to be on their best behavior for fear that they will be split up -something they don't want to see happen at all. When Katie breaks a tv set in the house, afraid of...

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Chris Crowe
Josh
4

Those who do not learn from the events of History are doomed to repeat it. I always think of that saying whenever events transpire that give me a sense of deja vu. Those who lived long enough to see the fall out from the Vietnam War may have been saddened by the nation's involvement in two wars...

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Kekla Magoon
Josh
4

  Sometimes when an incident occurs eyewitnesses have a different take on what exactly occurred. What they see is often colored by their experiences and /or prejudices. That is the case in Kekla Magoon's fantastic book for teens called How It Went Down which deals with the fall out...

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David Almond
Hope H
3

At first glance, The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon is a short and surreally silly story about a boy named Paul who does just that, aided by a colorful cast of characters who encourage him in his silliness. But Paul's idea that the moon is not the moon but rather a big hole in the...

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Sara Farizan
Becker
4

Iranian-American Leila has a lot to figure out. Pressure from her parents and their tight knit Persian community tell her to want to be a doctor--but she's horrible at science. She likes girls, but isn't ready to tell anyone yet--it's a good thing there's no one at school to crush on. That...

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Pamela Moses
Angelita
4

I loved that the book was broken up into four different voices. Connecting with the title, food was a major theme in each girl's life, whether they indulged too much or the abstained too much. The food ties into their emotions, Fran and Ruth ate because they felt a void, from being stifled and...

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Chelsea Cain
Becker
4

I knew that Chelsea Cain was a popular thriller author, but I didn't pick up one of her books until after I saw her being interviewed for an NPR show. I liked the way she talked about One Kick, the opener to a new series for her, and the way she talked about her characters. One Kick begins the...

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Julie Anne Peters
Angelita
4

I loved this book because it did talk about LGBT teens, but it wasn't stereotypical. You could've switched the characters to straight and the story wouldn't have changed much. Alix, has her world torn apart when she finds out her girlfriend dies unexpectedly, but that's the only thing that...

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Jennifer Clement
Angelita
3

I definitely love the premise of the book, but I didn't enjoy the pace. I had a hard time getting into the story, even though it could be a great story. Ladydi lives in a small mountain town in Mexico. This town is full of forgotten women, the men have left to the city or the United States....

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Elizabeth Canning Blackwell
Allie
4

This is a read for any of those who like their fairytales reimagined, updated, and filled out. In an interesting twist, this story focuses very little on the figure that is Sleeping Beauty. Instead, Blackwell brings an unknown and seemingly insignificant character to the forefront--the...

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Carol Rifka Brunt
Allie
5

I'm completely floored by Tell the Wolves I'm Home. It's not labeled Young Adult, and while it does not have the current YA conventions, it's a definite bildungsroman.

Set in 1987, we have two sisters, June and Greta; their dying uncle Finn and his "special friend" Toby; their...

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Alexander McCall Smith
Josh
4

  Alexander McCall Smith is the author of several popular series and this one is yet another in that number. Originally published as a newspaper column, McCall himself says that they were intended to keep readers' interest and leave them longing to read the next installment and so the book'...

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Ice-T (Musician)
CoCo Supreme23
4

  Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood by Ice-T and Douglas Century captured my attention from start to finish. After losing both parents by the age of 12, Tracy Marrow (Ice-T) was sent to live with relatives in Los Angeles where he steered the...

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Edward Myers
Josh
3

    This book's title caught my attention and I thought I 'd give it a try.  It is written from the perspective of an American teen, Rick Dresner who hails from Denver and  is spending the summer with a family  in a small Mexican town.  He is determined to better...

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Cristina Henríquez
Josh
5

   I had seen this title on various lists and I felt that I simply had to tackle it soon.  Most stories of immigrants from Mexico often feature the crushing poverty or rampant violence that motivated them to leave. The Rivera family however had a contented life there but left due...

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Rainbow Rowell
Becker
4

Rainbow Rowell has been getting so much buzz, I decided to try one of her books. Landline isn't a traditional romance--it's not about those first moments, the push and pull of falling in love, ending with the happily ever after. It's about the hard work of marriage, about how things change after...

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Edwidge Danticat
Alison
3

The stories in this novel fit together (some loosely and some exactly) into a compelling narrative about Haitians affected by civil strife starting in 1959.  Various characters are victims, perpetrators of the violence during this time, and descendants from either side.  This multi-...

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Rosa Rankin-Gee
Becker
4

The nostalgia of an idyllic island summer is fully felt in this debut novel. Recent college graduate Jude (not the expected young man) has been hired to tutor 16-year-old Pip for the college exams he has no intention of passing. Along with the Pip's family's cook, Sofi, the young almost-adults...

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Sherman Alexie
Alison
5

This collection of short stories is adventurous in a fun way and challenging in a personal way.  The stories circle around a diversity of motifs, all of which are investigated through a variety of characters.  Some of these themes we have seen before (love, sexuality, identity, and...

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Cara Black
Laurie.
4

Aimée Leduc is a young and hungry private investigator living in Paris. Still mourning the loss of her detective father whose death she witnessed, Aimée is more determined than ever to stay away from criminal cases. But when taxes need to be paid, she accepts a job against her better...