Book Genre: Contemporary

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Jacqueline Woodson
Josh
4

 Hurricane Katrina uprooted Laurel's family and now she lives with her father in a small town. He is by all accounts a loving, doting dad. When she starts a relationship with a ball player he introduces her to crystal meth. She thinks that she can handle it but her best friend starts...

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Genevieve Valentine
extra medium
5

Suyana Sapaki is a lower tier Face from The United Amazonian Rainforest Confederation. In a new international governmental order, Faces represent their countries much like a celebrity would: they wear designer clothes, have a paparazzi following, and are guided by handlers. Underestimated by her...

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Lindsay Hunter
Angelita
3

This book was slow in the beginning. There was back story that helped understand how the characters became friends, but there wasn't really explanation as to why they were still friends. At least, I couldn't understand it. Perry and Baby Girl somehow had an unspoken bond that they would just...

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Hannah Moskowitz
Becker
4

Etta has a lot of identities, but none of them seem to encompass all of who she is. She's one of the few Black girls in her Nebraska town, attending a private school with other rich kids. She identifies as bisexual, which grates on her friends, The Dykes, who end up shunning her when she dates a...

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Katherine Boo
ShellyB
5

I absolutely loved this book!  This is a great example of a nonfiction book that reads like a novel due to the author's exceptional research and the spectacular writing, weaving together the stories of the families and people (predominantly children) living in the hellhole environment of a...

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Laura Whitcomb
Allie
5

While A Certain Slant of Light is categorized as Young Adult, and while the story does center around a couple of teenagers, I doubt that any one who has read this work would label it as such.

The book focuses on the life (or on the many lives, if you prefer) of Helen--a...

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1985- author Ashley
CoCo Supreme23
3

This was my first time reading an Urban Fiction book and, I have to admit, I actually enjoyed it! The fast-paced and gritty story line kept my attention from beginning to end. I read this book in a week (which never happens, because I'm a slow reader :) I'm currently participating in winter of...

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Isabel Quintero
Hope H
4

Gabi is a "Mexican fat girl". She loves her family, and food, and poetry, and maybe even Martin Espada. Also food. But no matter what she loves, she's pessimistic about her life. And why shouldn't she be? She's a virgin, she's poor, her father's a crackhead, her best friend is pregnant and her...

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David Levithan
ShellyB
4

A is a human without a body, who switches to a different body every day, experiencing for that one day what it is like to be that person, living that life, engaging with that person's friends, family, and girlfriend or boyfriend.  With each new day A's goal is to disrupt the new body's life...

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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...