Contemporary

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Sadie by Courtney Summers

October 18, 2018

Sadie has had a rough life with an addict mom who has brought strange men in and out of their lives for years. She hates her constant stuttering and she lives in a sad little town with no prospects. There is only one bright element in Sadie’s life – her kid sister Mattie.. who is violently pulled away from Sadie, when she is found murdered. With nothing to lose, Sadie sets out on a  journey to find her sister’s killer and get revenge.

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

September 26, 2018

Molly has had 26 crushes but none of them have ever known. She is too afraid of rejection to ever confess her feelings but when Molly’s twin sister, Cassie, becomes a love-sick mess, Molly feels alone and neglected. She decides that it’s time to stop being so careful but while it’s easy enough to want a boyfriend it seems impossible to actually get one – especially when you don’t think you are capable of being loved.

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What We Owe by Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde

September 16, 2018

Nahid has suffered more than most will in a lifetime. Growing up in Iran during a troubled time, she has had to endure the death of loved ones, violent men and watching her country fall apart. Now she is safe in Sweden, but that doesn’t mean she is happy. She can’t let go of the past and it’s hurting the relationship between herself and her daughter. When Nahid is diagnosed with cancer everything falls apart (again) and she has to decide whether to give up or fight for the remains of her life.

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Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

August 19, 2018

It can surprise no Simon fan that revisiting Shady Creek High through the eyes and thoughts of Leah Burke means awkward encounters and adorable mishaps.. or the other way around? Although Leah is in the spotlight this time there’s no need to be alarmed. We don’t miss out on our favourite friend group as Simon, Abby, Bram and the rest of the gang is still very much the centre of the story – even Martin Addison gets cameos!

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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

August 14, 2018

With a heart full of unheard lyrics, Xiomara wants nothing more than to write her poetry and share it but instead she keeps her mouth shut. She lives with her very religious family in Harlem and with daily catcalls from both boys and men and her mother’s disapproval, Xiomara needs an escape from her caged life. She finds it in slam poetry but balancing her passion with her parents’ idea of being a good girl turns out to be an impossible task.

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The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I by Carolyn Mackler

August 8, 2018

Just as Virginia is starting to get her life back together after her brother’s date-rape charge, her world is shattered once again. She doesn’t love her boyfriend – but how can a “fat girl” break up with a popular boy? On top of her romantic concerns, her brother is once again in trouble as his case takes an unexpected turn that the family didn’t see coming.

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

July 17, 2018

Cadence is part of the prestigious Sinclair family. She’s the first born grandchild and heir to the money and the family island, Beechwood. Everyone knows of the Sinclairs and how noone outside the family is welcome. They’re a beautiful family made of blonde hair, distinguished features and an obsession for owning pretty things. There are no losers, no broken minds and they’re all normal…

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One by Sarah Crossan

July 10, 2018

Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins, joined at the waist, defying the odds of survival for sixteen years. They share everything and they are everything to each other. They would never willingly choose to be parted. For them, that would be the real tragedy. But starting a new school as conjoined teenagers can make it hard not at least imagine a “normal” life with dates and walking through the hall without having people stare at you. When the twins’ health starts to tremble, they have to make an impossible decision.

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