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by Kelly Oram
Ellie’s Sweet 16 is a summer of firsts.
First serial-killing stalker…?
Hockey-obsessed tomboy Eleanor Westley has never been the object of a guy's affection before. So when the hottest boy she's ever seen moves in across the street and starts treating her like she's the center of his universe, naturally she's going to be a little skeptical. But everything starts to make sense when girls who look just like Ellie start dying all around the city. Obviously the new guy is the killer, and of course he only likes her because he wants to slice her into tiny pieces. Right?
The more Ellie gets to know Seth the more she's convinced he's a psychopathic killer. Problem is, he's the sweetest psychopathic killer she's ever met. Not to mention he's brutally hot. No matter how hard she tries, she can't help but fall for him.
From the best selling young adult author of The Avery Shaw Experiment and V is for Virgin, comes a lovable, quirky, and wildly funny coming of age contemporary romance about a girl, her strange but hot neighbor, and the crazy summer that changed both of their lives forever.
Will Ellie find true love?
Or will her summer of firsts turn out to be a summer of lasts?
by Rebekah Crane
One quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake.
Aspen doesn't want to remember the car accident that killed Katelyn Ryan, a sleek-haired popular soccer player. But forgetting is hard-- because Katelyn may have died -- but she didn't leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into senior year, it's kind of a problem. Especially when Katelyn's former boyfriend Ben appears to be the only person at school with a clue as to how Aspen feels.
Popularity, Homecoming Court, hot guys - none of these things ever mattered to Aspen. She's been busy trying to keep her stoner mother Ninny in line and out of unemployment. But with Ben sitting next to her in Physics and her therapist begging her to remember all the things she wants to forget, Aspen is thrust into a vivid, challenging world she can't control ... and doesn't want to.
A darkly funny, emotionally gripping story of opening up, letting go, and moving on, Aspen is about the best-worst accident of your life ... and what comes next.
Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have
by Allen Zadoff
FOOD, GIRLS, AND OTHER THINGS I CAN'T HAVE is the story of a boy who doesn't fit--in his pants, in his family, in his school, or in his life. If Andrew Zansky can only be thin enough, smart enough, or popular enough, he thinks everything in his life will be perfect. His father will come back home. The pretty girl in school will fall in love with him. His Mom will be happy again.
While he's working to achieve this fantasy future, Andrew eats. A lot. He buries his problems in his Mom's mini-snacks, analyzing his world while stuffing down his feelings. "When I chew loud enough," he says, "I can't hear myself think. It's like a little vacation." FOOD, GIRLS, AND OTHER THINGS I CAN'T HAVE follows Andrew's journey to self-awareness and self-acceptance (by, unexpectedly, joining the high school football team). By the end of the story, Andrew stops living in his head and starts participating in life. Perhaps most importantly, he comes to understand that feeling different doesn't make him weird or special; it makes him just like everyone else.
The Bad Girl and The Good Boy
by Karla Luna
“I’m Evelyn. Evelyn Jo. How about you, handsome?”
A girl in her underwear introduced herself to the clean-cut four-eyed Zavier Coin, grabbing his hand and making him blush - and life, as he knew it, would never be the same.
Dark hair, black ensembles, badass tattoos, and sporting the perpetual smirk – Evelyn Jo is the ultimate bad girl. She does what she wants, whenever and wherever, and relishes defying authority. A real badass chick.
Zavier Coin, on the other hand, is the perfect good boy. He's nice, loves his mom, gets really good grades, a teacher's pet, and a member of the Mathletes club.
They are polar opposites and would probably have never met but for a wrecked car, a school fire, a vindictive authority figure, and a funny twist of fate which landed Evelyn in the Coin home.
But do opposites really attract? And will friendship and love really beat all odds when faced with psycho bad boys, clueless buzzkill adults, and other seemingly insurmountable odds?
Will the bad girl and the good boy get along, become good friends, and perhaps… become something more?
Kiss & Make Up
by Katie D. Anderson
Lip gloss addict Emerson Taylor and her best friend, Trina, have declared this year the Year of the Boy and vowed to find boyfriends. But for Emerson, there’s just one problem: she can read the mind of anyone whose lips touch hers. It’s totally creepy—and at first it seems like a curse. But Emerson soon realizes there are perks to her strange talent—like the ability to steal secrets, memories, and most importantly, test answers. If Emerson doesn’t bring up her grades soon, her days at her private school will be numbered. But kissing for grades is stickier than lip gloss, and Emerson’s about to learn some lessons not found in her textbooks—lessons about true love, and real beauty. Oh, why can’t life be as simple as choosing the perfect shade of lip gloss?
The author of Kiss & Make Up has donated this book to the Worldreader program
Confidence: The Diary of an Invisible Girl
by Paige Lavoie
Have you ever felt invisible?
Barbara Jenkins did. Always. No one ever seemed to notice her. Not her classmates, and least of all the not her dreamboat crush who worked behind the counter at her favorite comic book store.
For Barbara, it seemed like she'd never be anything more than a background character in the pages of her own diary. But then a new, lavender-haired student named Cassie takes the school by storm and claims Barbara as her new best friend. This invisible girl begins to explore life out of her comfort zone and is thrust into a dazzling world of conventions and cosplay.
But, can Barbara handle the ups and downs of her first real friendship?
High School Hangover
by Stephanie Hale
Laney Wentworth survived four years of high school unscathed. How hard can one party be?
Laney Wentworth’s graduation should be the best day of her life, but between a classmate mooning the crowd during her valedictorian speech, and her mother forcing her to attend the craziest graduation party ever, it’s a disaster.
To hide her awkwardness at the party, Laney drowns herself in punch. The punch makes her brave and she starts having fun. The guy she’s been crushing on for two years wants her by his side the whole night. Everything seems great until she realizes that the punch she’s been gulping all night is really an energy drink and it starts making her feel weird.
She wakes up twelve hours later dressed in strange clothes, two states away from home, with the boy responsible for the only B of her high school career, and absolutely no memory of how she got there.
With no money, the only way back home is to hitch a ride with a busload of rowdy senior citizens. On the crazy ride home, Laney learns that sometimes the most important things in life can’t be learned from a book.
by Amity Hope
Holly has her whole life mapped out. It’s simple, really. She just needs to finish her degree in journalism, marry Collin—her high school sweetheart—and live happily ever after.
Max has had a crush on his friend Holly since he moved to town four years ago. He’s been dreading her wedding since she first sent him a text telling him the news. He's dreading it so much, in fact, that he's decided to move back to his hometown in California immediately following the ceremony.
He never thought that a change of plan would include taking Holly with him, showing her that sometimes the happily ever after you really want, is the one you never knew you were looking for.
Vegan Teenage Zombie Huntress
(The Redvale Zombie Prom Series Book 1)
by G.G. Silverman
Clarissa Hargrove thinks prom is bad for girls. She's been protesting it for weeks, but the conformist sheep that go to Redvale High could care less. Not one single girl has ditched her prom gown in the name of feminism, except for Clarissa's loyal, underappreciated BFF Cokie. But Clarissa is still on a mission to save more souls--she'll be at prom, with her bullhorn and picket signs, telling girls they have one last chance to ditch their hooker heels and claim their independence before high school is over.
That night, Clarissa drags Cokie to school to protest, but almost everyone at prom has turned into flesh-eating monsters. Trapped in a high-school zombie hellhole, the girls realize they've never taken a chance on love, and set out on dangerous quest to save their crushes.
But there's one teensy little problem.
Clarissa is vegan and hates violence of any kind. Will Cokie and Clarissa survive?
by Emily Howse
Thirteen-year-old Olivia Hughes has always considered herself a lucky girl. She knows what she wants to do with her life—be an actress. And she’s already on her way. She just landed a national ad campaign that should get her noticed. But then her luck runs out. A little pimple turns into a full-blown case of acne, with serious side effects for her career, her relationships, and her self-esteem. Now all she wants to do is hide, but she can’t. She goes from being the girl at school who everyone wants to be to Zitface, a girl who is teased, dumped, and even fired. What do you do when you’ve lost control of everything in your life? Olivia has to find out the hard way. And maybe what she finds isn’t so bad after all. The book includes an author’s note about the psychological and medical issues involved for teens dealing with significant acne. The author is a licensed mental health counselor who has worked in California and Texas schools.