Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
Amy was born with cerebral palsy, which means she can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. She can’t do these things on her own. As a result of his OCD, Matthew thinks about the same things over and over again, performs neurotic rituals, and has crippling fear. Amy and Matthew both need someone to help them reach out to the world. They are more alike than either of them thought.
When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her with her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teenagers are thrust into each other’s worlds and become close friends. As they spend more time together, their friendship grows into something neither of them expected.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Among other things, this is a story about a girl and words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fight, and a lot of theft.
Markus Zusak’s new book, “Liesel Meminger,” is about a foster girl who lives outside of Munich during World War II. It’s called “Liesel Meminger.” Liesel makes a small living by stealing when she comes across something she can’t resist – books. The accordion-playing foster father helps her learn to read and share her stolen books with her neighbors and the Jewish man who hides in her basement before he is sent to Dachau, so that he can get to know her. As someone who reads a lot, this story will stay with me for a long time.
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
Welcome to somewhere else. They say it’s warm, but there’s a breeze, and the beaches are great. It’s peaceful and quiet. None of these things happen to you. Looking forward to seeing new works by Picasso? Swing by one of the museums in Elsewhere. Need to talk to someone about your problems? This is the place for you. Make an appointment at Marilyn Monroe’s psychiatric office.
Where does Liz Hall go after she dies? She goes to a place called “Elsewhere.” It is a place that is very similar to Earth, but it is also very different from it. Liz will age backward from the day she died until she is a baby again and comes back to Earth. That’s not what Liz wants. She wants to be 16. As you can see from the text above, she wants to become a driver. She wants to finish high school and go to college. Liz is now forced to live a life she doesn’t want with a grandmother she’s only just met. It isn’t going well. Putting down the only life Liz has ever known is hard for her. If you live your life in reverse, could it be the same as living your life forward?
Burned by Ellen Hopkins
It all began with a dream. Nothing exceptional, just a typical fantasy about a boy, the kind of dream that most teen girls experience. It’s not like most teenage girls. Pattyn Von Stratten isn’t like that at all. It might not be sinful to have a simple dream if you were raised in a religious family that was also abusive. But it could be the first step toward hell and eternal damnation.
People start off by having dreams. This dream is the first step for Pattyn. What’s the point? Is it to hell or a better life? For the first time, Pattyn starts to ask a lot of questions. God, a woman’s role, sex, and love are some of the questions that don’t seem to have an answer. What is this? In where? Will she ever have it? Is she good enough to get it?
Ellen Hopkins has written an emotional roller coaster ride for her readers in this riveting and masterful book that is written in verse. It will be hard to put down Pattyn’s story, from the highs of true love to the lows of abuse.
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Hazel’s tumor-shrinking medical miracle has given her a few more years, but she has always been terminal and her last chapter was written when she was diagnosed. Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten when Augustus Waters, a beautiful story twist, shows up at Cancer Kid Support Group at the last minute.
The Fault in Our Stars is John Green’s most insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw book yet. It brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Make sure you speak up for yourself. We want to hear what you say. The first day Melinda started at Merryweather High, she knew this was a big, fat lie. It was part of the high school nonsense that made her feel bad about herself. Because she called the police to break up an end-of-summer party, no one will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time goes on, she becomes more and more isolated and stops talking almost entirely.
Only her art class can help her. She was raped by an upperclassman at the party, and he is still a threat to her. She is finally able to face what happened through her work on an art project. During this time, she is still healing from the last time that he hurt her. But this time, Melinda fights back, refuses to be quiet, and gets a little bit of a break because of it.
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
These are the best-selling books from Walter Dean Myers, a well-known author. They tell the story of Steve Harmon, a teenage boy in juvenile detention and on trial. The book is written in the form of a screenplay written by Steve. It also includes journal entries that show how one decision can change our whole lives.
In Monster, a coming of age story that was nominated for many awards, it’s about a girl who is a monster. It was the first Michael L. Printz Award winner, an ALA Best Book, a Coretta Scott King Honor selection, and a National Book Award finalist. In 2016, the movie Monster was made into a movie with Jennifer Hudson, Kelvin Harrison, Jr., and A$AP Rocky in the lead roles.
His name was Walter Dean Myers. He was a National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and he was known for his dedication to portraying Harlem kids as they really were.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
If you want to be successful in life, you must get into the right high school to get the right job. That’s what New York City teenager Craig Gilner wants to do! But when Craig gets into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure is too much to bear. He doesn’t eat or sleep until one night, he almost kills himself.
When Craig has a suicidal episode, the police take him to a mental hospital. His new neighbors are a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has cut her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President of the country, Armelio. At that point, Craig is finally able to face the source of his stress.
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
She’s at St. Sebastian’s, a school for boys where the girls have their own bathroom. Her only female friends are an ultra-feminist, a rumored slut, and a dorky accordion player who looks like he’s having a blast. They’re not any better, from Thomas, who burps in tune, to Will. Francesca can’t stop thinking about the perpetually frowning, smug moron.
Then there’s Francesca’s mother, who always thinks she knows what’s best for her daughter, until she gets a severe case of depression. This leaves Francesca alone, lost, and not even sure who she is. This is the story of a girl who has to find the strength to save her family, her social life, and herself. It’s both funny and heartbreaking, and it’s impossible to put down.