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- Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira - It begins as an
assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel
chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died
young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to
people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger,
and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher.
She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships,
falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her
splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May
was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has
written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly
begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to
see her sister as the person she was; lovely and amazing and deeply
flawed; can she begin to discover her own path.
-April 1st 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
- Spelling It Like It Is by Tori Spelling - Tori Spelling is the first to admit that the reality behind her popular television show, Tori & Dean, isn't always real. Not even Star Magazine could
invent the true chaos that happens behind the scenes. Luckily, Tori is
famously honest and self-deprecatingly funny when it comes to her
personal life. She's always Spelling It Like It Is.
-May 6th 2014 by Gallery Books
- Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid - Elsie Porter is an
average twentysomething and yet what happens to her is anything but
ordinary. On a rainy New Year's Day, she heads out to pick up a
pizza for one. She isn't expecting to see anyone else in the
shop, much less the adorable and charming Ben Ross. Their chemistry is
instant and electric. Ben cannot even wait twenty-four hours before
asking to see her again. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in
love. By May, they've eloped.
Only nine days later, Ben is out riding his bike when he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. Elsie hears the sirens outside her apartment, but by the time she gets downstairs, he has already been whisked off to the emergency room. At the hospital, she must face Susan, the mother-in-law she has never met and who doesn't even know Elsie exists.
Interweaving Elsie and Ben's charmed romance with Elsie and Susan's healing process, Forever, Interrupted will remind you that there's more than one way to find a happy ending.
-July 9th 2013 by Washington Square Press
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - Lou Clark knows lots of
things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and
home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she
knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.
-December 31st 2012 by Pamela Dorman Books/ Viking
- The Night Rainbow by Claire King - It is summer in the
south of France, and Pea and her little sister Margot spend their days
running free and inventing games in the meadow behind their house. But
Pea is burdened with worries beyond her five and a half years. Her
father has died in an accident, and her mother has just lost a baby.
Maman is English, isolated in this small, foreign village, and in her
sadness has retreated even further. Pea tries her best to help, makes
Margot behave, brings home yellow flowers, but she can't make Maman
happy again. When Pea meets Claude, a man with a dog who seems to love
the meadow as she does, she believes that she and Margot have found a
friend, and maybe even a new Papa. But why do the villagers view Claude
with suspicion and what secret is he keeping in his strange, empty
house? Beautifully written, haunting and full of surprises, The Night Rainbow is a novel about innocence and experience, grief and compassion, and the blessings and perils of imagination and truth.
-February 14th 2013 by Bloomsbury UK
- Orange Is The New Black by Piper Kerman - With a career, a
boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the
reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years
before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to
fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in
Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate
#11187–424—one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit
hole” of the American penal system. From her first strip search to her
final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its
strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women
from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of
generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance.
Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a
rare look into the lives of women in prison—why it is we lock so many
away and what happens to them when they’re there.
-April 6th 2010 by Spiegel & Grau
- Pawn by Aimee Carter - For Kitty Doe, it seems
like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery,
looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she
loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the
If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.
There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.
-November 26th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio - August (Auggie) Pullman
was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a
mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher
Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that
can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an
extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's
just like them, despite appearances?
R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.
- February 14th 2012 by Knopf
- The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman - In this utterly
charming debut — one woman sets out to complete her old list of
childhood goals, and finds that her lifelong dreams lead her down a path
she never expects.
1. Go to Paris
2. Perform live, on a super big stage
3. Have a baby, maybe two
4. Fall in love
Brett Bohlinger has forgotten all about the list of life goals she’d written as a naïve teenager. In fact, at thirty-four, Brett seems to have it all—a plum job at her family’s multimillion-dollar company and a spacious loft with her irresistibly handsome boyfriend. But when her beloved mother, Elizabeth, dies, Brett’s world is turned upside down. Rather than simply naming her daughter the new CEO of Bohlinger Cosmetics, Elizabeth’s will comes with one big stipulation: Brett must fulfill the list of childhood dreams she made so long ago.
Grief-stricken, Brett can barely make sense of her mother’s decision. Some of her old hopes seem impossible. How can she possibly have a relationship with a father who died seven years ago? Other dreams (Be an awesome teacher!) would require her to reinvent her entire future. For each goal attempted, her mother has left behind a bittersweet letter, offering words of wisdom, warmth, and—just when Brett needs it—tough love.
As Brett struggles to complete her abandoned life list, one thing becomes clear: Sometimes life’s sweetest gifts can be found in the most unexpected places.
- July 2nd 2013 by Bantam
- The Taking by Kimberly Derting - When sixteen-year-old
Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no
memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case
of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed .
. . yet she hasn’t aged a day.
Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.
Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?
- April 29th 2014 by Harper TeenNow some of these are not released until 2014, but one could hope that Santa could bring some ARCs in my stocking? Maybe.