It is Natasha's last day in New York City, where she has lived for 10 years. Her family, living as undocumented immigrants in a small Brooklyn apartment, are being deported to Jamaica after her father's arrest for drunk driving. Natasha is scouring the city for a chance to stay in the United States legally. She wants the normal teen existence of her peers. Meanwhile, poetic Daniel is on his way to an interview as part of his application process to Yale. He is under great pressure to get in because his parents (who emigrated from South Korea) are adamant that he become a doctor. Events slowly conspire to bring the two leads together. When Daniel and Natasha finally meet, he falls in love immediately and convinces her to join him for the day. They tell their stories in alternating chapters. Additional voices are integrated into the book as characters interact with them. Both relatable and profound, the bittersweet ending conveys a sense of hopefulness that will resonate with teens.
What would happen if our acts of violence created physical monsters that preyed upon us? Would we become peaceful, or keep up our violent ways? Can you kill a monster and remain a "good" guy? This is an interesting twist on speculative fiction, told through the eyes of two teenagers. Note: there's no love story, but be prepared for graphic violence.
Recommended by Chelka.
Such a funky take on historical fiction (if the 1970s count as historical fiction!) Nora just wants to spend her last year in high school disco-dancing, saving money to move out, and avoiding her families diabolical fights. But when son of Sam starts murdering young couples, the city goes a little crazy. Add a hunky love interest to the mix, and New York is DEFINITELY burning! An awesome, thoughtful read.
Recommended by Emily.
Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry "used "to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa and before the car accident that changed everything. Enter: Geoff, Quinn's best friend who insists it's time that Quinn came out at least from hibernation. One haircut later, Geoff drags Quinn to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy okay, a "hot" guy and falls, hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending if, that is, he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story."
An exciting debut novel about what lies between twin sisters. Twins Ava and Lexi have always used their imaginary "third sister" to do all their dirty work: date and break up with boys who WEREN'T their boyfriends. But now the tables have turned as someone is hunting down the boys who dated the "third twin"...and killing them! An exciting adventure with a twist ending that you WON'T see coming!