Wes and June are high school juniors. June is new in town. Her father's job doesn't let her stay in one school for very long. After six schools in four years, June has finding friends and boyfriend down to a science- find smart, fun people to hang around but no one who is so unique that she'll actually miss them. Wes's best friend Jerry fits the bill perfectly. Geeky but not too geeky, fun but not too fun. But Wes and June keep finding themselves thrown together and they fall hard for each other despite the many obstacles in their way. Big Crunch tells a story that's both sweet and simple and it manages to stay away from a lot of "teenage love story" cliches. If you are looking for a realistic story of two nice kids in love than this one is definitely for you!
ReachOut is an organization that helps teens cope with tough issues and mental health problems. For the month of May, they are featuring teen novels that have characters facing different issues such as depression, anorexia, cutting and how to help a friend. If you or anyone you know if facing tough times, you may want to check this out. They also will be hosting a bunch of live author chats so you may want to see if any of your favorites will be featured!
When 16 year old Cat's former best friend Patrick is found beaten, unconscious and tied to a gas pump at the gas station where he worked, everyone in rural Black Creek, NC assumes it was local college students that put Patrick in a coma because he refused to sell him alcohol and that it had nothing to do with the fact that he is openly gay. Cat, however, knows that's not what happened. She has drifted apart from Patrick and her other friends in the last few years but she's determined to find out exactly what happened to Patrick that night. As Cat begins to investigate, she turns up twisted relationships, shocking evidence and disturbing memories. This book is raw and gritty and at times difficult to read but it will definitely have you turning the pages and second guessing yourself! I highly recommend this for anyone who loves a good mystery with rough characters
Cory Doctorow (you might know him as the author of Little Brother) is back with this fast-paced story about a group of teenagers from around the world who work in harsh conditions playing for virtual gold in several different massively multiplayer online role-playing games. Their bosses then turn around and sell the virtual gold for real money, very little of which these "gold farmers" ever see. That is until the mysterious Big Sister Nor brings these teens together, convincing them to unionize and bring their virtual sweatshops to a halt. This book is action packed (in the real and virtual world) as the gamers take on corrupt local bosses, social indifference, crooked cops and big business. You don't have to be a MMPORPG lover or a future economics major to love For the Win but both of those things would make this book perfect for you!
Voting has begun for this years Children's Choice Book Awards! The Children's Choice Book Awards is the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by children and teens of all ages. The nominees for the teen category are determine by TeenRead.com readers. The site asks readers to write in their nominee for best book of the year. The list in compiled and the top 5 vote getters became the award nominees.
This year, the nominees are:
Burned (House of Night, Book 7) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Fang (A Maximum Ride Novel) by James Patterson
Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins
Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, Book 5) by Richelle Mead
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Cast your vote by tomorrow at http://www.bookweekonline.com/voting/7-12.
In Megan McCafferty’s new novel, Bumped, everyone in the world has contracted a virus that causes infertility after the age of 18, making teen pregnancies the only way to continue civilization.Chapters alternate between twins Melody and Harmony, separated at birth and just meeting for the first time.Melody has become the first “Reproduction Professional,” or “RePro”, in her school.She has a contract to “bump” and produce a baby for a wealthy couple.Harmony has recently run away from her religious enclave in order to convince Melody to break her contract and embrace God instead.In a case of mistaken identity, Harmony intercepts the news the Melody will “bump” with the world’s most famous surrogate father and the plot (and a huge mess!) unfolds from there.Each twin begins to doubt their motives and original plans.
I think you’re going to love this book!It’s fast-paced and upbeat (if you can call a dystopia upbeat!) and once you get the hang of all the slang it’s a quick read.The end is a bit of cliff-hanger though so you’ll have to wait for Book #2 for the conclusion!
Lauren Oliver, the author of Before I Fall, is back with her second novel and it's quite a bit different from her first! In Delirium, the United States borders are closed to the rest of the world with an electric fence and everyone is treated for the deadly disease amor deliria nervosa (formerly known as love and now called delirium) at the age 18. Without love, Lena and others who buy the government line believe that without love there will be no suffering and unhappiness. Lena meets Alex, a member of the resistance and quickly succumbs to delirium. Once Lena sees the world outside the fence where freedom and love reign, she is desperate to save herself and escape before her 18th birthday. The plot may be a little predictable but it's definitely worth the read anyway. Lena is likable, the world Oliver creates is creepy and interesting and you'll want to know how this one ends (and be ready for the release of book 2!).
Turnstyle is a just-launched website written and produced by young adults. In their words, "Turnstyle delivers a mix of news, opinion, commentary, and entertainment produced by bloggers, filmmakers, photographers, and poets. It’s content with an edge that has visual allure and eclectic pacing". Partially funded by Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Turnstyle features high quality writing on a bunch of topics, both serious and light-hearted. In just the last few days, they've covered Coachella, safe investing, the government shutdown, how to make great coffee, trends in online dating, NASA news and a photo series titled "Old People in Bathing Suits". Check it out at http://turnstylenews.com/.