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TBC: Broken Lives / Teen Reads

Books for teens categorized for your consideration by library staff!

"The Survival Kit" by Donna Freitas

'The Survival Kit' by Donna Freitas

When Rose’s mom dies, she leaves behind a brown paper bag labeled Rose’s Survival Kit. Inside the bag, Rose finds an iPod, with a to-be-determined playlist; a picture of peonies, for growing; a crystal heart, for loving; a paper star, for making a wish; and a paper kite, for letting go.As Rose ponders the meaning of each item, she finds herself returning again and again to an unexpected source of comfort. Will is her family’s gardener, the ...

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"Panic" by Sharon M. Draper

'Panic' by Sharon M. Draper

This gripping and chillingly realistic novel from New York Times bestselling author Sharon Draper shows that all it takes is one bad decision for everything to change. Diamond knows not to get into a car with a stranger.But what if the stranger is well-dressed and handsome? On his way to meet his wife and daughter? And casting a movie that very night—a movie in need of a star dancer? What then?Then Diamond might make the wrong decision.It’s a ...

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"Lovely, Dark and Deep" by Amy McNamara

'Lovely, Dark and Deep' by Amy McNamara

★★★★★ When her boyfriend dies in a tragic accident, Wren retreats to her father’s remote home and art studio. A ghost of her former self, she feels broken. Wren just wants to be left alone. When she's not sleeping, she goes running in the woods. Will she ever return to normal life? Throughout this poetic winter read Wren’s inner dialogue captures feelings of grief, loss, and mourning in a way that feels real. Readers may also want to raed ...

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"Personal Effects" by E.M. Kokie

'Personal Effects' by E.M. Kokie

After his older brother dies in Iraq, Matt makes a discovery that rocks his beliefs about strength, bravery, and honor in this page-turning debut.Ever since his brother, T.J., was killed in Iraq, Matt feels like he’s been sleepwalking through life — failing classes, getting into fights, and avoiding his dad’s lectures about following in his brother’s footsteps. T.J.’s gone, but Matt can’t shake the feeling that if only he could get hi ...

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"See You at Harry's" by Jo Knowles

'See You at Harry's' by Jo Knowles

Starting middle school brings all the usual challenges — until the unthinkable happens, and Fern and her family must find a way to heal.Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. It seems as though everyone in her family has better things to do than pay attention to her: Mom (when she’s not meditating) helps Dad run the family restaurant; Sarah is taking a gap year after high school; and Holden pretends that Mom and Dad and everyone else doesn’t ...

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"I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)" by Barry Lyga

'I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)' by Barry Lyga

★★★★ Meet Jasper Dent. Jasper is the son of serial killer Billy Dent. Billy is behind bars now, but he used to take Jasper with him. Jasper knows more about human behavior and more ways to kill a person than most cops. He is terrified that he will follow in his father’s footsteps, that maybe killing is in his DNA. When a new murderer comes to town, he sets out to solve the crimes, both to clear his own name and to prove he’s not his Father' ...

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"The List" by Siobhan Vivian

'The List' by Siobhan Vivian

An intense look at the rules of high school attraction -- and the price that's paid for them.It happens every year. A list is posted, and one girl from each grade is chosen as the prettiest, and another is chosen as the ugliest. Nobody knows who makes the list. It almost doesn't matter. The damage is done the minute it goes up.This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, "pretty" and "ugly." And it's also the story of how we see ourselve ...

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"Love and Haight" by Susan Carlton

'Love and Haight' by Susan  Carlton

It’s 1971, and seventeen-year-old Chloe and her best friend MJ head to San Francisco to ring in the New Year. But Chloe has an ulterior motive—and a secret. She’s pregnant and has devised a plan not to be. In San Francisco’s flower-power heyday, it was (just about) legal to end her pregnancy.   But as soon as the girls cross the Golden Gate, the scheme starts to unravel amid the bellbottoms, love-beads, and bongs. Chloe ...

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"Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" by Jesse Andrews

'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' by Jesse Andrews

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate ...

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"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green

'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green

★★★★★ John Green is a master storyteller. He manages to tell the story of a misfit group of teenage cancer patients without pity or sappiness. What emerges instead is a real portrayal of teenagers who happen to have cancer and all of the highs and lows that come with life, death and adolescence. The characters are amazingly written. I found myself wanting to re-read this book, just to spend more time with Augustus and Hazel. ...

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"Trafficked" by Kim Purcell

'Trafficked' by Kim Purcell

A 17-year-old Moldovan girl whose parents have been killed is brought to the United States to work as a slave for a family in Los Angeles.Hannah believes she’s being brought from Moldova to Los Angeles to become a nanny for a Russian family. But her American dream quickly spirals into a nightmare. The Platonovs force Hannah to work sixteen-hour days, won’t let her leave the house, and seem to have a lot of secrets—from Hannah and from each ...

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"Under the Mesquite" by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

'Under the Mesquite' by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Lupita, a budding actor and poet in a close-knit Mexican American immigrant family, comes of age as she struggles with adult responsibilities during her mother's battle with cancer in this young adult novel in verse. When Lupita learns Mami has cancer, she is terrified by the possibility of losing her mother, the anchor of her close-knit family. Suddenly, being a high school student, starring in a play, and dealing with friends who don't always u ...

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"Bitter End" by Jennifer Brown

'Bitter End' by Jennifer Brown

When Alex falls for the charming new boy at school, Cole -- a handsome, funny, sports star who adores her -- she can't believe she's finally found her soul mate . . . someone who truly loves and understands her.At first, Alex is blissfully happy. Sure, Cole seems a little jealous of her relationship with her close friend Zack, but what guy would want his girlfriend spending all her time with another boy? As the months pass, though, Alex can no lo ...

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"Shine" by Lauren Myracle

'Shine' by Lauren Myracle

When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it. Richly atmospheric, this daring mystery mines the secrets of a tightly knit Southern community and examines the strength of will it takes to go against everyone you know in the name of justice.Against a backdrop of poverty, clannishness, drugs, and intolerance, Myracle has crafted a harrowing coming-of-age tale co ...

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"Between Shades of Gray" by Ruta Sepetys

'Between Shades of Gray' by Ruta Sepetys

Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siber ...

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"Recovery Road" by Blake Nelson

'Recovery Road' by Blake Nelson

Madeline is sent away to Spring Meadows rehab for drinking and rage. At the weekly movie night in town, she meets Stewart, from another rehab nearby. They fall for each other despite the crazy time. Madeline gets out and starts to regain her feet. But when Stewart joins her, both still are severely troubled, and he is getting worse. ...

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"Leverage" by Joshua C. Cohen

'Leverage' by Joshua C. Cohen

The football field is a battlefieldThere's an extraordinary price for victory at Oregrove High. It is paid on - and off - the football field. And it claims its victims without mercy - including the most innocent bystanders. When a violent, steroid-infused, ever-escalating prank war has devastating consequences, an unlikely friendship between a talented but emotionally damaged fullback and a promising gymnast might hold the key to a school's salva ...

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"Orchards" by Holly Thompson

'Orchards' by Holly Thompson

Winner of the APALA Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult LiteratureAn ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults BookAfter a classmate commits suicide, Kana Goldberg—a half-Japanese, half-Jewish American—wonders who is responsible. She and her cliquey friends said some thoughtless things to the girl. Hoping that Kana will reflect on her behavior, her parents pack her off to her mother's ancestral home in Japan for the summer. There Kana ...

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"You Against Me" by Jenny Downham

'You Against Me' by Jenny Downham

If someone hurts your sister and you're any kind of man, you seek revenge, right?If your brother's accused of a terrible crime but says he didn't do it, you defend him, don't you?When Mikey's sister claims a boy assaulted her, his world begins to fall apart.When Ellie's brother is charged with the offence, her world begins to unravel.When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide.This is a brave and unflinching novel from the bestselling author of ...

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"Lockdown" by Walter Dean Myers

'Lockdown' by Walter Dean Myers

When I first got to Progress, it freaked me out to be locked in a room and unable to get out. But after a while, when you got to thinking about it, you knew nobody could get in, either.It seems as if the only progress that's going on at Progress juvenile facility is moving from juvy jail to real jail. Reese wants out early, but is he supposed to just sit back and let his friend Toon get jumped? Then Reese gets a second chance when he's picked for ...

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"Crazy" by Han Nolan

'Crazy' by Han Nolan

Fifteen-year-old Jason has fallen upon bad times—his mother has died and his father has succumbed to mental illness. As he tries to hold his crazy father and their crumbling home together, Jason relies on a host of imaginary friends for guidance as he stumbles along trying not to draw attention to his father’s deteriorating condition.Both heartbreaking and funny, Crazy lives up to the intense and compelling characters Han Nolan is praised for ...

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"Compromised" by Heidi Ayarbe

'Compromised' by Heidi Ayarbe

Maya's life has always been chaotic. Living with a con-man dad, she's spent half her life on the run. Whenever her father's schemes go wrong, Maya finds a scientific way to fix it. But when her dad ends up in prison and foster care fails, Maya grasps at her last possible hope of a home: a long-lost aunt, who may not even exist.So Maya formulates a plan, and with her wits, two unlikely allies, and twenty dollars in her pocket, she sets off in sear ...

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"We Were Here" by Matt de la Pena

'We Were Here' by Matt de la Pena

The story of one boy and his journey to find himself.When it happened, Miguel was sent to Juvi. The judge gave him a year in a group home—said he had to write in a journal so some counselor could try to figure out how he thinks. The judge had no idea that he actually did Miguel a favor. Ever since it happened, his mom can’t even look at him in the face. Any home besides his would be a better place to live.But Miguel didn’t bet on meeting Ro ...

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"Last Night I Sang to the Monster" by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

'Last Night I Sang to the Monster' by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Zach is eighteen. He is bright and articulate. He's also an alcoholic and in rehab instead of high school, but he doesn't remember how he got there. He's not sure he wants to remember. Something bad must have happened. Something really, really bad. Remembering sucks and being alive - well, what's up with that? I have it in my head that when we're born, God writes things down on our hearts. See, on some people's hearts he writes Happy and on some ...

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"After" by Amy Efaw

'After' by Amy Efaw

An infant left in the trash to die. A teenage mother who never knew she was pregnant . . . Before That Morning, these were the words most often used to describe straight-A student and star soccer player Devon Davenport: responsible, hardworking, mature. But all that changes when the police find Devon home sick from school as they investigate the case of an abandoned baby. Soon the connection is made. Devon has just given birth; the baby in the tr ...

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