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'Breaking Beautiful' by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

"Breaking Beautiful" by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Teen Book Allie lost everything the night her boyfriend, Trip, died in a horrible car accident—including her memory of the event. As their small town mourns his death, Allie is afraid to remember because doing so means delving into what she’s kept hidden for so long: the horrible reality of their abusive relationship. When the police reopen the investigation, it casts suspicion on Allie and her best friend, Blake, especially as their buddi ...

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'Bitter End' by Jennifer Brown

"Bitter End" by Jennifer Brown

Teen Book 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, Al ...

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'But I Love Him' by Amanda Grace

"But I Love Him" by Amanda Grace

Teen Book Sometimes at night, I wake up and stare at the heart for hours. I think of how I collected each piece from the beach, how I glued it all together into one big sculpture. I wonder if Connor realizes what it means, that he'll always have a piece of me no matter what happens. Each piece of glass is another piece of myself that I gave to him.It's too bad I didn't keep any pieces for myself.At the beginning of senior year, Ann ...

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'Stay' by Deb Caletti

"Stay" by Deb Caletti

Teen Book Clara's relationship with Christian is intense from the start, and like nothing she’s ever experienced before. But what starts as devotion quickly becomes obsession, and it's almost too late before Clara realizes how far gone Christian is and what he's willing to do to make her stay. Now Clara has left the city and Christian behind. No one back home has any idea where she is, but she still struggles to shake off her fear. She knows Ch ...

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'Some Girls Are' by Courtney Summers

"Some Girls Are" by Courtney Summers

Teen Book Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard—falling from it is even harder.  Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her—and her best friend's boyfriend—start going around.  Now Regina's been frozen out, and her ex-best friends are out for revenge.  If Regina were guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors ...

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'Rage: A Love Story' by Julie Anne Peters

"Rage: A Love Story" by Julie Anne Peters

Teen Book A National Book Award Finalist offers an intense portrait of an abusive relationship.Johanna is steadfast, patient, reliable; the go-to girl, the one everyone can count on. But always being there for others can’t give Johanna everything she needs—it can’t give her Reeve Hartt.Reeve is fierce, beautiful, wounded, elusive; a flame that draws Johanna’s fluttering moth. Johanna is determined to get her, against ...

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'Crazy Love' by Leslie Morgan Steiner

"Crazy Love" by Leslie Morgan Steiner

Teen Book At 22, Leslie Morgan Steiner seemed to have it all: a Harvard diploma, a glamorous job at Seventeen magazine, a downtown New York City apartment. Plus a handsome, funny, street-smart boyfriend who adored her. But behind her façade of success, this golden girl hid a dark secret. She’d made a mistake shared by millions: she fell in love with the wrong person.At first Leslie and Conor seemed as perfect together as their fairy-t ...

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'If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister's Story of Love, Murder, and Liberation' by Janine Latus

"If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister's Story of Love, Murder, and Liberation" by Janine Latus

Teen Book In April 2002, Janine Latus's youngest sister, Amy, wrote a note and taped it to the inside of her desk drawer. "Today Ron Ball and I are romantically involved," it read, "but I fear I have placed myself at risk in a variety of ways. Based on his criminal past, writing this out just seems like the smart thing to do. If I am missing or dead this obviously has not protected me..."That same spring Janine Latus was struggling to leave her marriage -- ...

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'A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl' by Tanya Lee Stone

"A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl" by Tanya Lee Stone

Teen Book Josie, Nicolette, and Aviva all get mixed up with a senior boy-a cool, slick, sexy boy who can talk them into doing almost anything he wants. In a blur of high school hormones and personal doubt, each girl struggles with how much to give up and what ultimately to keep for herself. How do girls handle themselves? How much can a boy get away with? And in the end, who comes out on top? A bad boy may always be a bad boy. But this bad boy is about to ...

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'Inexcusable' by Chris Lynch

"Inexcusable" by Chris Lynch

Teen Book "I am a good guy. Good guys don't do bad things. Good guys understand that no means no, and so I could not have done this because I understand." Keir Sarafian knows many things about himself. He is a talented football player, a loyal friend, a devoted son and brother. Most of all, he is a good guy. And yet the love of his life thinks otherwise. Gigi says Keir has done something awful. Something unforgivable. ...

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'Things Change' by Patrick Jones

"Things Change" by Patrick Jones

Teen Book They say opposites attract, and that could be the only explanation for Johanna's attraction to Paul. Wherever Paul goes, laughter follows, and Johanna longs to be a part of his inner circle. Getting Paul into her life turns out to be the easy part. Keeping Paul happy is tough, even for an overachiever like Johanna. And keeping Paul happy is a must, because when he's not, Johanna becomes his target. But can she find the strength to change her life ...

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'Breathing Underwater (Breathing Underwater, #1)' by Alex Flinn

"Breathing Underwater (Breathing Underwater, #1)" by Alex Flinn

Teen Book Like father, like son.Intelligent, popular, handsome, and wealthy, sixteen-year-old Nick Andreas is pretty much perfect — on the outside, at least. What no one knows — not even his best friend — is the terror that Nick faces every time he is alone with his father. Then he and Caitlin fall in love, and Nick thinks his problems are over. Caitlin is the one person who he can confide in. But when things start to spiral out of contro ...

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'Leslie's Journal' by Allan Stratton

"Leslie's Journal" by Allan Stratton

Teen Book A gripping story about the dark side of a first love.Awards for the previous edition:American Library Association Best Books for Young AdultsAmerican Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult ReadersAmerican Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young AdultsThe Best, Notable and Recommended List, Teacher Librarian MagazineLeslie can't seem to avoid trouble, whether it's a ...

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'Dreamland' by Sarah Dessen

"Dreamland" by Sarah Dessen

Teen Book There is an alternate cover edition for this ISBN13 here.Wake up, CaitlinEver since she started going out with Rogerson Biscoe, Caitlin seems to have fallen into a semiconscious dreamland where nothing is quite real. Rogerson is different from anyone Caitlin has ever known. He's magnetic. He's compelling. He's dangerous. Being ...

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'Speak' by Laurie Halse Anderson

"Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson

Teen Book "Speak up for yourself--we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her ...

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'Lily and Taylor' by Elise Moser

"Lily and Taylor" by Elise Moser

Teen Book After her older sister is murdered in a horrific incident of domestic abuse, Taylor begins a new life in a new town. She meets Lily, whose open, warm manner conceals a difficult personal life of her own, coping with her brain-injured mother. The two girls embark on a tentative friendship. But just when life seems to be smoothing out, Taylor's abusive boyfriend, Devon, arrives on the scene, and before they know it, the girls find themselves in a s ...

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