What to Read if You’re Missing High School

Since the sudden closure of Seattle schools, I have been missing the daily routine of school, and especially wishing that I could see my friends and schoolmates. One way I’ve been escaping the sometimes lonely feelings of social distancing is by reading books that transport me to fantasy high schools and the drama of friend groups going through adolescence together. 

Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
To celebrate the end of their senior year of high school, twins Sam and Ilsa plan an unusual dinner party. Each sibling invites three guests who are unknown until they arrive. When the partiers arrive, Sam and Ilsa have to face some guests who they’d rather avoid at their final Drama, romance, and nostalgia make for a memorable end to the gang’s final party of high school. Continue reading “What to Read if You’re Missing High School”

New Voices in Teen Fiction

It’s always exciting to discover new books and authors and, as usual, some of the freshest voices can be found in young adult publishing.   Here are three recent debut novels you should know about:

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

Twins Tyler and Marvin have always been close, but lately Tyler has been increasingly secretive and running with a new crowd.  When a party is broken up first by gunshots and then the police Marvin figures Tyler will make his own way home, but as the next day comes and goes and Tyler is still missing Marvin begins to fear the worst.  Searching the neighborhood only raises more questions, and Marvin starts to wonder how much he really knew his brother.  With sympathetic characters and an all-too-familiar premise, this speaks to the urgency of the Black Lives Matter movement.  A great read-alike for fans of The Hate U Give. Continue reading “New Voices in Teen Fiction”

Romantic Wednesdays: If You Liked The Fault in Our Stars

Posted by Eric G.

John Green’s popular and acclaimed novel The Fault in Our Stars gets the big screen treatment this week! Here are some books that form a complementary reading constellation.

The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenSomebody Up There Hates You by Hollis SeamonThe Summer I Found You by Jolene B. Perry

Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon

On the surface this story of cancer-stricken teens seems very similar to Green’s novel, but this humorous, moving story stands on its own. The snarky narrator Richard doesn’t have long to live, but is making the most of his remaining days in the hospice wing with Sylvie, another teen awaiting the same fate. Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: If You Liked The Fault in Our Stars”

Staff Favorites: Teen fiction our library staff loves

Etiquette & EspionageMomo, or The Curious Story about the Time Thieves and the Child Who Returned the People's Stolen TimeMore than ThisHaroun and the Sea of Stories

Prep School ConfidentialDaughter of Smoke & Bone

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
Reading Gail Carriger is like eating a favorite pastry and discovering an unusual filling: light, decadent, funny, paranormal steampunk adventure—this time for teens! Sophronia is a young lady who’d rather climb the side of a building than the social ladder. Fortunately for her, she’s been sent to the right finishing school. Delightful hijinks and dangerous mysteries ensue. If you like Terry Pratchett or Jasper Fforde, this is a series to investigate. — Jenny, Central Continue reading “Staff Favorites: Teen fiction our library staff loves”

Who Says the Dead Can’t Dance?

Ok, I’m not usually a big fan of gore and ghosts, but when they come with excellent characters and a great deal of witty dialogue, what’s not to love? I can’t guarantee that everyone will find these books funny, but that was definitely an aspect that kept me turning the pages. After all, I had to find something to read while I wait (and wait) for the next Lish McBride book.

Image of The Name of the Star, click here to find it in the Seattle Public Library CatalogThe Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Rory, recently of small town Louisiana, has decided to try a boarding school in London. She would pick a school right in the middle of a sudden resurgence in Ripper murders, of course. And then develop an ability to see and interact with ghosts, because that’s just how her life goes. Smart, snarky, and all around engaging despite the gore flowing on all sides, the first book in the Shades of London series is quite excellent, and I’m looking forward to The Madness Underneath. Continue reading “Who Says the Dead Can’t Dance?”