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YA Beach Reads

14 Jul

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I always want to go to the beach (or as they say in Southeast PA – “down the shore”) and then I get there. I don’t care about the sand, I love the ocean… it’s the sun. From the viewpoint of this very pale girl, the beach is such a pain in terms of applying sunscreen. I have to re-apply every half hour to hour if I don’t want to burn, I can’t use the spray (it doesn’t provide enough coverage) and if I’m at the beach, I’m wearing a swimsuit which means there’s a lot of surface area to cover in sunscreen – legs, arms, back, ears, etc. It ends up being more work than anything else! But that doesn’t mean I don’t absolutely love the idea of the beach, so here are ten YA titles that take place on/near the beach.

  1. We Were Liars by e. Lockhart
  2. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
  3. The Summer After You + Me by  Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
  4. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
  5. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
  6. Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton
  7. Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
  8. Be True to Me by Adele Griffin
  9. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  10. Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 7/10/17

10 Jul

I didn’t read exactly what I had planned to, but I did get a lot of reading done! I finished Refugee by Alan Gratz, which was amazingly powerful. It’s told from the perspective of three refugees – a young Jewish boy escaping Nazi-occupied Europe, a young girl escaping Castro’s government in Cuba during the 1990s and a young boy’s escape from war-torn Syria in present day. Although each of their stories are different, they also have a lot of similarities and I think this would be a wonderful book to use for a discussion with middle grade and teen readers about what it means to be a refugee. I then spent three days reading a Nora Robert’s trilogy – sometimes you just need a piece of fluff to read that you know what will happen in the end, but is fun just the same.

This weekend I started Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery by Melanie J. Fishbane and have The Castle in the Midst by Amy Ephron and The Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli that I’m hoping to read this week!


Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR

Top Ten Tuesday: YA Romance

14 Feb

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  1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
    I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing style with this quirky couple.
  2. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
    My first Sarah Dessen read and the one I believe will always be my favorite!
  3. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
    I just finished this book recently and loved the concept of falling in love with your soulmate over the course of eight hours.
  4. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
    One of those books I’ll never forget that I’ve read as I bawled on the metro in DC…
  5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benajmin Alire Sáenz
    Beautiful coming-of-age story about a Mexican-American teen as he learns about himself and the importance of friendship.
  6. Beastly by Alex Flinn
    Beauty & the Beast is my favorite Disney movie, so of course I had to add this one to the list!
  7. Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
    I really enjoyed this LGBT cute romance!
  8. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han*
  9. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo*
  10. When We Collided by Emery Lord*

*These are on my TBR list, so I can’t say anything about them, but I’m excited to read all three!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created byThe Broke and the Book

Book Review: The Selection

6 Aug

the_selection_book_coverLooking for a quick read?  The Selection is the perfect choice.  A chick-lit, YA book, I read the whole thing in almost one sitting as it was a quick and very easy read.  America Singer wants very little in her young life, to continue singing and playing instruments and the chance to marry her true-love, a boy in the caste below her own.  But all that changes when she is chosen during the selection to be one of 35 girls from around the country to compete to become the next princess.  Not only that, but by just being a part of the competition, America’s family receives financial support that they desperately need.  Will America leave everything she has behind, including the boy she loves for a chance to wear fancy dresses and marry the prince?

And don’t forget to read the sequel, The Elite!

Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: 2013
Page Number: 327 pgs.

The Summer I Found You

21 Mar

16094953I was looking for a light, easy read after (finally) finishing a book that I kept reading in the hopes it would get better, it didn’t really get better.  The Summer I Found You was a perfect choice – a “chick lit” book with a little more substance than the typical teen romantic read.  I would say reminiscent of Sarah Dessen’s work, The Summer I Found You is about personal growth while falling for someone totally unexpected.  My only gripe – the story didn’t take place during the summer at all…. and I’m very curious about where the title came from.

Kate gets dumped by her boyfriend while still in denial about being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.  Aidan’s plans included the army, until he loses his arm in Afghanistan and has no idea what else to do with his life.  When the two hook up, they both want a distraction, but inevitably begin falling for each other with no idea how it happened.  Both are dealing with a lot – emotionally and physically and it takes a while for each of them to come to terms with these issues, but they help each other in ways that their families and friends cannot.’

Learn more about author, Jolene Perry on her website.

Title: The Summer I Found You
Author: Jolene Perry
Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen
Publication Date: 2014 (reviewed as an ARC)
Page Number: 256 pgs.

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