Saturday, January 13, 2018

January Teen Reads

I've been a little behind in posting my top picks of the week--blame it on a new year, or a new blog, or whatever you like. Anyway, here are some of our most exciting teen reads coming your way at Ventress this January:

  • Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined To Meet edited by Jennifer L. Armentrout, with stories by Sara Shepard, Katie Cotugno, Julie Murphy, Nina La Cour, Nicola Yoon, and many more!
    • This anthology of short "how they met" stories by popular teen authors is completely charming, swoon-worthy, and surprisingly innovative! There are subway missed connections, twitter comment meet-ups, teens hiding from the police at a house party gone wrong, and twists on a reality dating show, to name only a few! It's a really delightfully fun read, and a great to chance to visit or re-visit some fantastic teen authors.
  • Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke
    • Jane Sinner, currently expelled high school senior, joins a community college Real World/Big Brother style reality show while trying to complete her high school credits at the local community college. If you like Daria-esque narrators, diary entries, reality tv, or characters struggling with outrageous drama, this is the book for you!
  • Cruel Prince by Holly Black
    • Jude is seven years old when her parents are murdered and she and her sisters are taken away to live in the High Court of Fairie. As a seventeen year old, she wants nothing more than to truly belong in the court, no matter what it costs. Holly Black is a master of contemporary fantasy, and this book combines the struggles of a teenage girl with the schemes, plots and battles of any fantasy drama. There is romance in this book but the focus is nearly always more on the court's intrigues and alliances. I was really surprised by this book and couldn't recommend it more highly!
  • Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
    • Maya Aziz is a normal American-born Muslim teen facing the challenges of a traditional family versus her film school dreams--until a terrorist with her last name commits a horrific crime, and her family is thrown into a much-unwanted spotlight. This #ownvoices debut is a really important addition to any library, but more than that, it's a really interesting story of a girl who just wants to follow her dream and keeps having roadblocks thrown in her way. 
We've got plenty more books where these came from-- so don't hesitate to stop by and ask for a book rec!

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