School shootings are appearing more in the national news. Told from four perspectives, Marieke Nijkamp’s This Is Where It Ends is about a school shooting in Opportunity, Alabama. A school assembly has just ended, but over the next few minutes, everyone finds themselves locked in the auditorium. Then shots start firing. Over the next hour, one student terrorizes the school to exact revenge.
James Liddell is in the closet in his small Vermont town. Everyone in town knows him to be a star athlete who is dating sweet Theresa. He writes his darkest secrets in letters that he will never send, like Abraham Lincoln. He likes boys. As he figures out who he is, he befriends new people and works through his problems in writing.
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Pub. Date: 2013 Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction, Romance, YA Pages: 435 Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars When Cath and her identical twin, Wren, start college, Cath has to strike it out on her own with a stranger for a roommate, a fiction writing class, and an obsession with writing Simon… Continue reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: Balzer + Bray Pub. Date: 2015 Genre: Contemporary YA, Romance Pages: 303 Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars Back in June, I saw Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda on display at the library in honor of LGBT Pride Month, but I got around to reading it in July. I was looking for LGBT books at the time.… Continue reading Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli