Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

4/5 stars. Contemporary, Young Adult, Mental Health. Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of the fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there's a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at the stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell … Continue reading Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul

The decades worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's … Continue reading When Breath Becomes Air by Paul

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt

When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, they thought their lives were complete. But by the time Jonas and Wyatt were toddlers, confusion over Watt's insistence that he was female began to tear the family apart. In the years that followed, the Maineses came to question their long-held views on gender and identity, … Continue reading Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

Louna knows a lot about weddings - but not so much about love. After many summers working at her mother's wedding planning business, Louna has seen every sort of wedding, from informal on the beach to elegant in historic mansions. She's handled all kinds of crises: AWOL brides, scene-stealing bridesmaids, controlling grooms. And she's seen … Continue reading Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

From the founder of MuslimGirl.com, a harrowing and candid account of what it's like to be a young Muslim woman in the wake of 9/11, during the never ending war on terror, and through the Trump era of casual racism.  At nine years old, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh watched from her home in New Jersey as two … Continue reading Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

Graduation Day (The Testing #3) by Joelle Charbonneau

With the United Commonwealth teetering on the brink of all-out civil-war, this is the moment to lead that gifted student and Testing survivor Cia Vale has trained for. Having discovered the brutal truth behind The Testing, she has vowed to end it once and for all. As Cia plunges through layers of deception and danger, … Continue reading Graduation Day (The Testing #3) by Joelle Charbonneau

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch--"Scout"--returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean … Continue reading Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Independent Study (The Testing #2) by Joelle Charbonneau

With her brutal Testing experience forgotten thanks to a government-issued memory wipe, seventeen-year-old Cia Vale is eager to begin her studies at the Commonwealth's elite University, as is Tomas, the boy she loves. Their bright futures are threatened by the past, however, when violent nightmares that feel more like memories force Cia to question reality … Continue reading Independent Study (The Testing #2) by Joelle Charbonneau

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Lawyer Atticus Finch defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic, Puliter Prize-winning novel—a black man charged with the rape of a white woman. Through the eyes of Atticus's children, Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unanswering honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep … Continue reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee