Love & Gelato

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Jenna Evans Welch

5 out of 5

Love & Gelato is the quintessential romance novel. Although protagonist Lina is initially reluctant to spend the summer in a foreign country to fulfill her mother’s dying wish, she soon falls head over heels for Italy’s food and attractions…and boys, especially her friendly neighbor Lorenzo. In addition to the new people she meets, Lina is also getting familiar with the past as she reads her mother’s old diary and unearths more secrets than she could possibly imagine. The novel culminates in her unsupervised trip across Italy with Lorenzo in order to discover the truth about her biological father. The beautiful setting serves as the perfect backdrop to Lina’s budding romance. Readers will be entranced by the suspenseful plot and down-to-earth writing in this phenomenal debut novel by Jenna Evans Welch.

Reader: cindyzhang99

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The Awakening of Sunshine Girl

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Paige McKenzie

4 out of 5

The Awakening of Sunshine Girl is the second book in the Sunshine Girl series. Picking up where the story left off in The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, Sunshine is putting her life back together. It isn’t long before her newly found biological father Aidan (who incidentally is also her paranormal mentor) whisks her away to an isolated luiseach training grounds in Mexico. There she hones in her powers and finds out the truth about the mysterious circumstances surrounding her birth. Unsurprising of a YA novel, this book also has a romantic aspect. All in all, I’m pretty invested now and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series (The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl) next year.

Reader: cindyzhang99

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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

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Paige McKenzie

5 out of 5

Shortly after Sunshine and her mother move from sunny Austin, Texas to rainy Ridgemont, Washington, they begin to notice strange noises in their house. Sunshine adamantly claims a ghost is haunting their house while her mother remains ever the skeptic. While trying to convince her mother paranormal activity is occurring in their house, Sunshine uncovers a whole world she had been previously blissfully unaware of. This is one of the few books I have read that focused exclusively on ghosts and the noises described in the beginning was pretty spooky (especially because I was reading it at night). The writing is oftentimes very cliche but luckily it doesn’t take away from the story.

Reader: cindyzhang99

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The Museum of Heartbreak

21525988The Museum of Heartbreak

Meg Leder

5 out of 5

The Museum of Heartbreak is adorable and heart-wrenching, all that you can wish for in a romantic YA novel. On the very first page, Penelope Marx falls in love with the boy of her dreams. Hardly experienced with dating, she is flattered by the attention Keats gives her. Soon they are dating despite the warnings of her friend Audrey about Keats’ romantic history. The relationship quickly grows even more complicated when Penelope realizes she might have feelings for her best friend Ephraim. The remainder of the novel reveals who is the true breaker of Penelope’s heart. The organization is probably my favorite aspect of the book with each chapter being introduced by an object that plays a major role in the story (and incidentally is later added to the main character’s Museum of Heartbreak). I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good romantic novel!

Reader: cindyzhang99

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Honor Girl

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Maggie Thrash

5 out of 5

Honor Girl is an autobiographical comic book focusing on the events that take place one summer at Camp Bellflower, a traditional sleepaway camp for girls. Fifteen year old Maggie has been attending the camp for as long as she can remember and enjoys her routine and pleasant summers. Whether she is at the shooting range or performing as Kevin Richardson at a Boy Band Blowout extravaganza, this summer seems like any other. However, her world is turned upside down when she falls for a female camp counselor named Erin during a lice inspection (long story). Receiving mixed signals from Erin and dealing with feeling different when everyone else is talking about boys (not to mention the camp’s disapproval of same sex relationships), Maggie’s summer suddenly becomes a lot more exciting. Though the art is simplistic, it speaks volumes and adds depth to the narrative. Funny and original, this is a phenomenal book about self-discovery. Read Honor Girl to find out what happens to Maggie and Erin!

Reader: cindyzhang99

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Carry On

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Rainbow Rowell

5 out of 5

Simon Snow is the main character of a fictional series in Rainbow Rowell’s 2013 book Fangirl and Cathy in Fangirl writes a lot of fanfiction about him (which those who have read the book will know). Anyway, this new book is completely dedicated to Simon Snow, developing all of the “hints” we received in Fangirl and giving Simon and Baz the story they deserve. I LOVED CARRY ON! It was one of the best books I’ve read in a while and I had a lot of trouble putting it down. It is a very Harry Potter-esque story but packs in several plot twists, making it far from cliche. Filled with wizards, romance, fighting bad guys, I highly recommend this book to lovers of Rainbow Rowell’s work and/or fantasy fans (especially fans of Harry Potter).

Reader: cindyzhang99

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I’m From Nowhere

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Suzanne Myers

3 out of 5

Personally, I’m From Nowhere felt like a mediocre YA novel to me. Wren Verlaine is sent to the prestigious Hardwick Hall when her mother receives a news reporting assignment that takes her to Greenland for six months. Although I’m From Nowhere has interesting elements such as spending a year in boarding school, the complications of friendzoning, and determining the identity of Wren’s unknown father, the author does a poor job of mixing these stories together. Furthermore, the writing was cliched and felt quite forced several times in throughout the book. Even more disappointingly, the story was anticlimatic and minimized the consequences of the secrets Wren uncovers. Overall, the characters were very predictable and the story did not generate any moments that will particularly stick with readers.

Reader: cindyzhang99

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