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13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Ginny Blackstone is a shy seventeen-year-old about to enter her senior year of high school when she receives a packet of envelopes from her "Runaway Aunt Peg," an artist who disappeared from her New York apartment in search of adventures abroad.  The envelopes are numbered, and Ginny has to complete the task included in each letter before moving on to the next.  The first letter brings her to London, where she meets Richard, her aunt's best friend who works for the world famous Harrod's, and Keith, a former bad-boy turned aspiring playwright.  The letters lead her across Europe

Just One Day and Just One Year by Gayle Forman

If you are looking for a story of love at first sight then you need to read these two books, together.  Allyson and Willem meet and have one amazingly glorious day and night in Paris. In the morning Willem is gone.  Where is he? Has he just run off, has something happened?  In a regular story you would get the answers right away but not here.  Allyson makes her way home and goes off to college as expected but none of it matters she doesn’t care about school and she keeps wondering what happened to Willem.

Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran

In the wake of tragic lovers Marc Antony and Cleopatra’s deaths, their twins Selene and Alexander kneel before the new emperor Octavian. In the foreign land of Rome, the siblings learn to navigate the treacherous diplomacies behind the all-too-wide smiles and honeyed lies. As Cleopatra’s children, they represent a significant claim to power…when they’re together. As new love and opportunities arise to pull Alexander away from Selene, this brave young woman defies tradition and endures  stinging rebukes to escape from the decadent trappings of Rome.

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick

Amber lives on a bus with her Mom, who drinks too much, and her very loyal dog Bobby Big Boy. She’s homeless and a self-proclaimed freak, but that doesn’t deter her unyielding optimism. She finds hope everywhere and along the way she lifts up those around her—from the old folks she visits at the nursing home to her autistic math genius best friend. Life’s tragedies keep coming at her and Amber struggles to keep her title as the Princess of Hope. If you’re feeling a little grumpy, read this because it’ll most likely cheer you up or at least make you smile.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

If your name is Katherine, then there’s a good chance that Colin will find you attractive. If your name is Katherine and you’ve dated Colin Singleton, then you’ve probably dumped him. Colin--a prodigy, but not a genius--has just been dumped by his nineteenth Katherine, so he and his best friend Hassan go on a road trip, but find themselves stuck in a small town in Tennessee. It is there that Colin begins working on a mathematical formula that will predict the outcome of any relationship. If you like math, read this book.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Fourteen-year-old June loves medieval history, Mozart, and fine art. She’s not a typical teenager and she doesn’t have many friends. Her closest friend is her Uncle Finn. To her, he’s the only person who fully understands her. When Finn dies of AIDS, she feels lost and broken. Her mother is keeping secrets about Finn and her sister is mean to her for reasons June doesn’t understand. It’s also 1987, a time when the disease came with a stigma. Then June strikes up a secret friendship with a man who knew Finn well and perhaps knew him better than anyone else.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Hazel and Augustus share a sense of humor, sarcasm, wit, love, and cancer. And once Hazel shares her favorite book, Augustus shares that too. Both read the novel multiple times, finding it comforting and frustrating—it ends mid-sentence. They love it most because the main character has cancer, but it’s not a cancer book, just like Green’s novel isn’t a cancer book.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Clay Jensen mysteriously receives a package of cassette tapes that contain recordings by Hannah Baker—a girl who recently committed suicide. The tapes outline the thirteen reasons, or people, who drove her to kill herself.  Clay is baffled to be on this “list” because he had a crush on Hannah and thought he was always nice to her. As Clay listens to the cassette tapes, he slowly learns how big events and even small events had lead to Hannah’s final act and how a seemingly perfect and beautiful girl was struggling underneath her smile.

Fracture by Megan Miranda

Delaney Maxwell fell into a semi-frozen lake and was dead for eleven minutes before her best friend Dexter could save her. In those eleven minutes her life was changed forever.  She wakes up from a coma six days later with seemingly nothing wrong—but she has a strange new “ability.”  And this new ability has attracted a new friend, Troy Varga, who knows a thing or two about death. Now her parents think she could be a murderer, her doctors think she’s gone crazy, and Dexter, well, he’s finally seeing that their friendship could be something more.

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

During the summer before his senior year Cullen Witter experiences some major life events—his cousin overdoses, his town becomes obsessed with a bird, he hooks up with his dream girl, and most importantly his little brother Gabriel goes missing. And while Cullen is grappling with the meaning of it all and having zombie daydreams, Benton Sage is having a crisis of faith half way around the world. The two plots inch closer and closer together until they merge and then the reader is in for an intriguing surprise. It’s no wonder this book won the 2012 Printz Award.

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