Category Archives: character driven

Audrey’s Best of 2017

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas  This is THE YA title of 2017. If you read one YA in 2017, this should be it.        THUG is the story of 16yo Starr Carter who moves between two … Continue reading

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Lily & Dunkin by Donna Gephart

Lily & Dunkin by Donna Gephart This was a book that I had trouble putting down. The two main characters in this book are Lily, a girl who is was born in boy’s body and has prejudices from bullies at … Continue reading

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Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman  About:  Shusterman says that he wanted to write about an empath and thus, Bruiser was born.  The blurb in Smith’s on-line catalog states “Inexplicable events start to occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Brontë befriend a troubled … Continue reading

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Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom This Book’s about: “Blind sixteen-year-old Parker Grant navigates friendships and romantic relationships, including a run-in with a boy who previously broke her heart, while coping with her father’s recent death”- Provided … Continue reading

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Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs

Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs About: Elena Martinez is a seventeen year old Hispanic with a photographic memory who has lived her life in the foster care system. With her impending birthday she needs to find a solution for her … Continue reading

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Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard

Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard  About: Set in Depression Era Virginia, fourteen year old Amelia’s mother dies leaving her in charge of a struggling gas station and her two younger siblings. With Harvey Blevins, owner of the Standard Oil monopoly, … Continue reading

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The Indigo Notebook

The Indigo Notebook by Laura Resau About: Fifteen-year-old Zeeta’s life with her free-spirited mother, Layla, is not what anyone would call normal.  Just as she finally feels at home in one exotic location, her mother decides it is time to … Continue reading

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