Posts Tagged ‘genre:Young Adult’

What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson

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Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: What They Always Tell Us
Author: Martin Wilson
Genre: Young Adult
URL: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Price: US $8.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
JAMES AND ALEX have barely anything in common anymore—least of all their experiences in high school, where James is a popular senior and Alex is suddenly an outcast. But at home, there is Henry, the precocious 10-year-old across the street, who eagerly befriends them both. And when Alex takes up running, there is James’s friend Nathen, who unites the brothers in moving and unexpected ways.

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Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

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Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: Two Boys Kissing
Author: David Levithan
Genre: Young Adult
URL: Random House
Price: US $9.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
In his follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Every Day, David Levithan, coauthor of bestsellers Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, crafts a novel that the Los Angeles Times calls “open, frank, and ultimately optimistic.”

Based on true events—and narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS—Two Boys Kissing follows Harry and Craig, two seventeen-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record. While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teens dealing with universal questions of love, identity, and belonging.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Genre: Young Adult
URL: Simon & Schuster
Price: US $11.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

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Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble

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Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Don’t Let Me Go
Author: J.H. Trumble
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US $10.69
Summary [from the publisher]:
Some people spend their whole lives looking for the right partner. Nate Schaper found his in high school. In the eight months since their cautious flirting became a real, honest, tell-the-parents relationship, Nate and Adam have been inseparable. Even when local kids take their homophobia to brutal levels, Nate is undaunted. He and Adam are rock solid. Two parts of a whole. Yin and yang.

But when Adam graduates and takes an Off-Broadway job in New York—at Nate’s insistence—that certainty begins to flicker. Nate starts a blog to vent his frustrations and becomes the center of a school controversy, drawing ire and support in equal amounts. But it is the attention of a new boy who is looking for more than guidance that forces him to confront who and what he really wants.

J.H. Trumble’s debut, DON’T LET ME GO, is a witty, beautifully written novel that is both a sweet story of love and long-distance relationships, and a timely discourse about bullying, bigotry, and hate in high schools.

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Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

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Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Golden Boy
Author: Abigail Tarttelin
Genre: Young Adult
URL: Atria Books
Price: US $16.00
Summary [from the publisher]:
Max Walker is a golden boy. Attractive, intelligent, and athletic, he’s the perfect son, the perfect friend, and the perfect crush for the girls in his school. He’s even really nice to his little brother. Karen, Max’s mother, is determined to maintain the façade of effortless excellence she has constructed through the years, but now that the boys are getting older, she worries that the façade might soon begin to crumble. Adding to the tension, her husband Steve has chosen this moment to stand for election to Parliament. The spotlight of the media is about to encircle their lives.

The Walkers are hiding something, you see. Max is special. Max is different. Max is intersex. When an enigmatic childhood friend named Hunter steps out of his past and abuses his trust in the worst possible way, Max is forced to consider the nature of his well-kept secret. Why won’t his parents talk about it? What else are they hiding from Max about his condition and from each other? The deeper Max goes, the more questions emerge about where it all leaves him and what his future holds, especially now that he’s starting to fall head over heels for someone for the first time in his life. Will his friends accept him if he is no longer the Golden Boy? Will anyone ever want him—desire him—once they know? And the biggest one of all, the question he has to look inside himself to answer: Who is Max Walker, really?

Golden Boy is a novel you’ll read in one sitting but will never forget; at once a riveting tale of a family in crisis, a fascinating exploration of identity, and a coming-of-age story like no other.

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How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity edited by Michael Cart

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Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity
Contributors: Francesca Lia Block, David Levithan, Ron Koertge, Eric Shanower, Julie Anne Peters, Jennifer Finney Boylan, William Sleator, Emma Donoghue, Jacqueline Woodson, Ariel Schrag, Margo Lanagan and Gregory Maguire
Genre: Young Adult
URL: HarperTeen
Price: US $16.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
A girl thought to be a boy steals her sister’s skirt, while a boy thought to be a girl refuses to wear a cornflower blue dress. One boy’s love of a soldier leads to the death of a stranger. The present takes a bittersweet journey into the past when a man revisits the summer school where he had “an accidental romance.” And a forgotten mother writes a poignant letter to the teenage daughter she hasn’t seen for fourteen years.

Poised between the past and the future are the stories of now. In nontraditional narratives, short stories, and brief graphics, tales of anticipation and regret, eagerness and confusion present distinctively modern views of love, sexuality, and gender identification. Together, they reflect the vibrant possibilities available for young people learning to love others—and themselves—in today’s multifaceted and quickly changing world.

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Sprout by Dale Peck

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Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Sprout
Author: Dale Peck
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Price: US $16.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
When Sprout and his father move from Long Island to Kansas after the death of his mother, he is sure he will find no friends, no love, no beauty. But friends find him, the strangeness of the landscape fascinates him, and when love shows up in an unexpected place, it proves impossible to hold. An incredible, literary story of a boy who knows he’s gay, and the town that seems to have no place for him to hide.

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The Traitor Game by B.R. Collins

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: The Traitor Game
Author: B.R. Collins
Genre: Young Adult
URL: Bloomsbury Publishing
Price: US$ 16.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Michael and Francis share a secret passion for Evgard, the fantasy world they have created together. But then Michael finds a note in his locker, revealing that the boys’ secret is out. Convinced Francis has been making fun of him all along; Michael gets revenge by telling the school bully that Francis is gay, guaranteeing that Francis will be next in line for a pounding. But did Francis really betray his friend? Or is Michael the real traitor?

This gripping story unfolds as both a contemporary story and an engrossing fantasy that brings the world of Evgard to life. Gamers, fantasy fans, and anyone who has felt alone in the world will be drawn to this unforgettable debut novel that tackles difficult issues without hesitation.
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Shine by Lauren Myracle

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: Shine
Author: Lauren Myracle
Genre: Young Adult
URL: Amulet Books
Price: US$ 7.95
Summary [from the publisher]:
When her best guy friend falls victim to what seems like a vicious hate crime, 16-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it. Richly atmospheric, this daring mystery mines the secrets of a tightly knit Southern community and examines the strength of will it takes to go against everyone you know in the name of justice.

Against a backdrop of poverty, clannishness, drugs, and intolerance, Myracle has crafted a harrowing coming-of-age tale couched in a deeply intelligent mystery. Smart, fearless, and compassionate, this is an unforgettable work from a beloved author.

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Dylan by D.V. Patton

Rating: 5/10 ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Dylan
Author: D.V. Patton
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US$.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Being seventeen is never easy, especially for a compulsive and impulsive young gay man. Meet Dylan Doyle, an earnest student of life.

As the embers of summer fade away, Dylan learns that the path to adulthood is a long and treacherous road. The certainties of his life are stripped away by betrayal and plain bad fortune.

Yet his optimism never fades, and Dylan might find, that salvation was watching over his shoulder the whole time. Sometimes, the journey to being a man is as important as the destination.

Dylan is the story of love lost, and found again in the most unexpected place…where it always was.
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