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9 Books You May Have Missed Because Your Nose Was Stuck in Another Book

We’re human, which means we make mistakes. But sometimes those mistakes affect our bookshelves, which, let’s be real, is unacceptable. That’s why we’ve rounded up 9 of the some of the most buzzed-about and raved-about YA books that you may have missed because your nose was in another book! Want a sneak peek of all of these books? Read a sample of each of them here!

1. Conversion by Katherine Howe

A chilling mystery crafted around high school seniors suffering from a bizarre epidemic who find out their town was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered the same symptoms three centuries ago.

2. Like No Other by Una LaMarche

A gorgeous story about the love that blooms between life-long neighbors, one from a strict Hasidic upbringing and the other a book-smart nerd who’s never been comfortable around girls. 

3. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

This Printz Honor book is a funny, intense, complex, and brave coming-of-age tale following Austin and his best friend Robby in recession-era, small-town Iowa. 

4. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

A tale as beautiful as its California setting: Emi is a talented set designer on the L.A. film scene who hasn’t been able to design a love life, until a letter at an estate sale leads her to Ava. 

5. As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway

After Anastasia, who loves riddles, Houdini tricks, and ghost stories, disappears near a hole in the frozen river, the narrator begins to reconstruct the past five months to find her. 

6. The End or Something Like That by Ann Dee Ellis

A raw and surprisingly funny novel about coping with loss about Emmy, who’s waiting for her best friend Kim to visit from the afterlife, but instead is visited by ghosts of other people.

7. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar

The irresistible story of high school freshman Scott, who writes down tips for his unborn sibling because he believes high school would be a lot less overwhelming if it came with a survival manual. 

8. Where She Went by Gayle Forman

The sequel to IF IT STAY is written from Adam’s point of view and chronicles what’s happened since Mia decided to stay – but not with him. 

9. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

This New York Times bestseller is a compelling, heartrending look into the effects of PTSD, following Hayley and her father, who keeps moving her around in a desperate attempt to escape the demons that have tortured him since he returned from Iraq.

7 Books To Read When You’ve Finished PAPER TOWNS

You read the book. You saw the movie. And now you’re wondering–what should I do next? The answer is obvious: read more books! Here are seven novels that bring the mystery, romance, friendship, and road trip fun that John Green’s Paper Towns made you crave. 

1. Mosquitoland by David Arnold

The road trip doesn’t have to end in Agloe. Mim Malone hops on a 1,000 mile bus ride without telling anyone because she’s fed up with life, and you’ll be aching to know what she’ll find when she reaches her destination. Get your copy! 

2. I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Gayle Forman’s heart wrenching novel asks the same question Paper Towns does when Cody’s best friend Meg abandons her: can we really know a person entirely? Get your copy!

3. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Even if you live next door to someone your whole life or, in twins’ Noah and Jude’s case, WITH someone your whole life, you can miss 99% of what’s actually going on in their mind. Get your copy!

4. Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

Come August 4th, let irresistibly charming, sometimes annoying, probably brilliant Digby drag you on another missing persons hunt in this debut. Oh, and even though Ben won’t be there, you’ll laugh just as much – if not more. Get your copy!

5. The Truth Commission by Susan Juby

As Quentin knows about Margot and Normandy Pale discovers about her older sister, finding out the truth of what’s inside someone’s head and heart gets exponentially more difficult when they tend to keep disappearing. Get your copy!

6. The Disenchantments by Nina Lacour

There’s something about hitting the road with friends that brings out the importance of our true feelings, our decisions, and the question of what direction we actually want to take in our lives. Get your copy!

7. Simple As Snow by Gregory Galloway 

Quentin’s search for Margot was nothing without the clues he found, just like the narrator of As Simple As Snow, who reconstructs the five months leading up to high schooler Anna’s disappearance. Get your copy!

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Spring officially starts in 19 days and we know you’re SO ready to leave the cold behind. Luckily, we know just what you need. Read on for 9 books about the strength of the human spirit that will propel your winter-ravaged soul through these last few weeks!

1. Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

Hermione refuses to be anyone’s cautionary tale after she gets assaulted at cheer camp – and she’ll face a wrenching decision to regain the control she’s always had.

2. I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Cody’s journey to find out why her best friend Meg decided to take her own life is one of loss, bravery, and redemption.

3. Mosquitoland by David Arnold

When Mim Malone hops on a 1,000 mile bus ride to find her mother, she’ll end up facing all of her demons along the way.

4. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

At the end of WWII, 3 young people fight to survive a tragedy that history has forgotten.

5. The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

Ariel is a refugee and the sole survivor of an attack on his small village who now lives in West Virginia, and his story will have you questioning what it is to be human.

6. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

After moving around for 5 years to escape the demons of her father’s PTSD, Hayley and her dad are finally settling down. But is this truly her chance at a normal life?

7. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly Stephanie Oakes

A hard-hitting yet ultimately hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith…and having faith in yourself.

8. Blind by Rachel Dewoskin

Emma lost her sight in a nightmare accident, and after her classmate is found dead, she’ll have to untangle what happened in order to see for herself what makes life worth living.

9. Pointe by Brandy Colbert

When Theo’s oldest friend returns home after four long years with his kidnapper, Theo must choose between telling the truth and keeping quiet – both options with unfathomable consequences.

You read the book. You saw the movie. And now you’re wondering–what should I do next? The answer is obvious: read more books! Here are seven novels that bring the mystery, romance, friendship, and road trip fun that John Green’s Paper Towns made you crave.

8 YA Books To Read With Your Mom

This Mother’s Day, start a book club for two with your mom–these 8 novels will give you plenty to talk about during your standing phone date.

1. SAINT ANYTHING by Sarah Dessen

Suggested discussion topics: The many meanings of family, and how to find the strength to figure out who you really are.

2. I WAS HERE by Gayle Forman

Suggested discussion topics: How to deal with grief and loss, and the healing power of forgiveness. 

3. I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson

Suggested discussion topics: The complexities of sibling relationships, art as a form of self-expression, and the aches and pains of growing up. 

4. BLYTHEWOOD by Carol Goodman

Suggested discussion topics: The spooky lushness of the world of Blythewood, theories about what will happen to the characters in the rest of the series, and how you’d both totally jump at the chance to attend a school for magic, in spite of how dangerous they always seem to be. 

5. MOSQUITOLAND by David Arnold

Suggested discussion topics: The lengths you would go to reach out to the people you love, how we all feel a little strange sometimes (just like Mim), and your favorites among the fascinating kaleidoscope of characters you’ll meet on this 1,000 mile journey.

6. Paper Towns by John Green

Suggested discussion topics: The ways in which we idealize people, and how important it is to see them for who they really are as human beings, not just who we want them to be. Also, how you definitely need to go on a road trip ASAP.

7. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Suggested discussion topics: This memoir in verse explores not only the author’s experiences growing up, but also the stories we pass down through generations and how important it is to give voice to our past. It’s a great opportunity to ask your mom about her childhood and see if you learn something you never knew before. 

8. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Possible discussion topics: The fundamental importance of the written word, and that fuzzy grey area between truth and fact. 

What books do you and your mom both love?

“Red and Kitty provide a framework for the somewhat anarchic world that the kids live in. The original title of That 70s Show was Teenage Wasteland, but it’s never a wasteland with Red and Kitty around because they’re not going to let the kids go to seed. They’re going to struggle to keep the kids moving towards what they think is right.”

—Director David Trainer on Red and Kitty, A Talk With David Trainer,     S2 DVD Bonus Features