good ya books

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#TheSquint for @shipnation

Where did all those feelings go? People spend their whole lives looking for love. Poems and songs and entire novels are written about it. But how can you trust something that can end as suddenly as it begins?
—  Nicola Yoon, The Sun is Also a Star

Guess who just finished reading lord of shadows also guess who is sobbing in the corner of the room

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Cats are like books. It’s a waste of time to try and explain their worth to those who don’t appreciate them.

Today is the book birthday of an amazing book that I’ve been waiting for for a long time. 

Angie Thomas’s Black Lives Matter-inspired novel The Hate U Give came out in the US today. Look, this book was so amazing that at least THIRTEEN different publishing houses fought to get their hands on it and it was optioned before it was published (the film, starring problematic young’n Amandla Stenberg, will be out at some point within the next year or so). 

I bought two copies of this book: one for me and one for my 13 year old niece who is trying to be active in talking about social justice in the things she loves and literally begged for a copy of T.H.U.G. when I read her the summary. 

I follow Angie on twitter and I am a HUGE fan! She’s amazing and badass. I just can’t wait to read the book that has everyone in the publishing world talking. T.H.U.G. already has high accolades from multiple major review platforms on top of hitting the top of best seller charts. Oh my gosh!

Now, to get you excited, here’s the summary from Amazon:

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

If you’re interested in this AMAZING book, you can head over to Amazon to pick up a copy right now! 

Spring Awakening Characters as Books They Should Read
  • Melchior: An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, Six of Crows (and the Grisha series) by Leigh Bardugo, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak
  • Moritz: The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab, The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, The Wednesday Wars by Gary. D. Schmidt
  • Hanschen: More Than This by Patrick Ness, Lord of the Flies by William Goulding, Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Ernst: The Marvels by Brian Selznick, I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Hernst: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sàenz
  • Otto: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, The Colorado Kid by Stephen King, An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  • Wendla: Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan, Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Orbiting Jupiter by Gary. D. Schmidt
  • Martha: The Color Purple by Alice Walker, The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, The Diviners by Libba Bray, Anthony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare
  • Ilse: Audacity by Melanie Crowder, Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, Popular by Maya Van Wagenen
  • Thea/Melitta: Untwine by Edwidge Danicat, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • Georg: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (srsly), Me & Earl & the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, A Series of Unfortunate Evens by Lemony Snicket