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That’s how you know you love someone, I guess, when you can’t experience anything without wishing the other person were there to see it, too.
—  Kaui Hart Hemmings, The Descendants

That’s how you know you love someone, I guess, when you can’t experience anything without wishing the other person were there to see it, too

Kaui Hart Hemmings -The Descendants

It’s Teen Read Week and the theme is Get Away At Your Library so we’re celebrating books of EVERY genre imaginable that whisked us away from everyday life. Read on for 13 books that do an exceptional job of freeing you from reality: whether it’s to a fantasy world, the past, or simply into someone else’s shoes!

1. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Sydney’s always felt invisible, but after her brother lands in jail because of a drunk-driving accident, she starts to question her place in the family and the world.

2. Atlantia by Ally Condie

Rio’s lived her whole life in the underwater city of Atlantia until one decision changes everything and she uncovers long-hidden truths about her mother’s death, her destiny, and the complex system that governs the divide between land and sea.

3. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Ever since Hayley’s father returned from Iraq, she’s been on the move with him as he tries to escape the demons that torture him. Now, they’re back in the town she grew up in, but does she really have a chance at a normal life?

4. Isla and the Happily ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Half New York love story, half Parisian romance, the story of Isla and Josh is one that confronts the reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

5. Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

The true story of how Maya Van Wagenen followed a 1950′s popularity guide and what it taught her in a modern-day Texas high school.

6. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Escape into the mind of a heroine who’s descending quickly into villain. And peek inside the sequel, THE ROSE SOCIETY, which just came out! 

7. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar

Tired of your high school routine? Jump into Scott’s, which is made infinitely better by his honest, hilarious tips for survival inside and out of the halls. And peek inside the sequel, SOPHOMORES AND OTHER OXYMORONS, here!

8. Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche

Jump on a road trip with Michelle and Leah, who have absolutely nothing in common except the man they’re journeying to see – the biological father who abandoned them when they were little.

9. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Jay Asher’s international bestseller explores the idea of how everything is connected and the effect we have on those around us.

10. Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings

A story of friendship, identity, and transformation set in Hawaii that will instantly transport you to the sun and sand.

11. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

The tale of twins Noah and Jude is a brilliant burst of art, family, love, and tragedy that will take your heart to new heights.

12. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Travel back in time to the Great Depression with the tale of nine working-class boys from the American West who at the 1936 Olympics showed the world what true grit really meant.

13. Rookie Yearbook Four by Tavi Gevinson

A collection of art, photographs, tutorials, advice and interviews perfectly-curated to inspire you and help you celebrate the beauty, pain, and awkwardness of being a teenager. 

Raise your hand if you’re guilty of the #coverbuy. You know, the book you bought without any regard to genre, summary, or $$ in the bank. It’s ok – we’ve all felt the irresistible lure of a particularly gorgeous book cover, and in fact, we think it’s something to be celebrated. Read on for some of the covers from 2015 that made us stop, skip a heartbeat, and remember that all things good and beautiful come from bookshelves:

1. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

“An intoxicating gem of a story” deserves an intoxicating gem of a cover. Mission accomplished. This book looks like it belongs as a decoration in the palace of the Caliph of Khorasan, which the main character Shazi gets to know quite well on her quest to seek revenge on the man who had her best friend and so many other girls killed.

2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Ok this cover just feels alive. Like if you touch it you might burn yourself. In a good way. The “omg what did I just read because I’m pretty sure my life will never be the same” kind of way. 

3. Soundless by Richelle Mead

Oh hi. I like your flowy gown/cape/dress. And your intense stare. Rule of thumb: an epic fantasy deserves an epic cover. Plus, the iconic mountains in the background give you a hint of what the story was inspired by – ancient Chinese myth.

4. A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

Take me away to wherever this awesomeness this is – even it means getting whisked away from real life to ancient Mytica, just as Becca does in the story.

5. Mosquitoland by David Arnold

I’ve never seen this exact shade of turquoise before, but I am now planning on painting 75% of the walls in my house this color. Also, who can resist the girl on the bus? This cover SCREAMS witty and emotional road trip novel.

6. Zodiac and Wandering Star by Romina Russell

You had me at mix of breathtaking constellations and ominous outer space galactic splendor. These covers perfectly capture the magic that is Rho’s adventures in the 13 Horoscope houses of the Zodiac galaxy.

7. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Look closely, book lovers: this is evidence that miracles DO happen. The hardcover and paperback covers for this book are both irresistible works of art, and do the tidal wave of emotion that awaits inside justice. 

8. The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen by Katherine Howe

Somewhat creepy? Yep. Going to acquire it at any cost to read the mystery inside? Yep. 

9. Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings

This cover induces instant transportation back to summer. And guess what? So does the story: it’s a tale of friendship, identity, and transformation set on the beaches of Hawaii.

AND so you can be on the lookout in 2016, here are some upcoming stunners to expect come the new year:

10. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

Holy book gods. Will this be coming in a print? A textile of some sort that I can wear every single day? Good news: the beautiful, haunting story inside is just as incredible.

11. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

Oh. Oh my. This feels like a dark adventure I’d like to get in on. Will parasols be provided?

12. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

I’m pretty sure THIS is exactly what my high school english teacher meant about something having an “ominous” tone. Storm clouds, choppy waters, life savers drifting around…yep, if I don’t read this and find out what happened, I will never sleep again.

13. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

That lamp. Those stars. If this is what I think it is…the newest YA retellings of all YA retellings is in the works. If I had 3 wishes, they’d all be directly related to obtaining this book.

14. The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

This looks like a magnificent painting I could hang on my wall. But wait, are those wisps of smoke? Creepy…

15. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Maybe I’m not an artist but I can feel in every fiber of my being that everything is right here. The colors. The font. The moonlight on the sand dune. 

The first step to recovery is admitting that you’ve been seduced by a book cover.

What books made you guilty of the #coverbuy?