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Like, Try, Why #69

If you like PREP, read FRANNIE AND TRU

Here’s why: Frannie and Tru follows Frannie, a fifteen-year-old girl growing up in Baltimore. She’s always idolized her cousin Tru, who is charismatic, rich, and charming—everything Frannie wants to be. When she overhears her parents saying that after a bad coming-out experience, Tru will be visiting them for the summer, Frannie is excited, and desperate to impress him. He soon becomes Frannie’s key to a cooler life, sneaking her into a club, introducing her to boys who play in a pop-punk band, and including her in his plans to make the leap into the Prettyboy Reservoir—a dangerous dare. But even as Frannie gets swept up in Tru’s devil-may-care way of life, she begins to wonder if Tru has something to hide. Like Prep, this is a powerful coming-of-age story that addresses the real issues of race, class, and sexuality that modern-day teenagers face. You’ll relate to the problems, both big and small, that Frannie encounters as she leaves her comfort zone and confronts the world.


If you like Code Name Verity, try Traitor Angels

Here’s why: Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Milton, the daughter of notorious poet John Milton, suspects her father has been training her for a mission whose purpose she cannot fathom. Until one night the reason becomes clear: the king’s men arrive at her home and arrest her father. Determined to save him, Elizabeth follows his one cryptic clue and journeys to Oxford, accompanied by her father’s mysterious young houseguest, Antonio Vivani, a darkly handsome Italian scientist. Antonio seems just as determined to protect her father as she is–but can she trust him with her heart? When the two discover that Milton has planted an explosive secret in the half-finished Paradise Lost, Elizabeth is faced with a devastating choice: cling to the shelter of her old life or risk cracking the code, unleashing a secret that could save her father…and tear apart the very fabric of society.


If you like Shadow and Bone, try The Crown’s Game

Here’s why:  Vika andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters–the only two in Russia–and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side. And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill–the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death. Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter–even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has? For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with–beautiful, whip smart, imaginative and and he can’t stop thinking about her. And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love…or be killed himself. As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear…the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.