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Tip 17: “Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.” — Neil Gaiman

QUIZ:  Which YA Book Should Be Your Next Summer Beach Read?

It’s summertime, which means you have more time for reading! No worries, we don’t mean reading for school (though, you’ll probably have to do that as well), but we do mean diving into the next perfect novel while lying on the beach. We know that you have already read, like, every YA novel out there and that you are constantly talking about your fave YA couple, but there are SO many more books waiting for your eyes to peruse. Take this quiz to discover which new book should be your next go-to:

legit-keldspar asked:

Have you read any good YA novels/series that have no romance in them? I've been looking for books like that but so far every YA book I've read has a really crappy romance plot shoehorned into it and I can't stand it anymore.

LOL, I am the opposite of you. I am completely uninterested in books without romance in it. 

thebooksellerlife had these two suggestions.

There’s Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
Winter girls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Here’s a list though from goodreads.

Anyone have any suggestions? 

There will be other lives.
There will be other lives for nervous boys with sweaty palms, for bittersweet fumblings in the backseats of cars, for caps and gowns in royal blue and crimson, for mothers clasping pretty pearl necklaces around daughters’ unlined necks, for your full name read aloud in an auditorium, for brand-new suitcases transporting you to strange new people in strange new lands.
And there will be other lives for unpaid debts, for one-night stands, for Prague and Paris, for painful shoes with pointy toes, for indecision and revisions.
And there will be other lives for fathers walking daughters down aisles.
And there will be other lives for sweet babies with skin like milk.
And there will be other lives for a man you don’t recognize, for a face in a mirror that is no longer yours, for the funerals of intimates, for shrinking, for teeth that fall out, for hair on your chin, for forgetting everything. Everything.
Oh, there are so many lives. How we wish we could live them concurrently instead of one by one by one. We could select the best pieces of each, stringing them together like a strand of pearls. But that’s not how it works. A human’s life is a beautiful mess.
—  Gabrielle Zevin, “Elsewhere”

“Because it’s kind of great, being an idea that everybody likes. But I could never be the idea to myself, not all the way.”  — pg 293, Paper Towns, John Green (Bloomsbury, December 2013 Edition)

I just finished this book recently and I absolutely loved it. The ending left me in awe. I love Margo’s complexity and Quentin’s obliviousness. One of the top bildungsroman novels I have read so far. 


The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Then I saw more. A boy, the same scanner machine above him flickering and smoking. Yellow. I felt my lips form the words, as if I had been there to say them. I saw a small red-haired girl from across a room much like this one; saw her lift a finger and the table in front of her rise several inches from the ground. Blue– again, the man’s voice in my head. A boy holding a pencil bursting into flames. Red. Cards with pictures and numbers of them held up in front of a child’s face. Green.

Chris Colfer. The accomplished singer, author and producer behind Kurt has used Glee as a springboard for other media. The 24-year-old has already written, starred in, produced and novelized his first film, Struck by Lightning and became a New York Times best-selling author after The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell. He signed a new five-book deal in November, with the fourth and fifth books in the series due in July 2015 and July 2016. Additionally, Colfer will write two picture books based on the Land of Stories and two companion books for inclusion in a holiday box set due this year. Beyond those, he’s writing a novel for teens that tells the story of a young actor taking a cross-country road trip with his fans. On the feature side, Colfer is in preproduction on the untitled Noel Coward biopic, in which he’ll play the famed playwright in a cast that includes Ian McKellen and Vanessa Redgrave.

Willow McBain is a spirited girl with few interests (mainly food and her best friend Newt) and a list of pet peeves as long as her arm. When Newt gets Willow to help him steal a car, they set in motion a bizarre series of events culminating in a summer of highway cleanup with Miss Perfect-goody-two-shoes, Maggie Ocampo, and the homicidal hunk that is Ben. Willow’s convinced her summer can’t get much worse when Newt drops the bombshell that not only is his horrible cousin coming for the summer, but he’s moving hours away at the end of it. How will Willow cope with these changes? Read to find out.

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