New Teen Reads

Fade to Blue by Sean Beaudoin

If you liked Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe, you’ll enjoy this strange, fun, adventure tale of Goth girl, Sophie and her brother, O.S. as they try to figure out what happened to their missing father, I think.  Actually, I’m not sure what this book was about but it was fun.



What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Need I say more?  Well, okay.  I stayed up ’til 2:30 to finish it.  Good story, likable characters, nicely done.  Not sure if it’s Printz-worthy, but still a good read.  After a very public & messy divorce, McLean has spent the past 3 years moving around the country with her restaurant consultant father.  She’s re-invented herself in each place.  But how and when should she decide to just be herself?

Shine by Lauren Myracle

I actually enjoyed it!  Got a little preachy about the evils of meth, but still a good read.  After Cat’s best friend Patrick is the victim of a hate crime, she takes it upon herself to figure out who did it.  And to do that she has to stir up a hornet’s nest in her small town, get over her sexual molestation, and reconnect with friends & family she hasn’t spoken to since that happened.  This line from the PW review is accurate: “The final faceoff strains believability and the conclusion is a tad neat, but readers will find themselves thinking about Cat’s complicated rural community long after the mystery has been solved. Ages 14-up.”

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