Abby is a freshman at Washington State University. Even with a busy schedule, Abby finds time to read great new books! With a passion for the Young Adult genre that she will defend to her grave, nothing makes Abby happier than a good book! She would like to be a veterinarian,environmental biologist or a duchess when she grows up.
In a wonderful retelling of The Taming of the Shrew, Kate is a blunt girl who only sees her routine. However, she is forced out of it when she is the only thing keeping her father and lab assistant in business and in the country! Great book!
Don't let the beautiful cover fool you - this intense novel follows every twist and turn in 3 women's lives during WWII. As their lives twist together, you get to see every perspective from Nazi doctor to concentration camp prisoner. So well done and worth every page!
Sometimes finding someone worth fighting for makes you realize you are worth a fight. As you watch Norah battle with OCD and agoraphobia, you end up cheering for Luke and Her, hoping Norah will see the world with rose-tainted skies for once.
In the past, women's achievements were often accredited to men's names. Benedict's amazing historical fiction follows Mitza, a young scientist, as she falls in and out of love and as her achievements are accredited to the "other Einstein."
All emotions, including love, start out as a chemical reaction in your brain. But that doesn't make it less real. Henry Page learns this the hard way as he finds his first love and first heart break. So good!
Finding strength during high school to be yourself is an uphill battle. Finding people to help you is key. Watch Libby and Frank find each other and strength, and find love.
I have always been told that true love is knowing someone's faults and loving them regardless. All the Bright Places teaches just that. Dealing with every issue from mental illness and first love, this novel touches everything, all while being deeply touching. New Favorite!
Mariebeth Klein is the modern working mother, with an intense job and a busy home life. However, when a heart attack makes her take a breath, she begins to drawn in it all and runs away. Watch her make her way back home in this amazing book!
Taking a small page from her life, Zoella writes about a young online blogger whose world gets turned upside down. A trip to America brings new sights, new pictures, and new love. Adventure on and offline and definitely worth the read!
*NO SPOILERS EDITION* Cursed Child picks up where the 7th book left off. As Albus Potter heads off to Hogwarts for the 1st time, a new prophecy looms in the darkness. A new Potter, a new bad guy, how could you not love it?Also, a Melanie and Melissa staff pick!!
High school can feel like a witch trial; this time, it really is. As the descendants of the Salem witch trials begin to lose it all, they have to confront the past in order to save the present. With a little love triangle snuck in, it is a great read.
After being fired from his life-long career and learning his childhood home is breaking down around him, Simon is sent a mysterious book about his family. His family has a curse on it as deep as the ocean, with only a few days to stop it before his sister is taken away. Very touching!
Solomon Reed is terrified to leave his world and see the outside world. But what happens when the world comes to the agoraphobic's house? Fascinating read and a well done story!
Have you read The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon? Did you dream of having your own Fraser? Emma risks it all to travel to Scotland to find her own warrior. Hilarious and well-written!
In Mary Knight's debut novel, Curly Hines has lost more to the mines in town than most can imagine. But when the coal industry threatens his mountain, Curley uses every word his grandfather has taught him to save what brings him wonder. Great read!
In Wallach's amazing new novel, Parker is taught that there is a difference between living and having a life. Fantastic, totally new type of love story!
Having a crush, falling in love, and falling out again is messy. but when Lara Jean's crushes go public in the worst way, it gets even messier. It's teenage love at it's best: complicated, twisted, but still sugar sweet. An absolutely fun read!
Finding closure after tragedy, like suicide, is not an easy journey. For Cody, it was not a journey she was expecting to take. After her best friend commits suicide, Cody grasps for answers and takes her first steps towards answering why. Absolutely touching and personally inspiring!
Follow the world famous YouTubers Danisnotonfire and Amazingphil as they talk about their adventure, lives, and YouTube careers. Hilarious and they will have you logging onto YouTube to watch them!
Panic can make us make bad decisions. Guilt can make us focus on those decisions. But, our character can make us try to fix it all. While it's Lucas, and Emily's path to redemption that starts this book, it's friendship and unexpected love that pulls you in. New fav!!
Recovering from a loss is incredibly difficult. However, finding somewhere to escape can be very helpful. for Jarn, it takes a new school to find her escape -in a little English class with bizarre experiences. Full of surprises and fun!
(16+) This beautifully written book tells how love stories change families - especially the ones with messy endings. The life of Ava Lavender makes you feel like love is wonderful but horrible all at the same time - in a good way!
After years of involvement in Afghanistan, America's departure puts the country in an interesting standpoint, especially the young women of the country. Journalist Jenny Nordbery Comes across young girls who are defying the patriarchal society they were born in - by dressing as boys these girls gain freedom and now dilemmas. An absolutely fantastic read!
Like John Green, McGovern leaves you hoping for love in unexpected places. As you watch Matthew and Amy fight to say three little words, you fall in love with their story, unexpected twists and all.
Those classic baseball movies with a romantic twist have nothing on this book. The Cinderella story gets a new 50 Shades of Grey twist; follow Chase and Amanda as they get thrown curve balls while fighting to find the sweet spot.
In a world where sadness is the most shown part of the media, it's wonderful to have a book full of random moments of happiness - definitely reminds you to smile!
There is a definite reason why these books went huge over night. Divergent is the first book to a hit series and now a movie franchise. The book will suck you in and make you wonder - can you be Dauntless, treat others with Amity, or are you Divergent?
True love is like a river – it has twists, turns, and never seems to run smooth. In Hoffman’s story, Coraline’s story of true love is exactly like the rivers she has swam in her whole life. This story of mystery, love, self-discovery, and 1920s Coney Island freak shows is an adventure and a beautiful read.
Forget the habits and sound of music stereotypes, these sisters are taking over. With no regrets and while never holding back, 10 sisters take on the world's biggest problems. And they definitely show that if nuns ruled the world, things would get done.
While trying to explain the inspiration and complicated life of Pablo Picasso, Girad creates a novel worth every minute! Beautifully thought out and wonderfully composed!
If you love John Green or are just looking for a bittersweet love story this book is for you. Robyn Schneider shows how losses can be gains and how moving on means sometimes letting go. Debate-ably fantastic!
Whether you are curious about the life of a veterinarian or you want to be on, Herriot's autobiography shows every aspect of what it takes to be a vet. Sad, happy, and funny moments included, this book is phenomenal for all ages.
This book is simply tragically beautiful. John Green gives justice of what it is like to live, love, and lose as a person with cancer. Prepare yourself for a book that will make you laugh and sob - tissues not included.
Like John Green once pointed out, some infinities are bigger than others. For Esther Earl, she fit an infinity of kindness in numbered days. As you follow her life in this book, you get a glimpse of how inspiring this star was and still is.
It's hard sometimes to remember that time was created by humans - that at one point things weren't measured by nanoseconds. So who exactly "started" time then? Find out Albom's take in the amazingly well done book!
Harry Potter SeriesHarry Potter is not only a book series, but a way of life. The series teaches you that anyone can be brave, that love is so important, and that even bad guys can surprise you. Read the series and see the story that has started a world wide community and one of the world's most successful movie series. All aboard the Hogwarts Express! Are you read to be a wizard?Also, a Melissa staff pick!
Few things can remind you of your freshman year of high school and be a good thing. Eleanor and Park is one of those few. A love story straight from high school, with a serious twist, this book is surprisingly delightful, entrenching and completely original.
If you've ever Googled your name before, you know you aren't the only person with that name. For Will Grayson and Will Grayson, their lives being to match more than their names. Amazing!
Another John Green masterpiece! Funny, touching and completely geeky, An Abundance of Katherines deals with a teenage boy being dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine. You will fall in love with Colin as he learns to fall out of it.
While most people are required to read this book for class, this classic novel is worth every minute. Dealing with racism, injustice, and growing up, Harper Lee's novel shows the evil and good in society and does so that transcends the decades. An absolute must read!Also a staff favorite for Derrick.
Percy Jackson SeriesWhile the book series may be aimed towards pre-teens, Riordan writes a tale entrancing for all ages. A happy mixture of mythology and coming-of-age dilemmas, Percy Jackson's story will suck you in and keep you throughout the whole series. You'll be wanting more, in the name of the gods.Also, a Derrick staff pick.
Brutally honest and incredibly eye opening, Night by Ellie Wiesel shows a Holocaust survivor's tale with no detail unaccounted for. A must read!Also, a Derrick and Melanie staff pick.
Like Game of Thrones with a lot more romance and a little less gore, Gabaldon's book will have you sucked in faster than you can watch the new show! Follow Claire, a nurse fresh out of WWII, as she gets sent back to Scotland in 1743 and struggles to find a balance between the past, her new present, and the old future.
High school is hard enough, but for Charlie, it’s even harder. The book that started it all, Perks reminds us all that good friends, a good song, and the right moment is all it takes to feel infinite. A must read!
One of the most famous war books of all time, All Quiet takes you through every detail of one man's story in WWI. Watch as his world goes upside down and explodes. An absolute classic!