The Beautiful Between by Alyssa B. Sheinmel.
If high school were a fairy-tale kingdom, Connelly Sternin would be Rapunzel, locked not in a tower by a wicked witch but in a high-rise apartment building by the SATs and college applications—and by the secrets she keeps. Connelly's few friends think that her parents are divorced—but they're not. Connelly's father died when she was two, and she doesn't know how.
If Connelly is the Rapunzel of her school, Jeremy Cole is the crown prince, son of a great and rich New York City family. So when he sits down next to her at lunch one day, Connelly couldn't be more surprised. But Jeremy has a tragic secret of his own, and Connelly is the only one he can turn to for help. Together they form a council of two, helping each other with their homework and sharing secrets. As the pair's friendship grows, Connelly learns that it's the truth, not the secrets, that one must guard and protect. And that between friends, the truth, however harsh, is also beautiful.
This lovely and memorable debut by Alyssa B. Sheinmel contains many of the hallmark themes found in young adult literature—friendship, coming of age, finding a place to belong, and overcoming the death of a loved one. Emotionally moving from start to finish, The Beautiful Between introduces a strong new voice to the genre, a voice with a long future ahead of it.
I really want to read this one. I found it on my public library's website.
Willow: It's Hard to Keep a Secret When it's Written All Over Your Body... by Julia Hoban
Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen-year- old Willow's parents drank too much wine and asked her to drive them home. They never made it—Willow lost control of the car and her parents died in the accident. Now she has left behind her old home, friends, and school, and blocks the pain by secretly cutting herself. But when Willow meets Guy, a boy as sensitive and complicated as she is, she begins an intense, life-changing relationship that turns her world upside down.Told in an arresting, fresh voice, Willow is an unforgettable novel about one girl's struggle to cope with tragedy, and one boy's refusal to give up on her.
This sounds like one of those haunting books that stay with you for a while after you've read it(example: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson ). I have a love/hate relationship with books like this. On the one hand, I love that they leave such an impression & really make you think. On the other hand, they sometimes have the tendency to leave you with an almost creepy feeling(which I guess is kind of the point, isn't it?). A couple other examples of this type of book would be:
There are other books like this that come to mind, but these are the ones I've read so far.
Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it's not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you're a normal teenage girl, but when you're half human, half mermaid, like Lily, there's no such thing as a simple crush.Lily's mermaid identity is a secret that can't get out, since she's not just any mermaid—she's a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn't feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she's been living on land and going to Seaview High School ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems—like her obnoxious biker-boy neighbor, Quince Fletcher—but it has that one major perk: Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren't really the casual dating type—the instant they "bond," it's for life.
When Lily's attempt to win Brody's love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily ever after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.
I'm actually reading this book right now(borrowed from my public library). So far I really like it. Maybe a review will follow soon after I finish reading this one.
And finally, my last find, The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater , so far I am loving this series. I've only read Shiver so far, but I plan to get Linger from my public library as soon as I finish reading Forgive My Fins (& straighten out a few problems with my library account, long story).
Well that's all for this weeks Friday Finds. So tell me, did you find anything good this week? Feel free to comment & let me know.Have a great weekend everybody, thanks for stopping by. Ciao for now.