Book Genre: Fiction

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Cath Crowley
angela
5

On the last night of High School, Lucy goes on a quest. Her goal? To finally meet Shadow, the graffiti artist who speaks to her through his art, who she feels really gets her even though they've never met. Ed (who Lucy went on a disastrous first date with two years ago) says he knows where to...

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Hannah Moskowitz
Becker
4

Told in alternating voices, this is the story of Lio and Craig, of dealing with loss and of finding each other. Lio was a "cancer kid"--he and his twin brother both had leukemia when they were 8. Lio survived. His twin didn't. Lio has survivor's guilt, and his family didn't survive the cancer...

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James Patterson
Jennifer H
3

When Malcom and Maud Angel are Murdered, Tandy Angel and her three brothers are immediately the first suspects in their deaths. Fantastically gifted, the Angel siblings all have their own secrets to protect. And so do their parents. Have their parents perfectionist demands pushed one of them...

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Dayna Lorentz
Jennifer H
4

When a biological bomb goes off in an air duct of a shopping mall, everyone inside is quarantined for an indefinite period. The book focuses on Shay, Marco, Lexi, and Ryan, all teens who have different perspectives of the situation. People start getting sick, food runs out and violence erupts....

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Lauren DeStefano
KristinR
5

In a world where males live to age 25, and females only to age 20, Rhine is kidnapped and forced into a polygamous arranged marriage at age 16.  With four years left to live, Rhine's only hope is to escape her marriage with Linden and return to her twin brother.  But her husband is...

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Roald Dahl
MelissaS
5

Matilda. I found this book to be quite charming. The story of a young girl on her mind's journey through the stimulating and escapes of reading, Matilda's sweet nature and wisdom opens the reader's delicate heart to her...

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Sandra Cisneros
Becker
4

This short, beautifully illustrated (by Ester Hernandez) fable for grownups is not merely about the lost black and white cat of the title. Sandra is feeling lost and wonders at her 53-year-old orphan status when a friend comes to visit her in San Antonio, and the friend's cat runs off. They...

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Sean Beaudoin
Joan
3

Nick Sole has a ton of responsibility. He goes to school, helps care for his special needs sister, and then works at Rebozzo chicken plant to help pay the rent. Nick hates his job and all things that relate to chicken. The one bright spot at work, is his coworker, Petal.  All seems to be...

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Ann Patchett
Melody
5

Anders is dead. It is left to his coworker, Marina Singh, to travel into the heart of the Amazon to bring back answers for the pharmaceutical company and Anders body for his wife. Endless millions, and Anders life, have been spent on Dr. Swanson's research on the miraculous fertility of a remote...

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Malinda Lo
extra medium
5

Oh man! This is one of my favorite books of the year! Flocks of birds across North America are causing planes to crash. Reese, her debate partner David, and their teacher are stranded in Phoenix. Things are getting ugly at the airport so they decide to drive home to San Francisco because no one...

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Jonathan Evison
Michelle
5

Been a long time since a book made me laugh and cry.  Beautiful, tender and heartbreaking. I guarantee someone will make a movie and it will be a complete mockery...

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1265-1321 Dante Alighieri
Noel
5

In Sandow Birk’s Dante’s Inferno, Birk’s starkly beautiful  drawings show a street kid Dante carrying his skateboard through hell, following after a Virgil who often looks like a street bum in his robes. Together they negotiate a Los Angeles-like hell of tattered alleyways, ATMs,...

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Michael Poore
Emily
4

As soon as I finished this book I laughed and cried, I might have even clapped my hands. This John Scratch is not the devil you know, Poore does an excellent job re-imagining such a well known character. Even when he fries people alive you can't help but root for Mr. Scratch as he churns his way...

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Andrew Davidson
CJ
4

How much does truth matter?  And, if it does matter, how do you define it?  Truth is the theme of The Gargoyle, a remarkable first novel.  We meet our nameless narrator on a cocaine high, driving too fast and hallucinating.  His inevitable, catastrophic wreck leads...

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Sándor Márai
CJ
4

A century ago, a hunt occurred in a forest by a castle in the Carpathian Mountains.  What transpired that day changed the lives of three people forever -- two devoted friends and the woman they both loved.  Years later, as old men, the two come together for one last conversation, one...

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Haruki Murakami
Beckyr
5

This huge book might look intimidating, but it is very worth lugging home and cracking open. (Or get it in ebook format - it is lighter!) It is hard to describe the way the author weaves a bit of science fiction/alternate world with crime, mystery and a touching love story of two people who meet...

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Patrick Somerville
Michelle
3

A bit messy and convoluted but the story grabs you and you just need to find out how these two people's lives come together for good or bad.

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Richard Ford
Michelle
4

Ford's writing is elegant and this novel causes you to feel deeply for the young protagonist.  Besides, I love books that include North Dakota. 

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Vikram Seth
Emily
4

Complex and beautiful. Read it twice, really loved the ghazals.

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Karen Thompson Walker
Rachel F
4

A slowly-unfolding story of the earth's days lengthening told by an 11 year old girl. This is not the in-your-face apocalypse novel that I've become accustomed to. It's really the story of growing up and learning about the frailties of relationships and social constructs in the midst of a time...

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Loretta Ellsworth
Melody
4

Baxter Green cannot forget. Anything. He remembers what he ate for breakfast last Tuesday, what he wore on the first day of kindergarten, even an account number he’s only seen for a second. Baxter’s “gift” may be more trouble than it’s worth. Teachers hate when he corrects them, his classmates...

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Susan Scarf Merrell
Lisa
5

This debut novel by Susan Merrell explores one family's dilemma after adopting a damaged 18-month-old boy from a Romanian orphanage. Living in the affluent resort town of Sag Harbor, the well-meaning Latham family feels confident that all Michael needs is unconditional love to overcome his...

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Robert Goolrick
Rachel F
3

A stranger arrives in Brownsburg, Virginia. Charlie works hard to endear himself to the local butcher, his wife, and his son. I loved...

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R. J Palacio
Rachel F
5

A fifth-grader with severe facial deformities starts attending traditional school.  The narrator shifts about halfway through the book from the main character's perspective to the viewpoint of others around him.  The story is very real and poignant.  My son, who is entering sixth...

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Eleanor Henderson
Noel
5

 Jude’s Mom makes and sells glass bongs. His dad left when he was nine. Teddy’s dad is long gone and his alcoholic Mom, Queen Bee, will soon be as well. Jude and Teddy listen to punk and spend their days in a small Vermont town getting high on various drugs and causing trouble. When a...