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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

I went into this book not knowing what to think. I had read “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon and absolutely loved it! My opinion of her debut novel was so high that I rea anything could surpass, or even come close to how I felt about the first. While I will admit I do love Everything, Everything more, “The Sun Is Also A Star” came insanely  close.

I personally found it hard to relate to Natasha. She did things I never would have done and she held back on saying things that I would have divulged much earlier on. I feel like she was mean when she didn’t need to be, and her pessimistic attitude rubbed me the wrong way.  I did love when she was outspoken! Tasha is a strong and opinionated young woman who does not give up easily, and I admire that.

I found myself relating much more to Daniel! Daniel is an optimistic dreamer. He’s the nice guy who wants to make others happy.

Oh, and the funny bits!! Actual laugh out loud moments! Two of my absolute favorites (without spoiling anything of course) are 1. Natasha singing Karaoke and 2. Daniels dad and brother meeting Tasha for the first time. I just couldn’t stop laughing! I’m not sure whether it’s because that’s just what I do in awkward  situations…but these moments were highly relatable and incredibly funny moments.

As funny as these moments were, there were moments that were equally heartbreaking as well. With heavy subjects such as Racism, stereotypes, suicide, deportation, first loves and first heartbreaks, this story will give you lots to think about.

A wonderful contemporary romance with some top notch diverse characters! After spending less than one day with Natasha and Daniel, they will seem like old friends.

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Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

 

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The Darkest Part of the Forest

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

 

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