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March 2024

The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich

by Deya Muniz

Lady Camembert disguises herself as Count Camembert in order to inherit her late Father’s money. Women after all, aren’t allowed to inherit that type of thing. She moves to the capital so that she can hide amongst the crowds. Keeping the disguise up is hard though, especially when she falls for the Princess who just happens to become one of her best friends. As the two grow closer, what will happen when the Princess discovers Camembert’s secret? Will the lie destroy the friendship? Or will love be in the air?

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook.

Recommended by: Erin Faxel, Youth Services Teen Librarian

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


The Obsession

by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Logan is obsessed with Delilah. He learns everything he can about her by going through all of her social media posts, following her, and even putting up hidden cameras outside of her house. He thinks that he’s romantic and that he is her protector. When he catches Delilah killing her mom’s abusive boyfriend one day, he realizes that he can use that to keep Delilah close to him forever. After all, he knows her deepest darkest secret. Or does he?  Delilah is over men controlling her, and will do whatever it takes to make Logan stop stalking her. She has other secrets after all. Ones that even Logan doesn’t know about. And she will do whatever it takes to keep them.

Recommended by: Erin Faxel, Youth Services Teen Librarian

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


February 2024

Forestborn

by Elayne Audrey Becker

Shifters, those with the ability to change their physical characteristics to match any human as well as possessors of three unique animal forms, are feared. In the world of Alemara, there is a growing divide between magical beings and humanity. Rora, a spy for the Telyan king is given an unconventional task: to journey to find a cure for the “Fallow Throes,” a disease that is plaguing humanity. Alongside her beloved brother, Helos and mistrustful crown prince, Weslyn; Rora must return to the dangerous land she ran away from as a child. Elayne Audrey Becker weaves Rora’s journey with thrilling adventures, political intrigue and quiet self-discovery amidst a beautifully realized fantasy world. Readers will find through the well-written characters and their struggles and triumphs alike that magic is not to be feared, but cherished.

Recommended by: Alex Pappas, Youth Services Reference Librarian

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


Creep: A Love Story

by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Lanny and Nico are the perfect popular couple. They seem to have everything…. Including a stalker. Rafi is obsessed with the couple. She follows them, photographs them, and sets up special events for them. She becomes their “friend”… at least in her mind she does. She even goes as far as becoming Nico’s little sister’s babysitter just so that she can be in his house. As she falls deeper and deeper into her obsession, what will happen if the perfect couple isn’t so perfect after all? What if they break up? Rafi will do anything to keep that from happening, but how far is too far?

Recommended by: Erin Faxel, Youth Services Teen Librarian

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


Chaos Theory

by Nic Stone

Shelbi is bipolar and is trying to just get through life day by day. She believes that the solution to her problems is to not get close to anyone, that way she won’t get hurt again. Andy’s life is falling apart and he thinks the only way to solve his problems is by drinking them away. When Shelbi accidently becomes friends with Andy, they find that maybe, just maybe, they’ll be able to be what each other needs to turn things around. This is an amazing mental health story that will open your eyes to how some people are dealing with certain conditions.

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook and e audiobook.

Recommended by: Erin Faxel, Youth Services Teen Librarian

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


In Limbo

by Deborah Lee

A clear depiction of feeling like you don’t fit in for being different. Deborah (Jung Jin) emigrated from Korea with her family, so her English isn’t perfect, she has a very Korean name, and physically she just doesn’t look like her peers. She feels like she sticks out like a sore thumb, and she can’t even find comfort in her own home with how much her parents constantly argue. Without a place to belong to Deborah’s mental health plummets. Could connecting to her roots and a trip to Korea help her accept herself?

Recommended by: Ayla Franco, Youth Services Assistant

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


January 2024

Running Past Dark

by Han Nolan

A young adult mystery in which Scottie is determined to discover why her twin sister, with a male gym teacher in the car, ran into a stonewall killing them both. Scottie is harassed at home and at school as she has accused the teacher of raping her sister. While her mother loses herself in alcohol to cope, Scottie takes up ultrarunning. While she runs she tries to figure out what really happened to her sister and who might be still alive who is responsible.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Services Reference Librarian

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


All These Bodies

by Kendare Blake

In 1958 a serial killer is leaving bodies throughout the Midwest. All of them completely drained of blood. The final murders happen in a small Minnesota farmhouse. The only difference between the first murders and the last is that there is a 15 year old female survivor covered head to toe in blood at the final scene. The son of the sheriff is tasked to talk to this girl in order to figure out what part she played in the murders. The big questions are: Where did all the blood go? What really happened? And how did a girl end up in the middle of all of it? Pick up this thriller to find out!

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive as an ebook and e audiobook

Recommended by: Erin Faxel, Youth Services Teen Librarian

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


The Dragons Club

by Cyn Bermudez

Faith, a gifted violinist teen, is a recipient of a scholarship at a prestigious private art school. The turmoil in her home life makes school focus and attendance a constant struggle. Her beloved sister’s drug addiction has impacted her mentally and emotionally to great extent and her last chance to maintain her scholarship comes with one condition. She’s required to join a freshly created youth support group. Although hesitant at first, the Dragons Club becomes an outlet, an oasis, and a life-changing experience. Bermudez’s portrayal of substance abuse and its impact is presented in a very compelling and touching way in this tale. Written in verse, this beautiful and realistic short novel brings us a hopeful tale about coping with anxiety while pursuing connection, strength, and self preservation.

Recommended by: Fanny Camargo, Youth Services Librarian

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


Buzzing

by Samuel Sattin

Thoughts can overtake us sometimes but for Isaac his thoughts and worries never leave. He is constantly at war with his “buzzing” thoughts. Being diagnosed with OCD at such an early age has left him feeling very lonely, especially with his mom monitoring his every move. One day he is approached by a group of kids inviting him to be a part of their ”Swamps & Sorcery group.  And he’s felt so much better now that the bees aren’t bothering him so much but does his mom approve of his new friends and hobbies?

Recommended by: Ayla Franco, Youth Services Assistant

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


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