Fiction books for summer laughs and tears:
Big Mouth and Ugly Girl by Joyce Carol Oates
Matt is suspended for “at least” three days, after joking about bombing the high school. When his friends fail to come to his defense, Matt gets angry. Ursula, a larger than average basketball player, tells the principal the truth behind his remarks. Though Matt and Ursula barely know each other, this event draws them together and their unlikely relationship develops. Oates effectively covers the joys and pitfalls of being a teenager.
Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson
Kate has two sides. Good Kate takes care of her father and brother, makes good grades, scores high on her college-entry exam and runs track. Bad Kate applies only to MIT, goes running late at night, resents her minister father’s church duties and hates her unreliable car. She should be enjoying her senior year in high school, but finds her life spinning out of control when she receives a rejection letter from MIT, the neighbor’s house burns down and the school’s bully moves in with her family. Readers will get caught up in Kate’s life that’s out of control like a runaway train.
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
Virginia Shreve is blond with a slightly larger-than-average build making her feel like a misfit in her beautiful, slim, brown-haired family. With parents who are too wrapped up in their busy lives, Virginia turns to her best friend and older sister for advice. During lunch, Virginia hides in the bathroom where she overhears the most popular girls in school making some less than kind remarks about her. When her college sophomore brother is accused of date rape, the Shreve’s perfect family image is ruined. While seeking the truth about her brother, Virginia learns about herself.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Tris is just a normal girl, until one day she has to make her life’s biggest decision – what Faction she will choose to live in the rest of her life. She has to decide whether to leave her parents behind in the Faction Abnegation, or to choose a new, exciting Faction. After failing a test that was supposed to tell her if she belongs in Abnegation, Erudite, Dauntless, Amity or Candor, she learns that she is Divergent. Though she fails the test, she chooses Dauntless where she discovers the danger of being Divergent and how far leaders will go to rid of them. As a result, Tris experiences many adventures as she tries to understand where she belongs. She must decide where her loyalties really lie and what being Divergent truly means.
Impervious by Heather Letto
Follow Fran through the remains of the city Impervious after the War of Annihilation. Fran lives on the outskirts of society after surviving the Beast, a mysterious and terminal illness that killed off previous generations. Since the Beast is still lurking in the shadows, Fran find herself stealing hot meals with her friend, Pete and other Rebels. However, after the deaths of her mother and mentor, Fran discovers a secret that could collapse the over-controlling Council. On her journey against the Council, Fran encounters situations that test her way of thinking. Fran is compelled to face situations that will test her views on religion, peer pressure and other issues that teenage girls can relate to today in our society. Impervious is full of love, action and adventure. Can you outrun the Beast?