Spring is the season of change and transition. No matter what you my be experiencing in your life that may be new, these books provide a fun and interesting approach to coping with the inevitable change in our lives.
A Little Friendly Advice
by Siobhan Vivian
Instead of a shiny new car on her sixteenth birthday, Ruby receives an unexpected visit from her absentee dad. Or as she likes to call him, Jim.
Ruby’s friends try to help her make sense of her chaotic feelings, and her best friend Beth recommends that she put Jim out of her mind and forget all about him. After all, that’s what Ruby’s mother does—push through awkward conversations and ignore the fact that everything is coming apart at the seams. Ruby tries, but when she stumbles upon a hidden letter, everything changes. She’s forced to ask herself: how far is too far to protect a friend? What danger is there in telling the truth? But most importantly, what is the truth?
Rife with themes about betrayal, forgiveness, honesty and letting go—A Little Friendly Advice by Siobhan Vivian is simply spectacular.
Can’t Look Away
by Donna Cooner
Can’t Look Away is a fantastic book about a teenage blogger who recently lost her sister. Torrey lives each day in regret of her last angry words to her sister before being killed by a drunk driver. Forced to move to a new town, attend a new school and meet new friends, Torrey learns to accept her sister’s death. She becomes stronger despite the mean comments people post about her blog. Torrey is an inspiration in which readers can easily relate.
By Stephanie Hale
Twisted Sisters by Stephanie Hale is the sequel to Revenge of the Homecoming Queen, however it can certainly be read as a stand-alone book. In Twisted Sisters, the smart-yet-materialistic heroine, Aspen Brooks, continues her investigative ways in a new setting—college. Her detective friend, whose career she saved in the first novel by solving his case, tells her that his niece disappeared on campus and hasn’t been found since. She vanished from the Zeta House—the most popular sorority on campus, and the one that Aspen desperately wants to be in. College turns out to be harder than she once thought, as Aspen’s roommate ends up being her high-school nemesis turned “groupie-stalker.” And once people start disappearing, it’s up to Aspen to determine who’s at fault, and who’s keeping secrets. Stephanie Hale’s heroine is charismatic, intelligent, pithy and doesn’t falter for a minute.
The Edge of Me
by Jane Brittan
Sanda, the daughter of two Serbian immigrants, has lived in London her entire life—or so she thought. Her parents argue throughout the night, but during the day Sanda’s house is tense and silent. Her parent’s evade her questions about their pasts using cryptic answers and misdirection, and before long they begin acting strangely. Her father is burning files in a trashcan as she leaves for school, and her mother is constantly on edge. Sanda’s life perks up when her dream-boy, Joe, asks her out on a date. But her world is quickly flipped upside down when she arrives home one day to find her parents missing—gone without a trace. Before she can even blink Sanda is kidnapped and transported to Bosnia, where she discovers her parents true role in the great Bosnian War. Her ordeal transforms her, and as she travels and meets new companions, always an inch away from danger. Sanda learns that she is capable of much more than she once thought. Her adventure is one of peril, friendship, family and intrigue. The Edge of Me by Jane Brittan is a compelling read that won’t disappoint.