Far From the Tree was one of the best books I've read in a long time. It deals with teen pregnancy, foster care, bullying, and so much more.
For Grace, life was pretty good. She was adopted by a wonderful family and fell in love. Well, she thought she did. When Grace finds out she’s pregnant, she tells her parents and her boyfriend. However, when she tells his parents, his dad freaks out and breaks them apart.
Maya's life was okay. She got adopted at birth, and three months later she found out she was going to be a big sister. Maya always felt out of place in her family of redheads since she had brown hair and no freckles, unlike everyone else. Maya and her little sister go through a traumatic experience that no one should ever have to go through and makes decisions that could change Maya’s life forever.
Joaquin, unlike both his sisters, was never adopted. He lived his whole life going house to house in foster care. He knew nothing about his sisters - his whole life, he was glad he was an only child - until he finds out the truth. He loves his sisters with everything he is.
This is a beautiful story that deals with so much, but still has an amazing storyline.
Julian wants his family to understand what the Dog Star is and where to find it so that when he dies, his family can still talk to him. Pookie just wants her father, who she doesn’t even know. Joan wants Mom to chill out. Mom is like a helicopter, always circling around Julian. As Julian is dealing with a stressful life, he is also trying to find his place in the universe. He and his family move to rural Maine in a house next door to Mr. X. All Mr. X wants is to be left alone, until later when he wants to teach Julian how to swim.
This is a great story of a kid trying to find his place in a crazy world.
Emika Chen lost her father and barely survived as a teen supporting herself. Working as a waitress, Emika takes on a second job as a bounty hunter and pursues a side hobby of computer hacking. When she accidentally hacks into one of the biggest Warcross games in the world, her life takes a dramatic turn for the better...and for the worse.
Emika looks up to Hideo Tanaka. Hideo created the game Warcross and offers Emika a chance to erase her debts along with the biggest bounty she’s ever encountered. She flies out to meet him and take the job of her life. What she doesn’t know will change her life, and what she does know might possibly end it.
Adultolescence, by Gabbie Hanna, was funny and sarcastic. Not only did it make me laugh but it made me feel like I wasn't the only one going through the pain i was going through. This is a unique book that goes from the author knowing you, to you knowing the author on a personal level. I don't read poetry frequently but this was a good, funny, touching book.
I'd heard from multiple people that Looking for Alaska was about literally searching for someone. Not knowing anything about this book, I thought it was Alaska that was going to be found. However, in the beginning Miles (a.k.a Pudge) is in search of his greater purpose. Not until later in the book did I realize that Miles was actually searching for himself and happened to just stumble across Alaska and fall in love. Most of this book, to me, was about Miles finding meaning in his life, and Alaska became a part of it in ways previously unimaginable to him.