Hopkins' books were all the rage when I was in high school, and it took me several years to finally get around to reading one. Identical is about twin girls who suffer unspeakable acts at the hands of their father, while their absent mother looks the other way. Part of what makes Hopkins' books so approachable is the fact that she writes the entirety of the novel in verse. While she addresses difficult topics in her books, they are excellent introductions to the darker side of life, and how cruel people can be.
Mamrie has long been one of my favorite Youtubers, producing a weekly show where she creates a unique cocktail for someone in pop culture who deserves it most that week. She brings the same wit and raunchy humor to her debut book, You Deserve a Drink. Each chapter tells of a 'boozy misadventure' that will have you crying of laughter (and sympathy embarrassment). Mamrie also provides the tools necessary for an adult Choose-Your-Own-Adventure - unique cocktail recipes! So make yourself a "Key Lime Crime", "Angry Brazilian" or "Spears-mint Mojito", change into a baggy shirt and sweatpants, and drink every time this book makes you laugh out loud! (Better hand over your keys and lock your cell phone).
The adult-therapy-coloring trend has arrived full swing at Saturn Booksellers. The Magic Garden is full of black and white plants and flowers to color in however your heart desires - and it's only one of a dozen or more varieties we have in stock! These books are perfect for when you're feeling stressed, have a long flight ahead of you, or simply want to revert back to your childhood for an hour or two.
Aaron lives in a world exactly like our own, except a breakthrough surgery, Leteo, is sweeping the nation. Leteo allows patients to choose memories they want erased, without the happy parts of their lives being eliminated. Aaron is a poor boy living in the project, but has a solid group of friends and a steady job at the local supermarket. Life is pretty average, until a new kid, Thomas, moves in down the street. Thomas's arrival upsets the delicate ecosystem that Aaron inhabits, and he has to confront parts of himself that he'd rather not.
Most people know Judd Apatow for his laugh-out-loud comedy movies, of which I'm a big fan. The book he just released, Sick in the Head, is a compilation of interviews he has done with his fellow comedians. Everyone from Jon Stewart to Stephen Colbert, Lena Dunham to Jimmy Fallon, and loads more, shares their stories with Judd in this funny, yet surprisingly touching, book. If you are a comedy fan to any extent, you need to pick up this book.
While I was away in Denmark for a semester, I took a course about environmental crisis in literature. One of the books I wrote about in my final exam was Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake. While it was required reading for school, which usually means it's a bit of a bore, this could not be more opposite. Oryx and Crake is about a world incredibly different, yet eerily similar, to our own. Snowman is the only true human left, and describes how the world has come to be in its current state. It all comes down to Crake, Snowman's genius best friend, and Oryx, the mysterious girl they both are in love with. Atwood is a master at her craft, and I'm very grateful this is the first in a trilogy so I can see what happens to these characters next.
I originally picked up this book because was made into a movie and, of course, the book is always better. If I Stay is about Mia, a cellist who will soon be on her way to Julliard. Until, that is, one snowy day in Oregon when she and her family get into a horrific car accident. Both of her parents die, and Mia is left in-between the world of the living and that of the dead. It’s up to her to decide – does she pass on to the next world to join her parents, or does she fight to stay alive?
Whenever Maggie Stiefvater comes out with a new book, I get my hands on it as soon as humanly possible. Her previous stand-alone novel, The Scorpio Races, is a permanent staff pick of mine.
Sinner is a follow-up to her bestselling series about werewolves. Has-been rock star Cole St. Clair has recently moved to Los Angeles to film a reality TV show. It just so happens to also be the city where his old flame resides. Cole struggles to balance being on camera 24/7, his pursuits of Isabel's affection, recording a new album, and the ever-present urge to turn into a wolf.
This is not a book about werewolves. It's a book about relationships, the dangers of addiction, and the power music has to heal us.
Nora lives in a refurbished farmhouse with her mom. She lives a seemingly normal high school life, until she’s stuck with the creepy kid Patch as a lab partner. He drives her insane, and science soon becomes her most dreaded subject because it means she has to put up with him for an entire hour every school day. However, as Nora begins to learn more and more about Patch, her feelings about him change. Patch is a fallen angel – he was put on this earth to protect her. The closer they get, the more danger Nora seems to be in. Can he really do what he was sent here to do, or will he fail to keep Nora safe?
I remember learning all about the historical city of Lowell, Massachusetts, in my high school history classes. Francis Cabot Lowell, the city's founder, traveled to Europe in the early 1800s to memorize the blueprint for a cotton mill, and returned to the US to build one from scratch. The city of Lowell is touted as being the first opportunity for women to escape from the family farm and make their own income. The Daring Ladies of Lowell tells the fictional story of one such mill girl.
Alice finally has a chance at independence. She recently got a job as a mill girl, and moves to Lowell to begin her new life. She soon becomes best of friends with Lovey, a spirited girl whose antics have earned her a less-than-desirable reputation in town. When mill owner's son Samuel Fiske comes to check on things at the mill, Alice catches his eye, and a whirlwind romance begins. However, it is cut short when Lovey gets murdered, and the town becomes caught up in turmoil and scandal. Alice has to choose between her loyalties to Samuel and the mill girls, and both options have severe consequences.