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The Beautiful Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524738174
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 8th, 2019

After fleeing France in an attempt to start fresh and leave her past behind, Celine decides to begin her new life in the dazzling and magical city of New Orleans in 1872. What she did not count on though, is New Orleans being ruled by the dead. When Celine is suddenly thrust into the glamourous yet dangerous underworld of New Orleans, La Cour des Lions, she catches the eye of the handsome and mysterious leader, Sebastien Saint Germain. As Bastien and Celine grow closer, doubt begins to build as the bodies of young women begin to show up throughout New Orleans, and Celine has a feeling Bastien knows more than he is letting on. 
I loved this dazzling historical fiction, fantasy novel by Renée Ahdieh. The first of a new series, The Beautiful is enchanting, dark, and romantic. Renée Ahdieh has always been one of my favorite young adult authors, and this novel did not disappoint. If you or anyone you know loved the Twilight series, this new Renée Ahdieh series is definitely worth checking out!

The Sun and Her Flowers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781449486792
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 3rd, 2017

After reading and experiencing the beauty of the poetry in Milk and Honey, I knew I had to read Rupi Kaur’s second collection of poetry, The Sun and Her Flowers. As expected, it did not disappoint. One of my favorite things about Kaur’s writing is her startling ability to make her audience experience and feel the different emotions each line brings. 
Much like it’s predecessor, Milk and HoneyThe Sun and Her Flowers is artfully broken into five parts; wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. Each part bringing more hope and light than the last. This poetry collection is an expansive journey all in itself, a journey of loss, recovering, honoring one’s roots, personal growth, healing, and most importantly, love.

The Selection Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062059949
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Published: HarperTeen - March 26th, 2013

In this fairy tale style dystopian series, thirty-five girls are chosen from all different castes to participate in the Selection. For many, the Selection is the opportunity of a lifetime, an opportunity to compete for not only Prince Maxon’s heart, but also a life full of riches. 
America Singer though, wants no part of the Selection or the crown when she is selected. For her, the Selection means not only leaving her beloved family behind, but also her childhood best friend and love, Aspen. After meeting and gradually beginning to understand  and care for Prince Maxon though, America begins to question what it is that she really wants. 
The first in The Selection series, The Selection is filled with political intrigue, action, and romance. This is definitely one of my favorite young adult dystopian series!

Stray: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101875964
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Published: Knopf - May 19th, 2020

Stray is a memoir written by the extremely talented bestselling author of Sweetbitter, Stephanie Danler. Split into three parts, mother, father, and monster, Danler dives into topics that are unfortunately familiar to many. These topics include trauma during adolescence, failed familial love, and addiction. 
I loved this memoir because of how completely raw and honest the writing is. While Stray shines a light on many dark subjects, Stephanie Danler’s story is ultimately one of inner strength, courage, and hope.

To Speak for the Trees: My Life's Journey from Ancient Celtic Wisdom to a Healing Vision of the Forest Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735275072
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Published: Random House Canada - September 24th, 2019

To Speak for the Trees is a work of nonfiction that is just as dedicated to telling the story and importance of trees as the author, Diana Beresford-Kroeger. Raised in Ireland, Diana always felt a certain pull and connection to nature, specifically, trees. After tragically being left orphaned, Diana’s future was unknown until the elders, scholars and farmers of the Lisheens valley in County Cork took her under their wing. Here she was taught the ancient Celtic ways of healing the mind, body, and soul with natural remedies. This was just the beginning of her understanding of how vital to our lives trees really are. 
I love learning knew things, especially about nature and biology. Diana’s expansive knowledge of botany is easy to soak up throughout this novel because of how passionately it is told. If you’re looking for an excellent nonfiction book that incorporates an inspiring life story and science this is the perfect read. 

Breath Like Water Cover Image
ISBN: 9781335050236
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Published: Inkyard Press - May 19th, 2020

Susannah Ramos has always been the best of the best when it comes to swimming. After winning gold at Worlds when she was only 14 though, her swimming career begins to take a bit of a dive. Frustrated with her lack of progress and not being able to adapt to her new more mature body, Susannah fears she will never be able to go back to being the champion she once was.
Enter the newest addition to the GAC swim club, Harry. Charming and free spirited, Harry might be just what Susannah needs to shake things up. As their relationship continues to develop and grow stronger, these two head strong swimmers begin to realize that being just friends might not be possible. 
If you’re looking for a sweet and touching story about overcoming fear, self love, and romance, you won’t regret reading this young adult novel. 

A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel Cover Image
By Isabel Allende, Nick Caistor (Translated by), Amanda Hopkinson (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781984820150
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 21st, 2020

Hundreds of thousands of Spanish people are fleeing their homes after fascists take over the government following the Spanish Civil War. Roser and Victor are among those refugees. Victor is the brother of Roser’s deceased love and husband. Left pregnant and widowed,  Roser marries Victor in order to ensure protection for Roser on their epic journey to Chile, the long petal of the sea. 

This story is filled with excitement, hope, love, and war. I loved A Long Petal of the Sea and if you’re a lover of historical fiction, this book is most definitely worth a read. 

Maybe This Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338210088
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Published: Point - July 9th, 2019

Sophie Evans is a junior in high school trying to figure a way out of her small southern town and to New York to pursue her big dreams in the big city. Since she works at the only florist in her small town, she finds herself setting up arrangements at every event, big or small.

To her dismay, the snobbish and arrogant son of famous new-to-town chef Jett Hart is also required to be at every event, taking photos for his father. What starts out as mutual hatred gradually develops into a unique friendship, and possibly more, after these two realize that just maybe they have more in common then they first thought.

Maybe This Time is a sweet young adult romance and coming of age story all about finding yourself and never judging a book by its cover. This is the perfect light read for escaping from reality.  

A Good Neighborhood: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250237279
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 10th, 2020

Everything was going just fine in Oak Knoll, a tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood, until the Whitmans moved in. As a professor of forestry and ecology, it is fair to say that Valerie Alston- Holt loves her trees and has done her fair share of tree-hugging. Her favorite tree though, is the grand 6- feet in diameter, historic one that stands right on the property line between the Whitman's brand new home, and Valerie's. When Valerie begins to notice that her tree, the one she loves almost as much as her son, is beginning to die, she decides to take a stand. One that begins a feud between the two families. Caught in the crossfire in this war between neighbors are star-crossed lovers, Xavier Alston- Holt and Juniper Whitman. 

One of my favorite parts of this story is the way it is told. Therese Anne Fowler has written this novel in a way that includes us, the readers, in as if we were a part of this story and neighborhood ourselves. Beautifully heartbreaking, this novel shines a light on topics like race, class, and even sexual assault. This was an excellent read, and I couldn't put it down. 

We Were Beautiful Cover Image
ISBN: 9780310766438
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Published: Blink - April 2nd, 2019

Mia is haunted by the horrible accident that completely altered her life forever. As a result of that accident, her sister is now dead, her mother has abandoned her, her father can’t bear to look at her, and on top of it all, a scar that takes up one half of her face won’t allow her to heal and move on. After being sent to NYC to begin the healing process on her own, Mia meets the exuberant, spontaneous, blue-haired Fig, who introduces Mia to her equally eccentric group of friends. Together these friends, in particular, Cooper, show Mia that there is still room in her heart for love and happiness. 

This book has everything a great coming of age story should -  tragedy followed by self- growth, acceptance, and love. We Were Beautiful by Heather Hepler shines a light on the message that truly accepting love and forming meaningful relationships starts with loving and accepting yourself and all of your flaws. You definitely won’t regret picking this one up.I sure didn’t!