Up until his 11th birthday, Harry Potter believed his parents died in a car accident, he was nothing more than an ordinary boy, and his only family members were his aunt and uncle Vernon and Petunia Dursley and his horrible cousin Dudley Dursley. However, in the weeks leading up to his 11th birthday his life takes a magical turn. He begins to receive letters that his uncle Vernon confiscates immediately. On his 11th birthday, he finally receives the letter from a very large man named Hagrid who breaks into their house. Harry finds out he isn't just a regular kid, he is a wizard, and so were his parents. From that day forward Harry's life would never be the same and it definitely would never be "normal" again. J.K. Rowling creates an amazing journey for not only Harry and his new best friends Ron and Hermione but also for the reader. This is a MUST read for everyone and a well-loved story around the world. And don't worry, after you finish this book, there are 6 more Harry Potter stories to keep you busy!
Lara Jean's life is pretty mundane. That is, until all five of her secret love letters get mailed out mysteriously. Now, all Lara Jean's crushes from throughout her life know that she liked them, and her life is spiraling out of control. One of these letters was sent to none other than her sisters' ex-boyfriend. In order to attempt to escape a few awkward situations she starts fake dating another one of her old crushes, Peter Kavinsky. This lighthearted romantic young adult book is great for when you are looking for a cute love story.
Whether it's The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, or any of John Green's other young adult books, you know that you are in for a great read the moment you pick up the book. Turtles All the Way Down is no exception to this. This book follows 16-year-old Aza and her best friend Daisy as they attempt to find fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett and collect the hundred-thousand-dollar reward. Along the way Aza re-connects with her childhood best friend who also happens to be Russell Pickett's son, Davis. Dealing with mental-health problems and the recent death of her father, we follow Aza as she discovers more about herself, those she is close to, and the world around her.
It isn't always easy to understand or even simply read the complicated policies and ideas that are going through congress and potentially changing the future of our country forever. However, Bernie Sanders helps to explain his own ideas better in this book. Although it is targeted for young adults, this book is a great read for anyone who is new to government and politics or who wants to learn more about Bernie Sanders' ideas on topics such as immigration, healthcare, climate change, and much more. I would highly recommend this book to readers of all levels who are interested in learning more about the different ideas that are being presented by politicians today.
In this dystopian future, a religious totalitarian government has taken control of the country after the second American Civil War. In this society, women have no rights and are seemingly slaves to the men and the biblical society they live in. The Handmaid's Tale is a first-person account of Offred, one of the handmaids, experiences. You will not want to put this book down once you start reading.
It’s unique to find an author who can truly make you laugh out loud while reading a book, Colin Jost is able to do just that in his memoir A Very Punchable Face. One of my favorite memoirs, Jost tells stories from his high school, college, and Saturday Night Live days. This book is sure to make you smile, laugh, and cry and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a book to take your mind of the crazy events happening in the world.
Have you ever wondered what happens to Anne de Bourgh after Mr Darcy marries Elizabeth Bennet instead of her? In Molly Greeley's novel The Heiress you can find out! A wonderfully captivating story of growth, liberation, and love this book gives an amazing glimpse into the world of a Jane Austen and is sure to keep you wanting to read more.
Life and relationships are complicated, that is something we all know and most likely have experienced for ourselves. Sally Rooney explores this well-shared experience in her novel Normal People. Following two young adults, Marianne and Connell, we see how their relationship changes throughout the stages of their life. From high school to college Sally Rooney beautifully shares the ups and downs of not only a romantic relationship between Marianne and Connell, but their deep friendship and bond that grows immensely throughout the story. This novel is captivating and relatable; I was hardly able to put the book down.
Daisy Jones & The Six is a fictional story that follows the rise and fall of a rock band in the 1970s. Told in the format of an interview with the band members looking back on their glory days, you are sure to remain intrigued the entire time. Taylor Jenkins Reid creates a world, and a band, like none other. I would highly recommend this book that will give you a glimpse into what 70s rock truly was.
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