We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

“The trouble with denial is that when the truth comes, you aren’t ready.”

28243032In a Nutshell:  Marin ran away from home after something tragic happens in her life. She ran and never look back. Until Mabel, her long time friend, catches up to her and spends a few days with her. The entire story revolves around this visit and how they both dance around until they finally acknowledge the elephant in the room.

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Read this if… you like an emotion-driven, rather than plot-driven, read. There’s not much going on plot-wise, as the entirety of the book just paints grief, and how it affects a person. If you’re up to that melodrama, then this book’s for you. Though if you’re someone who has undergone depression or knows a loved one who did, maybe think twice so as not to open old wounds?

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City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

“If you’re going to be a thief, the first thing you need to know is that you don’t exist.”

33956433In a Nutshell:  We follow Tina (aka Tiny Girl), an orphaned girl from Congo, who runs around with a gang of thieves. As one of the heists takes her back to the place where her mother was murdered, we soon find out that theft is not the only thing on her mind. Hell-bent on getting dirt on her mother’s murderer, she soon finds out more than what she asked for.

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Read this if… you enjoy reading about a female protagonist, with a talent for theft and a splash of vengeance on the side, a whole lot of fast-paced action and mystery and just a teeny tiny drop of romance. More than the revenge, I think this was a beautiful story of appreciation, love, friendship and inner peace.

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Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt, Elle Kennedy, Jen Frederick

“Get used to the gossip, darling. Get used to walking into a room and having everyone in it whisper that you don’t belong. Get used to it, but don’t let those whispers defeat you. Strike back when they strike you. Don’t be weak.”


28678119In a Nutshell:
 Orphaned girl Ella Harper has to work multiple jobs just to survive – one of which includes stripping in a shady bar. We get the typical rags-to-riches story as she finds out her dead biological father left her in the care of his multi-millionaire best friend, who willingly takes her in. We follow her adventures as she tries to navigate the lives of the elite, and her raging teenage hormones.

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Read this if… you are no longer a minor.  This has so many trigger warnings (drugs, rape, abuse, etc.) that I strongly feel that this should not be listed as a YA – I don’t care if the lead character is a young adult, the themes and the writing style is not fit for a young adult. So, if you’re looking for a guilty pleasure and don’t mind cliches, then maybe go ahead? But if you’re all for women empowerment, you’re just wasting your time. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Not everyone has to be the Chosen One. Not everyone has to be the guy who saves the world. Most people just have to live their lives the best they can, doing the things that are great for them, having great friends, trying to make their lives better, loving people properly. All the while knowing the the world makes no sense but trying to find a way to be happy anyway.

24723317In a Nutshell:  A typical adventure story follows the lives of the heroes; their struggles, their failure, their victories. Sometimes, we get the point of view of the villains, as well. But we don’t see the world from the point of view of the onlookers, the bystanders, the people in the background. They may not get some action, but they get scared as well. In this story we get a peek of how it is to watch from the sidelines – their own struggles; maybe not as life-threatening as facing zombies, but struggles nonetheless.

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Read this if… you would like to explore on mental disorders (OCD, anxiety, eating disorders, etc). Just don’t go expecting magical adventures and fast-paced action. This one’s filled with family drama and teenage problems. If you enjoyed Serpent King, it has a few similar elements with this one (though I probably enjoyed this one more).

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You (You #1) by Caroline Kepnes

The only thing crueler than a cage so small that a bird can’t fly, is a cage so large that a bird thinks it can fly.

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In a Nutshell: Told from the POV of a psycho stalker who falls hard for a girl he meets at the bookstore. His love and obsession took a step further as he cyber stalks the girl and makes an effort to bring them closer together, even if that means committing a crime.

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Read this if… you are in the mood for psychological thrillers and a character-driven yet fast-paced story. Just make sure you’re not a minor and mentally prepared for mature themes. Also, make sure you can handle reading from a creepy and perverse POV.

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