unRequired Reading

Our unRequired Reading Blog features the latest picks for teens selected by library staff and volunteers.
Mon, 11/28/2016 - 1:30pm
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.

 

Here are a few books you might want to try. They are all fairy tale type fantasy books.

 


As Old As Time by Liz Braswell
In an alternate take on the classic fairy tale, Belle, trapped in the Beast's enchanted castle, discovers that her estranged mother was the one who placed a spell on the Beast so many years ago. (catalog summary)

 

 

 

 

 

The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson
The Margrave of Thornbeck has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for Avelina, a lovely servant girl in disguise? But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences. Will Avelina and Lord Thornbeck be able to stop the evil plot? (catalog summary)

 

 

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 12:42pm
Private by Kate Brian

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here.

Private by Kate Brian
Fifteen-year-old Reed Brennan wins a scholarship to Easton Academy—the golden ticket away from her pill-popping mother and run-of-the-mill suburban life. But when she arrives on the beautiful, tradition-steeped campus of Easton, everyone is just a bit more sophisticated, a bit more gorgeous, and a lot wealthier than she ever thought possible. Reed realizes that even though she has been accepted to Easton, Easton has not accepted her. She feels like she's on the outside, looking in. Until she meets the Billings Girls. They are the most beautiful, intelligent, and intensely confident girls on campus. And they know it. They hold all the power in a world where power is fleeting but means everything. Reed vows to do whatever it takes to be accepted into their inner circle. Reed uses every part of herself—the good, the bad, the beautiful—to get closer to the Billings Girls. She quickly discovers that inside their secret parties and mountains of attitude, hanging in their designer clothing-packed closets the Billings Girls have skeletons. And they'll do anything to keep their secrets private. (catalog summary)

Since you like Kate Brian's Private series, here are some other books filled with school drama and the lives of the "in-crowds:"
 



Adored: An It Girl Novel
by Cecily Von Ziegesar
As Waverly Academy gets ready for Christmas, Brett Messerschmidt wants a successful holiday party and a kiss from crush Sebastian Valenti, Tinsley Carmichael wants to unwrap her new boyfriend but instead finds out a secret about him, and Jenny Humphrey lands on Tinsley's hit list—again. (catalog summary)

 

 


 

The A-List by Zoey Dean
Sixteen-year-old Jojo Milford suddenly discovers that her birth parents are Hollywood stars who are also famous for adopting children from other countries, and when she leaves Sacramento to meet them, she is thrown into a world she has previously only read about in gossip magazines. (catalog summary)

 

 

 

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 10:09am
Cover to Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books

Block was born in Los Angeles, sometimes known as "Shangri-L.A.," other times "Hell-A," depending on how the day is going. The daughter of a poet and painter, she attended the University of California at Berkeley. Francesca was a riot grrrl before the term was coined. She read the novels of Gabriel Garcia Marquez while at college; his magical realism became a major influence. Block's work is grounded in urban realities, though she sees pixies and genies in that "jasmine-scented, jacaranda-purple, neon sparked city." She missed Los Angeles and wrote her first novel to cure homesickness. That novel was Weetzie Bat, and it made a big, wet splash in young adult literature.

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 2:36am
Cover to Monkey Island by Paula Fox

A year ago, Clay Garrity lived with his parents in a comfortable apartment. His dad had a good job as an art director at a magazine. But his dad lost his job, and he lost his hope. One day, he lost his family. He just didn’t come home.

Five days ago, Clay’s mother went out and didn’t come home. She left him some food, including a can of soup, a little over 20 dollars, and not a word about not coming back—although he had to admit she was acting strangely. Clay has been waiting. He doesn’t want to open the soup. Because then he will have to accept she isn’t coming back. If he can just wait a little longer…

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 8:58am
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form, and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse the book matches here.
 

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Raised by a mother who's had five husbands, eighteen-year-old Remy believes in short-term, no-commitment relationships until she meets Dexter, a rock band musician. (catalog summary)
 

Since you like Sarah Dessen's book, This Lullaby, you might want to check out these other titles:



Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia
After spending her life moving from place to place with her single mother, pregnant seventeen-year-old Lemon takes a bus to San Francisco to seek the father she never knew, as well as truths about her mother and herself. (catalog summary)

 


 

 

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 3:20pm
The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form, and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse the book matches here.

If you're looking for gritty mysteries for teens, check out these titles:

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
When her father dies, Tessa is pulled back to the small Pennsylvania town where her life came apart when her father was sent to prison, her mother went to pieces, and her beloved older sister ran away, and where her testimony and that of her now-estranged friend Callie sent a serial killer to death row—a serial killer who may be getting a new trial as long buried secrets come to light. (catalog summary)
 



Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
High-schooler Willa has just moved to California with her mother and film director stepfather, and she will be attending a private school--but her real problem is that she keeps seeing things that are not really there, like a dead body in the swimming pool, and her visions may be connected to a serial killer that is stalking young girls in Hollywood. (catalog summary)

 


 

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