At the end of Madeline's junior year her wonderful boyfriend, Thom, moved away and her dad is getting remarried. She is paid to change people's appearances so they won't appear on the "not list". Madeline is a "most" and so are all of her fiends. Her friends judge her for helping the farm freaks but in the end Madeline must do what makes her happy. --reviewed by Emily
Beastly by Alex Flinn
Kyle Kingsbury is 16 years old, VERY good looking, and has tons of money. The only problem is that he is also shallow, spoiled, and a complete jerk! A witch puts a spell on him turning him to a hideous beast in the hopes that he can learn that there is more to life than good looks. The spell can only be broken if someone loves Kyle and he, in turn, can learn to love them back. This book is a modern take on the story of Beauty and the Beast told from the Beast's perspective.
Compound by S.A. Bodeen
Eli Yanakakis has it all. A super rich father, a nice mom, and a great relationship with his twin brother Eddy. Then one night it all changes. Someone has launched a nuclear attack. Luckily Eli's father, Rex, is prepared. Rex has built an underground compound designed for this very reason. The compound is made to house the family in luxury for the next 15 years. However, after sealing the door they realize that not only did Eli's grandmother not make it into the compound, but neither did Eddy. Fast forward six years and things are beginning to look bad. The food supply is deteriorating, some suspicious activity starts to occur, and Eli begins to wonder about the world outside the compund.
Blank Confession by Pete Hautman
Sixteen year old Shayne Blank enters a police station to confess a murder. He takes his time describing his relationships with Mikey (the kid who was busted for having Advil at school), Jon (the drug dealer that blackmails Mikey), and Marie (Mikey's druggie sister that starts to have feelings for Shayne). The book offers alternating viewpoints throughout. But in the end who, if anyone, did Shayne kill?
Boom! by Mark Haddon
Jimbo, a teenage boy, is annoyed with his family. His father is unemployed and his sister has a "crater-face" for a boyfriend. His friend Charlie tends to keep them in trouble by stalking their teachers, literally. They speak a different language and get sent to a new planet. They kidnap Chalrie so Jimbo and his sister are on a mission to find him. Once they do all mayhem breaks loose. This book will definitely keep you guessing. --reviewed by Emily
A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
When rebel Landon Carter is enrolled in drama class, he is faced with some decisions that lead him astray from his friends and things he would normally do in his leisure time. Landon finds out that Jamie Sullivan, the Baptist preacher's daughter, is also enrolled in the same class. After facing many trial, the two become closer at a time when they both are in desperate need of each other. Nicholas Sparks wows his audience once again with a touching love story. --reviewed by Whitley
Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
Whispers are people's secret thoughts and desires. Joy, and other members of her family, can hear these whispers. Joy likes hearing whispers; it makes it easy for her to act exactly how people want her to act and helps her to be popular. However, her sister Jessica can't quite get it together. As a social outcast Jessica is rude and tries to make everyone's life miserable. After a confrontation between the sisters Jessica disappears. It's up to Joy to use her ability to find her sister before it's too late.
For Keeps by Natasha Friend
In For Keeps two teenage girls, who both play on their high school soccer team, go through some interesting changes. One of the girls has a scare about being pregnant while the other goes through a change with her mother. Along with the drama is a love story with a twist. --reviewed by Alandra
Possessing Jessie by Nancy Springer
Jessie, a senior in high school, has recently lost her brother, Jason in a car accident. The two resembled each other. To cope, Jessie starts to dress and act like Jason. But in the end, did Jessie or Jason pass away? --reviewed by Emily
Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
Rick Dockery is a struggling NFL quarterback. After a series of bad games he is let go from the Cleveland Browns. Rick travels to Italy to join the Parma Panthers as their starting quarterback. Playing for Pizza is a wonderful read that explores football, Italian culture, and more.
The Au Pairs: Crazy Hot by Melissa de la Cruz
Crazy Hot is the last novel in the Au Pairs series. The books are about fashion, friendship, and love in the Hamptons. You will be introduced to celebrities and an all new world of brands. You will see how rich families really are behind the scenes. In Crazy Hot you learn how the three girls, Eliza, Jacqui, and Mara, have grown in the past three years. You are brought up to date on all the new guys and the families. This book will end leaving you happy! --reviewed by Alandra
After by Amy Effaw
After opens with 15 year old Devon Davenport being questioned by police about a baby that has been found in a dumpster right outside of her apartment. Once the police realize that Devon is hemorrhaging from the birth of a baby, she is arrested and then rushed to the hospital. Devon claims she has no memory of the birth and says she did not realize she was even pregnant. After is an intriguing look at what is know as the dumpster baby phenomenon.
Lockdown: Escape from Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith
Alex Sawyer, a teenager who has been engaging in some criminal activity, is framed for the murder of his best friend. Due to a highly violent period of time, dubbed the summer of slaughter, Alex's community has zero tolerance for criminals. He is sent to Furnace Penitentiary, a prison carved a mile underground. Alex soon realizes if he does not want to die in Furnace he had better find a way out. However, between the guards, figures in gas masks, and deformed dogs, Alex knows he has his work cut out for him. This book is a great start to a new series.
Rush by Jonathan Friesen
Jake King is an 18 year old adrenaline junkie. He likes mountain climbing and cliff diving, anything to get his blood pumping. After getting kicked out of school he finds himself joining a crew of crazy men called the Immortals, who rappel out of helicopters to fight fires. But becoming an Immortal and joining the super secret Rush Club is more dangerous than Jake realizes. He must choose whether to risk everything, including the girl he loves, for the rush.
Bleachers by John Grisham
Neely Crenshaw is a former star quarterback who returns to his hometown after a long absence. He has returned to bid farewell to former coach and mentor Coach Rake. However, Crenshaw has developed a hatred for this man who is loved by the entire town. Neely must come to grips with his anger and disappointment in his coach if he is going to be able to move forward with his own life. Bleachers is an entertaining look at high school football in a small town and the ramifications of a do or die mentality that can be found in sporting world.