Young Adult Novels

This is not a Love Letter

not a love letter

This is not a Love Letter is written with an interesting take. Rather than a narration of the story, it is written as a letter covering all the details of a search for a missing youth from the perspective of his girlfriend.

Chris, Jessie’s senior in high school boyfriend and a young man with a promising future , mysteriously disappears and Jessie recalls different memories of their relationship and of the events going on regarding the search for him. As the days progress, fears and suspicions built for Jessie and her friend, Josh, as they wait for any news on finding Chris. The search uncovers the nasty underbelly of the small town teens who reside there.

Honestly, this was not a favorite of mine because it just did not strike a chord with me. I pushed through reading it because I had gotten it to review.

Begin Again

Begin Again

There is so much that I loved about this young adult novel: great writing, thoughtful characters, engaging story.
Two twenty somethings are each striving to live their lives the best they can as they divorce themselves from the pasts that continue to temper their futures. Both Allie and Kaden have developed defense mechanisms for protection from others and keep their secrets safe. Neither is prepared for the force of nature they come to represent to each other and cannot fight.

We All Fall Down

we all fall down

In this book, horrible circumstances separate friends and a force to reckon with is drawing them together to resolve a long ago wish with dire consequences.
This book will be appealing to those readers who love eerie and strange happenings, forces that work behind the scenes to create a gripping ending.

All the Wrong Chords

all the wrong chords

This is a book that teens will surely relate to easily. It is an engaging tapestry of a young girl’s summer of discovery and love. The book is well-paced and intense at times as Ms. Deriso weaves the threads of confusion and enlightenment.

The story is told by Scarlet who is spending the summer with her grandfather after the sudden death of her older brother. The intention is for her to keep him company and from driving. Both of them miss her brother deeply.

Scarlet meets Zach through her grandfather’s friend and, fabulously for Scarlet, he is in a local band. She has not touched her guitar since her brother died and she is hesitant to do so because of all the memories attached to playing and singing with him. She does finally pick it up and finds the joy still attached.

In the band is the dreamy player Declan who catches Scarlet’s eye immediately. The confusing relationship with Declan, the friendship with Zach, and the roller-coaster Scarlet is on join together to make a very enjoyable, do not put down story.

 

Begin Again

Begin Again

There is so much that I loved about this young adult novel: great writing, thoughtful characters, engaging story.

Two twenty somethings are each striving to live their lives the best they can as they divorce themselves from the pasts that continue to temper their futures. Both Allie and Kaden have developed defense mechanisms for protection from others and keep their secrets safe. Neither is prepared for the force of nature they come to represent to each other and cannot fight.

 

As You Wish

Imagine if at the age of eighteen you have the wish of your lifetime to make. Would you be certainly prepared to wish the right thing for forever? Or, would you wish like a teenager?

The town of Wishing, Texas, keeps to itself and does not ever encourage visitors because the truth of the town would bring gawkers and news hounds. Wishing is a place where every eighteen year old gets a wish on their eighteenth birthday for whatever they choose to get, have, change, or whatever. This year is the year for Eben to make his wish and he wants not to. He has seen the damage the wishes have wrought in the lives of the people of the town and does not want that. Forces are pushing him to decide, to make the “right” choice. He does the best thing he can: investigate the wishes of others, how it truly affected them and whether they would wish it again. When he’s done, he will decide.

This is a really good young adult book that I enjoyed immensely.

 

Where We Left Off

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If you have never read any of Megan Squires Young Adult novels, you have been definitely missing out. Her books are meaty from a young person’s perspective and chock full of things that any teen/young adult/ anyone who once was young can relate to on many levels. Most of her books revolve around romance but romance with so many interesting issues and plots.

In Where We Left Off, Mallory and Heath meet on a freezing night while she is going home from eating in the diner where he works. Both are smitten by each other and decidedly nervous about approaching each other again. Mallory goes by the diner again intending to ask Heath out first. She is a refreshing character who speaks her mind and is always trying to find the best in everything. Unfortunately, Heath doesn’t work that night but he gathers his nerve and goes by her house and she is home. From this starting point in their relationship, things blossom into a young love that is true.

The turning point is when Mallory and her Nana are involved in a hit and run. Heath speeds to the hospital to wait by her bedside. Now the hard part begins because, although his family had recently transferred to Kentucky form California, his father receives a tremendous job offer and the family rushes back to California. Heath tries to contact Mallory in every way he can but she does not respond. This is the end of Part 1 and beginning to Part 2.

I’m not going to talk about Part 2 because there is so much more to even Part 1 than I have written. Part 2 is even better and you will cry and laugh and just love it. You will also be seeking our more of Megan’s books because it is that good.

Some of her other books (that I’ve so enjoyed), are: