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Bildungsromans

  • Author:
    Hammer, Alison
    Summary:

    After opening her own advertising agency, Alexis relied on her husband, Tommy, for the household duties and supervision of their teenage daughter, CeCe. When Tommy receives a terminal cancer diagnosis, Alexis puts her career on hold. But CeCe too is forced to confront her feelings about losing the one person who has always been there for her. When the magic of first love brings a bright spot to her summer, CeCe is determined not to let her mother ruin that for her, too.

  • Author:
    Bennett, Brit
    Summary:

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR A WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S Top Ten Books of the Year LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD  LONGLISTED FOR THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE A GOOD MORNING AMERICA Book Club Pick  “Bennett’s tone and style recalls James Baldwin and Jacqueline Woodson, but it’s especially reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s 1970 debut novel,  The Bluest Eye.”  —Kiley Reid,  Wall Street Journal “ A story of absolute, universal timelessness …For any era, it's an accomplished, affecting novel. For this moment, it's piercing, subtly wending its way toward questions about who we are and who we want to be….” – Entertainment Weekly From  The   New York Times -bestselling author of  The Mothers , a stunning new novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white. The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' storylines intersect? Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing . Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins. As with her New York Times -bestselling debut The Mothers , Brit Bennett offers an engrossing page-turner about family and relationships that is immersive and provocative, compassionate and wise.

  • Author:
    Moore, Liz
    Summary:

    Ada Sibelius is raised by David, a single father and head of a computer science lab in Boston. When David's mind begins to falter and his mysterious past comes into question, Ada embarks on a mission to uncover her father's secrets: a process that carries her into adulthood.

  • Author:
    Forbes, Lani
    Summary:

    Six royal daughters vie to become empress of the Chicome people in a competition only one will survive.

  • Author:
    Redmerski, J. A.
    Summary:

    Sienna Murphy has finally landed her dream job. It's everything she's ever wanted, or so she thought. When she's sent on a business trip to Hawaii, she meets Luke Everett, a guy who makes her want to forget all her responsibilities and give in to the promise of happiness.

  • Author:
    Chang, Janie
    Summary:

    China, 1937: When Japanese bombs begin falling on the city of Nanking, nineteen-year-old Hu Lian and her classmates are entrusted with a 500-year-old collection of Chinese myths and folklore known as the Library of Legends, and must walk a thousand miles to the safety of China's western provinces, a journey marred by hunger, cold, and the constant threat of aerial attack.

  • Author:
    Burdick, Serena
    Summary:

    Not far from Luella and Effie Tildon's large family mansion looms the House of Mercy, a workhouse for wayward girls. When the sisters accidentally learn a secret about their father, the brazen older sister, Luella, becomes emboldened to do as she pleases. But then one morning she is mysteriously gone. Effie suspects her father has sent Luella to the House of Mercy, and the only way to free Luella is to get herself committed as well.

  • Author:
    Hammonds Reed, Christina
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    A New York Times bestseller "Should be required reading in every classroom." —Nic Stone, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin "A true love letter to Los Angeles." —Brandy Colbert, award-winning author of Little & Lion "A brilliantly poetic take on one of the most defining moments in Black American history." —Tiffany D. Jackson, author of Grown and Monday's Not Coming Perfect for fans of The Hate U Give , this unforgettable coming-of-age debut novel explores issues of race, class, and violence through the eyes of a wealthy black teenager whose family gets caught in the vortex of the 1992 Rodney King Riots. Los Angeles, 1992 Ashley Bennett and her friends are living the charmed life. It's the end of senior year and they're spending more time at the beach than in the classroom. They can already feel the sunny days and endless possibilities of summer. Everything changes one afternoon in April, when four LAPD officers are acquitted after beating a black man named Rodney King half to death. Suddenly, Ashley's not just one of the girls. She's one of the black kids. As violent protests engulf LA and the city burns, Ashley tries to continue on as if life were normal. Even as her self-destructive sister gets dangerously involved in the riots. Even as the model black family façade her wealthy and prominent parents have built starts to crumble. Even as her best friends help spread a rumor that could completely derail the future of her classmate and fellow black kid, LaShawn Johnson. With her world splintering around her, Ashley, along with the rest of LA, is left to question who is the us ? And who is the them ?

  • Author:
    Atta, Dean
    Summary:

    Michael is a mixed-race gay teen growing up in London. All his life, he's navigated what it means to be Greek-Cypriot and Jamaican, but never quite feeling Greek or Black enough. As he gets older, Michael's coming out is only the start of learning who he is and where he fits in. When he discovers the Drag Society, he finally finds where he belongs, and the Black Flamingo is born.

  • Author:
    Woodburn, Dallas
    Summary:

    Teenager Tegan Rossi finds herself on Hawaii's Big Island, with no idea how she got there. Her best friend there, Kai, promises to help figure out what's going on, but answers lead to more questions.

  • Author:
    Dessen, Sarah
    Summary:

    As far as Haven is concerned, there's just too much going on. Everything is changing, and she's not sure where she fits in. Haven's sister's old boyfriend shows up, sparking memories of the summer when they were all happy and everything was perfect. But along the way, Haven realizes that sometimes change is a good thing.

  • Author:
    Dessen, Sarah
    Summary:

    Scarlett was always the strong one. Halley was always content to follow in her wake. Then Scarlett's boyfriend died, and she learned that she was pregnant. Now Halley has to find the strength to take the lead and help Scarlett get through it. Because true friendship is a promise you keep forever. When a girl's world turns upside down, will she be able to find the resolve to make it through?

  • Author:
    Parker, John L.
    Summary:

    This prequel to Once a Runner is the story of a world-class athlete growing up in the 1950s and '60s on Florida's Gold Coast.

  • Author:
    Robb, David Glen
    Summary:

    A trio of high school outcasts—Paul, Big, and Small—face the complicated world of predators and prey in high school and come to realize that overcoming life's challenges will take more than perseverance. Paul Adams is the shortest kid at his high school, and the school bullies relentlessly pick on him. He spends the entire day wishing school would end so he can escape to his favorite sport of rock climbing. This is the only place where he feels in control, competent, and free, despite the inherent fear. Lily Small is athletic, attractive, and, despite her last name, is actually very tall. Another kid, who looks almost like a grown man, introduces himself with a long Polynesian name, but says everyone calls him "Big," and he seems to like the nickname! As they get to know each other, Paul, Big, and Small discover they have a lot in common as outsiders in their high school. As the trio's friendship forms, their unique personalities are no longer those of misfits, but complement each other. Paul and Lily decide to enter a local competition for climbers, but their plans are abruptly halted by Lily's diagnosis of leukemia. Paul is terrified of what lies ahead in Lily's medical treatment, knowing what happened to his mother who died of cancer a few short years before. He retreats back to rabbit mode and can't even visit her in the hospital. But Lily really wants Paul to go ahead with the competition and advises him to team up with Conor, the student who bullies Paul the most. Reluctantly, Paul agrees to move ahead with Lily's wish, knowing that Conor is a strong climber and their best chance at winning.

  • Author:
    McFadden, Bernice L.
    Summary:

    Sherry has struggled all her life to understand who she is, where she comes from, and, most importantly, why her mother slapped her cheek one summer afternoon. The incident has haunted Sherry, and it causes her to dig into her family's past. Like many family histories, it is fractured and reluctant to reveal its secrets; but Sherry remains determined. In just a few days' time, her extended family will gather for a reunion, and Sherry sets off across the country with her mother, Dumpling, to join them. What Sherry and Dumpling find on their trip is nothing less than the assorted pieces of their family's past.

  • Author:
    Joseph, Fabiola
    Summary:

    Outed by her best friend in front of the whole neighborhood, Niya is trying to come to terms with being a lesbian. When she falls for her straight neighbor, Jamilla, there is no more denying who she really is. Niya will do whatever it takes to prove her love, but what will happen when family issues, fame, the struggle for love, and reality set in? How will Niya deal with a hip-hop career as she tries to repair her broken heart?

  • Author:
    Jones, Stephen Graham
    Summary:

    He was born an outsider and lives in the shadows with his aunt Libby and uncle Darren, folk who make their way in a society that does not understand or want them. They are mongrels, mixed blood, neither this nor that. But is he really like Libby and Darren? Everything is about to change.

  • Author:
    Quindlen, Kelly
    Summary:

    From author Kelly Quindlen comes a poignant and deeply relatable story about friendship, self-acceptance, and what it means to be a Real Teenager. Late to the Party is an ode to late bloomers and wallflowers everywhere. Seventeen is nothing like Codi Teller imagined. She's never crashed a party, never stayed out too late. She's never even been kissed. And it's not just because she's gay. It's because she and her two best friends, Maritza and JaKory, spend more time in her basement watching Netflix than engaging with the outside world. So when Maritza and JaKory suggest crashing a party, Codi is highly skeptical. Those parties aren't for kids like them. They're for cool kids. Straight kids. But then Codi stumbles upon one of those cool kids, Ricky, kissing another boy in the dark, and an unexpected friendship is formed. In return for never talking about that kiss, Ricky takes Codi under his wing and draws her into a wild summer filled with late nights, new experiences, and one really cute girl named Lydia. The only problem? Codi never tells Maritza or JaKory about any of it. A Macmillan Audio production from Roaring Brook Press

  • Author:
    Hale, Shannon
    Summary:

    From bestselling author Shannon Hale comes Kind of a Big Deal : a hilarious, delicious YA novel that will suck you in—literally. There's nothing worse than peaking in high school. Nobody knows that better than Josie Pie. She was kind of a big deal—she dropped out of high school to be a star! But the bigger you are, the harder you fall. And Josie fell. Hard. Ouch. Broadway dream: dead. Meanwhile, her life keeps imploding. Best friend: distant. Boyfriend: busy. Mom: not playing with a full deck? Desperate to escape, Josie gets into reading. Literally. She reads a book and suddenly she's inside it. And with each book, she's a different character: a post-apocalyptic heroine, the lead in a YA rom-com, a 17th century wench in a corset. It's alarming. But also ... kind of amazing? It's the perfect way to live out her fantasies. Book after book, Josie the failed star finds a new way to shine. But the longer she stays in a story, the harder it becomes to escape. Will Josie find a story so good that she just stays forever? A Macmillan Audio production from Roaring Brook Press

  • Author:
    Polisner, Gae.
    Summary:

    An unforgettable look at romance and friendship through the eyes of a teen girl who's ready to grow up, but maybe not as ready as she thinks Fifteen-year-old JL Markham's life used to be filled with carnival nights and hot summer days spent giggling with her forever-best-friend Aubrey about their families and boys. Together, they were unstoppable. But they aren't the friends they once were. With JL's father gone on long-term business and her mother suffering from dissociative disorder, JL takes solace in the tropical butterflies she raises, and in her new, older boyfriend, Max Gordon. Max may be rough on the outside, but he has the soul of a poet (something Aubrey will never understand). Only, Max is about to graduate, and he's going to hit the road—with or without JL. JL can't bear being left behind again. But what if devoting herself to Max not only means betraying her parents, but permanently losing the love of her best friend? What becomes of loyalty when no one is loyal to you? Gae Polisner's Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me is a story about the fragility of female friendship, of falling in love and wondering if you are ready for more, and of the glimmers of hope we find by taking stock in ourselves.

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