Well, monsters wearing saint masks, like in Flannery O’Connor’s stories. And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. Abandoned by a single mother she never knew, 16-year-old Raya—obsessed with ancient myths—lives with her grandmother in a small conservative Texas town. Between the pages of her favorite book, the stresses of Abby’s own life are lost to the fictional hopes, desires and tragedies of the characters she’s reading about. published 2003, avg rating 3.97 — published 2014, avg rating 4.29 — Coates’s debut novel mixes magical realism with historical fiction as it tells the story of Hiram Walker, who joins the underground railroad and then discovers he has a supernatural power called “conduction” that allows him to basically use water as a transporter. When Leanna and Pablo meet at 5:00 a.m. at the bodega in the dead of winter it’s absurd to think they’d be A Thing. A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi, 6. We got you. As things heat up at school and in her personal life, Marin must figure out how to take back the power and write her own rules. Want even more options? 745,514 ratings — But with such positive support, the club is also targeted by trolls. Kim Jiyoung is raising her young daughter in Seoul when she develops an eerie tick and begins impersonating the voices of other women. Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. We love this standalone by the brilliant author of the Shatter Me series. 1. Sixty-two years later, Abby Zimet can’t stop thinking about her senior project and its subject—classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, she knows none of this. What could be better? published 2013, avg rating 4.16 — updated Jul 25, 2015 09:24AM — But do they hold up anymore? 1,189,690 ratings — 373,707 ratings — (Updated 9-22-2020) ♦ NEW Books to Watch For — brand new releases ♦ Previous lists of new books. published 2009, avg rating 4.21 — There, she can avoid the crushing reality of her mother’s hoarding and pretend her life is simply ordinary. 320,635 ratings — The narrative follows librarian Lizzie Benson as she weaves through comedy and misery in relatable ways. These are novels that have inspired some of the most thought-provoking discussions in my own book clubs over the years, and these book club books are all available in paperback or at your local library. Misfits, people who don’t belong. This memoir digs into the experiences that helped Van Ness become a self-love guru. We got you, part two. Then Wallace Warland transfers to her school and Eliza begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile. Set in post-Trump America, this is about the anxiety of an uncertain future in a divided world. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies. Reading guides & Book Reviews ♦ Click on titles for our Reading Guides. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down. Unfortunately, as only one of them succeeds, the other grows frustrated and lashes out. And, if you enjoy Wong’s deliciously blunt stand-up, you will love these raunchy, witty stories about growing up, discrimination, parenting, and sex. Had she somehow led him on? Despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia, 24. We got you part three: there are plenty of YA book clubs out there, including our very own Year of Epic Reads book club, our Why Not YA? Already snagged by Universal to become a major motion picture, The Grace Year is 2019’s hottest new young adult novel. New Books to Watch For _____ Previous Books. It’s all like a dream, like something from a fairy tale. Told from the alternating perspective of a teenage girl, Ha Noi, and her grandmother Tran Dieu Lan. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Interested in starting a book club? But sometimes worlds collide and beautiful things happen, right? A star student and editor of the school paper, she dreams of getting into Brown University. It could also endanger her life. published 2003, avg rating 4.30 — Flowing across multiple generations of the Tran family, it offers a glimpse of coping with war and the continuing aftereffects. Angie Thomas calls this one “an absolute page turner,” and your book club is sure to agree. Power-hungry and toxic, his impending death brings his dysfunctional family together. Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson, Ellen Hagan, 17. published 2005, avg rating 4.17 — A book as stunning as its cover (omg), we really love this latest from Mary H.K. These two dynamic, creative young women stand up and speak out in a novel that features their compelling art and poetry along with powerful personal journeys that will inspire readers and budding poets, feminists, and activists. Woodson’s gorgeous storytelling will pull readers in immediately. published 2013, avg rating 3.89 — Soleil Johnston wanted to be a writer herself one day. published 2010, avg rating 3.99 — As his mother falls apart and his brother becomes known only as a hashtag, Marvin will learn what justice and freedom really mean in an unfair world. published 2017, avg rating 4.57 — 337,039 ratings — For years Raya has fought to hide her feelings for her best friend and true love, Sarah. In her debut novel, award-winning poet Brynne Rebele-Henry re-imagines the Orpheus myth as a love story between two teenage girls who are sent to conversion therapy after being caught together in an intimate moment. Shed some tears with your book club as you chat about what it means to be a family. 682,514 ratings — This book weaves matters of trauma and privilege with a modern immigrant story, serving your book club plenty of conversation topics. She knows only this handsome young man, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny of sitting on a throne beside him. And she has choices. But Dani’s game plan veers unexpectedly off course when her debate coach starts working with her privately. 1,830,558 ratings — One of many books on this list about dysfunctional families—c’mon, we all tend toward preferred themes. Another book that explores how things aren’t always so black and white, and another that is sure to kickstart a great conversation. Chaos that unexpectedly throws them together. In addition to being well-researched historical fiction, it also parallels current issues. 1. published 2005, avg rating 4.47 — Check out some of the most highly rated new titles. Y’all already know how much we love this one, and we think your book club will too! Upon arrival, Raya vows to assume the role of Orpheus, to return to the world of the living with her love—and after she, Sarah, and the other teen residents are subjected to abusive and brutal “treatments” by the staff, Raya only becomes more determined to escape. 263,085 ratings — The narration seethes with atmosphere from the first page, as Coates tells a poignant fairy tale about shared memory and history. Thank you for signing up! What role does social media and celebrity culture play in our lives? 566,534 ratings — Or will she find power in herself and decide once and for all who and where she is meant to be? published 2011, avg rating 4.21 — Who is Nevaeh Levitz? Maybe something that will remind you all to live your best life? The following list includes ten tried-and-true book club picks. Romance? 221,635 ratings — They’re called parachutes: teenagers dropped off to live in private homes and study in the United States while their wealthy parents remain in Asia. There is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows, and the greatest threats may not be behind her, but around her, now, and closing in. published 2014, avg rating 4.32 — But securing her own happily-ever-after will mean she’ll need to stop hiding and start living her own truth—even if it’s messy. “There is comfort, even among strangers, when people find something they are equally passionate about.”, “We sometimes reveal how ignorant or bored we were when we read a book by giving it 5-stars.”, avg rating 4.33 — published 2012, avg rating 4.03 — This book tackles what exactly makes us monstrous—and where, in times of crisis, that line is drawn. Looking for a lighthearted read? Our lists of book club favorites Curious about the hot new books? Will she continue to let circumstances dictate her path? This collection will inspire you to break conventions, bend the rules, and color outside the lines. But when a new property manager becomes more active in the upkeep of their apartment complex, the only home Darcy has ever known outside of her books suddenly hangs in the balance. Except now, he has an ax to grind. Still, after spending her whole life keeping people out, something about Asher makes Darcy want to open up. Suddenly she finds herself living in a stranger’s house, with no one to tell her what to do for the first time in her life. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon or what horrors she faced in its lair. They post their work online–poems, essays, videos of Chelsea performing her poetry, and Jasmine’s response to the racial microaggressions she experiences–and soon they go viral. 271,819 ratings — Campbell, on the other hand, is just trying to keep her head down and get through the year at her new school. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother. 372,180 ratings — Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. When both girls attend the Friday-night football game, what neither expects is for everything to descend into sudden mass chaos. Marin isn’t about to back down. 694,683 ratings — Need some recommendations? Saints, those special people moving the world forward. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. This story gives all the feels always. A little historical, a little contemporary (throwback fiction, anyone? Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. Marin’s future seems bright—and her young, charismatic English teacher, Mr. Beckett, is always quick to admire her writing and talk books with her.

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