All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
If you liked The Fault in Our Stars then you’ll love All the Bright Places. It’s about two teens, Violet Markey and Theodore Finch, who meet on the ledge of their school’s bell tower. Both are considering committing suicide but both leave the ledge alive. Then they partner up for a school project with the objective of discovering the natural wonders of their state and their story takes off. With its beautiful story and exceptional writing, we’re confident you’ll absolutely love All the Bright Places. By the way, it’s being made into a movie starring Elle Fanning so read up and get ahead!
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
When Emmy’s childhood friend, Oliver, returns home ten years after he was kidnapped by his own father, Emmy tries to piece their friendship back together…but it’s a little harder than it seems. Let us start off by saying that this book is a masterpiece! Not only is it an incredible idea but it features loveable characters and a sweet romance. Emmy & Oliver is definitely a must-read.
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
Nalia is in love with Saif. The problem is, her conservative immigrant parents have already arranged a marriage for her, and interacting with a member of the opposite sex who isn’t her betrothed is strictly forbidden. So when Nalia’s parents discover her secret romance, they send her back to Pakistan to rediscover her roots. While there, Nalia learns that she is to wed her arranged husband immediately. Still in love with Saif, she must find a way to escape her marriage. This book is an incredible eye-opened that helps the reader to understand the plight of women who are forced into arranged marriages. We promise you won’t regret reading this book.
I Was Here by Gayle Forman
Cody knows everything about her best friend Meg…or so she thought. When Meg commits suicide Cody is taken aback; she never knew Meg was in so much pain. Desperate for answers, she searches through her friend’s belongings and finds an encrypted file. With a little help, she gets the file open and what follows is a story that will keep your eyes glued to the pages. I Was Here is a breathtaking mix of romance, mystery and drama. It’s no surprise that we love this book, it’s written by the same author as If I Stay and Where She Went and is equally as good.
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
After writing a plethora of incredible books for adults (the Confessions of a Shopaholic series, Wedding Night, The Undomestic Goddess etc) British author, Sophie Kinsella, has finally turned her attention to teens and we couldn’t be more thrilled. In her debut YA novel, Sophie writes about Audrey, a 14-year-old girl suffering from Social Anxiety disorder, General Anxiety Disorder and Depressive Episodes. When Audrey’s doctor notices that she’s making little progress on the road to recovery, she encourages Audrey to take a baby step by talking to someone outside of her family. Audrey chooses Linus, her older brother’s friend and there’s an instant connection. Their relationship just might help Audrey conquer her mental illness. Like all of Sophie Kinsella books, Finding Audrey is an absolute pleasure to read; it’s smart, witty and full of heart. We highly recommend this one as a fall must-read book.
Soundless by Richelle Mead
Situated on top of a mountain with no easy way down, Fei’s people are at the mercy of the “line keeper,” a mysterious man who sends minimal amounts of food up to the village via zip line in exchange for precious metals. But there’s one more thing that makes Fei’s village unique; all of its residents are deaf. That is, until one night, when Fei wakes up with her hearing restored. Now armed with the ability to hear, Fei makes it her mission to trek down the mountain and convince the line keeper to send more food to her village in order to stop her people from starving. On the way, she unveils the shocking truth behind her village’s hunger, deafness and impending blindness. Penned by the amazing Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy, Bloodlines), Soundless is an epic story full of adventure, mythology and romance that will have you captivated from the very first page. Mark your calendar for November 2015 because you won’t want to miss this fantastical book!
Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
Described as a cross between Mean Girls and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Anatomy of a Misfit is a story about the third most popular girl in school, Annika Dragomir. On the outside she’s a cool girl but on the inside she’s a freak and she’s intent on keeping that fact a secret for fear of sliding down in her social standing. We give this book two thumbs up for its honesty and hilarity.
Thanks Medara! Please add any others you would recommend.