Like most twins, Jude and Noah are very close, but that changes when an unimaginable tragedy tears them apart. As they both struggle to cope with the grief and loss of the situation, they find themselves able to discover what they truly want and how they can come to terms with the disaster that has struck their family. When they begin to fall in love with boys they can’t have, they start to realise that love is complicated, whether it’s with your own family or the new boy in town.
When new girl Eleanor sits next to Park on the school bus for the first time, they don’t think that they’ll ever become friends, let alone even speak to one another. Through mix tapes and comic books, the pair begin to get to know each other and forget how different they are; Eleanor, who wears mis-matched clothes and struggles to get along with her step-father and Park, who does everything he can to sink into the background. Slowly, as they get to know each other they forget how different they are and experience what it is like to fall in love for the first time.
Finding Audrey is the story of teenager Audrey, a girl who is unable to leave the house and who wears dark glasses at all times. It hasn’t always been this way – an event at school caused other girls to be excluded – and Audrey herself staying in hospital for mental health treatment.
One day, her brother’s friend Linus begins to talk to Audrey and helps her to venture into the outside world again. As they get to know each other, she finally feels like she is on the road to recovery and is then able to move on.
Yoon’s Everything, Everything is the story of Maddy, a teenager, who, since she can remember, has been house-bound due to SCID, a condition meaning that any contact with the outside world could trigger a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. In addition, she cannot have any visitors to her house unless they have been thoroughly decontaminated. However, everything soon begins to change when a new family moves next door. She soon gets to know the eldest, Olly, and as she starts to message him on IM, she wishes she could meet him in the flesh. As they become closer, she starts to worry that her illness will get in the way of their relationship and questions whether her situation will ever change…
In Thomas’ debut novel, we meet Starr, a teenager who has learnt to act differently in the two worlds she lives in: a poor neighbourhood struggling with gang crime and the contrasting private school she attends in the suburbs. Her life changes completely when she is the sole witness to the fatal shooting of Khalil, her best friend who was unarmed when a police officer pulled the trigger. She is soon dragged into protests and riots as she struggles to make the officer pay for what he did and bring justice for Khalil.
In Veronica Roth’s latest novel, we are taken to a dystopian galaxy, powered by the ‘current’ – a mysterious force powering everything in the planet system. We meet Cyra, the sister of the ruler of Shotet, a nation on the planet of Thuvhe. Her ‘currentgift’, a unique ability caused by the current flowing through her, means that she suffers from chronic pain and can in turn cause pain to others through touch. Her reputation causes the citizens of Shotet to fear her, and they don’t see her for who she truly is. Everything changes the day she meets Akos Kereseth, from the nation of Thuvhe, enemies of the Shotet people. At first, they think they couldn’t be more different, but as they begin to get to know each other, they realise stereotypes mean nothing when you have to survive…
In the second installment of The Mortal Instruments series Clary, the protagonist, is still learning what it means to be a Shadowhunter and finding out more about the world that has been kept hidden from her until recently. Clary encounters werewolves, vampires, warlocks and faeries as she tries to figure out how to wake her mother from a magically induced coma and how to stop her father from bringing evil to the Shadowhunting world.
Hello! Alyssa here. As fictionforteens.com enters its 3rd year I thought I’d look back through by book reviews from the past year and pick out my favourites for you. Please click on the title of each book to see the full review.
Say her name, Juno Dawson
Say her name is based around the legend of Bloody Mary, but with a twist. A group of teenagers try to summon the ghost of Bloody Mary, unaware of the consequences. The tension in the book grew as the story went on, making it very gripping. The plot twists were completely unpredictable as the reason behind the events in the book were slowly revealed.
Chaos Walking trilogy:
The Knife of Never Letting Go
The Ask and the Answer
Monsters of Men
By Patrick Ness
After reading other books by Patrick Ness and really enjoying them, I was eager to read the Chaos Walking trilogy. I really like the writing style and the vivid characters which really came to life, especially Todd, the protagonist of the trilogy. I saw A Monster Calls In the cinema last week and absolutely loved it, so I’ve bought the book and I will review it soon.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
City of Bones is the story of Clary Fray who finds out that she is a Shadowhunter, half-angel demon slayers tasked with keeping the human world safe. Clary and her friends encounter vampires, warlocks and werewolves in this action-packed fantasy novel. I’ve already begun reading the second book, City of Ashes which I’m enjoying so far.
Are there any books you’ve enjoyed recently? Please let me know in the comments!
Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is a normal teenager, or so she thinks. One night, on a visit to a Manhattan nightclub, she witnesses the murder of a seemingly innocent boy. She later finds out that the ‘innocent’ boy was a demon, and the attackers were Shadowhunters, half-human, half-angel and tasked with keeping the human world safe from demons. When Clary discovers she too is a Shadowhunter, she begins to realise that all the stories of vampires, warlocks and werewolves are true…
When Violet and Finch meet up on the ledge of the school bell tower, it is unclear who talked down whom. Violet is a popular girl, still trying to come to terms with her sisters’ death, while Finch is the opposite, called a freak by his peers and still trying to find out who he really is. As they wander Indiana as part of their school project, they find they can be themselves together and that there is much more to Finch than Violet originally thought…