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Drug Abuse “In Ecstasy”

  In Ecstasy by Kate McCaffrey Fifteen-year-old Sophie and Mia are longtime best friends, who, as the novel opens, are getting ready for a big party. Sophie is more outgoing. Mia is socially awkward and just hopes to get through … Continue reading

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Adult Books for Teens: “The Harder They Come”

The Harder They Come by T. C. Boyle    A cruise to Central America and a stop in Costa Rica sound like a vacation dream for a middle class retired couple. After all, Costa Rica is supposed to be a … Continue reading

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“Ball Don’t Lie”

Ball Don’t Lie by Matt de la Pena    “Real life always comes whipping back around at you like a boomerang. But right now there’s one last game to play. And Stickey’s right here. In the zone. Flowing. Every shot … Continue reading

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“Criminal”

Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy   Nikki is absolutely crazy for her boyfriend Dee. Though he often seems distant, she rationalizes his behavior. After all, among his many tattoos is the one she is can’t help bringing her lips to–N–for … Continue reading

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“Gabi: A Girl in Pieces”

  Gabi: A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero “My mom says, ‘Ojos abiertos, piernas cerradas.’ Eyes open, legs closed.” This advice, the total sum of Gabi’s sex education at home, gets more ironic (and darkly funny) as the book … Continue reading

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Sci-Fi: “Ship Breaker”

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi  In the aftermath of environmental apocalypse, in the world of ship breaking on the Gulf Coast, Nailer survives by pulling copper wire from grounded oil tankers. He, like everyone else he knows, is looking for … Continue reading

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“Out of Reach”

Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos   Rachel’s brother Micah is a meth addict. She’d like to think he is getting better—after his stint in rehab, especially. But Micah never wanted to go to rehab, and he is back to using … Continue reading

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