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Books to Read (Forthcoming Releases)

July 21st, 2014 (07:00 am)

Current Mood: thoughtful
Current Song: Without a Trace theme song

July 2014
Baltimore: The Witch of Harju by Christopher Golden & Mike Mignola and Peter Bergting
Charmed Life #3: Libby's Sweet Surprise by Lisa Schroeder
The Kiss of Deception (Book One of The Remnant Chronicles) by Mary E. Pearson
Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Stolarz

August 2014
Amity by Micol Ostow
A Blind Spot for Boys by Justina Chen
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm
It Happens: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader by Kelly Jensen
Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo
The Swap by Megan Shull
Wild Things! The True, Untold Stories Behind the Most Beloved Children's Books and Their Creators by Julie Danielson, Elizabeth Bird, and Peter D. Sieruta

September 2014
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (final volume in the trilogy)
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Firebird by Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers
Fractured by Teri Terry (sequel to Slated)
Girl Defective by Simone Howell
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Rooms by Lauren Oliver
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

October 2014
Charmed Life #4: Hannah's Bright Star by Lisa Schroeder
Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond
Hit by Lorie Ann Grover
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins, with stories by Holly Black, Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Matt de la Peña, Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, and Kiersten White
The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Trust Me, I'm Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer
Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

Winter 2014
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Sometime in 2014
The Summers by Aimee Friedman

January 2015
Homecoming (The Witches of Echo Park) by Amber Benson

February 2015
I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Spring 2015
Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins (the second Rebel Belle book)
Read Between The Lines by Jo Knowles

April 2015
All the Rage by Courtney Summers

Summer 2015
Mummy Cat written by Marcus Ewert and illustrated by Lisa Brown

Sometime in 2015
Dust to Dust by Melissa Walker
Edgewater by Courtney Sheinmel
Embassy Row #1 by Ally Carter
The Game Of Love And Death by Martha Brockenbrough
Louisa Trapeze by Micol Ostow
Think Twice by Sarah Mlynowski (sequel to Don't Even Think About It)

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Poetry Friday: There are two things from Finding Ruby Starling by Karen Rivers

July 18th, 2014 (06:00 am)

Current Mood: content
Current Song: Leverage score music

There are two things:
True things.
And lies.
When you figure out
which is which
it's like you are on the inside
of the balloon
looking out,
seeing the pin coming toward you
in the sunlight
but not being able
to move away.

Or maybe,
the thing is
that all of us are two people:
the one inside
the balloon.
And the one
holding the pin.

This poem is featured in the epistolary novel Finding Ruby Starling by Karen Rivers. Though the majority of the story is conveyed in letters and emails, one of the characters, Ruth, has a poetry journal hosted on tumblr - which, as of this posting, is not an active account in real life. (Yes, of course I checked!)

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Poetry Friday: If I can stop one heart from breaking by Emily Dickinson

July 11th, 2014 (06:00 am)

Current Mood: thoughtful
Current Song: House score music

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

- Emily Dickinson

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Booklist: Adoption in Juvenile and Teen Fiction

July 6th, 2014 (10:08 am)

Current Mood: okay
Current Song: Liberty Heights score music

November is National Adoption Month and the Saturday before Thanksgiving is National Adoption Day. From the National Adoption Day website in November 2007:

"This year marks the 10th anniversary of National Adoption Day, a national day of celebration of adoptive families and an opportunity for courts to open their doors and finalize the adoptions of children from foster care. Since 2000, more than 25,000 children have had their adoptions finalized on National Adoption Day. This year on November 21, families, adoption advocates, policymakers, judges and volunteers will come together and celebrate adoption in communities large and small all across the nation."

This list was originally posted in November 2007 and is bumped up annually every November + intermittently whenever I think of additional titles. As I have not actively researched non-fiction books about adoption, this booklist contains only fiction.

Picture Books
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis, illustrated by Laura Cornell
Our Twitchy by Kes Gray, illustrated by Mary McQuillan
Little Miss Spider by David Kirk
I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose A. Lewis, illustrated by Jane Dyer

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

Juvenile Contemporary Fiction
Where I'd Like to Be by Frances O'Roark Dowell
Pictures of Hollis Wood by Patricia Reilly Giff
Kimchi & Calamari by Rose Kent
Three of a Kind series by Marilyn Kaye
- #1 With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies
- #2 Home's a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn't Want to Live There
- #3 Will the Real Becka Morgan Please Stand Up?
- #4 Two's Company, Four's a Crowd
- #5 Cat Morgan, Working Girl
- #6 101 Ways to Win Homecoming Queen
Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye by Lois Lowry
Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen
Finding Ruby Starling by Karen Rivers

Juvenile Historical Fiction
The Orphan Train Adventures by Joan Lowery Nixon
This began as a quartet. I don't have any of the books on hand, so if this is not the proper order, please correct me!
- A Family Apart
- Caught in the Act
- In the Face of Danger
- Aggie's Home
- A Place to Belong
- A Dangerous Promise
- Keeping Secrets
- Circle of Love
- Lucy's Wish
- Will's Choice
- David's Search

Teen Fiction
The Janie books by Caroline B. Cooney
- The Face on the Milk Carton
- Whatever Happened to Janie?
- The Voice on the Radio
- What Janie Found
They Never Came Back by Caroline B. Cooney
The Last Chance Texaco by Brent Hartinger
Returnable Girl by Pamela Lowell
The Decoding of Lana Morris by Laura & Tom McNeal
The First Daughter books by Mitali Perkins
- Extreme American Makeover
- White House Rules
A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life by Dana Reinhardt
Blackthorn Winter by Kathryn Reiss
The Indigo Notebook by Laura Resau (sequel: The Ruby Notebook)
The Lucky Kind by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Riding the Universe by Gaby Triana
The Other Sister by S.T. Underdahl
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

Many thanks and kudos to author Rose Kent for urging folks to acknowledge National Adoption Month. Kent's novel, Kimchi & Calamari, revolves around a Korean kid who was adopted at near-birth by an Italian family. Now in middle school, when he has to write an essay about his heritage, he starts asking questions of his family and of himself. Read Rose Kent's thoughts as posted at Fuse #8.

Wikipedia offers a wide variety of adoption links, arranged by topic and country.

I dedicate this post to a little kid who once proudly and repeatedly told me she was 'dopted - just like that: "'Dopted! I'm 'dopted!" - clearly so still proud of her identity and family.

Related Booklist: Tough Issues in Teen Fiction

Related Post: Family: Daphne Grab

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Poetry Friday: Fear is like a mountain by Lisa Schroeder

July 4th, 2014 (06:00 am)

Current Mood: grateful
Current Song: The Next Ten Minutes from The Last Five Years

Fear is like a mountain,
looming large
in the background,
taunting you with its

It seems so much
bigger than you,
and the thought of
climbing it,
of overcoming it,
seems impossible.

But it is not you
against the mountain

The mountain does
not exist simply
to make you
feel small.

It exists for purposes
beyond your

To climb it is simply
to take one step
and then another
step and then
another step;
a walk uphill.

It is all in how
you look at it.

And when you reach
the top, there is no more
Only a view that
takes your breath

- from the book The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder

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Best Books of June 2014

July 1st, 2014 (08:23 pm)

Current Mood: peaceful
Current Song: Brick by Brick by Bess Rogers

June 2014: 18 books and scripts read

Recommended for ages 11 and up
The Summer I Saved the 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz
Summer State of Mind by Jen Calonita
Infinite Sky by C. J. Flood
The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer

Recommended for ages 14 and up
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt

Non-Fiction Pick
Making Your Life as an Artist by Andrew Simonet

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We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt

July 1st, 2014 (07:46 pm)
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Current Mood: contemplative
Current Song: The World by The Family Crest

What do you do when you think the person you love the most is about to make a terrible decision?

And what's more devastating: discovering what she's done or realizing you don't know her as well as you think you do?

The most important person in Nell's life is her older sister, Layla. Less than 2 years apart, the girls are thick as thieves - or, at least, they were. When Nell begins her freshman year of high school, she is excited to be sharing the halls with her best friend, Felix, and her awesome sister, who's a junior. But gradually, it becomes clear to Nell that Layla's hiding something and is spending time with someone she doesn't want Nell or anyone else to know about - and, much to Nell's surprise, it's someone she knows, too.

Nell doesn't know what to do. She can't imagine talking to either of her long-divorced parents about what's happening with her sister -- she's much closer to Layla than either of her parents, and she definitely doesn't want to push her sister away or violate Layla's trust. But Layla's not around much, and when she is, she's not in the mood for heart-to-heart conversations with her little sis. Nell can't tell Felix what's happening, either, because she feels like it's not her secret to tell, and she can't be disloyal to her sister, plus she doesn't want to burden Felix, who has more serious things going on in his household right now. More than anything, Nell wants Layla to return to who she used to be, the role model she looked up to, the happy, dynamic Golden girl who willingly shared her secrets, her laughter, and her life with her little sister instead of keeping her at arm's length.

Nell never minded living in her sister's shadow. She was never jealous of her sister's personality or athleticism; she accepted early on that Layla was the superior Golden, stronger, shinier, more outgoing - that's how Nell always saw her, perfect, up on a pedestal - and since their parents didn't outright compare them and Layla never called herself better than Nell, the younger girl was content with who she was. After all, the girls were so close that they were "Nellayla." No one and nothing could break their bond. The only thing that bugged Nell was when her sister or parents treated her like a baby, like she wasn't mature enough to understand what was going on, or she wasn't old enough to participate in something.

Nell cannot imagine something major happening in her life without telling her sister about it -- but she doesn't know if Layla would say the same thing about her. When did that change, and why? In the words of Bess Rogers, "It's hard to see the shift when you're so close." (1) Though Nell has a crush and other entanglements in the book, her true heartache comes from her sister, from this strange space that's developed between them. When Nell's suspicions are confirmed, when she learns for sure what's going on with Layla, she has to decide what's more important: keeping her sister's secret (and her trust) or making sure she's safe and sound.

Layla, you know I'd happily lie for you to save your life, or to fix your life, but it's a different story entirely to lie about something that I believe is ruining your life.

We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt employs a unique and effective technique: Nell, narrating in first person, largely uses "you" when thinking about her sister, reliving memories from their childhood or considering things she wishes she could say to her:

You were so much a part of me I thought we shared a name until you told me: "I am Layla," and you tapped your chest, then reached out to touch mine. "You are Nell."

What divides us is clear to the world around us but has always been murky to me.

When alone, Nell often considers Duncan and Parker Creed, a pair of brothers she knew whose lives ended tragically - and separately, though Nell thinks they were clearly connected. If you lost a peer at a young age, you will understand how Nell feels when she says:

If Duncan and Parker Creed were still alive, they'd be eighteen and twenty years old. [...] To me they will always be fourteen and sixteen, and it's the strangest thing in the world that I'm older now than Duncan and almost as old as Parker.

The ways in which the boys left this world were sudden and scary, so even though they weren't close friends of Nell's, their deaths left indelible marks on her. She allows the thought of the Creed brothers to haunt her in a beautifully lyrical way, without ever being supernatural or a cause for concern; instead, she treats them like a sounding board, and their loyalty and perceived closeness parallels that of the Golden sisters.

You know that poster in the science lab? Albert Einstein with the quote, The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once. I'm not sure Einstein actually said this - maybe it just looks good under a picture of him with his insane hair - but I wanted to tell Einstein that sometimes time is of no use.

Everything in the world was happening at once. Every clock was ticking. Every radio station was playing. Someone has turned up the speed on the treadmill while I was still trying to walk.

The way the book begins, the way the book ends: beautiful bookends. And how Reinhardt fills what happens in-between, and her choice to tell this story from Nell's point-of-view - memorable and remarkable, how she reveals the complexities of something which seems so simple, something so many of us take for granted: love. Unconditionally.

We Are the Goldens is about the promises we make and break - promises we make to ourselves, to our loved ones, whether those promises are expressed in words or actions or simply in thoughts, because thoughts have a power all their own. It's about worries and questions and answers, the answers we didn't want but got anyway, and the answers we never get, ever. This book has love and loyalty and art and literature and a play and a party and soccer and stains and disappointments and tears and fiction and truth and windows and views and performances and breath and silence and support.

I wanted to feel without thinking. Sleep without dreaming. I wanted to twinkle underwater like the lights of the city.

(1) Bess Rogers is a singer-songwriter whose music, words, and voice I greatly enjoy. The lyrics "It's hard to see the shift when you're so close" come from her song Brick by Brick, which appears on her album Out of the Ocean. I could listen to that album every single day and never tire of it.

Related posts at Bildungsroman:

Interview: Dana Reinhardt
Book Review: A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life by Dana Reinhardt
Book Review: The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt
Booklist: Tough Issues for Teens
Booklist: Sisters

Learn more about Dana Reinhardt and her books at

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Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

June 30th, 2014 (09:27 pm)
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Current Mood: artistic
Current Song: We Sink by Chvrches

Emi Price, an aspiring film production designer wrapping up her final year of high school, is balancing schoolwork with her film job while nursing a broken heart. Her ex - who has broken up and gotten back together with her multiple times - is working on the same film, making for some awkward moments on set. When Emi gets the chance to design a room that appears in a few scenes of the movie, she pours her heart into the project - but a key piece she placed in that room is removed, and her heart gets broken again.

Then life presents her with unexpected opportunities and people and things which change (solidify) the shape of her heart. You'll notice I didn't say "fix" her heart, or fix her. That's because what happens to Emi next helps her realize her dreams and herself.

Emi's best friend is a rock. Charlotte does not care one bit for Emi's ex, Morgan, and wants her friend to find someone better. Level-headed and direct, Charlotte is the kind of person you would want to run your business.

Emi's older brother becomes a remote caregiver. Toby, a location scout, is off to Europe for two months to find the best places to film. As a graduation present, he gives Emi the keys to his apartment and says she can live there for the summer under one condition: that something great has to take place there while he's gone.

"Like what?" I ask. I'm a little worried, but excited too. [...]
"That's all I'm gonna say on the subject," he says. "The rest is up to you."

His larger-than-life personality and determination inspires Emi to follow her dreams; his absence forces her to do it on her own.

And then there's a letter written by an old Hollywood star who recently passed away, a letter that Charlotte and Emi find tucked into something they bought at an estate sale. When they try to track down the person the letter belongs to, they end up finding a young woman named Ava who had no idea she was part of this legacy. En route to this discovery, Emi gets the chance to work on an indie movie that just might make her summer as epic as her brother hoped it would be.

Some relationships, be they familial, romantic, platonic, or professional, are, sadly, one-sided. The very best ones are balanced, symbiotic, with give and take, truly beneficial for all involved. The best people are the ones you can truly be yourself with, and who challenge you to live up to your potential. (I, like Emi's mom, think we should all have "a fierce belief in [our] own potential.") Emi, Ava, Charlotte: each of them have people in their lives they should be spending more time with, and others they should pull away from; and they can learn from each other, and lean on each other, if they dare. Because letting someone in means being vulnerable, and telling the truth can be painful, but ultimately, the only way you can grow and be happy is if you toss off what's holding you back and start reaching forward.

A good story, be it in print or on screen, told in words or pictures or music, can move you and shake you and shape you. Early on, Emi, who expresses the story in first-person present-tense, shares this in the narrative: My brother, Toby, and I talk all the time about what movies do. They speak to our desires, which are never small. They allow us to escape and to dream... Then, in her day-to-day- life, Emi must deal with events and people who are not what she expected - not necessarily for better or for worse, just different.

Emi loves what she does, and the respect and appreciation she has for the amount of work it takes to create a film will rub off on readers. She searches far and wide to find the perfect items that will "make the set transcend an artificial invention, the addition that will make audiences believe that what they're seeing is real." The following passage describes how Emi views her chosen profession:

This is what I love about production design. The writers imagine the story, tell us where people are and what they do and say. The actors embody the characters, give them faces and voices. The directors and producers transform an idea into something real. But the art department, we do the rest. When you see their rooms and you discover that they love a certain band, or that they collect seashells or hang their clothes with equal space between each perfectly ironed shirt or have stacks of papers on their desks of a week's worth of dirty dishes in the sink and bra strewn over brass doorknobs - all of that is us.

You don't have to be in the entertainment business or pursuing a career in design or production to "get" Emi or the movies she makes; you just have to understand what tugs at her heart: creativity and creation, and details and inspiration, among other things. In the words of Alfred, Lord Tennyson: "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."

In her first novel, Hold Still, author Nina LaCour shared her strong, steady voice in a story about grief, told by a young woman whose her best friend took her own life. LaCour's second novel, The Disenchantments, which was just as strong as her first, lent that voice to a male protagonist. Her voice continues to ring true in Everything Leads to You, coming through characters who feel fully realized, with their talents and flaws shown side-by-side, without shame, without pretense. When characters are described and discussed, their personalities and intentions come through first and foremost, so when their races and ages and classes and sexualities are discussed, it's matter-of-fact and honest but not, as Cosima Niehaus from Orphan Black would say, the most important thing about them. People can be influenced by where they came from, or who they love, or how much money they have in their pockets, but what's more important is how they treat others, and how they move through life -- how they live.

I want to confess. I thought her story was comprised of scenes. I thought the tragedy could be glamorous and her grief could be undone by a sunnier future. I thought we could pinpoint dramatic events on a time line and call it life.

But I was wrong. There are no scenes in life, there are only minutes. And none are skipped over and they all lead to the next.

I connected to this story as an actress and as a writer (I'm a novelist, a playwright, and a screenwriter -- and good goodness, how I wish the screenplay in this book, Yes & Yes, was a real movie!) Most of all, I connected to this story as a person who likes to create things, who was born with passion and drive, the need to make things happen. I keep talking about this book, just as I keep talking about Nina's previous books, because all three of them are remarkable and solid and so very, very good. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: If you aren't already reading books by Nina LaCour, you should be.

Personal story: As luck would have it, the day I began reading this book, I booked a project. I brought the book with me to set, where I filmed a scene that challenged me in a wonderful way. Also, when a producer spotted the book with my things in the holding area, she immediately picked it up, read the back, and nodded in interest, then gently put the book back down. I was clearly in good company.

Related posts at Bildungsroman:
Book Review: The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
Booklist: Filmmakers in Fiction
Booklist: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Person
Booklist: Transition Times

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Snowblind Optioned for Limited TV Series

June 30th, 2014 (04:00 pm)

Current Mood: excited
Current Song: Move On from Sunday in the Park with George

Fantastic news for one of my favorite people, Christopher Golden -- his spine-tingling book Snowblind has been optioned for a series! As reported in Deadline:

Universal TV, David S. Goyer Eye 'Snowblind' Limited Series

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Television and David S. Goyer have optioned TV rights to horror novel Snowblind, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden (Ghosts Of Albion, Joe Golem And The Drowning City). The New England-set book, published earlier this year by St. Martin's Press, tracks the denizens of a town still reeling from the disappearance of over a dozen people who were snatched during a sinister snowstorm 12 years prior.

Goyer is coming off of Da Vinci's Demons and Man of Steel and will supervise development and executive produce alongside Golden and Pete Donaldson. Project is being developed as a limited series. Snowblind also comes with a choice celebrity endorsement from horror maven Stephen King: "Snowblind is instantly involving and deeply scary. It will bring a blizzard to your bones (and your heart) even in the middle of July. Throw away all those old 'it was a dark and stormy night'; novels; this one is the real deal. And watch out for that last page. It's a killer."

Read the entire article by Jen Yamato at Deadline.

Read my review of SNOWBLIND by Christopher Golden.

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Booklist: Multiple Narrators

June 29th, 2014 (04:10 pm)

Current Mood: thirsty
Current Song: So Young by The Corrs

There are two sides to every story - or three, or four, or more. Here are more than a dozen stories for pre-teens, teens, and adults which employ multiple narrators, listed alphabetically by author:

The Poison Apples by Lily Archer (classmates)
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (classmates)
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler (best friends)
Never Mind! by Avi and Rachel Vail (twins)
The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June by Robin Benway (sisters)
Just Flirt by Laura Bowers (enemies)
Devine Intervention by Martha Brockenbrough (guardian and charge)
Sweetgrass Basket by Marlene Carvell (sisters)
A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley (acquaintances become friends)
When It Happens by Susane Colasanti (classmates, then...)
Take Me There by Susane Colasanti (friends)
If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko (classmates)
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (strangers at first)
Naomi & Ely's No-Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (friends)
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (strangers at first)
Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis (grandmother and granddaughter)
The Fruit Bowl Project by Sarah Durkee (classmates)
To Be Mona by Kelly Easton (classmates)
Dirty Laundry by Daniel Ehrenhaft (classmates)
Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles (antagonists, then...)
In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth (organ donor and recipient)
Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin (coworkers)
The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Cecilia Galante (best friends)
The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George (classmates)
Split Image by Mel Glenn (classmates)
Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes (classmates)
Takeoffs and Landings by Margaret Peterson Haddix (siblings)
The Signs trilogy by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian (classmates)
- Book #1: Burn For Burn
Grand & Humble by Brent Hartinger (classmates)
The Drake Chronicles (series) by Alyxandra Harvey (best friends - one's a vampire)
Identical by Ellen Hopkins (twins)
Impulse by Ellen Hopkins (patients)
Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes (classmates)
A Time for Dancing by Davida Wills Hurwin (best friends)
All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab (classmates)
After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel (classmates, then...)
Feathered by Laura Kasischke (best friends)
You Are My Only by Beth Kephart (relatives)
Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles (friends)
Going Under by Kathe Koja (siblings)
The Girls by Amy Goldman Koss (friends)
The Cheat by Amy Goldman Koss (classmates)
Poison Ivy by Amy Goldman Koss (classmates)
Blue Plate Special by Michelle D. Kwasney (3 generations of teen girls)
The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan (schoolmates)
Are We There Yet? by David Levithan (brothers)
How to Be Bad by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle (friends/co-workers)
Leap Day by Wendy Mass (classmates)
Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass (new friends)
The Sisters Club series by Megan McDonald (sisters)
- The Sisters Club
- The Sisters Club: The Rule of Three
- The Sisters Club: Cloudy With a Chance of Boys
The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty (best friends)
The Secret Language of Girls and its sequel, The Kind of Friends We Used to Be by Frances O'Dowell (best friends who grow apart)
Jersey Tomatoes are the Best by Maria Padian (best friends)
Harmless by Dana Reinhardt (friends)
34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues (friends and sisters)
The Bridge from Me to You by (classmates, then...)
To Feel Stuff by Andrea Seigel (two college students at the school infirmary and an M.D.) [Note: Adult fiction]
The Way He Lived by Emily Wing Smith (classmates, siblings, and friends)
This is What I Want to Tell You by Heather Duffy Stone (siblings)
A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone (schoolmates)
Give A Boy A Gun by Todd Strasser (schoolmates, teachers, etc.)
Hung Up by Kristen Tracy (strangers, then friends)
The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld (bandmates)
Under the Light by Laura Whitcomb (ghost and host)
Leftovers by Laura Wiess (best friends)
Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia (classmates)
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr (two teenage girls)
Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando (two college-bound girls)
Anyone But You by Lara M. Zeises (raised like siblings)

Note: Jodi Picoult, whose novels often have teenage protagonists but are shelved in adult fiction, typically have multiple narrators.

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