Set in the same world as The Promise of Amazing , this smart, surprising, and romantic follow-up to Robin Constantine's debut novel follows two New Jersey teens as they become friends and fall in love. Perfect for fans of Sarah Mlynowski, Jenny Han, and Morgan Matson. Madison Pryce thinks she's got everything figured outshe's working on a portfolio for a summer art program and hanging with her friends. Plus she has her hot boyfriend, Zach. But then a visit from a family friend turns Maddie's life upside down. Jesse McMann is still reeling from a breakup that shattered his heart and his band. Then pride (and some goading from his bass player and fellow barista) forces him to find a new drummerand the inspiration to write music again. Kismet arrives in the unlikely form of Grayson Barrett, who tries out for Jesse's band, and whose girlfriend is BFFs with the cute girl who orders a chai latte after yoga every Thursday: Maddie. What Jesse and Maddie thought they knew about the secrets of attraction and the rules of romance changes once they start falling for each other.
Inspiring, tragic, and at times heart-rendingly funny. People Unsentimental, unexpectedly funny, and incredibly honest, Tragedy Plus Time is a love letter to every family that has ever felt messy, complicated, or (even momentarily) magnificent. Meet the Magnificent Cayton-Hollands, a trio of brilliant, acerbic teenagers from Denver, Colorado, who were going to change the world. Anna, Adam, and Lydia were taught by their father, a civil rights lawyer, and mother, an investigative journalist, to recognize injustice and have their hearts open to the universethe good, the bad, the heartbreaking (and, inadvertently, the anxiety-inducing and the obsessive-compulsive disorder-fueling). Adam chose to meet life's tough breaks and cruel realities with stand-up comedy; his older sister, Anna, chose law; while their youngest sister, Lydia, struggled to find her place in the world. Beautiful and whip-smart, Lydia was witty, extremely sensitive, fiercely stubborn, and always somewhat haunted. She and Adam bonded over comedy from a young age, running skits in their basement and obsessing over episodes of The Simpsons . When Adam sunk into a deep depression in college, it was Lydia who was able to reach him and pull him out. But years later as Adam's career takes off, Lydia's own depression overtakes her, and, though he tries, Adam can't return the favor. When she takes her own life, the family is devastated, and Adam throws himself into his stand-up, drinking, and rage. He struggles with disturbing memories of Lydia's death and turns to EMDR therapy to treat his post-traumatic stress disorder when he realizes there's a difference between losing and losing it. Adam Cayton-Holland is a tremendously talented writer and comedian, uniquely poised to take readers to the edges of comedy and tragedy, brilliance and madness. Tragedy Plus Time is a revelatory, darkly funny, and poignant tribute to a lost sibling that will have you reaching for the phone to call your brother or sister by the last page.
Looking for something new and unique in paranormal YA? Untethered is it A young adult novel about jealousy, obsession, and astral projection. Sixteen-year-old Sylvie isn't comfortable in her own skin. In fact, there are times she can't even manage to stay inside it. But if there is one thing she's sure of, it's her love for Kevin Phillips. She's willing to stake everything on it -- her family, her friends, and possibly her soul. Junior year is off to a less than stellar start for Sylvie: Her parents are splitting up, her little brother is sitting at her lunch table, and she's the target of the school bully. Plus, she accidentally astral projects, slipping out of her body again and again at all the worst times. Sylvie is cast as the class freak and a medical misfit. She wishes she were somewhere else. Someone else. But it's only when her best friend catches the attention of the boy Sylvie's loved in secret since the fifth grade that Sylvie makes up her mind to do something drastic. Sylvie intends to get Kevin by any means possible -- even if it involves treachery, deceit, and the insidious side of the paranormal. After years of trying to ignore her ability to astral project, Sylvie finally decides to embrace it. But she also decides to embrace the shadows that accompany her on her out-of-body experiences. Opening herself up to the shadows and their evil, Sylvie comes up with a dark plan. She is positive her scheme will give her what she wants, but she doesn't count on it all spiraling out of control. Untethered by Katie Hayoz explores the intoxicating and dangerous world of jealousy and obsession when coupled with paranormal ability. It is a touching, sometimes funny, sometimes heart-breaking novel that speaks to the self-doubt lurking in us all. Runner up in the Mslexia Children's and YA Novel Competition. Scroll up and start reading Untethered today
New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton is a magical mix of humor and heat in The Redhead Seriesa playful series following a sizzling romance between aspiring actress Grace Sheridan and Hollywood's hottest new leading man, Jack Hamilton. In The Unidentified Redhead, ten years after discovering that looks and talent are a dime a dozen in Los Angeles, Grace Sheridan is back and ready to show the film industry that there's more to her than just a head of gorgeous red curls. And Hollywood's newest Brit super-hunk Jack Hamilton certainly agrees. As Grace tries to restrain herself from jumping a man who is nearly a decade her junior, Jack makes it clear that he has zero problems with her age. But as the paparazzi catches up with them, Grace, dubbed the unidentified redhead, is stuck in a bind. A sizzling romance with the newest it boy may garner her industry attentionbut is it the kind of attention she's always dreamed of? As Grace tries to maintain her anonymity in The Redhead Revealed after winning her dream role in a new off-Broadway play, her steamy bicoastal relationship with Hollywood hunk Jack Hamilton is getting harder to keep secret. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder and the libido hotter, but their few weekend visits feel more like fast food than the five-course dinner they crave. As rumors spread like wildfire in the tabloids about Jack and his lovely, leggy ex-girlfriend, Grace starts to wonder if lust alone can keep this feisty duo together. With a hot and heavy relationship with Jack Hamilton, plus the lead role in a new TV dramedy, Grace Sheridan could just pinch herself in The Redhead Plays Her Hand . But a demand from her directors to drop fifteen pounds brings her back down to earth with a thump. Meanwhile Jack, forbidden to reveal their relationship, seems overly enamored with the celebrity lifestyle. And as Grace's new bod incites fiery reactions from fans and paparazzi alike, Jack's jealous fans are viciously slamming her curves. Grace longs for Jack's support, but he's showing up late and disheveled to her most important moments. With tempers between them flaring, Grace might have more to lose than a few stubborn pounds. She and Jack were clearly made for each otherbut will the day ever come when they can walk the red carpet together, hand in hand?