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    Isla and the Happily Ever After – Stephanie Perkins

    “It’s midnight, it’s sweltering, and I might be high on Vicodin, but that guy – that guy right over there – thats him.  The him.  His posture is as familiar as a recurring dream. Shoulders rounded down, head cocked to the right, nose an inch from the tip of his pen. Absorbed. My heart swells with a painful sort of euphoria. He’s close, only two tables over and facing my direction. The cafe is boiling. The atmosphere is clouded with bittersweet coffee. Three years of desire rip through my body and burst from my lips: ‘Josh!’” After a chance encounter at a cafe in Manhattan over the summer with her…

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    The Moon and More – Sarah Dessen

    “Here they come. ‘-or I promise you, we’ll turn tight around and go back to Paterson!’ the woman behind the wheel of the burgundy minivan was shouting as it pulled up beside me. She had her head turned towards the backseat, where I could see three kids, two boys and a girl, staring back at her. A vein in her neck was bulging, looking not unlike the interstate, thick and unmissable, on the map held by the man in the passenger seat beside her. ‘I am serious. I have had it.’” Emmaline is the first port of call for the renters of Colby Realty houses in Colby, the seaside town…

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    Falling Fast – Sophie McKenzie

    “I stared out of the minibus window. It was raining and the pavements were a glistening grey. The houses and sky above were a softer, paler grey.  Grey. Dull. Boring. Like me. Like my life.  Maybe today would change everything.  Maybe” When River’s school is given the opportunity to take part in a local boys school’s production of Romeo and Juliet, she jumps at the chance to be part of it. She dreams of falling into a love like the one they shared and she thinks this might be her chance. When she mets Flynn, aka Romeo, she knows he isn’t her dream guy, but there’s something about him. Flynn…

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    Blink Once – Cylin Busby

    “Someone is crying. A girl. Not a pretty kind of crying, like actresses do, tears delicately streaming down a beautiful face. This is sobbing, sniffling, gasping for air. Crying hard. I have to wake up. I have to help her, whoever she is. I force my eyes open but I don’t see anyone. I see a white wall with a machine attached to it.” West wakes up in a hospital room, though he’s not completely awake. Paralysed from the chest down the people around him act like they think he’s there but its clear they aren’t always sure. He cant breathe on his own, he cant move to let them…

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    Bringing the Summer – Julia Green

    “It’s the end of August, my last day on the island of St Ailla. ‘I’m just going out,’ I call to Evie as I slip out of the back door, on my way to the shed to pick up my wetsuit. ‘One final swim!’ ‘Keep an eye on the time, Freya,’ she calls back from the kitchen. ‘The ferry leaves at eleven.’ It’s the end of another summer and Freya is leaving St Ailla once again. After spending so many summers there she is determined to leave this year and make a new start. College is approaching and she wants to make more friends, experience more of life and have…