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    Read Me Like A Book – Liz Kessler

    “Where’s your best friend when you need her?  I mean, seriously.  It’s Saturday night and here I am in Luke’s front room with his sister, Zoe, and a bunch of his mates, listening to a rock band blaring about how we’re all going to die, and watching a couple of lads do something that I think is intended to be dancing but looks more like they’re being slowly electrocuted.  Oh, and did I mention? It’s my birthday.”  Ash’s 17th year is meant to be full of fun and laughter before she has to think about what the future holds and what to do with her life. But nothing is ever…

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    Lies We Tell Ourselves – Robin Talley

    “The white people are waiting for us.  Chuck sees them first. He’s gone out ahead of our group to peer around the corner by the hardware store. From there you can see all of Jefferson High.  The gleaming redbrick walls run forty feet high. The building is a block wide, and the windowpanes are spotless. A heavy concrete arch hangs over the two-storey wood-and-glass doors at the front entrance.  And the only thing between us and the school is the parking lot. And the white people.  It’s February 1959 and the doors of Jefferson High School have been unlocked, months later than they should have been. Despite the governors best…

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    Countdown to Far From You – Tess Sharpe Review and Giveaway

    “It doesn’t start here. You’d think it would: two terrified girls in the middle of nowhere, cowering together, eyes bulging at the gun in his hand.  But it doesn’t start here.  It starts the first time I almost die.”  Sophie has almost died twice. The first time she was fourteen, driving in Mina’s brothers truck without a seatbelt on. It left her scarred and in constant pain. The second time she is with Mina again, but this time Mina doesn’t make it. Sophie was addicted to her pain meds but she kicked the habit. Now with Mina dead and her murderer having planted those same drugs on Sophie everyone thinks…

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    Boy Meets Boy – David Levithan

    “9.00 p.m. on a November Saturday, Joni, Tony and I are out on the town. Tony is from the next town over and he needs to get out. His parents are extremely religious. It doesn’t matter which religion – they’re all the same at a certain point and few of them want a gay boy cruising around with his friends on a Saturday night. So every week Tony feeds us bible stories, then on a Saturday we show up at his doorstep well versed in parables and earnestness, dazzling his parents with our blinding purity. They slip him a twenty and tell him to enjoy our study group.” Paul and…

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    Speechless – Hannah Harrington

    “Keeping Secrets isn’t my specialty  It never has been, ever since kindergarten when I found out Becky Swanson had a crush on Tommy Barnes, I managed to circulate that fact to the entire class, including Tommy himself, within our fifteen minute recess – a pretty impressive feat, in retrospect. That was ten years ago, and it still may hold the record for my personal best.” When Chelsea Knot see something juicy, she can’t help but spread the news, and fast. Unfortunately something she spreads gets the wrong response and a boy is beaten unconscious. Chelsea knows it was wrong for what happened to happen, and she knows she was at fault,…