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    Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend – Louise Rozett

    “‘JUMP, FAGGOT! JUMP!’ And just like that, summer is over.  Symbolically, anyway.  I’ve been at this party for sixty seconds and already the tyranny of the swim thugs is so suffocating, it’s like I never even had any summer break to detox from freshman year.  Not that summer can be really considered a break when you spend the whole thing either folding clothes at the Gap on in therapy. With your mother.” Last year Rose was bullied,the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons and was still coming to terms with her fathers death. Its safe to say her first year at Union High was a disaster. Determined to…

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    Anything to Have You – Paige Harbison

    “I heard her before I saw her. Music blasted from inside her car despite the fact that she was in a quiet neighbourhood. I climbed in, and she turned down the volume.  ‘So fucking cold outside,’ Brooke said as I buckled my seat belt.  ‘It’s winter, it’s supposed to be cold outside.’  She rolled her eyes and turned around in my driveway. ‘Im moving to, like, California or something. I can’t stand this. Okay, so,’ she said. ‘Justin continues to to notice me, despite my employment of slutty tank tops.'”  Natalie and Brooke are and have always been best friends. Senior year is meant to be the best time of…

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    Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares – Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

    “December 21st Imagine this:  You’re in your favourite bookstore, scanning the shelves. You get to the section where your favourite author’s books reside, and there, nestled in comfortably between the incredibly familiar spines, sits a red notebook. What do you do? The choice, I think, is obvious: You take down the red notebook, and open it.  And then you do whatever it tells you to do.” When Lily and her brother leave a red notebook on her favourite bookshelf in her favourite bookshop she hopes that the right guy will come along and snap it up. Dash is alone this Christmas and the red notebook daring him to do things…

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    Alice in Zombieland – Gena Showalter

    “Six months ago ‘Please, Alice. Please’  I lay sprawled on a blanket in my backyard, weaving a daisy chain for my little sister. The sun shone brightly as puffy white clouds ghosted across an endless expanse of baby blue. As I breathed in the thick honeysuckle and lavender perfume of the Alabama summer, I could make out a few shapes. A long, leggie caterpillar. A butterfly with one of its wings shredded. A fat white rabbit, racing toward a tree.” Ali’s dad has spent all her life raging about monsters, things that none of the rest of the family have ever seen but that cause them all to be locked…

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    Pushing the Limits – Katie McGarry

    “‘My father is a control freak, I hate my stepmother, my brother is dead and my mother has… well… issues. How do you think I’m doing?’ That’s how I would have loved to respond to Mrs. Collins’s question, but my father placed too much importance on appearance for me to answer honestly. Instead, I blinked three times and said, ‘Fine.’ Mrs. Collins, Eastwick High’s new clinical social worker, acted as if I hadn’t spoken. She shoved a stack of files to the side of her already cluttered desk and flipped through various papers. My new therapist hummed when she found my three-inch-think file and rewarded herself with a sip of…

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    Saving June Blog Tour: Hannah Harrington on the song’s that have influenced her

    Music has always meant a lot to me, from the time I was a little kid dancing around to my mother’s Whitney Houston CDs to my teenage years discovering my own tastes to now, where I have my old favorites and still am finding new songs to love every day. Like any kind of art, music has the ability to express something we all can relate to, and it can sometimes help you grow. Here are the top five songs that have had an influence on me personally: 1)      “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks – I was ten years old when this song came out, and I very distinctly remember when I…

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    Saving June – Hannah Harrington

    “According the the puppy-of-the-month calendar hanging next to the phone in the kitchen, my sister June died on a Thursday, exactly nine days before her high school graduation. May’s breed is the golden retriever – pictured is a whole litter of the, nestled side by side in a red wagon amid a blooming spring garden.” Harpers sister had just killed herself, Harper was the one who found her body. And now harpers recently divorced parents are considering splitting the ashes into two urns and sharing them. Harper’s not impressed by this idea but she’s also having difficulty understanding why her pretty, perfect, popular sister did it. June was always the…

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    New Girl – Paige Harbison

    “The panoramic view outside the windows of the bus showed a wolrd that wasn’t mine. It was chilly in early September and the tress were pine, not palm. I grew up in St. Augustine, Florida. My life so far had been made up of conversations over noisy fans, Shrieking at the sight of pony-sized bugs in the shower, and coming home from the beach to find an alarmingly sunburned reflection waiting for me in the mirror.” Last year at Manderly Academy Becca normandy went missing. No-one knows what happened, where she went or if she’s coming back. The school over her place to a new girl and when she starts…

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    The Immortal Rules – Julie Kagawa

    “They hung the Unregistereds in the old warehouse district; it was a public execution, so everyone went to see. I stood at the back, a nameless face in the crowd, too close to the gallows for comfort but unable to look away. There were there of them this time, two boys and a girl. The oldest was about my age, seventeen and skinny, with huge frightened eyes and greasy dark hair that hung to his shoulders.” Allie lives it a world where Vampires rule. They own the cities and have humans give blood up in return for food, they are treated like cattle. Thats only the Registereds though, and she…