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    This Song Will Save Your Life – Leila Sales

    “You think it’s so easy to change yourself.  You think it’s so easy, but it’s not.  What do you think it takes to reinvent yourself as an all-new person, a person who makes sense, who belongs? Do you change your clothes, your hair, your face? Go on, then. Do it. Pierce your ears, trim your fringe, buy a new bag. they will still see past that, see you, the girl who is still too scared, still too smart for her own good, still a beat behind, still, always, wrong. Change all you want; you can’t change that.  I know because I tried.”   Elise has always been unpopular. It was…

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    Five Flavors of Dumb – Antony John

    “For the record, I wasn’t around the day they decided to become Dumb. If I’d have been their manager back then I’s have pointed out that the name, while accurate, was not exactly smart. If just encouraged people to question the band’s intelligence, maybe even their sanity. And the way I saw it, Dumb didn’t have much of either.” Piper is deaf, having started losing her hearing at 6 she’s had the same barbie pink hearing aids for over ten years because her parents couldn’t afford new ones, especially after they moved to a nicer area of Seattle, with higher real estate prices just so she could get into a…

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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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    Naked – Kevin Brooks

    “My heart was born in the long hot summer of 1976; my life was made, my love was sealed, my soul was lost and broken. It was the summer of so many things – heat and violence, love and hate, dreams and nightmares, heaven and hell – and when I look back on it now, it’s hard to tell the good from the bad.” In the year of 1976 Lili Garcia met William Bonney – the Irish gent who she knew was special from the minute she saw. He was everything, yet nothing, he blended into the crowd but also stood out and as soon as he started playing the…

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    Struts and Frets – Jon Skovron

    ‘Our band was called Tragedy of Reason. Or Tragedy of Wisdom. We hadn’t decided yet. I liked “Reason” because it said how much it sucked to be the only thoughtful person in a crazy world. But our frontman, Joe, liked “Wisdom” because, he said: “It just sounds cooler!”’ Sammy is a musician, he doesn’t just play guitar, it is engrained into him. His band sucks a bit but hes determined to make them awesome to win the upcoming Battle of the Bands. But with a singer who cant remember the lyrics and a bassist who switches songs partway through one Sammy has his work cut out to make this band the…

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    Revolution – Jennifer Donnelly

    “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, deejay. Like Cooper van Epp. Standing in his room – the entire fifth floor of a Hicks Street brownstone – trying to beat-match John Lee Hooker with some piece of trip-hop horror. On twenty thousand dollars’ worth of equipment he doesn’t know how to use.” Andi is lost and alone. Two years after her brother, Truman, was killed she is practically friendless and her mother has taken to sitting in the house painting portrait after portrait of Truman and never being able to get it right. All Andi has is her music. Then her Dad visits. Receiving a letter from Andi’s top quality…