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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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    Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

    “He’d stopped trying to bring her back.  She only came back when she felt like it, in dreams and lies and broken-down deja vu. Like, he’d be driving to work, and he’d see a girl with red hair standing on the corner – and he’d swear, for half a choking moment, that it was her.  Then he’d see that the girl’s hair was more blond than red.  And that she was holding a cigarette… And wearing a Sex Pistols T-Shirt. Eleanor hated the Sex Pistols.” Eleanor knew she was done for the moment she stepped on the bus. She knew she’d be target practice for the vultures. New in town…

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    Amy & Matthew – Cammie McGovern

    “Amy’s email started in late July and kept coming all summer. Each one made Matthew a little more nervous: To: astheword@gmail.com From: aimhigh@comcast.net Subject: I’m Happy!  I just slipped into my mother’s office to look at the names of my new peer helpers, and I’m so happy! Your name is on the list! I thought maybe I’d scared you by coming right out and asking you to apply. I realize it’s an unusual set-up, but try not to think of it as my parents offering to pay people to be my friend. I know there’s something unsettling and prideless in that.” Amy has difficulties in school. Her adult aides and…

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    Let it Snow – Maureen Johnson, John Green & Lauren Myracle

    “It was the night before Christmas.  Well to be more precise, it was the afternoon before Christmas. But before I take you into the beating heart of the action, let’s get one thing out of the way. I know from experience that if it comes up later, it will distract you so much that you won’t be able to concentrate on anything else I tell you.  My name is Jubilee Dougal. Take a moment and let it sink in.  See, when you get it up front, its not that bad. Now imagine I was halfway through some long story (like I’m about to be), and I dropped that one on…

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    Other Words For Love –Lorraine Zago Rosenthal

    “In 1985, just about everyone was afraid of two things: a nuclear attack by the russians and a gruesome death from the AIDS virus, which allegedly thrived on the mouth pieces of New York City public telephones. My best friend, Summer, however, didn’t worry about catching AIDS from a phone or anything else. She started kissing boys when we were twelve and wrote every one of their names in her diary, which had a purple velvet cover.” Ari is the average one,she only has Summer around and she feels invisible in her Brooklyn high school, her hair is too flat, her style too preppy and her personality too quiet. Summer…

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    The Wish House – Celia Rees

    “THE SUMMER OF THE WISH HOUSE Richard still thought about it like that, in standout large letters, capitalized in his mind. Title to a very special time. The End of his childhood. Richard had been fifteen that year, a good enough age to begin being an adult, but maybe the transition from one stage of life to another wasn’t marked by passing years, but by some event.” During the scorching summer of ’76 Richard comes across the Dalton family. Unlike any family he’s ever come across, they are glamorous, beautiful artists with their free love and a chilled out view of life. Richard is seduced by Clio, the 16 year…

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    Lola and the Boy Next door – Stephanie Perkins

    “I have three simple wishes. They’re really not too much to ask. The first is to attend the winter formal dressed like Marie Antoinette. I want a wig so elaborate it could cage a bord and a dress so wide I’ll only be able to enter the dance through a set of double doors. But I’ll hold my skirts high as I arrive so everyone can see that, underneath the frills, I’m punk-rock tough.” Lola just wants to attended the winter formal dressed like Mari Antoinette, for her parents to approve of her 22 year old boyfriend and to never see the Bell twins again. The first is nothing new,…