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This book totally had me at its Roy Lichtenstein-inspired  cover - the fact that it’s as funny and biting about high school life as “Mean Girls” is just Ben-Day dots on the cake. When Hailey Harper’s dad uproots the family to move to Los Angeles, Hailey sees this as her chance to break out of invisibilty-status. The new girl at West Hollywood High her sophomore year, she’s noticed alright and quickly becomes the target of Queen Bee Skyler, whose “engine inside her runs on other people’s tears, anger and embarrassment.” Greeeaaat. Hailey prepares to do her best to don her invisibility cloak again, when she discovers her ubercool older sister Noel’s diary/manuel, How To Be a Hater: Rules for Surviving High School. Reading through Noel’s sage advice (Eat fattening foods, you’re going to gain weight. Hang out with losers, you’re going to become one. You ARE who you hang out with.) builds Hailey’s confidence and she befriends some of WHHS’s other “invisibles.” Sick of the “populars” school domination, they begin to plot ways to dethrone Queen Skylar - with hilarious results. As in “Mean Girls,” it’s all fun and games until you find yourself becoming the very thing you were fighting against. In a genre that’s chock full of angst, laugh-out-loud books are always welcome. Read and enjoy! #yalit

This book totally had me at its Roy Lichtenstein-inspired cover - the fact that it’s as funny and biting about high school life as “Mean Girls” is just Ben-Day dots on the cake. When Hailey Harper’s dad uproots the family to move to Los Angeles, Hailey sees this as her chance to break out of invisibilty-status. The new girl at West Hollywood High her sophomore year, she’s noticed alright and quickly becomes the target of Queen Bee Skyler, whose “engine inside her runs on other people’s tears, anger and embarrassment.” Greeeaaat. Hailey prepares to do her best to don her invisibility cloak again, when she discovers her ubercool older sister Noel’s diary/manuel, How To Be a Hater: Rules for Surviving High School. Reading through Noel’s sage advice (Eat fattening foods, you’re going to gain weight. Hang out with losers, you’re going to become one. You ARE who you hang out with.) builds Hailey’s confidence and she befriends some of WHHS’s other “invisibles.” Sick of the “populars” school domination, they begin to plot ways to dethrone Queen Skylar - with hilarious results. As in “Mean Girls,” it’s all fun and games until you find yourself becoming the very thing you were fighting against. In a genre that’s chock full of angst, laugh-out-loud books are always welcome. Read and enjoy! #yalit

If God exists and is a loving being, why does He allow bad things to happen? This question has plagued people for centuries and hits fourteen-year-old Walker hard when he loses his older brother Noah at only age 17. Racked with grief, his mother can barely function, so an equally stricken Walker prays for help - and it comes in the form of Jesus himself. Appearing to only Walker, Jesus spends a few days hanging with him and hearing Walker out. He may look hipster but true to the Jesus we know in the Bible, he doesn’t answer Walker’s many questions directly, rather guides him to discover little truths on his own (like we can love people who are damaged and will them to change but that doesn’t always make them want it for themselves). Told in free verse, Coaltown Jesus is a quick but powerful read. For my Christian friends who aren’t normally Y.A. readers, please consider this if only to be reminded of what Christ did for this world by spending time here as a human among us. #yalit

If God exists and is a loving being, why does He allow bad things to happen? This question has plagued people for centuries and hits fourteen-year-old Walker hard when he loses his older brother Noah at only age 17. Racked with grief, his mother can barely function, so an equally stricken Walker prays for help - and it comes in the form of Jesus himself. Appearing to only Walker, Jesus spends a few days hanging with him and hearing Walker out. He may look hipster but true to the Jesus we know in the Bible, he doesn’t answer Walker’s many questions directly, rather guides him to discover little truths on his own (like we can love people who are damaged and will them to change but that doesn’t always make them want it for themselves). Told in free verse, Coaltown Jesus is a quick but powerful read. For my Christian friends who aren’t normally Y.A. readers, please consider this if only to be reminded of what Christ did for this world by spending time here as a human among us. #yalit

At first, I read the summary of Lauren Oliver’s newest book, Panic, and mistakenly took it for another Hunger Games dystopian knock-off. Ugh. Give it a rest, publishers. Panic has teens competing in a summer-long series of challenges - some of which end in life-altering injuries and even *gulp* death - but that’s where the Hunger Games comparison ends. Would you risk your life for $60,000? Doesn’t sound like much by today’s standards, but if you’re a teen living in nowheresville Carp, it’s like winning the Powerball. Heather comes from a family with no dad and a crackhead mom. She spends each passing day of her senior year watching her mom snort or smoke her chance at college and a future. As for Dodge, he knows a lot about the game Panic - it left his sister crippled - but that doesn’t stop him from wanting to compete and exact his revenge. Panic follows Heather, Dodge and the other contestants as they face each other -and some of their worst fears - to win a game that promises a better life…that is, if the winner doesn’t lose his/her life to the game first. A great thriller!  #yalit

At first, I read the summary of Lauren Oliver’s newest book, Panic, and mistakenly took it for another Hunger Games dystopian knock-off. Ugh. Give it a rest, publishers. Panic has teens competing in a summer-long series of challenges - some of which end in life-altering injuries and even *gulp* death - but that’s where the Hunger Games comparison ends. Would you risk your life for $60,000? Doesn’t sound like much by today’s standards, but if you’re a teen living in nowheresville Carp, it’s like winning the Powerball. Heather comes from a family with no dad and a crackhead mom. She spends each passing day of her senior year watching her mom snort or smoke her chance at college and a future. As for Dodge, he knows a lot about the game Panic - it left his sister crippled - but that doesn’t stop him from wanting to compete and exact his revenge. Panic follows Heather, Dodge and the other contestants as they face each other -and some of their worst fears - to win a game that promises a better life…that is, if the winner doesn’t lose his/her life to the game first. A great thriller! #yalit

If ever there were a need for #useincaseoffeels tissues, this book is it! BFFs and fellow bunheads, Olivia and Zoe, think getting cut from the New York Ballet Company at the start of their Junior year in high school is the most devastating thing that will ever happen to them - that is, until Olivia is diagnosed with cancer. Throughout the progression of the disease, though Olivia is the one suffering through chemo and its side effects, she is also the stronger of the two friends, encouraging Zoe to widen her circle of friends at school and to rediscover her love of ballet by teaching a class of inner city kids. Zoe even finds herself falling for a guy - unfortch, he happens to be Olivia’s crush. Creeping on your cancer-ridden BFFs crush? Seems like all kinds of no, but then life can get messy like that. As in John Green’s TFiOS, Kantor gives voice to the fears and struggles of both girls’ families and friends as they face this crisis head-on, and also like TFiOS, you will not be able to stop the flow of tears as Olivia’s cancer worsens and life - sweet, precious life - starts to slip away.  #yalit

If ever there were a need for #useincaseoffeels tissues, this book is it! BFFs and fellow bunheads, Olivia and Zoe, think getting cut from the New York Ballet Company at the start of their Junior year in high school is the most devastating thing that will ever happen to them - that is, until Olivia is diagnosed with cancer. Throughout the progression of the disease, though Olivia is the one suffering through chemo and its side effects, she is also the stronger of the two friends, encouraging Zoe to widen her circle of friends at school and to rediscover her love of ballet by teaching a class of inner city kids. Zoe even finds herself falling for a guy - unfortch, he happens to be Olivia’s crush. Creeping on your cancer-ridden BFFs crush? Seems like all kinds of no, but then life can get messy like that. As in John Green’s TFiOS, Kantor gives voice to the fears and struggles of both girls’ families and friends as they face this crisis head-on, and also like TFiOS, you will not be able to stop the flow of tears as Olivia’s cancer worsens and life - sweet, precious life - starts to slip away. #yalit

For drama class, students were asked to choose a costume and character to portray. At first, Lucy wanted to be a witch, but then decided, no, she’d rather be a librarian. Same difference? #librarynerd #lovemygirl

For drama class, students were asked to choose a costume and character to portray. At first, Lucy wanted to be a witch, but then decided, no, she’d rather be a librarian. Same difference? #librarynerd #lovemygirl

The simplest and saddest book display I’ve ever done - a box of kleenex and some of the most heart-breaking Y.A. reads that exist. Thanks to the #epicreads blog for inspiration. #useincaseoffeels #yalit

The simplest and saddest book display I’ve ever done - a box of kleenex and some of the most heart-breaking Y.A. reads that exist. Thanks to the #epicreads blog for inspiration. #useincaseoffeels #yalit

Kinda knew it would come down to these two…vote this week in the library to decide the winner! #yalit #YAmarchmadness #divergent #thefaultinourstars

Kinda knew it would come down to these two…vote this week in the library to decide the winner! #yalit #YAmarchmadness #divergent #thefaultinourstars

"I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her." #nottinghill #greatmoviemoments

"I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her." #nottinghill #greatmoviemoments

Kicked off our PVHS Y.A. Book March Madness today. Our Sweet Sixteen books are made up of the top 16 circulated books this school year - their seedings garnered some pretty interesting match-ups too (how to chose between Fangirl and Crank?! Simone Elkeles vs. Simone Elkeles?!). Stop by the library to vote for your faves. #yalit

Kicked off our PVHS Y.A. Book March Madness today. Our Sweet Sixteen books are made up of the top 16 circulated books this school year - their seedings garnered some pretty interesting match-ups too (how to chose between Fangirl and Crank?! Simone Elkeles vs. Simone Elkeles?!). Stop by the library to vote for your faves. #yalit

New kicks! #betseyjohnson

New kicks! #betseyjohnson