Books/series and authors I highly recommend
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by John Green
A heartwarming and heartrending story of loss and growing up. John
Green succeeds where so many have failed to capture the emotions and turmoil one feels at the end of adolescence.
THE HUNGER GAMES; CATCHING FIRE; MOCKINGJAY
by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire, the much-anticipated sequel to The Hunger Games, picks up after Katniss and Peeta return home after winning the Games by managing to stay alive. Catching Fire finds both returning to another Games, even as the Districts begin to rebel against the Capitol. Intense, though much of the same as in book one. Mockingjay felt like it had lost its way. Katniss was too reflexive a character and the plot seemed stitched together rather than cohesive. A rather disappointing end to an otherwise stellar series.
AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES
by John Green
Riotously funny and touching. The math made my head hurt, though.
by Nancy Werlin
An intriguing tale inspired by the song "Scarborough Fair." Werlin carefully builds tension while insinuating the story with magical themes. A wonderful story of the power of love to overcome the greatest obstacles. It did feel a little constrained at times, but overall an enjoyable read.
THE MOVES MAKE THE MAN
by Bruce Brooks
A seering tale of friendship, basketball and wonder.
THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO; THE ASK AND THE ANSWER; MONSTERS OF MEN
by Patrick Ness
The first book in the Chaos Walking series, The Knife of Never Letting Go is a truly amazing work, introducing Todd as the young protagonist in this sci-fi/fantasy/dystopia. The story continues with the same energy and sense of discovery through The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men and never disappoints. Bloody, suspenseful and surprising throughout.