YA Best Books of the Month: July 2016

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P.S. I Like You by Kasie West P.S. I Like You
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A simple scribble on a chemistry-class desk turns into a full-blown crush when high schooler Lily unwittingly sparks a correspondence with an unknown pen pal. Could the mystery guy be Mr. Right? Cait says, "Kasie West is SUCH a talented writer…. Everything is so real and just pulls you in. [This is] one of the most adorable, feel-good books I've read in a long time.”
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A simple scribble on a chemistry-class desk turns into a full-blown crush when high schooler Lily unwittingly sparks a correspondence with an unknown pen pal. Could the mystery guy be Mr. Right? Cait says, "Kasie West is SUCH a talented writer…. Everything is so real and just pulls you in. [This is] one of the most adorable, feel-good books I've read in a long time.”
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Learning to Swear in America by Katie     Kennedy Learning to Swear in America
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Awkward teen Yuri, a Russian physics genius, is enlisted by NASA to help save the Earth from an asteroid in this humorous debut about friendship and how to live life (with quadratic equations and Russian swear words!). Jenn Bishop says, “There's so much that's working in this book: expert plotting, hilarious scenarios, characters you will fall in love with and wish were real, and high stakes…. I love this book and can't wait to share it with all my astrophysics friends.” ...more Awkward teen Yuri, a Russian physics genius, is enlisted by NASA to help save the Earth from an asteroid in this humorous debut about friendship and how to live life (with quadratic equations and Russian swear words!). Jenn Bishop says, “There's so much that's working in this book: expert plotting, hilarious scenarios, characters you will fall in love with and wish were real, and high stakes…. I love this book and can't wait to share it with all my astrophysics friends.”
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How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather How to Hang a Witch (How to Hang a Witch, #1)
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Samantha Mather, whose ancestor aided the Salem Witch Trials, moves to Salem, Massachusetts, and instantly falls afoul of the bullying “Descendants,” high schoolers related to the original “witches” in this creepy, paranormal tale. Kurt Dinan says, “Suspenseful, funny, intelligent, and informative. The fact that Mather is related to Cotton Mather, he of Salem Witch Trials fame, gives this novel real weight.... One hell of a supernatural thriller. I loved every minute.” ...more Samantha Mather, whose ancestor aided the Salem Witch Trials, moves to Salem, Massachusetts, and instantly falls afoul of the bullying “Descendants,” high schoolers related to the original “witches” in this creepy, paranormal tale. Kurt Dinan says, “Suspenseful, funny, intelligent, and informative. The fact that Mather is related to Cotton Mather, he of Salem Witch Trials fame, gives this novel real weight.... One hell of a supernatural thriller. I loved every minute.”
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The Memory Book by Lara Avery The Memory Book
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High school valedictorian Sammie’s memories—and future—are being stolen by a rare terminal disease. She creates a journal filled with details and moments to remind her who she is as she struggles to accept living life in the now. M says, "This book nails it, all of it.... It's not just about losing the future; it's about becoming aware of the heartbreakingly vast possibilities of the present moment…. Glorious. Don’t miss it.”
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High school valedictorian Sammie’s memories—and future—are being stolen by a rare terminal disease. She creates a journal filled with details and moments to remind her who she is as she struggles to accept living life in the now. M says, "This book nails it, all of it.... It's not just about losing the future; it's about becoming aware of the heartbreakingly vast possibilities of the present moment…. Glorious. Don’t miss it.”
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The Killer in Me by Margot Harrison The Killer in Me
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A dark and disturbing psychological thriller about Nina, who’s convinced she knows the identity of a serial killer who stalks her harrowing dreams. But when she tracks him down, nothing is as she expects. Does he, in fact, even exist? Caleb Roehrig says, "A dark, satisfying, and twisted thriller. [It] is also beautifully written…. I loved Harrison's characters, but her style—half hard-boiled and half poetic—was the real icing on this deliciously murderous cake.” ...more A dark and disturbing psychological thriller about Nina, who’s convinced she knows the identity of a serial killer who stalks her harrowing dreams. But when she tracks him down, nothing is as she expects. Does he, in fact, even exist? Caleb Roehrig says, "A dark, satisfying, and twisted thriller. [It] is also beautifully written…. I loved Harrison's characters, but her style—half hard-boiled and half poetic—was the real icing on this deliciously murderous cake.”
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Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee Gemini
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Conjoined twins Clara and Hailey have always wanted the same things. But now, at age 17, their dreams are diverging. In this beautifully written coming-of-age story, the sisters grapple with questions of identity, independence, and sibling love. Laurie Flynn says, "I found the dichotomy between the sisters to be so powerful, and the exploration of limitations here—both physical and emotional—is brilliant and insightful…. This is, unquestionably, a story that the world needs.”
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Conjoined twins Clara and Hailey have always wanted the same things. But now, at age 17, their dreams are diverging. In this beautifully written coming-of-age story, the sisters grapple with questions of identity, independence, and sibling love. Laurie Flynn says, "I found the dichotomy between the sisters to be so powerful, and the exploration of limitations here—both physical and emotional—is brilliant and insightful…. This is, unquestionably, a story that the world needs.”
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