Best Books of the Month: April 2017

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Marlena by Julie Buntin Marlena
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Fifteen-year-old Cat befriends her glamorous and troubled neighbor in this debut novel. Twenty years later, she's forced to reexamine the painful end of the friendship.
Chloe Caldwell says, “Marlena is a beautiful and tragic story of friendship, addiction, loneliness, family, and poverty. Julie Buntin was able to put words to sentiments I've felt and have never been able to articulate. A riveting novel, a twisted coming-of-age story, a heartbreaker.”
Fifteen-year-old Cat befriends her glamorous and troubled neighbor in this debut novel. Twenty years later, she's forced to reexamine the painful end of the friendship.
Chloe Caldwell says, “Marlena is a beautiful and tragic story of friendship, addiction, loneliness, family, and poverty. Julie Buntin was able to put words to sentiments I've felt and have never been able to articulate. A riveting novel, a twisted coming-of-age story, a heartbreaker.”
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The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda The Perfect Stranger
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In this mystery a failed journalist searches for her vanished friend and wonders whether she ever knew the missing woman at all. Or did she even exist?
Nicki says, “This story is so twisty and fiendishly plotted, it really genuinely messes with your head. When I finished reading it, I was totally blown away and confused.”
In this mystery a failed journalist searches for her vanished friend and wonders whether she ever knew the missing woman at all. Or did she even exist?
Nicki says, “This story is so twisty and fiendishly plotted, it really genuinely messes with your head. When I finished reading it, I was totally blown away and confused.”
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Red Sister by Mark  Lawrence Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1)
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In this first of a fantasy series, the Covent of Sweet Mercy raises girls to be assassins. But one child among them is much more than they could have ever expected.
Peter says, "This is easily one of the best books to read in 2017. The story of Nona is powerful and unforgettable. Mark Lawrence, I take my hat off to you once again."
In this first of a fantasy series, the Covent of Sweet Mercy raises girls to be assassins. But one child among them is much more than they could have ever expected.
Peter says, "This is easily one of the best books to read in 2017. The story of Nona is powerful and unforgettable. Mark Lawrence, I take my hat off to you once again."
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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli The Upside of Unrequited
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Molly is an expert on unrequited love. A cute boy would be the natural object of her desire, but instead she's attracted to an awkward Tolkien superfan in this YA romance.
Gaby says, "This book reaches levels of amazing and brilliant I didn't even know existed. I just can't wait for all of you to have this squee-inducing genius in your life."
Molly is an expert on unrequited love. A cute boy would be the natural object of her desire, but instead she's attracted to an awkward Tolkien superfan in this YA romance.
Gaby says, "This book reaches levels of amazing and brilliant I didn't even know existed. I just can't wait for all of you to have this squee-inducing genius in your life."
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Sunshine State by Sarah Gerard Sunshine State
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This collection of essays, which combines journalism and memoir, delves into Florida's continually fascinating culture and cast of characters.
Patty says, "An amazing book."
This collection of essays, which combines journalism and memoir, delves into Florida's continually fascinating culture and cast of characters.
Patty says, "An amazing book."
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The Sleep Solution by W. Chris Winter The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How to Fix It
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Are you tired? We figured as much. Well, this neurologist and sleep expert wants to help you get a good night's sleep. It's the perfect bedtime story for stressed adults.
Julianna says, "I don't think I've laughed so hard while reading a self-help sleep book. Winter mixes humor and information as he informs you what to do and what not to do to get the best sleep of your life."
Are you tired? We figured as much. Well, this neurologist and sleep expert wants to help you get a good night's sleep. It's the perfect bedtime story for stressed adults.
Julianna says, "I don't think I've laughed so hard while reading a self-help sleep book. Winter mixes humor and information as he informs you what to do and what not to do to get the best sleep of your life."
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