YA Best Books of the Month: August 2013

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1)
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Neglected by their bohemian parents, 17-year-old twins Violet and Luke must rent out the guesthouse of their dilapidated seaside estate in this chilling work of gothic horror. Old soul Violet falls hard for their devilishly handsome but secretive new tenant as violent events start to plague their small Maine town. Goodreads Author Erin Bowman calls it "downright creepy. Look-over-your-shoulder creepy. Read-with-the-lights-on creepy." Neglected by their bohemian parents, 17-year-old twins Violet and Luke must rent out the guesthouse of their dilapidated seaside estate in this chilling work of gothic horror. Old soul Violet falls hard for their devilishly handsome but secretive new tenant as violent events start to plague their small Maine town. Goodreads Author Erin Bowman calls it "downright creepy. Look-over-your-shoulder creepy. Read-with-the-lights-on creepy."
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Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan Two Boys Kissing
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Thirty-two hours, 12 minutes, and ten seconds spent lip-to-lip—that's what it will take for teens Harry and Craig to set a new Guinness World Record for longest kiss. Their brave attempt is narrated by a collective Greek chorus of gay men who died of AIDS in years past. Jessica calls it "a raw and beautiful story...there was an undeniable feeling of pain and loss in the narration, but there was also wisdom and most importantly an overpowering sense of hope." Thirty-two hours, 12 minutes, and ten seconds spent lip-to-lip—that's what it will take for teens Harry and Craig to set a new Guinness World Record for longest kiss. Their brave attempt is narrated by a collective Greek chorus of gay men who died of AIDS in years past. Jessica calls it "a raw and beautiful story...there was an undeniable feeling of pain and loss in the narration, but there was also wisdom and most importantly an overpowering sense of hope."
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Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick Just Like Fate
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Would you stay or would you go? As her grandmother lies dying in the hospital, Caroline must decide whether to stay at her deathbed or take a break to join her friends at a party. Two alternate timelines diverge from this fateful moment—and are told in split chapters—as Caroline copes with the consequences of both choices. Teri says, "Just Like Fate is a ripper, tearing through readers' expectations as it turns into something profoundly epic." Would you stay or would you go? As her grandmother lies dying in the hospital, Caroline must decide whether to stay at her deathbed or take a break to join her friends at a party. Two alternate timelines diverge from this fateful moment—and are told in split chapters—as Caroline copes with the consequences of both choices. Teri says, "Just Like Fate is a ripper, tearing through readers' expectations as it turns into something profoundly epic."
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Out of Play by Nyrae Dawn Out of Play
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Rock star drummer Bishop Riley has both a Grammy Award and a dangerous pill addiction. After an overdose, his manager boots him to Alaska to get clean—where he meets tough girl-next-door Penny Jones, a focused high school hockey player who dominates on the rink as she plays with the guys. Karen says, "Playful, a little sexy, but with a lot of heartfelt emotions. This may also be one of the few cases where the heroine totally stands on her own. I absolutely love the way she was written." Rock star drummer Bishop Riley has both a Grammy Award and a dangerous pill addiction. After an overdose, his manager boots him to Alaska to get clean—where he meets tough girl-next-door Penny Jones, a focused high school hockey player who dominates on the rink as she plays with the guys. Karen says, "Playful, a little sexy, but with a lot of heartfelt emotions. This may also be one of the few cases where the heroine totally stands on her own. I absolutely love the way she was written."
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Gated by Amy Christine Parker Gated (Gated, #1)
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Raised inside the sequestered "Community," where her family moved after 9/11, Lyla follows the guidance of "Pioneer," a magnetic prophet who says the apocalypse is nigh. Her marriage to Will is already arranged, but a chance meeting with an outsider suddenly casts doubt on her cult teachings. Scott calls it "a book that opens my eyes to the world and helps me see the world in a different way...Gated hits the reader hard with a story that is extremely poignant and thought provoking."
Raised inside the sequestered "Community," where her family moved after 9/11, Lyla follows the guidance of "Pioneer," a magnetic prophet who says the apocalypse is nigh. Her marriage to Will is already arranged, but a chance meeting with an outsider suddenly casts doubt on her cult teachings. Scott calls it "a book that opens my eyes to the world and helps me see the world in a different way...Gated hits the reader hard with a story that is extremely poignant and thought provoking."
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