New Inspirational Book For Teen Girls: Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly deVos

I’m sorry. You are too fat to fly today. You need to purchase an extra seat, and unfortunately, there are no other seats available. Granted, you could not purchase this seat in advance and are at the mercy of the gate counter gods. Public humiliation times a million, anyone?! Plus, if you don’t get on, you have to explain to your job why you missed the most talked about fashion show this year. Then imagine getting on the plane, after begging your best friend for cash to buy a suddenly open seat, and having to hold a reserved sign next to you. People stop and ask for your second seat. To make matters worse, the flight oversells. Now one of your skinny, beautiful, and viciously mean classmates wants the seat you paid for.   The flight attendants decide you aren’t that fat, as onlookers sneer in disgust. What do you do?…

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Review: Where She Went (If I Stay, #2) by Gayle Forman

Where She Went by Gayle Forman is a sequel to the bestseller and heart-stopping, If I Stay. Throughout the story, Mia and Adam explore the three years after their breakup following Mia’s tragic accident. Told from Adam’s perspective, we learn more of his life’s struggles with substance abuse as well as both of their successes in the music industry.  Moving forward versus moving on is a topic Forman is not afraid to embrace. Library confession: Originally I thought that both of these titles lacked teen appeal until If I Stay hit theaters.  Soon after, teenage library patrons flooded in asking for copies of Forman’s titles. Although fairly slow-paced, Where She Went strums heartstrings for its love story and characters who have overcome pretty harsh odds. For teens, I appreciate Mia’s goal-oriented attitude and her ability to persevere over the loss of her parents; you can survive.  As we learned from If…

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Review: Every Shiny Thing by Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison

Sierra’s mom is once again struggling with her addiction to drugs, alcohol, and poorly chosen men while her father is serving jail time for similar vices. Placed in the foster care system, Sierra moves in with a kind, mysteriously heartbroken interracial couple next door to Lauren, a tween fraught with compassion and her rapidly changing family dynamics. Lauren’s autistic brother has just moved to NC in hopes that a specialized school will better meet his needs. No longer a shadow or crutch, Lauren must determine who she is as well as how to function in an unfair world full of homelessness and privilege. As these two characters navigate their friendship through typical school drama, Lauren begins to lose control and fall into emotional instability, seeking solace in shoplifting and stealing her wealthier friends’ and families’ extravagances. Even with somewhat innately good intentions—hoping to sell these items to donate money for…

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