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The God Who Sees You: Look to Him When You Feel Discouraged, Forgotten, or Invisible by Tammy Maltby. Encouraging, thought provoking, and beautifully written.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

The Fault in Our Stars - Great dialogue. Great characters. Laughter and tears. Love it, John Green!

The Lovely Bones - Get past the first heartbreaking chapter and you'll be grateful you did. SO worthwhile...

Janet Fitch - White Oleander

Vanishing Acts, by Jodi Picoult. Nobody crafts plot, setting and character and works in the backstory like Jodi Picoult.

Debut YA novel by Karen Finneyfrock. To quote Sherman Alexie: "...hillarious, exciting, and as painful as anybody's teenage years. READ IT, PLEASE."

The 79 Squares by Malcolm J. Bosse. Sadly, out of print, but it's one with a message that every teenager (and some adults) needs to hear: that it only takes a moment to do something you can regret for the rest of your life.

The perfect book to remind you of a woman's strength.

Gossamer by Lois Lowry. Fast read. Beautiful and thought-provoking book for 4th grade and up reading level.

Page turner, but tough subject matter. Definitely for more mature young adult readers.

When I need a pep talk. It's like a Cliff Notes version of The Success Principals.

How awesome are young adult books right now! Looking forward to the movie.

This is one of those books the kids and I read together. Laughed so hard, I may have even snorted. Yeah, snorted.

Got this when it was one of the Kindle freebies. Best Kindle book I didn't have to pay for! Haunting, beautiful, and completely unexpected.