Paper Bindings - Review - Title: Better Off Friends Author: Elizabeth Eulberg Release Date: February 25th, 2014 Stars: 4 "Better off Friends is a contemporary YA that follows two friends over the course of their junior and high school lives. Levi moves from California to Wisconsin, and it's more than just a culture shock for him."
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky: A Novel by Heidi W. Durrow - This searing and heartwrenching portrait of a young biracial girl dealing with society's ideas of race and class is the winner of the Bellwether Prize for best fiction manuscript addressing issues of social justice.
Sixteen-year-old Maddie Flynn cannot help but see the death date of everyone she meets or sees in a photograph or on-screen, and her alcoholic mother exploits this by having her do readings for money, but when Maddie predicts the death of a young boy, she becomes the center of an FBI investigation.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven- I read this for a book published this year. While I thought the writing itself was great and the book left me thinking, I was also disappointed in it. It was touted for lovers of Eleanor & Park and TFIOS (which I loved) and I really think there should be no comparison. It has a difficult subject matter, and one I feel should be addressed, but it also is very depressing and I worry about teens who do suffer from mental illness reading it.