Winger by Andrew Smith

I am super obsessed with this book right now. If you haven’t read it, you need to. Seriously. I’m super super obsessed.

Ryan Dean West is a 14-year-old junior. Yes, you read that correctly. He also plays rugby.

Both of these things are rather uncommon. And yet, Ryan Dean West is an effortlessly relatable character. Andrew Smith’s writing is accompanied by illustrations–comics and commentary on Ryan Dean’s life drawn by RDW himself (actually drawn by Sam Bosma).

Go read it. Now. Do it.


The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

This book is charming, funny, and hearbreaking all at once.

It is a perfect “next book” for those who have devoured all of John Green’s books.

It is a perfect “I don’t like John Green books but want that sort of idea”

It is a perfect addition to the YA world.

This book is the beginning of everything.

(Get it?)

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

If you loved The Perks of Being a Wallflower, you will love this.

If you didn’t read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, you will still love this.

Laurel is given an assignment to write a letter to a dead person. She chooses Kurt Cobain for one reason–he died young, just like her sister May. While she never turns in her assignment, she continues writing letters to Cobain, Judy Garland, Amelia Earhart, and many more–working through the issues in her life through these letters. Dellaira’s debut is a wonder–I can’t recommend this book more.

Proxy by Alex London

In Syd’s world, if you’re in debt, you have a patron. And when that patron does something wrong, it’s you who takes the punishment. And when Syd’s patron Knox gets into a car accident that kills the girl he’s with, it’s Syd who is sentenced to death. And when he escapes, he runs into Knox–his patron. And Knox finds out that the girl killed in the car accident never died…

In this great dystopian novel, Alex London provides a fantastic read for anyone of any age. With characters that are dynamic and a story that is enthralling, Proxy is one you do NOT want to miss!