2014 Fall YA Book Preview:: via Bookish

August 29, 2014
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Between school, extracurriculars, and having a social life, teen readers are stretched thin when it comes to finding time to settle down with a book. Plus, with so many books piled on as required reading, the precious free time given to reading for pleasure makes the books selected by choice even more important. Thankfully, this fall has no shortage of thrilling and addictive reads. Whether you’re looking for diary entries on blooming sexuality and Latina identity, or if you prefer star-crossed lovers of the dragon/dragon slayer variety, we have your reading tastes covered!

Hands off

Caddie’s struggled with anxiety since her parents divorced, convinced that if she doesn’t touch another person’s skin her dad may come back. Harmless at first, the obsession becomes a problem when her crush Peter is cast opposite her Ophelia in her high school production of Hamlet. With her dreams of becoming an actress and her growing feelings for Peter on the line, Caddie must find a way to battle her fears and take back control. Rachel M. Wilson’s debut sheds light on how the stigma of mental illness can hurt teens seeking help, and readers who struggle with anxiety of their own are sure to find understanding and solace in Caddie’s story.

On shelves: September 2

Living outside the box

Comic artist Liz Prince grew up feeling as though she just didn’t fit in. She didn’t like anything she perceived as being girly, but the coach of her Little League team also proved she couldn’t seamlessly fit in with the boys either. Tomboy is Prince’s graphic memoir of her years of challenging the stereotypes others attempted to put on her, while attempting to pin down her own identity within the confines of a society that prefers for boys and girls to be neatly defined. Relatable, hilarious, and insightful, Tomboy is a must-read for anyone who feels like a square peg in a round hole.

On shelves: September 2

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