Posted by Kristi on October 2, 2009
|Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti
At the beginning of her sophomore year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, more importantly, a boyfriend. So when Derek asks her out, Marisa thinks her long wait for happiness is over. But several bumps in the road—including her parents’ unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and a shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek—test Marisa’s ability to maintain her new outlook. Only the anonymous DJ, whose underground podcasts have the school’s ear, seems to understand what Marisa is going through. But she has no idea who he is—or does she?
|How to Steal a Car by Pete Hautman
Some girls act out by drinking or doing drugs. Some girls act out by sleeping with guys. Some girls act out by starving themselves or cutting themselves. Some girls act out by being horrible to other girls. Not Kelleigh. Kelleigh steals cars.
|Messed Up by Janet Nichols Lynch
With all of his biological family out of the picture, R. D. lives with his grandmother’s former boyfriend, Earl. It’s not much, but it’s par for the course in a life filled with the threats of Latino gang violence and failing eighth grade (again). Then Earl dies. R. D. does the right thing—he calls 911 and they come to take his body—but slowly R. D. realizes that as long as no one else finds out, they can’t send him to a group home. So he begins to teach himself everything he’s always avoided: how to shop, how to cook, how to work, how to pay bills.
|Shine, Coconut Moon byNeesha Meminger
Samar has never known much about her Indian heritage. It’s never bothered Sam, who is busy with school, friends, and a really cute but demanding boyfriend.But things change after 9/11. A guy in a turban shows up at Sam’s house, and he turns out to be her uncle. He wants to reconcile the family and teach Sam about her Sikh heritage. At first, she’s wary, but slowly Sam begins to realize how important being Indian American is to her identity.
|Gorgeous by Rachel Vail
She’s looking good…but Allison Avery can’t believe it. Growing up with beautiful, blond sisters, Allison has always been the dark-haired, “interesting-looking” Avery. So when the devil shows up and offers to make her gorgeous, Allison jumps at the chance to finally be noticed. But there’s one tiny catch, and it’s not her soul: The devil wants her cell phone.
|Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian
On her first day of summer art school in the big city, Emily feels like an outsider. She’s left her bland strip-mall and Starbucks existence behind to dive into the artist’s life. Fiona, a bold and inventive student who draws shadows, takes Emily on as a pet project and new best friend. As the semester unfolds and Emily’s skills improve, she begins to see that the glamorous and gritty art life has its own share of petty cliques and drama—just like home.