Author: Polly

Polly’s April Triple YA Book Recommendation

If you’re like me, you’re trying to find the next thing to read a lot. I’m either too busy to read, binge reading while I do have time to read, or I’m in an awkward state of limbo between books. However, lately these three books have helped pull me out of my reading rut and gotten me back on track!

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

why we broke upThere aren’t many YA romance novels that compel me to go through them with a pen and a highlighter. Why We Broke Upis a rare exception. My copy of this book is so inked up and loved that I honestly feel like it’s become a treasure to me. It was written by Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snickett!) and has won some very prestigious awards since its release. It’s framed as a letter written by Min to her ex-boyfriend Ed, systematically explaining each item in the box she is dropping off at his house and how it explains why they broke up. It features beautiful, vivid illustrations that tie the whole book together in a truly unique way. The gorgeous poetic style of this book made it feel more like a long song than a novel, and its portrayal of the heartbreak of young love will make you ugly-cry.

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The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

darkest cornersIt’s such a cliche to say that I couldn’t put this book down, but trust me when I say that I really do mean it when it comes to The Darkest Corners. It’s a dark, compelling mystery that follows the story of Tessa, a girl who, along with her childhood best friend Callie, was a major witness in the trial for the murder of Callie’s cousin. She returns to Fayette, Pennsylvania, for the first time in ten years to say goodbye to her dying father. However, when the Ohio River Monster strikes again, she is forced to face the question: What if her testimony put the wrong man behind bars? This book will seriously keep you guessing until the very end, and you’ll never believe the ending either.

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Sometimes We Tell the Truth by Kim Zarins

sometimes we tell the truthWho knew that a retelling of The Canterbury Tales could feel so modern and authentic? Emulating Chaucer is a tall order by any standard, but Kim Zarins delivers. The story takes place on a bus headed to Washington D.C. filled with rambunctious teens stuck together on a six-hour bus ride. Their civics teacher and supervisor’s solution is to come up with a story-telling competition: best story gets the winner an A in the class. The stories range from hilarious to raunchy to deadly serious, but all of them teach us something valuable about the characters. The cast is diverse and compelling, as one would have to be to make a reader relate to a 24-person cast! The story is tried and true, but Kim Zarins puts an amazing, modern spin on things to make an unforgettable read.

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‘The Thousandth Floor’ by Katherine McGee

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGthousandth-flooree is an impressive debut that I’m excited to see be made into a series.

When I read the prologue, I was immediately hooked. It starts out with a dazzling description of a night scene in 22nd century Manhattan that gets shockingly interrupted when a beautiful, unnamed girl falls to her death from the thousandth floor of a building. The writing truly gave me chills. It then goes back to a month or two beforehand and introduces the five main characters with each chapter shifting perspectives between each person. Normally, I’m wary of this format because it often makes things more confusing for the reader and doesn’t add much to the overall story, but in this case, I was surprised by how well it worked. Each character was so interesting that I frequently found myself thinking how they all deserved their own individual books. I never found myself disliking any particular character since they were all so well-defined and relatable, almost heartbreakingly so in the case of the “villain.”

The concept of the thousand-floor tower was especially fascinating as well because it was used as a physical representation of the social status of each character. The higher the floor, the more wealthy and luxurious the person, and the book follows people from a variety of different floors, which makes it all the more interesting. Unrequited love, secrets, scandal, addiction, heartbreak, and romance are all found in abundance in The Thousandth Floor. There were times when the plot twists were so surprising and unpredictable that I would audibly gasp while I was reading.

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Some of the language might be considered strong, so I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone younger than 14, but other than that, I would give this book my complete and total endorsement. The Thousandth Floor is magnificent and glittering from start to finish, and the finale is a heart-pounding climax that you’ll never see coming.

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