2020: #31 – All the Bright Places (Jennifer Niven)

Two teenagers with depression and suicidal urges meet on the ledge of a bell tower. What could go wrong? Theodore Finch (goes by Finch) and Violet Markey knew who each other were before this fateful meeting, but they didn’t really travel in the same circles. But Finch, who likes to spend a good part of each day imagining how he could die, sees a bit

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2018: #5 – The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)

This book is everything it promises. It’s touching and horrifying and hopeful and devastating and has important things to say, even to a middle-aged white woman like myself. Or maybe especially to a middle-aged white woman like myself. The characters feel real without being stereotypical. The situation is one that could unfold tomorrow, almost anywhere in the country. If you’ve been avoiding this book because

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2016: The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Emily M. Danforth)

Cameron Post is a young girl who has basically the worst thing happen to her — her parents are killed in a car accident. Coincidentally, that same day is the first time she kisses a girl, and because children aren’t logical, she connects the two events in her mind, thus beginning several years of confusion and denial and secrecy. In the mid-90s, rural Montana isn’t

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