Young Adult: Years 14-18

Darius & Twig Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061728235
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Published: Amistad - April 23rd, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

Uncertain about their life paths, but wise enough to know their paths will include difficulties, Darius and Twig are classmates and best friends. Darius is a writer, but college is more a dream than a hope; Twig is a runner and girl magnet who might be good enough for an athletic scholarship -- or might not. Darius and Twig's friendship gives them the strength and sense of humor to face serious decisions about their futures, helps them handle the urban dangers of their neighborhood, and gives them hope for a brighter future. Myers is a master storyteller whose craft is polished to a warm, inviting glow. ~ Eight Cousins


The Summer Prince Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545417792
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - March 1st, 2013

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In the future city of Palmares Trs (located in modern-day Brazil), a Summer King is elected every five years. The position holds little power in the matriarchal city -- the main purpose of the Summer King is the reaffirmation of the Queen's right to reign -- but when beautiful, defiant Enki is elected King, the entire country falls in love with him, including protagonist June Costa. The widespread love grants Enki so much power that other officials cannot challenge him without incurring popular wrath. Together June and Enki embark on a mission to use Enki's power, along with their art, to shake the very foundations of their government. But when Enki's plans turn out to be more radical than June could fathom, she must choose between the safety of following the rules or the danger of living by her principles. ~ Eight Cousins


Out of the Easy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399256929
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Published: Philomel Books - February 12th, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

Out of the Easy is not an adventure story, it's a story about character. There are characters aplenty in 1950's New Orleans, where Josie lives a complicated life. Raised more by Willie, the madam at a French Quarter brothel, than by her mother -- an employee of that same brothel, who alternately lies to and steals from Josie -- Josie learns quickly to take care of herself. She moves into the back room of a bookstore at age 12 and eventually sets her sights on getting out of New Orleans and in to Smith College. Due to the matter-of-fact references to prostitution, corruption, drinking, blackmail, and guns, this book is probably better for older teens and adults. ~ Eight Cousins


More Than This Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763662585
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 10th, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

In moments of self-doubt, we may ask ourselves if this is all there is; but what if there actually IS more than this, and it is worse than you could possibly imagine? Sixteen year old Seth Wearing finds himself in a Matrix-like situation, unsure of the reality of his present circumstances, and questioning the truth of his past life. However, some truths are universal, and Seth faces his issues head-on, changing despair into determination and hopelessness into hope. ~ Eight Cousins


Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin Trilogy #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547628387
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 2nd, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

Dark Triumph tells the story of Sybella, convent-trained to assassinate those marked for death by her father, the god Mortain. When Sybella was first taken to the Convent, she was on the brink of insanity, but a purpose in life and her sisters' patience bring her back from the brink. Unfortunately, the cold, calculating Reverend Mother views her charges as tools, and with little concern for Sybella's welfare, sends her back to the nightmarish household of sadistic, power-hungry Mortain as a spy. There Sybella is in constant in danger, walking the thin line of appearing loyal enough to avoid arousing her father's suspicions, while simultaneously keeping her demanding brother appeased. When she is assigned the rescue of Sir Waroch (a.k.a. Beast), a knight held prisoner by her father, Sybella travels with Beast to safety, and along the way begins to realize that perhaps there is more to life than suffering and vengeance. Dark Triumph is a companion book to Grave Mercy, but is fully satisfying on its own. ~ Eight Cousins


Eleanor & Park Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250012579
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 26th, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

Park is half-Korean; he reads comic books and listens to punk music. He doesn't quite fit in at his Omaha high school Eleanor lives on the edge of poverty, in a severely dysfunctional family, and keeps to herself lest anyone should find out about her situation. Like Park, she doesn't quite fit in. Both are wary of everyone, cautious of every connection. Neither of them feels lovable, and yet after circumstances seat them together on the bus day after day, they reluctantly fall head over heels, in love. Theirs is a slow, but extremely moving, satisfying courtship. It's a great reminder to stay true and value weird. ~ Eight Cousins


Two Boys Kissing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307931900
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 27th, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

This book is about two boys kissing. The title is Two Boys Kissing, and even the cover image shows two boys kissing. This book neither blinks nor compromises. Inspired by true events, the story centers on two boys who are trying to set a new record for the longest kiss -- upwards of 32 hours. But there are several other stories woven throughout, and they all deal with boys at various stages of their relationships. The novel is narrated by a Greek chorus of gay men who died from AIDS in the 1980's, lending a multi-generational perspective to the story. The chorus expresses heartbreaking nostalgia for their own lost youths, and their mixed admiration and envy for the freedom within today's gay community. Levithan elicits empathy and love from the reader for both generations. ~ Eight Cousins


If You Could Be Mine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616202514
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - August 20th, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

Sahar and her best friend Nasrin live in Iran. They have been friends since childhood and Sahar has been in love with Nasrin ever since. At six, Nasrin pulled her hair and said, "Sahar, you will play with me because you belong to me. Only me." The story is infused with Iranian words and customs that add flavor and interest for today's young global citizens. It also raises some very challenging questions about sexuality and categorization. But overall, it is a well-written and universal story about a girl growing up and trying to find herself. It's a story about first love and the things we do to hold onto it, as well as a story about the uncomfortable discoveries that we encounter as we emerge from childhood into adulthood. ~ Eight Cousins


Dear Life, You Suck Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547904313
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Published: Harcourt Children's Books - March 26th, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

Last guys don't finish nice, and Cricket Cherpin has spent most of his life being Last Guy, though he's now the oldest resident at a Catholic orphanage in Maine. Is Cricket given to fighting, or is he protecting the younger kids? Is he worthy of the attractive Wynona, or is he just a bundle of hormones? Is there a more constructive way to support himself once he turns 18, or should he keep on serving as an enforcer for his friend the drug dealer? Is his life worth living, or should he just drop over the edge into the rocky ocean and get it over with? You'll never find out, or laugh, or cry with Cricket if you're put off by earthy profanity or desperate, raw, helpless hope. ~ Eight Cousins


This Is What Happy Looks Like Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316212823
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Published: Poppy Books - April 2nd, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

Due to an email mix-up, teenagers Graham Larkin and Ellie O'Neill begin a trans-continental correspondence. But Graham Larkin isn't just any teenager, he's the latest teen heart-throb who happens to be filming a new movie in Ellie's small Maine sea-side town. For Graham, Ellie is the first person who seems able to see him, precisely because she doesn't know who he is. For Ellie, Graham is an anonymous friend willing to encourage the dreams she's afraid she won't be able to reach. This is What Happy Looks Like is a love-story, to be sure, but it's also a reminder that 'happy' isn't the destination, it's the journey and the friends and family who love you along the way. ~ Eight Cousins