So, I did break and buy a couple books this month.
“Mirror, Mirror” by Cara Delevingne and Rowan Coleman: Red, Leo, Rose, and Naomi are misfits. Red has an alcoholic mother and a father who’s never around. Leo’s brother has been in prison for years and is about to come back home. Rose turns to boys and alcohol to numb the pain from her past. Naomi’s punk-rock-princess persona gives her freedom she cant find anywhere else. Everyone has a reason not to go home, but the four high schoolers have formed a family of their own through their band, Mirror, Mirror – the only place they can truly be themselves. When Naomi mysteriously vanishes and then is found unconscious, her friends are shaken, confused, and scared. Could have it been an accident – or did someone deliberately try to hurt Naomi? Did a stranger do this, or worse, someone she was close to? How well do they really know their bandmate – and one another? If Naomi wakes up from her coma, what will she have to say? To understand what happened to Naomi, Red, Leo, and Rose must ultimately face their own dark secrets and fears. When they look in the mirror, who do they see?
“The School for Good and Evil” by Soman Chainani: This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good and Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy-tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a Storybook princess. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School of Evil. But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed – and they’ll quickly find that the only way out of a fairy tale…is to live through it.
“Unite Me” by Tahereh Mafi: Juliette will not stand alone in a battle that will decide the fate of her world. In Destroy Me, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45, refuses to let her go. In Fracture Me, Adam, Juliette’s first love, will do anything to get her back.
“The Giver” by Lois Lowry: Life in the community where Jonas lives is idyllic. Designated birthmothers produce newchildren, who are assigned to appropriate family units: one male, one female, to each. Citizens are assigned their partners and their jobs. No one thinks to ask questions. Everyone obeys. The community is a precisely choreographed world without conflict, inequality, divorce, unemployment, injustice…or choice. Everyone is the same. Except Jonas. At the Ceremony of Twelve, the community’s twelve-year-olds eagerly accept their predetermined Life Assignments. But Jonas is chosen for something special. He begins instruction in his life’s work with a mysterious old man known only as The Giver. Gradually Jonas learns that power lies in feelings. But when his own power is put to the test – when he must try to save someone he loves – he may not be ready. Is it too soon? Or too late?