Self magazine says, "Have "The Fault in Our Stars" withdrawal? Pick up this heartrending novel about a girl who vows to live with purpose after bonding with a boy who plans to end his own life." Everyone we know who read this book loved it.
Ten year old Auggie Pullman has grown up getting stared at and hearing people about him. He was born with a facial deformity and has gotten used to being treated differently. But when his parents enroll him at the local private school, he is all of a sudden nervous about being the new kid. How will the other students treat him? Will he be able to find his place? Told from different perspectives, R.J. Palacio has written a funny and uplifting story full of unforgettable characters. – Jenny
Eleanor & Park is the go-to book for John Green fans who have already read every John Green book. It's the answer to the question: "What do I read after The Fault in Our Stars?" HOWEVER. Eleanor & Park stands on its own. Even if you DON'T like John Green, you should try out Eleanor & Park. It's the story of two high-schoolers: one an outcast, and one on the fringes. They unwillingly get to know each other, and they develop a truly awesome friendship. The best part of Eleanor & Park, though, is the unwritten soundtrack. The characters make mix-tapes and, being the 1980s, fill them with The Smiths, Elvis Costello, and Joy Divison. --Chelka
This book was one of my most memorable reads of my young-adult life, and a big part of why I took interest in literature. Hinton was only fifteen years old when writing this book, and was published at age eighteen. This novel is through the lens of the young adult experience of a family of greasers which is assumed to take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1965, but is never stated. The power of story from young writers is evident from this novel. I fell in love with these characters when I was fifteen, and years later I still love them. A great gift for new and re-readers—This 40th Anniversary Edition hard cover is a beauty for any bookshelf. “Stay gold” this Christmas with Johnny and Ponyboy before it’s gone!