Melancholy held me hostage, and the bees built a hive of sadness in my soul.
— Laurie Halse Anderson


I hate this feeling. Like I'm here, but I'm not. 
Like someone cares. But they don't.

Kristina is introduced to the drug while visiting her largely absent and ne’er-do-well father. While under the influence of the monster, Kristina discovers her sexy alter-ego, Bree: “there is no perfect daughter, / no gifted high school junior, / no Kristina Georgia Snow. / There is only Bree.” Bree will do all the things good girl Kristina won’t, including attracting the attention of dangerous boys who can provide her with a steady flow of crank.

Soon, her grades plummet, her relationships with family and friends deteriorate, and she needs more and more of the monster just to get through the day. Kristina hits her lowest point when she is raped by one of her drug dealers and becomes pregnant as a result. Her decision to keep the baby slows her drug use, but doesn’t stop it, and the author leaves the reader with the distinct impression that Kristina/Bree may never be free from her addiction.







→ Everyone has a tell.





Senior Cadie Dawson has just been named editor of the school’s literary magazine. She hasn’t written anything decent since her breakup with Tom last year. She’s a little surprised, and a lot conflicted, to find new inspiration in Shane, a guy who runs in a completely different social circle and also happens to be her best friend’s brother.
Sophomore Melody Dawson has been friends with Andy for so many years, she’s never really known anything else. Lately she’s been wondering what it would be like to take their relationship to the next level. When she tries to build up the courage to take the risk and tell him, she finds herself facing the prospect of life without him. 
Welcome to small-town Pennsylvania, where everybody lives within a stone’s throw of everybody else, and the rumor mill is the prevailing force in every high school student’s life. Relationships change, people move away, and friendships are tested, all within the privacy of a very public school.
Everyone has a tell.

Senior Cadie Dawson has just been named editor of the school’s literary magazine. She hasn’t written anything decent since her breakup with Tom last year. She’s a little surprised, and a lot conflicted, to find new inspiration in Shane, a guy who runs in a completely different social circle and also happens to be her best friend’s brother.

Sophomore Melody Dawson has been friends with Andy for so many years, she’s never really known anything else. Lately she’s been wondering what it would be like to take their relationship to the next level. When she tries to build up the courage to take the risk and tell him, she finds herself facing the prospect of life without him.

Welcome to small-town Pennsylvania, where everybody lives within a stone’s throw of everybody else, and the rumor mill is the prevailing force in every high school student’s life. Relationships change, people move away, and friendships are tested, all within the privacy of a very public school.



The size of your body is just right. The 
only question is whether you're big enough inside.

Alexa Daley annually visits the town of Bridewell. Alexa is curious about what lies beyond the massive ramparts that surround the city and the walled roads that link Bridewell to nearby towns; soon after town leader Thomas Warvold passes away, Alexa finds herself outside the walls, acquires a stone with remarkable powers, and discovers that she’s meant to stop a potential war from occurring.







→ For me, it was faith that kept me going when I wanted to give up.





Justine Silver’s best friend, Mary Catherine McAllister, has given up chocolate for Lent, but Justine doesn’t think God wants her to make that kind of sacrifice. So she’s decided to give up being Jewish instead.  Eleven-year-old Justine pours her heart out to her teddy bear, “Father Ted,” in a homemade closet confessional. But when Justine’s beloved Bubbe suffers a stroke, Justine worries that her religious exploration is responsible. Worse, she must suddenly contemplate life without Bubbe. Ultimately, it’s Bubbe’s quiet understanding of Justine’s search for identity that helps Justine to find faith in the most important place of all-within herself.
For me, it was faith that kept me going when I wanted to give up.

Justine Silver’s best friend, Mary Catherine McAllister, has given up chocolate for Lent, but Justine doesn’t think God wants her to make that kind of sacrifice. So she’s decided to give up being Jewish instead.  Eleven-year-old Justine pours her heart out to her teddy bear, “Father Ted,” in a homemade closet confessional. But when Justine’s beloved Bubbe suffers a stroke, Justine worries that her religious exploration is responsible. Worse, she must suddenly contemplate life without Bubbe. Ultimately, it’s Bubbe’s quiet understanding of Justine’s search for identity that helps Justine to find faith in the most important place of all-within herself.



But afterwards, is there nothing more for me in life - no true home - nothing to be dearer to me than myself?
— Charlotte Bronte


I ask you to pass through life at my side—to be 
my second self, and best earthly companion.

Born into a poor family and raised by an oppressive aunt, young Jane Eyre becomes the governess at Thornfield Manor to escape the confines of her life. There her fiery independence clashes with the brooding and mysterious nature of her employer, Mr. Rochester. But what begins as outright loathing slowly evolves into a passionate romance. When a terrible secret from Rochester’s past threatens to tear the two apart, Jane must make an impossible choice: Should she follow her heart or walk away and lose her love forever?



Twilight, again. Another ending. No matter how perfect the day is, it always has to end.
— Stephenie Meyer


What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce—and goes out of his way to make that very clear—she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret … even if it kills her.



Books are more real when you read them outside.
— Maggie Stiefvater