Jennie’s ‘Best of’ Book List

Book with the Most Pages

(674 pages)

After We Collided second book in Anna Todd’s After series, which is now also a major motion picture. The series began humbly as fan-fiction on Wattpad. The story was published after accumulating over a billion views!

Book with the Least Pages

(209 pages)

Pumpkin Heads is the collaborative work of beloved author Rainbow Rowell and talented comic artist Faith Erin Hicks. Deja and Josiah have worked together each fall throughout high school at the town pumpkin patch. This is their last Halloween and Deja is determined to make it memorable. The colors and art in this story are absolutely adorable!

Favorite Book of the Year

Serpent & Dove
By Shelby Mahurin

This book is the first in a series by Shelby Mahurin, who is an Indiana author! It is the story of Louise le Blanc, a witch in hiding, and Reid Diggory, a witch hunter. Jennie absolutely loved this book and talked about it the whole time she was reading! Place a hold on this book or the audiobook today!

Least Favorite Book of the Year

The Sun is Also a Star
by Nicola Yoon

“Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true.”

“Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet.”

“The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brough us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will be true?” (from Goodreads)

This award-winning book (2017 Michael L. Printz Award Nominee), but readers are pretty divided. Goodreads is filled with mixed reviews and it was not a favorite for Jennie. However, one of our Teen Advisory Board members read it and shared rave reviews! Check out the book, e-book, or movie and decide for yourself.

With the Fire on High
By Elizabeth Acevedo

Emoni Santiago loves to cook. And she is good at it! She loves experimenting with different flavors that represent her family’s Puerto Rican & Southern heritage. She is thrilled to discover that her alternative high school is offering a cooking program during her Senior Year. The class includes a time studying abroad in Spain, and that makes Emoni nervous because she is also a mom. Should she leave her baby to follow her dream? How does being a mom change growing up?

Elizabeth Acevedo is a National Poetry Slam Champion and her debut (inverse) novel, The poet X, won the National Book Award in 2018. With the Fire on High is available as an physical book, ebook, and e-audiobook from FCPL. I recommend checking out the audiobook on this one, or reading it aloud. The poetic prose is just too beautiful for silent reading.

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