Odd One Out by Nic Stone

Courtney “Coop” Cooper is a super-sweet, great-looking basketball player and cheerleader who is secretly (not-so-secretly if you ask his buddies) in love with his best friend in the world, extremely close family friend, and next-door-neighbor, Jupiter Charity Sanchez. Why secret? If they and their families are so close, why doesn’t Coop just profess his love so they begin their epic love affair? Because Jupiter is a lesbian. She has yet to be in a relationship with anyone or even kissed a girl but she has always known and been confident in her sexual identity. When Rae Chin moves to town, she shakes up Coop and Jup’s comfortable relationship. Jupiter is very attracted to Rae who is very at

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Despite the controversy over the portrayal of Cystic Fibrosis, the inclusion of almost every overused trope in YA lit, the archetypal characters, and the manipulation I feel over the way this book was published, I absolutely loved Five Feet Apart! Do you feel like you’re getting mixed messages from me? I get it. And you will, too, after reading my review. Stella and Will have one huge thing in common but they are as different as two teens can be. They both are dying from Cystic Fibrosis and have been in and out of hospitals (more in than out) their entire lives. Will’s mother has taken him to hospitals all over the world. Stella’s parents have kept her close to home at their local hospita

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Earlier this school year, a reporter from The Solitaire (Fort Zumwalt West High School's newspaper) asked for my opinion regarding what books students should read before they graduate. Since all readers love a good book list, I thought I'd share it with y'all. Both of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Color Purple feature main characters who have experienced trauma and find a way to persevere, partly through the power of words. Readers SEE Charlie and Celie’s growth through their language in the letters they write and I cannot put into words how much I love that. Both Soldier Boy and Sold are fictional stories based on horrible practices that are actually happening in our world. Sol

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