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March 2015 Re(ad)commendations


Hello readers! I’m taking this monthly tradition over this month with some YA titles you should pick up if you haven’t! Well let’s get this thing rolling before we miss another month of good books.

1. Every Day by David Levithan



When to read: RIGHT NOW. Get up off the computer and drive to the book store. Or if you’re not able to, order it online. Do it now. Now. This very second. GO!

What it’s about: I’m still astounded by people who haven’t heard of this because to me it is a must-read. It’s a Young Adult book about A who wakes up in someone else’s body every single day. In fact A has never even had his/her own body. One day however A falls in love, and the rest of the novel deals with trying to be with that love while also jumping to a different body every day.  What I like about the novel is how it deals with gender. A isn’t straight or gay or bi or anything, A is just…A. A loves who A loves and the body parts don’t really matter. The only thing that matters is what’s inside the person, who they are. I love the ending of this book so much, but it isn’t for everyone. So let me know what you think after you’ve read it.

2.Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld



When to read: When you can’t decide between science fiction and contemporary. This will satisfy both urges.

What it’s about: This is an interesting novel because it is a novel about a novel. Darcy Patel is a young, new, and emerging writer about to publish her first book. She moves to New York to live the life of an author and soon finds herself in her own love story. Lizzie has just survived a terrorist attack, and suddenly has abilities to talk to the dead. Lizzie is Darcy’s creation, her protagonist, but as the reader you are given the privilege to explore each of their paths and to jump between both of their worlds. This book is a cool insight into the world of a published author as well as the struggles of growing up, changing circumstances, and falling in love for the first time.

3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han



When to read: How about I’ll tell you when not to read it: Don’t read it when you’re trying to get over someone. Because this book will only give you hope.

What it’s about: Lara Jeans has a routine. Every time she gets over a guy she spills out her feelings to him in a form of a letter that he’ll never see. She addresses it and puts it in an old hatbox her mother gave her. This is all fine and well until her hatbox letters get sent out without her knowledge. Suddenly crushes from her past know how she once felt, including her sister’s ex-boyfriend slash best friend. So what does Lara Jean do? She does what every girl in that situation does she makes up a relationship and acquires the help of someone who could also use a good fake girlfriend, another former crush. This book isn’t ground-breaking by any means, but what I liked about it is the fact that I’ve felt like Lara Jean in many scenes of this book. From the beginning I was Lara Jean, even though I have no sisters and am Spanish not half Korean. When Lara Jean falls into this rom-com routine I go along with it because… why not? Who am I kidding; I’d probably do something crazy as well. Maybe not this crazy but crazy nonetheless.

Cool side note: Yulin Kuang made a “I didn’t write this” to the this book, take a look!

About Ayelen Barrios Ruiz Pagano (13 Articles)
Ayelen Barrios Ruiz Pagano lives in the Greater Toronto Area. She is a recent grad with a strong desire to be a Disney princess. A romcom fanatic, a book worm, a movie buff, and a TV lover. She spends her days dreaming of Mr. Darcy in between drinking tea and writing. She is the writer, creator, and sometimes director of the YouTube channel thewhyw. You can find follow her on Tumblr and Facebook.

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