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Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
"A coming-of-age epistolary novel in which the main character Charlie describes his life and experiences in a series of letters to an unknown party. Charlie's journey reminds those of us for whom high school is a dim memory of the trials and roller-coaster emotions of that period of our lives. And it communicates acceptance of differences, empathy for the outsider, and optimism for the soon to be initiated." ~Michael
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
"Based on the author's experience in battling depression. It is a funny story, not comedic or light-hearted, but funny in a warm and optimistic way. The protagonist's short stay in a Pysch Ward seems almost magical in its results, but one should never doubt the efficacy of modern anti-depressants for some people." ~Michael
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
"Located in SciFi but a YA at heart. A dystopian future, a love story with the odds stacked against the budding lovers, a slacker learns to step up and play his best game to win love and save the universe. What's not to love?" ~Michael
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
"Great characters, a compelling story, snappy tart dialog that rings consistently true. A wonderful novel that I don't hesitate to recommend to adults. We also read and thoroughly enjoyed Green's Looking for Alaska." ~Michael
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