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Review: The Yearbook by Holly Bourne 

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Paige Vickers is most likely to be forgotten. She’s in year 11 and nobody really knows who she is and she’s okay with that. At least if nobody knows who you are, then mean girls Grace Langdon and Amelia Murray can’t make your life miserable.

Paige’s home life isn’t great either. Her older brother Adam moved away to start university, leaving Paige alone with her emotionally abusive father and complicit mother. It’s best for Paige to stay out of everyone’s way because they all treat her like she doesn’t exist.

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January 2022 Mini-Reviews

Review: Lock the Doors by Vincent Ralph 

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*We received this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Tom Cavanagh and his family move into his mom’s dream house in town. Everything seems to be going alright for once, until Tom notices strange holes on the door of his new room.  Holes meaning that someone was locked in this room.

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Review: London Prep Book 5: The Party by Jillian Dodd

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*We received this book in exchange for an honest review.*

After London Prep 4: The Key ended, we found ourselves impatiently waiting for October so we could get more Noah Williams and Mallory James. When we left Mallory, she was celebrating her 17th birthday and still conflicted over her feelings. In London Prep 5: The Party, Mallory finally gets the clarity she has been craving.

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Lists, Travel

Around the World with YA Books

Want to travel the world? Us too! Unfortunately, we don’t always have the time or money. Reading can be the best escape to travel to far away lands. To help inspire your wanderlust, we came up with a list of YA books set in countries around the world. Did we miss any countries that you can think of a YA book for? We’ll update this list if we find others. Let us know your favorites in the comments and happy travels!

Afghanistan: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

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Set in the site of modern-day northwest Afghanistan known as Khorasan, The Wrath & the Dawn is a reimagining of the classic Middle Eastern folk tales, Arabian Nights. Every night that Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a bride, they die. When Shahrzad volunteers to be his next bride, she realizes that Khalid is not the monster she imagined him to be.

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Review: Again, But Better By Christine Riccio

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This month’s book club pick was Again, but Better by booktuber and fellow YA lover, Christine Riccio. This is her debut book.

Again, but Better follows 20 year old Shane Primaveri on her study abroad semester in London, England circa 2011. Her college life had been one word, boring. She may have perfect grades, but she spent every weekend at home with her parents.

That’s why Shane’s semester abroad had to be perfect: she was going to have her first kiss, be more outgoing/meet new friends, and do an amazing job at her writing internship— if only things were that easy! 

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May 2019 Book Club: Again, But Better by Christine Riccio

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The Book

Our pick for May 2019 is Again, But Better by Christine Riccio, which released on May 7, 2019.

Why did we pick this book?

We love YA books set in college and jump at the chance to read them! The plot of Again, but Better captured our attention with it’s focus on travel, romance and magical realism. And it’s set during a study abroad program? Sign us up!

Also, Claire’s favorite city is London, so we couldn’t wait to travel to this cosmopolitan city with Shane Primaveri. Give us all the amazing travel descriptions and cultural references.

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Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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Inspired by the murders committed by Jack the Ripper, Maniscalco has you traveling back in time to 19th century London, England. Audrey Rose Wadsworth hails from high-society. She’s the daughter of a lord and as such, she should behave like a proper lady.

Audrey has other plans though, caring more about forensics than sipping afternoon tea. Under the supervision of her forensic scientist uncle, Audrey gets to examine the dead bodies that are brought in for him to review. When gruesome dead bodies of women show up more frequently, Audrey is determined to solve the mystery and end the horrendous killing spree that encompassed London.

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