The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World by Amy Reed
The residents of the Washington towns of Rome and Carthage have been at war for years. Carthage takes pride in being the setting of the Unicorns Versus Dragons books and movies, while Rome is the hometown of rock sensation Carter Sloat. When the two high schools are merged, no one expects things to go well. But for Billy and Lydia, both outsiders at their respective schools, it’s a chance to experience something brand new—friendship. Only, from the moment they meet weird things start to happen. They hear hooves galloping in the heavy fog. An impossible tornado touches down right between the two towns. Billy’s house is trying to kill him, and Lydia is stuck with a ghost only she can see. And it’s all leading up to something much, much worse.
Taking on serious issues with a healthy dollop of humor, this novel’s magical realism will keep you wondering to the end what is and isn’t real. Billy and Lydia are intriguing characters who learn and grow in unexpected and satisfying ways. Recommended for readers in high school and up.