A Librarian Reads…

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Jule is living in a fancy resort, eating whatever she wants, and spending her time exercising and watching YouTube videos. When a woman makes an offer of friendship, she tentatively accepts. Until she realizes the woman is a police officer. Back up a few weeks, to when Jule was helping to clean out her roommates’ flat after Imogen committed suicide. Back up a bit more, to when Imogen’s boyfriend shows up unexpectedly and Jule has to explain why she’s not there. Back up again, and again, to piece together how Jule got to that resort, on the run from the law.

Told in reverse chronology, each chapter gives a little more backstory, and always keeps you guessing. Recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy mysteries.

* Book listened to as e-audio through the Libby app.

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Scarlett Wakefield by Lauren Henderson

Longing to be part of the in-crowd at her exclusive London school, orphaned, sixteen-year-old Scarlett, a trained gymnast, eagerly accepts an invitation to a party whose disastrous outcome changes her life forever.

1) Kiss Me, Kill Me

2) Kisses and Lies

3) Kiss in the Dark

4) Kiss of Death

What’s New?

Check out these new titles in the Teen Corner at the Moline Public Library. Click on the title to go to the catalog to find the book or place a hold.

The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins by Gail Shepherd
Lyndie knows lots about history. But when it comes to her Ma and Daddy, her knowledge is full of holes. Nobody talks about what happened to her veteran Daddy during the Vietnam war, why her Ma stays locked in her room for days, or how come they had to sell their house and move in with her strict grandparents. And Lyndie’s grandma, Lady, is determined to mold Lyndie into a “nice” southern girl who knows how to keep quiet about family secrets.

Last Things by Jacqueline West
Anders is unusually gifted, with guitar skills that would amaze even if he weren’t only eighteen. Thea, a newcomer to town, is one of the admirers of his band, Last Things. When strange things start happening to Anders—including the disappearance of his cat, then his girlfriend, and, somehow, his musical talent—blame immediately falls on Thea. But is she trying to hurt him? Or save him?

Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali
After Zyneb calls out her teacher for constantly calling Muslims bad, she gets suspended and he begins investigating her activist friends. Now she’s visiting her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar for an early spring break. Then her path crosses with Adam’s. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, he’s stopped going to classes, trying to keep his mom’s memory alive for his sister and hiding his diagnosis from his grieving father. Together they can open up about their lives.

The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Kira lived alone and wild in the woods until Cady Bennett and one of her search-and-rescue dogs found her. Adopted into the Bennett family, Kira still struggles with human interaction years later, but she excels at the family business: search-and-rescue. Then Cady’s estranged father shows up, looking for help finding a missing child. But there’s more to the case than meets the eye, and Cady’s missing memories may hold the key.

Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju
Nima is in love with her straight girlfriend and trying to move past her mother’s unexpected departure. Her life changes when she encounters the drag scene on the other side of town. Macho drag kings, magical queens, new love interests, and surprising allies propel Nima closer to a self she never knew she could be.

A Librarian Reads…

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

Alex is nervous about starting her senior year at a new school. Anyone would be. But it’s worse for Alex because of the incident that caused her to have to go to a new school, and the reason behind the incident—she is schizophrenic. Fortunately she made a friend at work over summer, and Tucker has been helping prepare her for the oddity that is East Shoal High School. Except nothing can really prepare Alex for a reality that is even stranger than her hallucinations. Especially Miles, to whom she is both drawn and repelled by. And the feeling seems mutual. As the year goes on, however, she discovers there is more to Miles than she thought—and there is definitely something very, very wrong going on at her new school.

While Alex is an unreliable narrator, she is completely honest about her hopes and fears. This is an insightful glimpse into the mind of someone who cannot trust anything and yet desperately wants to. Recommended for readers in high school and up.

Teens on Screen

Check out these books about teenagers on the big and small screen. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.

The Incredible True Story of the Making of the Eve of Destruction by Amy Brashear

Love Scene, Take Two by Alex Evansley

Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan

Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West

Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

What’s New?

Check out these new titles in the Teen Corner at the Moline Public Library. Click on the title to go to the catalog to find the book or place a hold.

White Rose by Kip Wilson
Disillusioned by the propaganda of Nazi Germany, Sophie, her brother, and his fellow soldiers formed the White Rose, a group that wrote and distributed anonymous letters criticizing the Nazi regime and calling for action from their fellow German citizens. The following year, Sophie and her brother were arrested for treason and interrogated for information about their collaborators.

Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley
Before he met Cam, Nate was the perfect son. As Cam pushed him to break rules, dream, and accept himself, Cam pushed back. They became each other’s worlds and spiraled to a breaking point that left Nate with a stab wound and Cam in jail. As Nate gives his statement, he realizes the real story of what happened between them isn’t as simple as anyone thinks.

Spin by Lamar Giles
DJ ParSec’s career–and life–has come to an untimely end, and the local music scene is reeling. No one is feeling the pain more than her shunned pre-fame best friend, Kya, and Paris’s chief groupie, Fuse. But suspicion trumps grief, and since each suspects the other of Paris’s murder, they’re locked in a high-stakes game of public accusations and sabotage.

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki (Graphic Novel)
Laura Dean was Frederica’s dream girl. There’s just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend. A mysterious medium advises Freddy to break up with her. . But Laura Dean keeps coming back, and as their relationship spirals further out of her control, Freddy has to wonder if it’s really Laura Dean that’s the problem.

Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum
On Abbi’s first birthday, someone snapped a photo of her in a birthday crown, holding a red balloon, while the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapses in the background. Since then she’s been known as Baby Hope, and she’s desperate for anonymity. While working at a summer camp she meets Noah, whose own life was shattered by 9/11. Can they help each other find what the need?

A Librarian Reads…

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

All Bri wants is to rap. Her father was a legend in Garden Heights before he was murdered. Bri doesn’t want to follow in his footsteps, though; she wants to stand on her own. When she gets her chance to battle in the ring, it looks like she’s finally on her way. But then everything starts going wrong. She’s involved in an altercation with the security guards at her school, her grades are dropping, her mom loses her job, and she finds herself distanced from her best friends. Her aunt helps her record a song, which goes viral, and causes all sorts of new problems. It also catches the attention of her dad’s former manager, who promises he can make all of Bri’s dreams come true. Only it’s not just her dream anymore, it’s a way to raise her family out of debt and save them all.

Fans of The Hate U Give won’t be disappointed in Angie Thomas’s second novel which explores complex issues with unflinching realism, but also offers hope. Highly recommended for readers in high school and up.

* Book listened to as Audiobook CD