Book Recommendations: Rites of Passage and Flat-out Celeste

Young Adult books are always a refreshing read. These books usually contain a lot of contradicting emotions. One time it may be fluffy as a rabbit and then next, it’s as angsty as Titanic! Nevertheless, reading young adult novels always leave a mark to its readers. Check out these two YA novels that you will surely enjoy!

Rites of Passage

Author: Joy N. Hensley Genre: Young Adult

hensley rites of passage“Jonathan is the cadet colonel. You can’t be all female around him… As if being female is somehow a sickness Mom and I can get over.”

Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she’s not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She’s even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won’t risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty…no matter how much she wants him.

As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.

Now time’s running short. Sam must decide who she can trust…and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.

Flat-out Celeste

Author: Jessica Park Genre: Young Adult

park jessica flat out celeste“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

For high-school senior Celeste Watkins, every day is a brutal test of bravery. And Celeste is scared. Alienated because she’s too smart, her speech too affected, her social skills too far outside the norm, she seems to have no choice but to retreat into isolation.

But college could set her free, right? If she can make it through this grueling senior year, then maybe. If she can just find that one person to throw her a lifeline, then maybe, just maybe.

Justin Milano, a college sophomore with his own set of quirks, could be that person to pull her from a world of solitude. To rescue her—that is, if she’ll let him.

Together, they may work. Together, they may save each other. And together they may also save another couple—two people Celeste knows are absolutely, positively flat-out in love.

Whether you were charmed by Celeste in Flat-Out Love or are meeting her for the first time, this book is a joyous celebration of differences, about battling private wars that rage in our heads and in our hearts, and—very much so— this is a story about first love.

(Note: Flat-Out Celeste is part of a series. The first two books are Flat-Out Love and Flat-Out Matt)

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