BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS: Magnolia by Kristi Cook and Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt

Here are some young adult titles I read a few months ago. I didn’t bother making a review for it, I just remember liking it so I’m recommending it. Note that young adult books do not have mature content and are generally free of too much angst so expect that these books will be something along the lines of fluffy, although not too much. What makes young adult books wonderful is the richness in moral values you can pick up from it. If you have friends or you know some people who are in their teens, you might suggest these reads as it can help them understand and cope with puberty much better (although not really, lol) or prepare them to making important decisions in life such as College. Here you go:

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Magnolia

by Kristi Cook

Genre: Young Adult

Published: August 5th 2014, Simon & Schuster

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“I let the curtains fall back against the glass, effectively blocking the view of my nemesis standing there beneath the twinkle lights, looking way too hot in his charcoal-colored suit.

It would be so much easier to hate him if he didn’t look so good. And I want to hate him; I really do.”

BLURB:

In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.

Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma doesn’t exist.

But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.

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Sean Griswold’s Head

by Lindsey Leavitt

Genre: Young Adult

Published: March 1st 2011, Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books

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“We have different interests,
fit into different cliques, but the length of our friendship makes
most of that unimportant. You go through enough with a person
over a long enough period of time and they just become a part of
who you are.”

BLURB:

According to her guidance counselor, fifteen-year-old Payton Gritas needs a focus object-an item to concentrate her emotions on. It’s supposed to be something inanimate, but Payton decides to use the thing she stares at during class: Sean Griswold’s head. They’ve been linked since third grade (Griswold-Gritas-it’s an alphabetical order thing), but she’s never really known him.

The focus object is intended to help Payton deal with her father’s newly diagnosed multiple sclerosis. And it’s working. With the help of her boy-crazy best friend Jac, Payton starts stalking-er, focusing on-Sean Griswold . . . all of him! He’s cute, he shares her Seinfeld obsession (nobody else gets it!) and he may have a secret or two of his own.

In this sweet story of first love, Lindsey Leavitt seamlessly balances heartfelt family moments, spot-on sarcastic humor, and a budding young romance.


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