Where I End & You Begin by Preston Norton
Fiction , Young Adult / January 21, 2020

This book caught my attention and although I thought it a bit slow at first I have decided it was worth reading just because I am so out of touch with the teenage experience. It’s been a long time since I’ve been one and this book reminds me why I never want to be one again! It’s tough! Anyway, it’s a body swapping (yes, you read that right) life’s not fair, experimenting with sexuality, family issues kind of book. Readers remember- teenagers are not for the timid!

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

I read this in the Young Adult version for a book club I am in and it proved to be a good read and even better discussion. Just so you know, this is a non-fiction book, but it reads more like fiction. It centers around a group of University of Washington crew members who travel to the 1936 German Olympics.  A lot of the story is moved forward through the eyes of Joe, a young crew member who was abandoned by his family around age 15.  Joe is big and tough, and he manages to somehow use both brains and muscle to go to college. His determination and grit are incredible.  Match him up with a group of similar boys and you have magic. So, in closing, if you are looking for a story that will inspire both young and old, this might be it.

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Fiction , Romance , Young Adult / June 11, 2017

The Sky Is Everywhere is the story of a girl named Lennie, who is grieving the tragic loss of her sister. It is sweet and sad at the same time, but also somewhat hopeful. Kind of like youth itself. The story progresses fast and is dotted with snippets of mysterious “notes” that help keep the reader engaged. Overall a satisfying read.