Yentl’s Best of 2016!


Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
What It’s About: “Blind sixteen-year-old Parker Grant navigates friendships and romantic relationships, including a run-in with a boy who previously broke her heart, while coping with her father’s recent death”- Provided by publisher.
Why I Recommend It: This book was so good! As I wrote in my previous post I really liked it! Parker has so much attitude and she basically has to learn how to be nicer. She doesn’t have an easy life. She is blind, her father just died, she has to live with family members that she doesn’t really know or like and she has drama at school. All the problems slowly get resolved, but not before hitting a few bumps in the road.

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
What It’s About: Skylar Evans, seventeen, yearns to escape Creek View by attending art school, but after her mother’s job loss puts her dream at risk, a rekindled friendship with Josh, who joined the Marines to get away then lost a leg in Afghanistan, and her job at the Paradise motel lead her to appreciate her home town. (Taken from our catalog description)
Why I Recommend It: A friendship develops between Skylar and Josh when he returns from Afghanistan. Skylar has dreams of going to school once she graduates high school and Josh is back from the Marines and does not know what to do now. What I liked the most were all the characters in the book because they all made the story so vibrant. Throughout the story you are rooting for Skylar to reach her dreams and for Josh to find his. This is a must read!

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer Armentrout
 What It’s About: After being neglected as a child, but ending up with loving adoptive parents, high school senior “Mouse” is still holding onto past fears and feeling as if silence is her only survival tool. But when she meets up with her childhood protector on the first day of school, she realizes things just might be okay after all– and she may even find the voice that has been squelched for so many years. (Taken from our catalog description)
Why I Recommend It: When Mallory is a little girl she is in foster care and she suffers through many things that traumatize her. She learns that silence can sometimes protect you. Years later she is living with adoptive parents and has a good life; however, she is about to start her senior year in high school and her social anxiety is very extreme. Unexpectedly, she finds Rider her former foster brother who she has not seen in a long time. Their relationship shifts throughout the book and slowly it leads to love. Mallory, or Mouse, learns that silence isn’t always the answer.

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
 What It’s About: “After her mother dies, Lina travels to Italy where she discovers her mothers’ journal and sets off on an adventure to unearth her mother’s secrets”– Provided by publisher.
Why I Recommend It: Love & Gelato tells the story of Lina whose mother dies and she has to go live in Italy with her father. She has to learn to live in this new place and be with people who are complete strangers to her. Her mother leaves her a journal that tells the story of her time in Italy. Lina starts to read and understand what her mother experienced while living there. In the process she makes new friends and family who help her adjust to her time in a new country. This book was very cute. It is equal parts sad, fun, and mysterious. I loved it!

About Audviral, Mistress of the Stacks

Teen Services Librarian for the Rita & Truett Smith Public Library of Wylie, Texas.
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