All Fall Down - Free Preview


Ally Carter - 2014
    She is not crazy.2. Her mother was murdered.3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her--so there's no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can't control Grace--no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn't stop it, Grace isn't the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

You Never Called Me Princess


Elaine Babich - 2006
    To stop the name calling, she decides to go on a crash diet. A very strict and unhealthy diet. A diet that works all too well. After all, it’s easy to lose weight when you don’t eat, right? Kaitlyn quickly discovers that the rewards of being thin are fantastic. Boys in school take notice. Her popularity soars. Meanwhile, Kaitlyn restricts her diet even more. Unfortunately, Kaitlyn’s unhealthy weight loss falls under the radar since her family has other problems. Big problems, life-changing problems. But when Kaitlyn's weight loss reaches a critical phase, as her family rallies around her, Kaitlyn will discover that there's more to life than being popular and thin. But will this revelation come too late? **Acclaim for the Novels of Elaine Babich** "Heartbreaking and touching. A powerful story of a teenager's struggle with anorexia, told in a straight forward and powerful way, without talking down to the reader and without being overly sentimental. YOU NEVER CALLED ME PRINCESS is an honest look at what could happen when a young girl decides to lose weight at all costs. Should be mandatory reading for any parent who suspects their child might have an eating disorder. I believe the novel will show the reader that there are answers to their problems, and that they are not alone. Highly recommended. An important novel." —J.R. Rain, author of MOON DANCE and THE BODY DEPARTED "An intriguing debut, and an excellent read. Gripping and touching, a story written from the heart. Elaine Babich has fashioned a story that many young girls could relate to. In the end we are left with a poignant glimpse into the beauty of family and the love of life and the wonder that connects us all." —Summer Lee, author of ANGEL HEART and KINDRED SPIRITS "Elaine Babich has created such a vivid tale of teenage angst and redemption—one that will stay with me for a long time." —Aiden James, author of CADES COVE and PLAGUE OF COINS "In RELATIVELY NORMAL, author Elaine Babich weaves a compelling book of angst and illness in the believable, first-person voice of Kaitlyn Simmons, a fifteen-year-old girl from a dysfunctional family. Kaitlyn, who is only semi-recovered from a serious eating disorder, is diagnosed with serious epilepsy and other health issues. The heroine comes to terms with her disease as she adjusts to her medications, backslides into her eating disorder again, explores relationships with boyfriends (age-appropriate), and handles problems with a girl bully. Her coming-of-age story of self-discovery, acceptance of her imperfect body, and a surprise twist at the end will leave readers with a smile and hope for every teenage girl to overcome debilitating ED illness and difficult family issues. I loved this book and want to recommend it to teenage girls, especially. The heroine is likable, and one to whom YA readers will relate. High moral values, with exploration into body image and excellent life lessons, with no preachiness. Five stars!" —Eve Paludan, author of LETTERS FROM DAVID and TAKING BACK TARA "This is a great story of the trials and tribulations of a young girl struggling through more than just your average teenage troubles. An inspiring tale, Babich has delivered a masterpiece! Two thumbs up!" —Jen Ashton, author of WHOLE IN MY HEART

The Passion Flower Massacre


Nicola Morgan - 2005
    Working on a farm in the idyllic countryside seems to offer the perfect opportunity. Paradise, in fact. But is it too perfect? Perhaps she should be suspicious of the nicer-than-nice people who run the farm, but Matilda doesn't care. She willingly lets herself be drawn in by the warmth they seem to offer, longing to be loved and understood. She doesn't want to question, or think, or worry. But these people have a shocking plan. By the time Matilda realizes it, will it be too late? A dramatic new novel of faith, forgiveness, and retribution by the author of Fleshmarket—a 2004 American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults.

Maybe Someday: by Colleen Hoover | Summary & Analysis


Book*Sense - 2014
    Colleen Hoover exercises her creativity, to depict a contemporary love story, Maybe Someday. The narrative is driven by themes of love, music, love of music and thoroughly modern form of communication. Shakespeare wrote in Twelfth Night, “If music be the food of love, play on!” Music is most decidedly the food of love in this novel, and they do indeed play on -- right up until the end. Maybe Someday was written with a definite target audience in mind. This book will appeal to older teens and young adults, particularly females. For others, it will appear somewhat similar to other love stories that they will have read in the past that deals with love triangles, and the pain, joy and complications that surround relationships. What sets it apart, however, is the unique approach that Colleen Hoover takes. She has created a novel that incorporates music as an essential theme while, at the same time, her main male protagonist is deaf. It imbues the story with an interesting angle. The innovative touches in Maybe Someday saves the novel from being formulaic, and it is filled with wonderful emotional expressiveness.

The Right and the Real


Joelle Anthony - 2012
    But she was too taken by Josh, the eldest son of one of the church’s disciples, and his all-American good looks. Josh is the most popular boy at school too, and the first boy outside the drama geeks to give Jamie a second look. But getting her Dad involved in a cult was not part of the plan when she started dating Josh. Neither was her dad’s marriage to the fanatic Mira, or getting kicked out, or seeing Josh in secret because the church has deemed her persona non grata.Jamie’s life has completely fallen apart. Finding her way back won’t be easy, but when her Dad gets himself into serious trouble, will Jamie be ready to rescue him, and maybe even forgive him?

The Cult


Max Ehrlich - 1978
    For Jeff is now a member of the Cult. The souls for Jesus, the brainchild of the Master, Buford Hodges, a tax dedcutable, multi-million industry feeding on the minds and bodies of the young and vulnerable.Only one man can redeem thse lost souls, only one man dares take on the sinister forces of the Master. Only one man can help the Reeds, the man they call The Devil.

The Crick Code: A Novel Based on the Memoirs of a Girl Raised in the FLDS Community of Colorado City


Betsy Cluff - 2018
    Becca struggles to make sense of her new relationship with an outcast dad, and the code of the Prophet which promises a superior existence with strict obedience. Blanketed by apocalyptic prophecies of world destruction for unbelievers and looming threats of being declared an apostate, she strives to “Keep Sweet” alongside an enormous new family of three mothers, a new father, and dozens of brothers and sisters. Underneath the beauty of wholesome childhood adventures with family and friends is an aching awareness that something isn’t right as she grows into womanhood and realizes her future is not her own. She must break the code before it is too late.

People Might Hear You


Robin Klein - 1983
    Tyrell, twelve-year-old Frances is introduced to the mysterious temple and its strange fanatical beliefs.

Welcome To New Haven


Dawn Doyle - 2014
    She doesn't know who is but he seems to look for her.She loses her ability to speak in front of him. So when she finds out he is related to one of her friends, things start to get a little complicated.One day, one of the guys in the group unwittingly causes one of Holly's biggest fears to come to the surface.What follows is a journey to the unknown.Excited, yet nervous, can Holly finally show how she feels?Alex Valencia is the high school 'beef cake'. Girls want him, guys want to be like him, but he's not interested.He just wants a quiet time, to be left alone and enjoy school.That is, until Holly shows up. Never before has he felt the need to be with someone. His days are filled with thoughts of Holly and he finds himself having feelings that he'd never felt before. For any girl. Especially Stacey. She harrasses him and he can't seem to get her to stop. One day, that changes…The high school bitch and slut does something she shouldn't and the events that follow cause some problems.Happy endings are saught but difficulties must be overcome to achieve them. Not just for Holly, but for her friends.Excerpt: Stacey was in his bed, waiting for him. She had the sheet over her but it was evident that she was naked. Her disgusting clothes were all over his floor. Alex started to heave. “Go” said Ben. “I’ll stay here.” Alex ran to the master bathroom and vomited. He could hear Ben shouting at Stacey.“Get out of his bed, you f*****g crazy whore!” he shouted. “I’m waiting for Alex.” She said with venom in her tone. “What the f***?! So you thought you would break into his house and get in his bed?” “Now he can see how much I want him.” She said, as if that made it all ok. “No” said Alex from the doorway, his stomach now empty. “I hate you. I despise everything about you. I can’t even look at you without feeling sick.”“You don’t mean that, baby.” She said, trying to soothe him. “Then why have I just puked my guts up, seeing you there. I’m only standing here now because there’s nothing left inside. Now. Get. Out. Of. My. Bed.” Alex was so angry he could feel his blood boiling in his veins. His jaw hurt from gritting this teeth and his heart was pounding. And, for the first time since meeting Holly, it wasn’t a good thing. “Let’s just talk about it baby.” She said, batting her eyes and holding out a hand. “Don’t you call me that! Don’t you ever call me that! I’m not your f*****g baby!” he almost screamed. He quickly glanced around his room. She’d been through his stuff. His clothes, his drawers.Oh no, no, no! Please no! “Get. Out. Now. And put your skanky clothes back on!” he growled. “But, Alex, I love you!” she pleaded.Alex dry heaved and took a deep breath.

Carmen


John Benton - 1970
    She is all that is evil and good in the hearts and souls of the girls in David Wilkerson's 'Teen Challenge.' Her name is Carmen.

Heaven Sent


Norhafsah Hamid - 2016
    Whilst she endures hardship, she also found friendship and love.Jonah is the 'modern day' Romeo and enjoys the company of women but when he met Sarah, his whole world changed.Both are from different background and religion but yet their path kept crossing. Is it fate or just coincidence?

Christy and Todd: The College Years


Robin Jones Gunn - 2001
    Although Christy and Todd are together, she still has doubts about their future.

Boy vs. Girl


Na'ima B. Robert - 2010
    Both are in turmoil as they approach the holy time of Ramadan. Farhana has to decide whether her faith is strong enough for her to wear the hijab at school and whether she can give up her relationship with handsome Malik. Faraz has fallen in with a street gang headed by unscrupulour Skrooz, when all he really wants is to combine his faith and his talent for art. Both teenagers have life-changing choices to make, against the peaceful backdrop of Ramadan. Do Farhana and Faraz have enough courage to do the right thing? And can they help each other - or will one of them draw the other towards catastrophe? When Faraz finally says no to the drug-dealing demands of Skrooz, it sets off a dangerous chain of events. This powerful novel explores ideas of right and wrong, and honour, and what they mean to different generations of Muslim families living in the west.

Where The Staircase Ends


Stacy Stokes - 2015
    But when an accident turns this unspoke wish into reality, instead of an angel-filled afterlife, Taylor must climb a seemingly endless staircase into the sky. Instead of going up, the journey plunges her into the past. As she unravels the mystery behind her friend’s betrayal, she must face the truth about life and find the strength to forgive the unforgivable -- unless the staircase breaks her first.

Hope Rising


Amy Spade - 2012
    Because there is no way she wants to become "that girl" in school all over again. And that should be fairly easy, considering her recent move to a new town where nobody knows or cares why she is living with her brother and not her parents.So why does Reggie feel drawn to Sam, who looks at her with knowing eyes? Why is it so easy to spill everything to him: the death of her parents, the blame she places on herself, and her broken hopelessness for the future? Maybe it's because Sam has a secret of his own.As Reggie learns from Sam, when life is falling apart, sometimes the only hope you have left is the kind you can find in yourself. And sometimes it takes forgiving yourself to even begin to see it.