Book Recommendations

January Edition

Jazzie Dupree, Journalist

1. Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow (TW)

Book Overview: “Girl in Pieces is the New York Times bestselling young adult contemporary novel by Kathleen Glasgow originally published in 2016. It was a New York Public Library Best Book for Teens selection and Amelia Bloomer Project Award Selection. The novel explores a teen’s recovery journey from self-harm, exploring the roles of community, healthy patterns, and acceptance of dualities,” states Super Summaries

This is a very good book for young adults and maybe even adults to read. Girl in Pieces does contain material that is sensitive to younger audiences hence the trigger warning. It gives readers a better understanding of what others might be going through and the struggles that come along with it. Overall this book is definitely worth reading and it will help readers better understand the struggles of mental health.

2. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Book Overview: “A novel-in-verse that explores the intricacies of love and mourning. Clap When You Land tells the story of Camino and Yahaira, two sisters whose fates become intertwined when a tragic accident forces them to discover the truth about their father—and each other,” according to www.latinobookreview.com 

Clap When You Land is one of the best books ever! It has a bit of humor and sadness with a hint of romance here and there. Since one of the main settings is in Dominican Republic, there is a little bit of Spanish but nothing that is too hard to understand. This book really gives readers a look of how different the lives of Camino and Yahaira really are even though they have more in common than they think.

3. (he)art. by Zane Frederick

Book Overview: “Coated in petty heartache, (he)art. is a reflection on the what ifs, the almosts, and every blown dandelion wish. This work confesses the words never said; the naivete of first love, the echoing absence of what could have been, and the awareness of self-significance. Written from a LGBTQ perspective, this collection is pertinent for any member to confide in. It also explores the self-discovery in sexuality and the bravery of coming out, even in fear. Divided into three separate parts, each chapter displaying how the heart acts during different emotional moments in life. This book is best read in a bookstore, cafe, or in the comfort of your home,” according to www.booktopia.com.au 

As a teenager, almost all young adult readers can relate to how they have something they would like to say to someone but never got to or never had the chance to and this book really embodies that. Each person can find a meaning in each chapter, which is why this book is so special. It follows the struggle of letting go of all of those memories but also shows the love that is written in each word.