EMMY AND OLIVER by Robin Benway
“He looked like a stranger, and then he met my glance, and it was like I had never stopped seeing him.”
Emmy and Oliver were childhood friends until Oliver’s father kidnaps him as a kid. The kidnapping shakes up the whole town and leaves lasting effects on those left behind. Ten years later, Oliver is found and returned home. Emmy is unsure how to rebuild her friendship with the new Oliver or she’s curious to see if a little bit of her old friend is still there. The story not only talks about the story between Emmy and Oliver but it also talks about friendships, family, growing up, life in a small town and learning to be yourself.
ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell
“I don’t like you, Park. Sometimes I think I live for you”
Eleanor is the new kid who strikes an unlikely friendship with the Asian kid, Park while having to sit next to each other on the bus. But eventually their friendship becomes more, falling in love over ‘80s music and comic books. This book is adorable and will hook you from the start and won’t let you go of you ‘til the end.
AMY AND ROGER’S EPIC DETOUR by Morgan Matson
“The best discoveries always happened to the people who weren't looking for them.”
Amy is tasked to bring their car from California to Connecticut where her mom moved to after her father died in a car crash. But because of that, Amy’s not ready to go behind the wheel yet. Enter Roger. Roger has been assigned as the designated driver for the trip, along with baggage of his own. Their road trip takes them to different places, meeting new people, and along the way figure out that the trip is just what they need for themselves.
ZAC & MIA by A.J. Betts
“55%. My chance of living of living five years without relapse…. Everything else melts away except for a cold number and a boy who’s looking to the stars as if he knows them.”
Cancer patients Zac and Mia met being next room neighbors at the hospital. But once they’re released, as much as they try to go back to their normal lives, they can’t seem to forget each other. This book has elements similar to John Green’s The Fault in our Stars but this story isn’t about a romance but about a friendship between two characters that share something in common.
- Ana Matti
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