Eleanor + Park

Title: Eleanor & Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell. She’s the author of a previous adult novel,  Attachments.

Genre: Young Adult, Romance

Readers:  Stay at home mom Shawna, bookseller Pam, freelance editor Allison and art history professor JoLee.

Summary: TWO MISFITS. ONE EXTRAORDINARY LOVE. 
It’s 1986 and two star-crossed teens are smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love–and just how hard it pulled you under.

 A cross between the iconic ’80s movie Sixteen Candles and the classic coming-of-age novel Looking for Alaska, Eleanor & Park is a brilliantly written young adult novel.

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What We Saw at Night

Book: What We Saw at Night

Author: Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of several bestsellers including The Deep End of the Ocean, one of Oprah’s first Book Club picks.

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Romance

Readers: Professors Michal and Irene Adler, policy wonk BakingSuit and freelance editor Allison.

Publisher Summary: Allie Kim suffers from Xeroderma Pigmentosum: a fatal allergy to sunlight that confines her and her two best friends, Rob and Juliet, to the night. When freewheeling Juliet takes up Parkour—the stunt-sport of scaling and leaping off tall buildings—Allie and Rob have no choice but to join her, if only to protect her. Though potentially deadly, Parkour after dark makes Allie feel truly alive, and for the first time equal to the “daytimers.”

On a random summer night, the trio catches a glimpse of what appears to be murder. Allie alone takes it upon herself to investigate, and the truth comes at an unthinkable price. Navigating the shadowy world of specialized XP care, extreme sports, and forbidden love, Allie ultimately uncovers a secret that upends everything she believes about the people she trusts the most.

Read It If You’re Looking For: A novel that has it all: romance, suspense and more.

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The Dark Winter

Book: The Dark Winter

Author: David Mark. This is his first novel. He spent 15 years as a journalist, including several years as a crime reporter.

Genre: Mystery

Reviewers: Lawyer Abby R., editor Allison and teachers Ninian, madriscoll and Julie S. (We sure do love teachers here!)

Publisher Summary:

A series of suspicious deaths has rocked Hull, a port city in England as old and mysterious as its bordering sea. In the middle of a Christmas service, a teenage girl adopted from Sierra Leone is chopped down with a machete in front of the entire congregation. A retired trawlerman is found dead at the scene of a tragedy he escaped, the only survivor, forty years ago. An ugly fire rages in a working-class neighborhood, and when the flames die away, a body is discovered, burned beyond recognition.

Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy is sure there is a connection between these crimes, but his fellow officers are not convinced—they would rather get a quick arrest than bother themselves with finding the true killer. Torn between his police duties and his aching desire to spend more time with his pregnant wife and young son, McAvoy is an unlikely hero: a family man more obsessed with being a decent cop, a physically imposing man far more comfortable exploring databases that being gung-ho with his muscle. Compelled by his keen sense of justice, McAvoy decides to strike out alone—but in the depths of the dark winter, on the hunt for a murderer, it’s difficult to forget what happened the last time he found himself on the wrong side of a killer’s blade…

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