Saint Anything (Viking, 2015) by Sarah Dessen was written for “all the invisible girls.” I definitely felt like one in high school, though nothing like this main character.
Sydney’s older brother is the focus of the family. She’s used to not being seen. So when her brother makes the news in a bad way, Sydney decides to change schools where she can go back to being anonymous. But will starting over help her sadness?
This book is SO good. The author really made me feel for Sydney. I enjoyed other characters. Definitely disliked a few, too. The ending was very satisfying.
Sarah Dessen is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. Check out her books here.
You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. Octavia E. Butler
The Library of Ever (Imprint, 2019) by Zeno Alexander is a blast of a read. In some ways it makes me think of the Thursday Next novels, but written for children instead of adults. Or is it a cross between that and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe? Prepare for robots, time machines, tardigrades, bowler hats, forces of darkness, and even a kitten.
Lenora is an unhappy rich girl and is BORED, BORED, BORED. But then her nanny takes her to the library where she escapes and discovers a secret archway into the ultimate library. She enters and a librarian tells her she’s not allowed in because she doesn’t work there. An unusual interview follows and Lenora is hired. In her work and adventures, and promotions, she discovers she must save the library.
The book was named a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews and the exciting part is there’s a sequel, Rebel in the Library of Ever, coming out in April.