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The Other Americans

The Other Americans

By Laila Lalami
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Iqra N.
Apr 1, 2023

The Other Americans is a novel that features Nora Guerroui, whose father was killed in a hit and run “accident”. However, there may be more to Driss’s death then there seems at first glance. As new evidence arises, more conflict does as well. Following his death, a band of characters reflect on how they knew Nora’s father, Driss, and how his death impacted their collective lives, whether that is finding new courage or discovering hidden secrets.

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Spontaneous

Spontaneous

By Aaron Starmer
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Alice Summers
Apr 1, 2023

Spontaneous”, by Aaron Starmer, is an equally humorous and heartbreaking look at the unique experience of growing up in the modern age. When students start spontaneously exploding all around her, senior Mara Carlyle has to come to terms with her own mortality and make every moment count. 

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See You Yesterday

See You Yesterday

By Rachel Lynn Solomon
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Alice Summers
Apr 1, 2023

 “See You Yesterday” by Rachel Lynn Solomon is a refreshing new take on the classic time loop plot. Our protagonist, Barret Bloom, is a college freshman who just wants to turn over a fresh page at her new school after a troubled high school experience. Instead, she has a completely disastrous first day and ruins any chance at a positive reception from those around her. In dismay, she falls asleep… only to wake up again to the exact same day. 

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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us is Lying

By Karen M. McManus
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Alice Summers
Mar 31, 2023

 Thrilling and complex, Karen McManus’s “One of Us is Lying” is a classic whodunnit mystery with a modern edge and plenty of twists and turns as the plot progresses. When Bayview High’s infamous gossip, Simon Kelleher, dies during detention, his fellow classmates are plunged into a criminal investigation in which they are the main suspects.

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

By E. Lockhart
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Alice Summers
Mar 31, 2023

Intricate and intriguing, E. Lockhart’s “We Were Liars” provides both a captivating mystery and a bittersweet portrayal of young love. The Sinclairs are  an extremely wealthy family that spends each summer on their private island, Beechwood. The readers are introduced to their charmed yet secretive lives through Cadence Sinclair, a teenager who suffers from amnesia and chronic migraines after a tragic accident that occurred on Beechwood when she was fifteen.

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American Royals by Katharine McGee

American Royals

By Katharine McGee
Star Rating
★★

Rated by
Alice Summers
Mar 31, 2023

With an interesting premise that falls disappointingly flat, Katharine McGee’s “American Royals” portrays a fun, if shallow, alternate universe where the United States has a royal family. 

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The Vanishing Stair

The Vanishing Stair

By Maureen Johnson
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Alice Summers
Mar 31, 2023

Maureen Johnson’s “The Vanishing Stair” is an intriguing and capable second book in the Ellingham trilogy. Following Stevie Bell in her return to Ellingham Academy, this book furthers both the current and twentieth century mysteries.

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Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Truly Devious

By Maureen Johnson
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Alice Summers
Mar 31, 2023

Twisting and complex, Maureen Johnson’s “Truly Devious” is an extremely solid start to a new YA mystery series. Centered around the prestigious boarding school Ellingham Academy, the novel follows amateur detective Stevie Bell as she begins her first year at the school. Ellingham is notorious for a double kidnapping and a murder that occurred in the early twentieth century, and Stevie is determined to solve the case while studying there.

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