The Book Nook: October Edition

Everyone needs a light and fun read with an awkwardly loveable teen girl protagonist. For your dose of romance and fandoms, check out these novels.

If I Stay – Gayle Forman

Shy, cello-obsessed high schooler Mia Hall reflects on the decisions she’s made and relationships she’s been a part of while she has an out of body experience after a car accident. She is haunted by her past and the future in If I Stay by Gayle Forman. As Mia witnesses the devastating grief of her family and friends, she is torn. She can’t bear a life without her parents and brother, but she is unwilling to leave others behind. Forman elegantly intertwines memories and the present to illustrate the reasons Mia is conflicted. Throughout the novel, Mia questions what will tempt her to let go of her life, and what will make her stay.

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Instead of doodling hearts on school notebooks and hanging posters in their rooms, girls will utilize the Internet to publicize their love for their favorite book, TV show, band or movie. The digital age has altered the extent to which people can showcase their obsessions; now there are “fandoms”, “fanfictions”, and “fangirls”. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell shares the story of Cath, a freshman in college that is an Internet famous fanfiction writer and an avid Simon Snow fan (a book to movie vampire character). She’s much more awkward than her twin, Wren, who has let go of Simon, even though Cath can’t. Cath is quirky and just trying to discover who she is outside of Wren, while holding on to the fangirl inside of her. Anyone who is a secret fangirl or fanboy will easily identify with Cath in this lighthearted novel.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

Lara Jean’s prized possession is the hatbox her mother gave her before she passed away. The contents of the box are even more secret and special. Eccentric, quiet Lara Jean is a romantic and a dreamer. Her hatbox is the home of unmailed letters she’s written to each of the boys she’s had a crush on, including her first kiss and her sister’s boyfriend. When Lara Jean discovers that all of her letters have been mailed, her previously non-existent love life quickly spirals out of control. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han is filled with drama and tentative, awkward high school romance. Lara Jean’s list of unrequited crushes will make any reader swoon.

From out of body experiences, to fangirling, to unreturned love, these books are the perfect enjoyable novels.

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