If you need stress relief for the next few months plagued with midterms, SATs, and course selections, pick up one of these sensational novels.
Shiver – Maggie Stiefvater
Grace is fascinated by the wolves that live in the woods behind her house, especially her yellow-eyed wolf. Sam lives a double life; during the cold months of the winter he is a wolf, then during the summer he becomes a human, until the temperature drops and he shifts again. One fateful day Grace meets Sam, with his stunning yellow eyes, and knows that he’s her wolf. Stiefvater effortlessly makes it seem like the fact that Grace fell in love with Sam in his wolf body doesn’t make her certifiably insane. Not only that but the intensity of their love will melt any reader’s heart. Plus, Sam will raise any girl’s expectations about 1000%, boyfriends beware. All in all, Shiver is a werewolf novel that is so not cliché and should not be missed.
The Moon and More – Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen’s latest novel follows Emaline during her last summer before college. Emaline has her summer all planned out, spend her time working at her family’s realty company and hanging out with her boyfriend of three years and her two best friends. Enter Theo, an ambitious New Yorker, and his boss Ivy, and Emaline’s perfect summer becomes a little more complicated. Dessen is skilled at writing relatable heroines, and Emaline is no exception. Between her absentee father, budding relationship with her half-brother, and looming decisions, any reader will root for as well as connect with Emaline.
A Walk to Remember – Nicholas Sparks
Jamie is an extremely religious girl who carries the Bible with her wherever she goes. She is an outcast at her school, because people think she’s a freak. A twist of fate makes Jamie Landon Carter’s date to homecoming, and changes his life forever. Soon they’re the leads in the school play and running lines every day. They grow closer and closer, and gradually start falling in love. But, a tragic circumstance could have the potential to tear them apart forever. One of the most beautiful love stories ever written, A Walk to Remember is a true classic.
So if you need to relax and kick back after the hectic pace of high school, curl up on the couch with one of these novels.