College Planning in YA Fiction

Rules for Being a Girl

Long-time best friends Marin Lospato and Chloe Niarchos are high school seniors who also are co-editors of their school newspaper. They seem like typical teens with the usual interests, with a good social circle of friends, supportive families, and realistic… Read More ›

What I Like About You

Halle Levitt is spending her senior year with her brother at her grandfather’s home in Middleton, Connecticut instead of traveling abroad with her documentary-producing parents, who, after six previous Academy Award nominations but no win, are still pursuing the prize…. Read More ›

Saving Everest

Beverly is the only Black girl in her high school. She lives with her alcoholic, needy, and not-always-responsible mom in a ratty apartment. She takes care of her mom more than vice versa. She has an “aunt” who parties hard… Read More ›

Beverly, Right Here

On a hot summer’s day in her small Florida town, fourteen-year-old Beverly Tapinski sadly buries her dog Buddy with the help of her best friend Raymie.  She then decides to leave town and hitches a ride with her cousin to… Read More ›

famous in a small town

Ahh, summer days in a small midwestern town when you’re a high school junior-soon-to-be-senior working the usual low-wage jobs, attending summer band practice, planning for college and worrying about just how far away you want to get from home once… Read More ›

If It Makes You Happy

Having just finished high school, Winnie returns to Misty Haven to work as Co-Manager in Goldeen’s, her grandmother’s diner, before leaving for college in the fall.  She has done this for twelve summers and looks forward to slipping back into… Read More ›