YA Book Selection Criteria

Patron Saints of Nothing

Right before his last Spring Break before graduating from high school, seventeen-year-old Jay learns that his Filipino cousin Jun is dead, apparently killed as an addict and drug dealer in President Duterte’s war on drugs. Jun’s father, a regional police… Read More ›

Virtually Yours

NYU freshman Mariam Vakilian is finding it hard to adjust to her breakup with her high-school boyfriend Caleb, who is attending college in California. Although they had dated for three glorious and happy years, Caleb decided that a long-distance relationship… Read More ›

Opposite of Always

Eighteen-year-old Jack King’s two best friends in the world are Jillian and Franny (Francisco). Unfortunately, Jack has been in love with Jillian since they met at the beginning of freshman year at Elytown High, though she is unaware of how… Read More ›

Sorry for Your Loss

Pup Flanagan has spent most of his seventeen years as (in his mind) an undistinguished person compared to his seven older siblings. At school he is accepted by his classmates but generally ignored, neither liked nor disliked. He has no… Read More ›

Ordinary Girls

Here’s a modern day send-up of a Jane Austen novel: two young girls–their acclaimed novelist father deceased for many years–live with their inept artistic mother in a shabby but genteel Victorian house in a Philadelphia neighborhood. They subsist on royalties… 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 ›

Crown of Feathers

(This has a lot of spoilers so readers beware!) This is a story of two sisters: Val is strong, controlling and unemotional; Veronyka is kindhearted, wants to help others, and has a connection with animals.  They are children of Phoenix… Read More ›

Better Than the Best Plan

Weeks before the beginning of summer vacation, seventeen-year-old Ritzy finds herself living alone in the apartment where she and her mom have been staying for the past three years. Her mom, a free-spirited devotee of holistic living and seeker of self-fulfillment,… Read More ›