Not sure what book to pick up next? K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library’s Assistant Director Cara Perrion has got you covered. Whether you’re an avid reader or picking up a book for the first time in years, these picks will help readers of all ages find the next adventure to get lost in.
A Year to the Day by Robin Benway
Young Adult. This emotionally charged read takes the reader through a family’s year after a tragic accident. Kirkus Review says it’s “An intelligent, compassionate examination of a family enduring a nightmare.” Benway created a story about grief and loss, in a reverse chronological order. You begin the story with how far people have come with their grief and work your way back to the day of the tragedy. This book reads as if it’s a conversation between friends and relies on emotion and character development more than plot twists. Even as fiction, this book seems to be very realistic and relatable, especially for older teens. A great roller coaster ride of emotions.
The Many Daughters of Afong Moy: A Novel by Jamie Ford
Adult Fiction. When Jamie Ford first wrote The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, the library brought him to Aberdeen for an author event and he soon became one of Aberdeen’s favorite authors. His latest work, The Many Daughters of Afong Moy, is true to his transcendent writing style. A powerful story weaving through generations of strong women, it recognizes the obstacles and pain they triumphed over. This gripping story is based on a real person, Afong Moy, who is the first Chinese woman to come to America, but goes beyond being an immigrant’s tale. Ford tackles the difficult, if not controversial, topic of epigenetics, the study of how your behaviors and environment can cause changes that affect the way your genes work. Loneliness, suffering, and violence connect generations of women who are worlds apart. As in all Ford’s stories, the reader is left enlightened and entertained.
Loveless by Alice Oseman
Editor Pick. Alice Oseman’s webcomic Heartstopper has been adapted into one of Netflix’s most popular shows, and her other novels are just as worthy of the hype! Her fourth novel, Loveless, follows 18-year-old Georgia as she embarks on her new college adventure with her best friends Pip and Jason. Georgia has never had a crush or been on a date. Her lack of a love life is just one of the many trials she faces during her first year of college. Loveless is a story of how friendships grow and change, and Georgia learns that being different isn’t a bad thing – especially when others might not understand how she feels. Romantic love isn’t the only kind of love out there, and it’s certainly not the most important one. Accepting yourself and others is what matters the most at the end of the day. Young and old readers alike will LOVE this coming-of-age tale! //