Five Feet Apart, Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias Iaconis

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“Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?” – Goodreads

Now a major motion picture, Five Feet Apart is definitely a book to read and add to your shelf alongside similar favorites like The Fault in Our Stars.

Mammoth, Jill Baguchinsky

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“The summer before her junior year, paleontology geek Natalie Page lands a coveted internship at an Ice Age dig site near Austin. Natalie, who’s also a plus-size fashion blogger, depends on the retro style she developed to shield herself from her former bullies, but vintage dresses and perfect lipstick aren’t compatible with prospecting for fossils in the Texas heat. But nothing is going to dampen Natalie’s spirit — she’s exactly where she wants to be, and she gets to work with her hero, a rock-star paleontologist who hosts the most popular paleo podcast in the world. And then there’s Chase the intern, who’s seriously cute, and Cody, a local boy who’d be even cuter if he were less of a grouch.

It’s a summer that promises to be about more than just mammoths.

Until it isn’t.

When Natalie’s hero turns out to be anything but, and steals the credit for one of her accomplishments, Nat has to unearth the confidence she needs to stand out in a field dominated by dudes. To do this, she’ll have to let her true self shine, even if that means defying all the rules for the sake of a major discovery.” – Goodreads

This might be a summer adventure but the chill of delving back into the Ice Age and the uncertainty of a new relationship definitely makes this a must-read book for the winter.

Borrowed, Lucia DiStefano

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“Rejection is never easy. But 17-year-old Linnea discovers it’s infinitely harder when it’s your own heart that does the rejecting.

Nearing the one-year anniversary of her successful heart transplant, she starts to get the eerie sense that the donor is trying to reclaim the gift…and hijack her life. Clinging to the self she’s always known does nothing to push back the intrusive memories and cryptic messages that threaten her identity and her sanity.

Maxine, on the other hand, suffers from a broken heart; she’s plagued by guilt over giving her sister’s heart away when she was declared brain-dead after an accident. The girls’ lives intersect where they least expect it…and the heart is the key to solving a mystery that ended one life and saved another.” – Goodreads

Winter can be dreary and boring. Start of the new year with this thrilling mystery that will keep you engaged for hours!

The Color of Lies, C.J. Lyons

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“High school senior Ella Cleary has always been good at reading people. Her family has a rare medical condition called synesthesia that scrambles the senses—her Gram Helen sees every sound, and her uncle Joe can literally taste words. Ella’s own synesthesia manifests itself as the ability to see colors that reveal people’s true emotions…until she meets a guy she just can’t read.

Alec is a mystery to Ella, a handsome, enigmatic young journalist who makes her feel normal for the first time in her life. That is, until he reveals the real reason why he sought her out—he wants to learn the truth behind her parents’ deaths, the parents that Ella had always been told died in a fire. Alec turns Ella’s world upside down when he tells her their deaths were definitely not an accident.

After learning her entire life has been a lie, Ella doesn’t know who she can trust or even who she really is. With her adoptive family keeping secrets and the evidence mixing fact and fiction, the only way for Ella to learn the truth about her past is to find a killer.” – Goodreads

The Resolutions, Mia Garcia

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“New years are for fresh starts, but Jess just wants everything to go back to the way it was.

From hiking trips, to four-person birthday parties, to never-ending group texts, Jess, Lee, Ryan, and Nora have always been inseparable—and unstoppable. But now, with senior year on the horizon, they’ve been splintering off and growing apart. And so, as always, Jess makes a plan.

Reinstating their usual tradition of making resolutions together on New Year’s Eve, Jess adds a new twist: instead of making their own resolutions, the four friends assign them for each other—dares like kiss someone you know is wrong for you, show your paintings, learn Spanish, say yes to everything.

But not even the best laid plans can take into account the uncertainties of life. As the year unfolds, Jess, Ryan, Nora, and Lee each test the bonds that hold them together. And amid first loves, heartbreaks, and life-changing decisions, beginning again is never as simple as it seems.” – Goodreads

Would you dare to switch up your plans for a new year with dares instead of resolutions? Would you be willing to face the consequences? Kick off 2019 glad that your goals this year aren’t as life-changing as this group’s.