If you liked…

This “If you liked…” post is going to be a little bit different.  In previous post read alike books were based on similar genres and themes between books.  This post is all about books told partly or entirely from the prospective of a male character. So if you liked books like The Maze Runner, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Thirteen Reasons Why, or Beautiful Creatures because the were told from the point of view of a male character then you should also try….

Half bad Half Blood (1st in Half Blood Trilogy) by Sally Green

In modern-day England, where witches live alongside humans, Nathan, son of a White witch and the most powerful Black witch, must escape captivity before his seventeenth birthday and receive the gifts that will determine his future.

The young world The Young World (1st in series) by Chris Weitz

Jefferson, with his childhood friend Donna, leads a tribe of teenagers in New York City on a dangerous quest to find an antidote for a mysterious illness that wiped out all adults and children.

One man guy One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva

When Alek’s high-achieving, Armenian-American parents send him to summer school, he thinks his summer is ruined. But then he meets Ethan, who opens his world in a series of truly unexpected ways.

High & dry : a novel High and Dry by Sarah Skilton

Framed for a stranger’s near-fatal overdose at a party, blackmailed into finding a mysterious flash drive everyone in school seems anxious to suppress, and pressured by his shady best friend to throw an upcoming game, high school soccer player Charlie Dixon spends a frantic week trying to clear his name, win back the girl of his dreams, and escape a past that may be responsible for all his current problems.

The gospel of winter : a novelThe Gospel of Winter by Brendan Keily

Managing the challenges of his fractured family by taking Adderall, sneaking drinks, and confiding in an abusive priest, Aidan finds support from new friends including a crush, a wild girl, and a swim-team captain with his own secrets.

Before my eyes Before My Eyes by Caroline Bock

Told in three separate voices, dreamy Claire, seventeen, with her complicated home and love life, shy Max, also seventeen, a state senator’s son whose parents are too focused on the next election to see his pain, and twenty-one-year-old paranoid schizophrenic Barkley teeter on the brink of destruction.

The prince of Venice Beach The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson

Robert “Cali” Callahan, seventeen, gets swept up into the private-investigator business and must deal with the ramifications of looking for fellow runaways who may not want to be found–and with falling in love with one of them.

The shadow throne The Shadow Throne (3rd in The Ascendance Trilogy) by Jennifer Nielsen

Young King Jaron has had nothing but trouble with his advisors and regents since he ascended the throne of Carthya, and now King Vargan of Avenia has invaded the land and captured Imogen–and Jaron must find some way to rescue her and save his kingdom.

Love and other unknown variables Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Alexander

Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he’ll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover solutions to the universe’s greatest unanswered questions. He’s that smart. But Charlie’s future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the tattoo on a beautiful girl’s neck. The future has never seemed very kind to Charlotte Finch, so she’s counting on the present. She’s not impressed by the strange boy at the donut shop–until she learns he’s a student at Brighton where her sister has just taken a job as the English teacher. With her encouragement, Charlie orchestrates the most effective prank campaign in Brighton history. But, in doing so, he puts his own future in jeopardy. By the time he learns she’s ill–and that the pranks were a way to distract Ms. Finch from Charlotte’s illness–Charlotte’ gravitational pull is too great to overcome. Soon he must choose between the familiar formulas he’s always relied on or the girl he’s falling for (at far more than 32 feet per second squared).

The beginning of everything The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Star athelete and prom king Ezra Faulkner’s life is irreparably transformed by a tragic accident and the arrival of eccentric new girl Cassidy Thorpe.

 

If you liked….

…The Fault in Our Stars then you should try…

Jellicoe Road Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Abandoned by her drug-addicted mother at the age of eleven, high school student Taylor Markham struggles with her identity and family history at a boarding school in Australia.

The future of us The Future of Us by Jay Asher

It’s 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on–and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future. Everybody wonders what their Destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.

The cardturner : a novel about a king, a queen, and a joker The Cardturner: A Novel About a King, a Queen, and a Joker by Louis Sachar

When his wealthy uncle, a champion bridge player who has lost his vision, asks seventeen-year-old Alton to be a cardturner for him, Alton has no idea how much he will ultimately learn from his eccentric relative. Includes appendix by Syd Fox with information about bridge.

Pushing the limits Pushing the Limits by Kate McGarry

Rendered a subject of gossip after a traumatic night that left her with terrible scars on her arms, Echo is dumped by her boyfriend and bonds with bad-boy Noah, whose tough attitude hides an understanding nature and difficult secrets.

Ketchup clouds : a novel Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

Zoe, a teenager in Bath, England, writes letters to a death-row inmate in Texas, hoping to find comfort in sharing her guilty secret over the death of a friend with someone who can never tell her family.

Every day Every Day by David Levithan

Every morning A wakes in a different person’s body, in a different person’s life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon.

See you at Harry's See You at Harry’s by Johanna Knowles

Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible in her family, where grumpy eighteen-year-old Sarah is working at the family restaurant, fourteen-year-old Holden is struggling with school bullies and his emerging homosexuality, and adorable, three-year-old Charlie is always the center of attention, and when tragedy strikes, the fragile bond holding the family together is stretched almost to the breaking point.

Before I fall Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

After she dies in a car crash, teenaged Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself.

Thirteen reasons why : a novel 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

Forgive me, Leonard Peacock : a novel Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

A day in the life of a suicidal teen boy saying good-bye to the four people who matter most to him.

Plus these other titles from John Green

An abundance of Katherines An Abundance of Katherines

Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

Looking for Alaska Looking for Alaska

Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

Paper towns Paper Towns

One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q’s neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson Will Grayson, Will Grayson

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

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The infinite sea The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Cassie Sullivan and her companions lived through the Others’ four waves of destruction. Now, with the human race nearly exterminated and the 5th Wave rolling across the landscape, they face a choice: brace for winter and hope for Evan Walker’s return, or set out in search of other survivors before the enemy closes in.

Afterworlds   Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

In alternating chapters, eighteen-year-old Darcy Patel navigates the New York City publishing world and Lizzie, the heroine of Darcy’s novel, slips into the “Afterworld” to survive a terrorist attack and becomes a spirit guide, as both face many challenges and both fall in love.

Skink no surrender   Skink– No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen

With the help of an eccentric ex-governor, a teenaged boy searches for his missing cousin in the Florida wilds.
To avoid being shipped off to boarding school, Malley takes off with some guy she met online. Richard knows his cousin’ in trouble before she does. Wild Skink– the ragged, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida– is enough of a renegade to think he can track Malley down. With Richard riding shotgun, the unlikely pair scour the state, undaunted by blinding storms, crazed pigs, flying bullets, and giant gators.

Heir of fire : a Throne of Glass novel   Heir of Fire: A Thrones of Glass Novel by Sarah J. Maas

Royal assassin Celaena must travel to a new land to confront a truth about her heritage, while brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world.

100 sideways miles   100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Finn Easton, sixteen and epileptic, struggles to feel like more than just a character in his father’s cult-classic novels with the help of his best friend, Cade Hernandez, and first love, Julia, until Julia moves away.
Finn Easton sometimes feels that he’s just a character in his father’s bestselling cult-classic book. Finn has two things going for him: his best friend, the possibly-insane-but-definitely-e​x​c​e​l​l​e​n​t Cade Hernandez, and Julia Bishop, the first girl he’s ever loved. Then Julia moves away. When Finn embarks on a road trip with Cade to visit their college of choice in Oklahoma, an accident happens and the boys become unlikely heroes. The result is an eye-opening detour away from everything they thought they had planned– and a chance to write their own destiny.

I'll give you the sun  I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artist Jude and her twin brother Noah.

 

If you liked…

… the Hunger Games, Divergent, or The Mortal Instruments series you should try…

 

Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman **Unwind is currently being turned into a screenplay

Unwind; UnWholly; UnSouled; Undivided

“The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.” –Goodreads

 

Matched by Ally Condie

Matched; Crossed; Reached

All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, whom to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn’t be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky’s face show up on her match disk as well?

 

The Maze Runner by James Dashner  **The Maze Runner has been made into a movie starring Dylan O’Brien from MTV’s Teen Wolf.  The movie premieres on September 19!

The Maze Runner; The Scorch Trials; The Death Cure

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

 

Graceling Realm Series by Kristin Cashore

Graceling; Fire; Bitterblue

In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

 

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Cinder; Scarlet; Cress; Winter (coming November 2015)

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

 

Gone by Michael Grant

Gone; Hunger; Lies

In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have “The Power” and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.

 

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium; Pandemonium; Requiem

Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.

 

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend; Prodigy; Champion

In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-old Day–a famous criminal, and prodigy June–the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

 

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies; Pretties; Specials; Extras

Tally wants to be gorgeous and her friend Shay is reluctant, but Tally must convince Shay to go or she will not be beautiful either.

 

Partials Sequence by Dan Wells

Partials; Fragments; Ruins

“In a post-apocalyptic eastern seaboard ravaged by disease and war with a manmade race of people called Partials, the chance at a future rests in the hands of Kira Walker, a sixteen-year-old medic in training”– Provided by publisher

 

The Last Survivors by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Life as We Knew It; The Dead & the Gone; This World We Live In; The Shade of the Moon

Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family’s struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.

 

 

Urban Fiction

Central Library just started a new YA Urban fiction collection which is located on the red shelf right across from the elevators on Level 4.  Here are some of the titles available within this new collection.

The break-up diaries. Vol. 1.   The Break-Up Dairies

In “Hot Boyz,” Chance will do anything to become Ahmad’s girl, but a lie might blow up in everyone’s face; and in “The Boy Trap,” Gabrielle schemes to be Tyler’s pampered basketball wife, but her cheating ways put their relationship on the line.

Rumor central   Rumor Central by ReShonda Billingsley

After appearing on the reality show “Miami Divas,” Maya Morgan is offered her own television show, but stepping up to the fame means spilling secrets about her friends, and someone will do anything to shut her up.

Two the hard way   Two the Hard Way by Travis Hunter

Star high-school quarterback Romeo has everything on the right track until his older brother Kwamé gets out of jail, their absentee mother returns to their lives, and Romeo’s girlfriend Ngiai wants a serious relationship.

Reality check   Charly’s Epic Fiascos: Reality Check by Kelli London

Hoping to achieve stardom by participating in a traveling reality series, Charly, who readily accepts a sidekick role, finds her ambitions sabotaged by a mysterious adversary.

Crazy love   Crazy Love by Amir Abrams

Falling obsessively in love with Sincere Lewis, Kamiyah Nicols begins watching Sincere constantly, hacking into his online accounts and straining her own relationships with friends and family to assuage her growing anxieties.

All the wrong moves : a Fab life novel   All the Wrong Moves by Nikki Carter

After landing a recording contract, Sunday Tolliver tours with her diva cousin, Dreya, and becomes the object of affection of Truth, the tour’s bad-boy star, all in front of the lens of a reality television show.

Burning emerald   Burning Emerald by Jamie Reed

Struggling to maintain control over her inner demon with the help of her Cambion boyfriend, Samara is astonished when the most popular boy in school begins pursuing her before revealing that they share a secret connection from the past that could destroy Samara’s relationship with Caleb.

Download drama  Download Drama by Celeste Norfleet

Some people stand back when problems crop up. Kenisha Lewis steps up. And there’s a lot that needs fixing, from her family’s money worries to the run-down dance studio where she works part-time.

When the promo she makes for a dance studio fundraiser goes viral, Kenisha can’t believe the response. Who’d have guessed she’d become the latest YouTube sensation—or be asked to star in a video with rapper Taj? And now, Taj wants Kenisha to become her protégée, promising money and fame. Problems solved, right? Not quite. Her exciting new career is taking time away from school, family, friends and her boyfriend, Terrence.… Kenisha is sure she’s this close to having what she’s always wanted. But how much is she willing to give up to get it?

Maya's choice   Maya’s Choice by Earl Sewell

Maya’s summer is shaping up to be unforgettable—in both good and bad ways. First she’s sent to stay with her grandmother for a month. Living in the city, Maya is too far from her friend Keysha and her boyfriend, Misalo—and too near her rebellious cousin Viviana. When Maya finally comes home, her parents drop a bombshell—Viviana is moving in with them.

Her cousin has barely unpacked before she’s creating chaos. Truth is, Maya kind of likes the way life is a whole lot less predictable with Viviana around. But her motives are up for debate—especially when it comes to Misalo. And as Maya’s little sister, Anna, grows more fascinated with her cool older cousin, Maya begins to see that following where Viviana leads has its price. And it could cost Maya her reputation, her relationship…and maybe even her future….

Upgrade U   Upgrade U by Ni-Ni Simone

Life is poppin’ and seventeen-year-old Seven McKnight is rockin’ Stiles University’s hottest baller, Josiah Whitaker, on her arm when it all falls apart. With groupies threatening her basketball wife status and Josiah’s dreams of the NBA blowing up his ego, Seven finds herself in a tailspin…should she stay or leave? In steps the unbelievable fine sophomore heartthrob Zaire St. James, who’s been watching Seven and waiting for her chance. With Josiah doing his own thing, Seven finds herself falling for Zaire. But just when she decides to give Zaire her everything, Josiah becomes determined to win Seven back by any means necessary…

Teen Top Ten

These are the top ten best selling YA books this week according to the New York Times.

 

1. If I stay : a novel     If I Stay by Gayle Forman

While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

 

2. The fault in our stars    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life. Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

 

3. Where she went    Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Adam, now a rising rock star, and Mia, a successful cellist, reunite in New York and reconnect after the horrific events that tore them apart when Mia almost died in a car accident three years earlier.

 

4. Looking for Alaska : a novel     Looking for Alaska by John Green

Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

 

5. The book thief   The Book Thief by Mark Zusak

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

 

6. Paper towns   Paper Towns by John Green

One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q’s neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

 

7.Eleanor & Park    Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

 

8. Isla and the happily ever after   Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla has had a crush on classmate Josh since their freshman year at the School of America in Paris, but after a chance encounter over the summer in Manhattan they return to France for their senior year where they are forced to confront challenges every young couple in love must face.

 

9.Thirteen reasons why : a novel   Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

 

10.Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children   Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob on a journey to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow–impossible though it seems–they may still be alive.

 

 

 

 

 

Sundaes on Fridays

Friday, August 22 at 1 pm

In the Activity Room in Children’s World

Teens, grades 7-12 are invited to participate in a book discussion.  The book discussion will include activities where you can win prizes.  Plus make your own ice cream sundae!

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Final Week of Summer Reading

Want to have your overdue fines waived?   Then hurry in and sign up for our Teen Summer Reading Program before it ends on August 22nd.

Registration is easy!

Fill out a summer reading flyer, located in Children’s World or resister online at http://tinyurl.com/ocplspark. Or look for the Spark a Reaction link on OCPL’s home page.

Do your reporting online too!

For every 100 pages read, your name will be entered into a drawing to win cool prizes like tickets to: the MoST, Wonderworks at Destiny, Pole Position Raceway at Destiny, and the New York State Fair.  Plus overdue fines will be waived after reading and reporting on 5 books and earn virtual badges!

For teens ages 13-17  or enter grades 7-12.

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The MoST Visits the Library

The MoST Traveling Science Program will be visiting Central on

Wednesday, July 23 at 2 pm

Ever wonder why Pop Rocks and soda goes fizz? The MoST brings you an exciting selection of experiments that fizz, boom and pop!  You will be amazed and dazzled as you learn the science behind them.  This 45 minute interactive show is for people of all ages and designed to encourage further scientific experimentation!

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Spark a Reaction!

Looking for something to do this summer?  Then sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program here at Central.

Registration is easy!

Fill out a summer reading flyer, located in Children’s World or resister online at http://tinyurl.com/ocplspark. Or look for the Spark a Reaction link on OCPL’s home page.

Do your reporting online too!

For every 100 pages read, your name will be entered into a drawing to win cool prizes like tickets to: the MoST, Wonderworks at Destiny, Pole Position Raceway at Destiny, and the New York State Fair.  Plus overdue fines will be waived after reading and reporting on 5 books and earn virtual badges!

For teens ages 13-17  or enter grades 7-12.

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