Read This Now: The Index
What if there were an army of indie booksellers enthusiastically reading and reviewing practically every new book coming out in the next year, and what if the books they were the most excited about, the books they couldn't wait to push into their customers' hands with a breathless "You've GOT to read this!" (virtually or otherwise), the ones with all the nine- and ten-star ratings were carefully curated and collected in a handy list? Well, all we can say is...KEEP READING!
One part Little Women, one part Sarah Dessen, with the small-town charm of Gilmore Girls, The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls is everything you want in a contemporary YA novel.
Sweet, funny, honest, and heartfelt, the story follows four sisters as they navigate a summer that will change all of them in different ways. One sister tries to move on after a breakup, while another works up the nerve to do the breaking. One sister finds the potential for romance with a longtime crush, and another makes a friend who helps her discover what she wants. At the end of it all, the only thing that doesn't change is that the Garrett Girls will do anything to support and protect each other.
The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood ($10.99*, Sourcebooks Fire), recommended by One More Page Books, Arlington, VA.