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Everyday Stories

Everyday Stories

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor is the new girl in school; with her wild red hair and crazy outfits, she’s not fitting in. Park is half-Korean and feels like an outsider. They sit together on the bus everyday and at first they ignore each other, but Park notices Eleanor reading his comic over his shoulder. Their romance builds slowly and they become the most important person in each other’s lives.

Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Emaline has a perfect life: she lives in a beach town, has a perfect boyfriend, good friends and family, and has been accepted to Columbia. This all changes when two new people enter her life. Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?

Butter by Erin Jade Lange

At 423 pounds, 16-year-old “Butter” decides that he’s had enough and, despite his great sense of humour and musical talent, plans to commit suicide live online on New Year’s Eve. But, he’s been recounting his life and his weight issues on his website, and suddenly gains popularity and has to decide what to do as the days count down to the New Year.

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

In 1996, Facebook hasn’t been invented yet. When Emma gets a CD-ROM to America Online, she sees her Facebook page… 15 years in the future. Everyone wants to know about their future, and now best friends Emma and Josh can find out. But, everything they do in the present changes their Facebook page in the future.

Struck by Lightning by Chris Colfer

In order to boost his college applications, Carson Phillips blackmails some of the most popular students in his high school into contributing to his literary journal. In a funny, honest and compelling look into Carson’s life, his ambition and snappy sense of humour sets him on an entertaining journey.

Blindsided by Priscilla Cummings

14-year-old Natalie is losing her eyesight and it’s no longer a matter of if, but when. As she starts a new school for the blind, Natalie goes through the stages of what is it like to lose your sight and trying to be a regular teenager all at the same time.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Written in a series of letters, Charlie tells his story. He’s not the biggest geek in school, but he’s not popular either. He’s a wallflower, shy and introspective. He becomes friends with Samantha and Patrick, who introduce him to drugs, friendship, love, and help Charlie to deal with the suicide of his friend and his dark childhood.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Samantha is one of the most popular seniors in her school and she is so excited for Feb. 12th, Cupid Day, at her school. It’s a day of valentines, roses and one big party, but that night she dies in a terrible car accident. But, she wakes up the next morning and has to relive Feb. 12th all over again… and again and again and again.

Half-Brother by Kenneth Oppel

Not only is Ben’s life changed when he moves from Toronto to Victoria, but it becomes crazier when a newborn chimpanzee named Zan is brought home. Ben’s father wants Zan to be treated as a human, but when his dad decides it’s not working, Ben has to decide how to react; listen to his father or rescue his half-brother.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Miles Halter is sent to a boarding school in Alabama, where he meets his roommate Chip and the beautiful and unpredictable, Alaska. As the three friends become close through a series of school tests, pranks, breakups and smoking and drinking, their story becomes more complex.

Cut by Patricia McCormick

15-year-old Callie has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital because she has been cutting herself and she doesn’t know why. Although initially she refuses to speak, her therapy sessions trigger memories and insights. Slowly, she emerges from her silence and begins to understand her dysfunctional family and her brother's health crisis.

Forever by Judy Blume

For seniors Katherine and Michael, there are a lot of changes and decisions they have to make. And even though they are unsure about some things, they are sure about each other. So sure, that they decide to make a big “first” decision together. Is their love forever?