Teen Review – A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress by Connor Franta

Reviewed by Emily Brenner

A Work in Progress is a heartfelt memoir written by Connor Franta at twenty-two years old. As a YouTuber, Franta has faced a plethora of struggles such as friend drama, sexuality, labels, finding happiness, and finding his true identity in the midst of all the madness—fairly common struggles in today’s society and relatable to a range of readers. Throughout the book, Franta recalls specific memories and events from his past to tell his story and follows with pieces of advice and wisdom he’s learned through the years. His compelling story and the artistic nature of the book draws readers deeper into his story. As an avid photographer as well, Franta also includes multiple photographs from his childhood to tell the story, as well as more recent photographs he’s taken on his adventures across the country. I would recommend this book because the advice given is relative to today’s world and makes you question the way you live your life. Are you truly happy? Are you living to your highest potential? This biography changes your perspective on the world and your outlook on life overall. If you enjoy this book, I would recommend Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, a novel full of great life advice and a similar feeling. Franta has also just released another book titled Note to Self, where he dives deeper into his individual struggles and how best to deal with them.

 

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New Fiction 6/26

New Fiction at APL:

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  • The Girl with the Make Believe Husband by Julia Quinn
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  • A Hiss Before Dying by Rita Mae Brown
  • Where Dead Men Meet by Mark Mills
  • Just Another Jihadi Jane by Tabish Khair
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  • A Cold Creek Baby by RaeAnne Thayne
  • Silent Sabotage by Susan Sleeman
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  • Her Baby’s Protector by Margaret Daley
  • A Secret Amish Love by Rebecca Kertz
  • The Seal’s Secret Child by Elisabeth Rees
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  • Plain Cover-Up by Alison Stone
  • Marrying the Single Dad by Melinda Curtis
  • Their Pretend Amish Courtship by Patricia Davids
  • A Home Come True by Cheryl Harper
  • The Twins’ Family Wish by Lois Richer
  • The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
  • The Space Between Sisters by Mary McNear
  • With Your Always by Jody Hedlund
  • Carnivalesque by Neil Jordan
  • Perennials by Mandy Berman
  • The Cowboy’s Baby Blessing by Deb Kastner
  • Her Cowboy Boss by Arlene James
  • No Middle Name by Lee Child
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
  • The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis
  • White Heat by M.J. McGrath
  • The Invisible Mile by David Coventry
  • The Bachelor’s Twins by Kathryn Springer
  • Rocky Mountain Sabotage by Jill Nelson
  • Rescued by Mr. Wrong by Cynthia Thomason
  • Someone to Love by Mary Balogh
  • Dangerous Legacy by Valerie Hansen
  • Fatal Vendetta by Sharon Dunn
  • Child Wanted by Renee Andrews
  • The Husband She Can’t Forget by Patricia Forsythe
  • The Only Child by Andrew Pyper
  • The End of Magic by Amber Benson
  • Nothing Less to Lose by Dan Wells
  • The Beloved Hope Chest by Amy Clipston
  • Ghost Times Two by Carolyn Hart
  • How to Survive a Summer by Nick White
  • Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child
  • Eternity’s Mind by Kevin Anderson
  • Deadman Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • The Songs by Charles Elton
  • Pekoe Most Poison by Laura Childs
  • The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green
  • Knife Creek by Paul Doiron
  • A Grave Prediction by Victoria Laurie
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  • Poison Fruit by Jaqueline Carey
  • The Ranch She Left Behind by Kathleen O’Brien
  • Rookie K-9 Unit Christmas by Valerie Hansen
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  • Same Beach, Next Year by Dorthea Benton Frank
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  • Under a Summer Sky by Melody Carlson
  • Sun Born by Michael Gear
  • The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami
  • Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
  • All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  • Do Not Becomed Alarmed by Maile Meloy
  • The Only Witness by Laura Scott
  • The Pattern Artist by Nancy Moser
  • Hush Girl by Gloria Zachgo
  • Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
  • Deputy Daddy by Patricia Johns
  • A Hometown Boy by Janice Johnson
  • The Bull Rider’s Homecoming by Allie Pleiter
  • The Single Mom’s Second Chance by Jessica Keller
  • Hometown Hero’s Redemption by Jill Kemerer
  • The Sheriff of Heartbreak County by Kathleen Creighton
  • The Renegade Cowboy Returns by Tina Leonard
  • In Protective Custody by Beth Cornelison
  • Ask Anyone by Sherryl Woods
  • Shadow of Suspicion by Christy Barritt
  • Desert Secrets by Lisa Harris
  • Rescue at Cedar Lake by Maggie Black
  • Most Wanted Woman by Maggie Price
  • Unexpected Bride by Lisa Childs
  • Christmas in Alaska by Debbie Macomber
  • Classified Christmas Mission by Lynette Eason
  • A Cowboy to Keep by Karen Rock
  • Cowboy to the Rescue by Trish Milburn
  • Holding Out for a Hero by Pamela Tracy
  • Dangerous Minds by Janet Evanovich
  • The Good Widow by Liz Fenton
  • The Little French Bistro by Nina George
  • Beloved Hope by Tracie Peterson
  • A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee
  • The Ultimatum by Karen Robards
  • Protecting the Single Mom by Catherine Lanigan
  • His Twin Baby Surprise by Patricia Forsythe
  • Luke’s Ride by Helen DePrima
  • An Allegheny Homecoming by T.R. McClure
  • Indecent Exposure by Stuart Woods
  • The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz
  • The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths
  • Spellweaver by Tamara Grantham
  • Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shavis
  • The Dutchess by Danielle Steel
  • Hurt People by Cote Smith
  • The Memory of Lemon by Judith Fertig
  • Murder Games by James Patterson
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Teen Review – This Is Where It Ends

This Is Where It Ends by Marilee Nijkamp

Reviewed by Emily Brenner

This Is Where It Ends is a suspenseful and riveting novel that takes place at a small-town high school in the midst of a school shooting. In each chapter, four relative students in four different situations around the school tell their story and each find a way to get out or try and stop the shooter. The story takes place over an hour long time period, making it hard for readers to put the book down and leaving them desperate for answers. The author, Marilee Nijkamp, uses heart-wrenching characters as well as fear, trust, and heroism, leaving everyone awe-struck and broken-hearted. I would recommend this book because the compelling story line really makes you question our society today and leaves you thinking about the book long after you’re finished. The characters are easy to fall in love with as well. If you enjoy a chilling, hair-raising novel packed with courage and strength, you won’t be able to put this one down. While Nijkamp currently doesn’t have any other books out, Feral Youth—a similar story of survival—is expected to be released in the fall of 2017 and Before I Let Go—also a similar novel by Nijkamp—will be released at the beginning of 2018.

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