Not After Everything by Michelle Levy
For the ordinary high school student, Senior Year is the most anticipated year of high school. It means fewer classes, easier work, more free time, and best of all, graduation. For seventeen year old Tyler, Senior Year is anything but ordinary. While it may seem like Tyler has it all, the perfect girlfriend and a football scholarship to Stanford, he is faced with many obstacles. The suicide of his mother the summer before intensifies Tyler’s father’s emotional pain, creating a hostile home environment for him. As he begins to work in order to avoid his father, he is reunited with his childhood friend, Jordyn. Tyler is then faced with a dilemma, could he sacrifice his super hot girlfriend for a true relationship with his childhood friend? Levy follows the path of Tyler through his senior year as he is faced with some very serious decisions while she utilizes eloquent speech to move the reader through this extremely emotional novel. I would recommend this novel to anybody interested in a good read, especially all young adults!
The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi
After a night of fun, excitement, and adventure comes to a close, Ella is heartbroken and confused. She is determined to focus on her schoolwork and her friends in order to forget about her one amazing night with Matt, the one who broke her heart. As a year goes by, Ella begins to forget about her night with Matt, until an unexpected surprise makes Ella question if she believes in second chances. If she could recreate that one night with Matt could they start over? If Ella took a chance, could she and Matt stay together this time? Lauren Gibaldi’s writing alternates between past events and present events, making the reader feel like they have developed strong relationships with the characters. This novel is an amazing read for anyone in the mood for a lighthearted and fun story as the two main characters set out for a night of adventure (or rather nights of adventure). I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in a romance novel as the characters are incredibly likeable and Gibaldi utilizes language to relate to the audience.
Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour
As Emi embarks on a new life following her recent graduation, she is trusted with her brother’s apartment for the summer. While Emi is an up and coming film maker in Los Angeles, her love life begins to suffer as the summer rolls on. It isn’t until her and her best friend Charlotte find a dated letter in the house of a former film legend that her summer begins to take a turn for the better. As Emi and Charlotte investigate the former film star’s love life, Emi is presented with a surprise for herself, love. Emi is immediately attracted to Ava’s personality from the moment they meet, allowing Emi to find true love for the first time. This novel is an excellent read for anyone interested in a modern-day love story with a hint of mystery. Lacour keeps the reader on their toes with every turn of a page, making this novel a must read for every young adult.
(Reviewed by Natalie Purdy)