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Like, Try, Why #14: Contemporary Romance

Are you in thee mood for a swoon-worthy romance? The Lawrence Public Library Teen Zone staff can help you find your next favorite book. Read More..

Staff Picks: “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell

Sometimes, I love a book so much, I don’t want to let the story go. Luckily for me and millions of other fans, just because my favorite series ended, doesn’t mean I have to stop reading about my favorite characters or abandon my favorite story worlds. Luckily for me and millions of other readers who feel the same, there’s fanfiction! Continuations and remixes of so many books are being shared online so that fans can continue to see their favorite characters continue going on adventures.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell explores the world of fandom through the eyes of Cath, an aspiring writer who goes off to college and sort of flounders through her first semester. Read More..

Teen Picks: “Bunheads” by Sophie Flack

Bunheads by Sophie Flack

What is it about? This novel is about a highschool professional ballerina. She makes a point of how being a ballerina is not at all easy and how it is much more work that they strive to make it appear. Read More..

Staff Picks: “Winger” by Andrew Smith

Winger by Andrew Smith made me laugh out loud and broke my heart.

Ryan Dean is an awkward 14-year-old boy who is smart enough to have skipped two grades. When he returns for his Junior year at a boarding school in the Pacific Northwest, he’ll be staying in the troublemakers dorm with limited privileges, and a year of hijinks and heartache ensue. Read More..

Teen Picks: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chobsky


The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

What is it about or what kind of music is it? This beautifully written novel is about the life of a teenager in high school discovering who he is and who he wants to be. Read More..

Like, Try, Why #6: Teens in Real Life

Did you just finish an awesome book that made you want to stalk the stacks for another similar title? The Lawrence Public Library Teen Zone staff can help you find your next favorite book. Today we’re featuring books about teens in real life dealing with love, loss, and growing up.  Read More..

Like, Try, Why #3: John Green Edition

So you’re a dedicated Nerdfighter and you’ve read all 5 of John Green’s books, watched every installment of vlogbrothers, you even have your very own DFTBA t-shirt. But what do you read while you’re waiting for his next book? We’ve got you covered. Check out these picks for fans of John Green’s books.

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Find the YA Novel that Will Make You Laugh Out Loud

Looking for a funny book? Well we know that people have different ideas of what makes a book hilarious, so we’ve rounded up a list of books that are funny in different ways. There’s something sure to tickle any reader’s funny bone on this list! Read More..

Staff Picks: Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Legranis

In the last year, several young adult novels that explore the experience of veterans in Iraq and Afghanistan., but none quite so heart-wrenching as Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Legranis.

Told in three parts—before, during, and after—this is the story of a young man who decides to enlist in the army reserves after high school, though he had opportunities elsewhere and is leaving behind a loving family, his autistic brother, his best friend, and his fiancee. When he suffers traumatic brain injury after an IED explosion, he is in a coma for several months and when he wakes up, doesn’t remember anything about his past. Though the story revolves around his accident and recovery, it’s more about how his deployment and condition change the lives of everyone who cares about him. Read More..

Teen Picks: “Flipped” by Wendelin Van Draanen

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

What is it about?  Flipped is a romance told in two voices. The first time Juli Baker saw Bryce Loski, she flipped. The first time Bryce saw Juli, he ran. Read More..