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This week's pick is...

Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert! I haven't heard much about this one, but it has excellent ratings on Goodreads (an average of 4.34 stars, which is higher than the first Harry Potter book). When Kara first started high school, her whole life changed - her family fell apart, she got new friends in the wrong crowd, had a bad-boy boyfriend Adrian, and partied too much. At the end of junior year, she overdosed on heroin and left Oak Park. Now, four years later, she's returning. Her friends had filled a notebook with their honest feelings and confessions, and now it's time for Kara to do the same.

In this one, the protagonist is twenty, which is older than most YA books. I think this is a welcome change because it's always good to read something a little different. Ballads of Suburbia seems like a gritty, honest read, and a lot of reviews described it as beautiful. I love contemporary books like this that deal with dark subjects, as long as it's handled well, so this one seems right up my alley!

Have any of you read it? Do you plan to?


Anonymous said...

I haven't read this yet, but damn! It sounds awesome!

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