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Book Recommendations From Your Local Bookworm 

By Lily Cowan '22 Need a book recommendation? Here are three fantastic books that you need to add to your reading list!

By Lily Cowan ’22

Hello Wolfpack, it’s your local bookworm here to give you some book recommendations for the month. Throughout the summer, I read 31 books and have chosen 3 for this issue that were fantastic.

  1. One Of Us Is Lying – Karen M. McMannis

Plot Synopsis: On a Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.  Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Only Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. According to investigators, his death was not an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?  Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Genre: Mystery, Young Adult Fiction

Bookworm Thoughts: I am not going to lie. In the past years I had fallen out of love with reading but this book made me love it again. The reason I fell in love with the book was not because of the plot. While the mystery was good and the results were shocking and made me throw the book across my garden, the characters are what make this book so good. You fall in love with each one and I felt myself connecting with book characters which I had never done before. With this book being a young adult novel I was expecting it to be wrapped up in a nice little bow and that at the end everyone would ride off into the sunset. Without giving too much away the ending is messy and real and I welcomed it wholeheartedly. People made mistakes beyond the central narrative and there were consequences and some things were left open-ended in the way that makes you wonder what their eventual decisions lead to. I’m extremely pleased that the author chose to take some risky leeway with her writing direction and applaud her with a standing ovation.

  1. Maybe Someday – Colleen Hoover

Plot Synopsis: Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble—she’s a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is quickly becoming the soundtrack to her life. But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects.

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult 

Bookworm Thoughts: For this book, I cannot give away plot details because not knowing is a vital part of the experience, but I will say that this story incorporates a topic unique to anything I’ve read, and definitely places a heartwarming spin on the plot. Best part is: I never saw it coming. The plot really narrows in on the connection between its characters; a connection formed through the medium of music. There are moments that will make you laugh, and there are moments that will break your heart. However, its unpredictable twists will only make you that much more invested in the story. To see things from a new, unbiased perspective. Leave all judgment at the door while stepping into this book, because you WILL be granted a view to both sides of the coin. Even better if you’re a music lover like me, this book even comes with it’s own soundtrack!

  1. Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Plot Synopsis: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be bought for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. A convict with a thirst for revenge, a sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager, a runaway with a privileged past, a spy as known as “The Wraith”, a heartrender using her magic to survive the slums, and a thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Genre: Action and Adventure, Fantasy, Young Adult 

Bookworm Thoughts: I almost didn’t read this book. The first 70 pages were very hard to get through and I was quite lost. But once I was in it, I was in. Once you get into the main plot it keeps you engaged all the way through, even when the focus is on character work. The plot is incredibly engaging, with so many twists and turns that the book is more than hard to put down. The book focuses on mind games and clever plotting. The dregs (the criminal crew) need to have a thousand backup plans, and everything is brilliantly planned out by the author. The book is basically like a fantasy “Oceans 11”. I was so exhilarated after reading the book from the library, that I had to buy it right away!

Author of the Month: 

This issue’s author of the month is Colleen Hoover. I would call her the master of romance novel writing. I have read four of her books and I have loved each of them, not one disappointed. She knows how to write character development so well and knows how to take stories you think you know the ending to and flip them. I highly recommend reading any of her books, especially whether you need a nice smile or a good old cry. 

Favourite Reading Playlist:

In my opinion sad music goes with any book. 

Local Bookstores to find these books at:

  1. Tanglewood Books:

            2306 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2E6

  1. Kestrel Books:

            3642 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6R 1P1 

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