The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen
This is a straight-up, sweet romance. Readers of YA romance will delight in this book. Ella is involved in a live at first sight romance;
however, the object of her desire, an artist Edward Willig, has been dead since the late 1800s. Reluctantly, Anna does have a real love
interest, her French tutor Alex. This charming romance is a great backdrop for an exploration of family dynamics, school relationship,
and class inequities.
The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner
The novel opens with Nick. Nick is faced with an immense task: to fulfill his best friend Scooter’s dying wish. With the help of a third
friend, Jaycee, the group attempt to send a thousand dollar copy of Mice and Men to Scooter’s long-lost father. This books isn’t about
travelling great distances, but it is about epic journeys. This cathartic book has a way of sneaking up on you…This is a clever and
touching way of exploring family troubles and the fleeting nature of life itself.
The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
This historical novel follows Marie, the fourteen year old ballerina who modelled for Degas’ famous Little Dancer. Set in the Paris
during the Belle Epoque, Marie and her family are navigating life under less than ideal circumstances. The narrative is refreshing as it
bounces back and forth between Marie and her sister Antoinette. This is a quick paced read that marries art, ballet, historical facts,
fiction, mystery, and murder.