Map to the Stars

HarperCollins/HarperImpulse

Published July 14, 2015

Recommended ages: 12 and up​

 

The California dream was supposed to give fifteen year-old Annie Shelton a fresh start far removed from her dad’s unusual betrayal. But when things don’t go according to plan in La La Land, Annie’s mom snags a last-minute gig as makeup artist to a teen movie idol. Then she finagles a spot for her daughter on his European promotional tour.

 

Down-to-earth Annie would rather fangirl architectural sights than an arrogant A-lister. That is, until behind-the-scenes Graham Cabot turns out to be more sweetly vulnerable than she could have imagined.  

 

Too bad falling for a poster boy isn’t all red carpets and star treatment, especially when you factor in obnoxious fans, an overprotective assistant, a stage mom/manager, and a beefy bodyguard.

 

But it isn’t until the paparazzi make an appearance that things get really sticky…

 

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Wanderlost
HarperCollins/HarperTeen
Published May 31, 2016

Recommended ages: 14 and up

 

 

Seventeen-year-old Aubree has always idolized her adventurous older sister, even while utterly content to track Elizabeth’s antics from the cozy comforts of home, in the tender care of doting parents. So when Elizabeth gets herself in "a touch of trouble” and, for the first time ever, actually needs Aubree's help, Bree is flattered but insistent. 

There’s no way she can do what Elizabeth is asking. Impersonate her recent-college-grad sis all summer, just so Elizabeth can score the recommendation she needs to land her dream position? Nope, nope, not gonna happen. 

ESPECIALLY when Elizabeth’s summer job is leading a bus tour. 
A bus tour across Europe. 
senior citizens' bus tour across Europe.

And that's even before Bree finds out that the tour owner’s super-cute son (who is decidedly NOT elderly) will be a last-minute addition. 

Bree would have to be crazy. Or would she?

 

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Changes in Latitudes

HarperCollins/HarperTeen

Published July 25, 2017

Recommended ages: 12 and up​

 

A "road" trip novel that takes place at sea, Changes in Latitude tells the story of seventeen year-old Cassie, who's  navigating the fallout of  her parent's recent divorce, but when she returns home one night (long after curfew) to find a giant sailboat in their driveway, the ground falls out from under her once again. This time it's replaced by the Pacific Ocean and her mother's grand scheme to courier a sailboat from a shipyard in Oregon to new owners at the southern tip of Mexico... with the hope of rebuilding her relationship with Cassie in the process.

Cassie wants nothing more than to put a little distance between herself and the mom Cassie blames for detonating their happy family, so of course the idea of being trapped on a boat with that same mother for four long months is oh-so-heavenly. Or not. 

Bu before she knows it Cassie, her mom, and Cassie's fourteen year-old brother Drew are pointing their sails south, accompanied by two other Mexico-bound sailboats caravaning alongside them, one of which includes an extremely cute crew member. 

 

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THE ARRIVAL OF SOMEDAY

HarperCollins/HarperTeen

Published July 23, 2019

Recommended ages: 12 and up

In this emotionally candid contemporary YA, author Jen Malone delves into the world of a teen whose life is brought to an abrupt halt when she learns she’s in dire need of an organ transplant.

Hard-charging and irrepressible, eighteen-year-old Amelia Linehan could see a roller derby opponent a mile away—and that’s while crouched down, bent over skates, and zooming around a track at the speed of light.

What she couldn’t see coming, however, was the flare-up of the rare liver disorder she was born with. But now it’s the only thing she—and everyone around her—can think about.   

With no guarantee of a viable organ transplant, everything Amelia’s been sure of—like college plans or the possibility of one day falling in love—has become a huge question mark, threatening to drag her down into a sea of what-ifs she’s desperate to avoid. 

Then a friend from the past shows up. With Will, it’s easy to forget about what’s lurking between the lightness of their time together. She feels alive when all signs point elsewhere.

But with the odds decidedly not in her favor, Amelia knows this feeling can’t last forever. After all, what can?

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