ALONG FOR THE RIDE
By: Sarah Dessen
Publication Date: June 16, 2009
This was my first Sarah Dessen book ever, and to be honest, I am pretty sure I couldn’t have picked a better one to start with. I loved all the characters especially Eli!!
A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.
THE IRON KING (THE IRON FEY #1)
By: Julie Kagawa
Publication Date: February 1, 2010
I am convinced Julie Kagawa can do no wrong with the books she writes. The Iron Fey series is one of my favorite Fey series. She creates wonderful worlds, engaging stories, and lovely characters…all of this lines up to create a book that is un-put-downable…(that’s a word, right?).
But the day she opens up a national women’s magazine and sees the words “Loving a Larger Woman” above her ex-boyfriend’s byline, Cannie is plunged into misery…and the most amazing year of her life. From Philadelphia to Hollywood and back home again, she charts a new course for herself: mourning her losses, facing her past, and figuring out who she is and who she can become.
Jennifer Weiner was born in 1970 on an army base in Louisiana. She grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Princeton University. She worked as a newspaper reporter in Central Pennsylvania, Lexington, Kentucky, and Philadelphia, before the publication of her first novel, GOOD IN BED, in 2001. She is the author of the novels IN HER SHOES (2002), which was turned into a major motion picture; LITTLE EARTHQUAKES, (2004), GOODNIGHT NOBODY (2005), the short story collection THE GUY NOT TAKEN (2006) and CERTAIN GIRLS (2008), the sequel to GOOD IN BED. There are more than 9 million copies of her books in print in 36 countries.