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February 2014 young adult book releases: Contemporary part two

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These books were released in February 2014. For other February releases, please see the links at the bottom of the article. Stay tuned for March releases! Coming up next!

In this list:

  • "Pieces of Me" by Amber Kizer
  • "The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High" by Laurie Boyle Crompton
  • "Road Rash" by Mark Huntley Parsons
  • "Solving for Ex" by Leigh Ann Kopans
  • "Something Real" by Heather Demetrios
  • "The Sound of Letting Go" by Stasia Ward Kehoe
  • "The Tyrant's Daughter" by J.C. Carleson
  • "Year of Mistaken Discoveries" by Eileen Cook

The list only contains summaries of the stories. For more information and reviews, please check out the individual titles on goodreads.com.

Pieces of Me
Pieces of Me Delacorte Press

Pieces of Me

Title: Pieces of Me
Author: Amber Kizer
Release date: February 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

When high school oddball and introvert Jessica Chai is killed in a car accident, her parents decide that Jessica would have wanted her organs donated to those who so desperately need these gifts of life. But Jessica is angry about dying and being dismembered. Taking the idea of cell memory to the next level, not only do the recipients get pieces of Jessica, but gets pieces of their memories and lives moving forward—she knows what they know and keeps tabs on their growth, recovery, and development. This begins her journey to learn her purpose as she begins to grasp that her ties to these teenagers goes beyond random weirdness. It's through their lives that Jessica learns about herself, as she watches the lives she literally touched continue to interlock.

The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High
The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High Sourcebooks Fire

The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High

Title: The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High
Author: Laurie Boyle Crompton
Release date: February 4, 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Shannon’s ‘clique’ is just her and her best friend and she has a super-embarrassing nickname that won’t go away. It is no huge shock when her classmates vote her least likely to be crowned Prom Queen. What is shocking is the new hidden camera reality show she finds herself starring in, titled The Prom Queen Wannabes! Shannon and two other Wannabes must battle to be elected Prom Queen and snag the One! Million! Dollar! prize. After a summer of makeovers and training at Prom Queen Camp, the hidden cameras watch the three of them enter their senior year equipped with secret skills to help wage war on the popular set. Things at Westfield High are about to get ugly, and Shannon must decide how much she's willing to give up for a shot at winning that tiara.

Road Rash
Road Rash Knopf Books for Young Readers

Road Rash

Title: Road Rash
Author: Mark Huntley Parsons
Release date: February 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

A teenage drummer finds out what life is really like on tour with a rock band in this funny, funky, bittersweet debut YA novel. For anyone who loved Almost Famous or This Is Spinal Tap.

After being dropped from one band, 17-year-old drummer Zach gets a chance to go on tour with a much better band. It feels like sweet redemption, but this is one rocky road trip. . . . 

Zach's in control on the drums, driving the band, keeping things moving at the right pace. But when the show is over, his timing is all off. The jealousies and rivalries within his new group keep him off-balance. The awesome original song he recorded backfires. And the girl he left back home is suddenly talking about this other guy . . .

Mark Parsons has written a fast-paced, feel-good novel about a boy finding his place in the world, in a band, and in the music. Zach is a character teens will stand up and cheer for as he lands the perfect gig, and the perfect girl.

Solving for Ex
Solving for Ex LeighAnn Kopans

Solving for Ex

Title: Solving for Ex
Author: LeighAnn Kopans
Release date: February 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 300
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

1 crush on your best friend +
1 gorgeous, scheming new girl +
1 Mathletics competition =
1 big mess

SIMPLIFY.

Ashley Price doesn’t have much in life after being bullied so hard she had to leave her old school to live with her aunt and uncle in Pittsburgh. But the camera she borrowed from her best friend and secret crush Brendan, and her off the charts math abilities, make things a lot more bearable. Plus, since Brendan is the captain, making the school Mathletes team should be easy.

But when gorgeous new girl Sofia rolls in and steals Brendan, Ashley's place on the team, and her fragile foothold on the Mansfield Park Prep social totem pole, it’s on. Sofia is everything Ashley left her old school to escape. The only thing Ashley didn’t count on is Sofia’s sexy twin brother Vincent.

Vincent is not only the hottest boy in school, he’s charming, sweet, and he’s got his eye on Ashley. He’s also not taking no for an answer. There's no real reason Ashley shouldn't like Vincent, but with the
battle lines being drawn between her and Sofia, Ashley’s not sure which side he’s on. Or which side she wants him to be on.

She does know Sofia is trouble with a capital T, and she’s determined to make Brendan see it.

Something Real
Something Real Henry Holt BYR

Something Real

Title: Something Real
Author: Heather Demetrios
Release date: February 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 403
Publisher: Henry Holt BYR
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

There’s nothing real about reality TV.

Seventeen-year-old Bonnie™ Baker has grown up on TV—she and her twelve siblings are the stars of one-time hit reality show Baker’s Dozen. Since the show’s cancellation and the scandal surrounding it, Bonnie™ has tried to live a normal life, under the radar and out of the spotlight. But it’s about to fall apart…because Baker’s Dozen is going back on the air. Bonnie™’s mom and the show’s producers won’t let her quit and soon the life she has so carefully built for herself, with real friends (and maybe even a real boyfriend), is in danger of being destroyed by the show. Bonnie™ needs to do something drastic if her life is ever going to be her own—even if it means being more exposed than ever before.

The Sound of Letting Go
The Sound of Letting Go Viking Children's

The Sound of Letting Go

Title: The Sound of Letting Go
Author: Stasia Ward Kehoe
Release date: February 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Publisher: Viking Children's
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

For sixteen years, Daisy has been good. A good daughter, helping out with her autistic younger brother uncomplainingly. A good friend, even when her best friend makes her feel like a third wheel. When her parents announce they’re sending her brother to an institution—without consulting her—Daisy’s furious, and decides the best way to be a good sister is to start being bad. She quits jazz band and orchestra, slacks in school, and falls for bad-boy Dave.

But one person won’t let Daisy forget who she used to be: Irish exchange student and brilliant musician Cal. Does she want the bad boy or the prodigy? Should she side with her parents or protect her brother? How can she know when to hold on and when—and how—to let go?

The Tyrant's Daughter
The Tyrant's Daughter Knopf Books for Young Readers

The Tyrant's Daughter

Title: The Tyrant's Daughter
Author: J.C. Carleson
Release date: February 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

When her father is killed in a coup, 15-year-old Laila flees from the war-torn middle east to a life of exile and anonymity in the U.S. Gradually she adjusts to a new school, new friends, and a new culture, but while Laila sees opportunity in her new life, her mother is focused on the past. She’s conspiring with CIA operatives and rebel factions to regain the throne their family lost. Laila can’t bear to stand still as an international crisis takes shape around her, but how can one girl stop a conflict that spans generations?

J.C. Carleson delivers a fascinating account of a girl—and a country—on the brink, and a rare glimpse at the personal side of international politics.

*Bonus Backmatter includes a note about the author's CIA past, and a commentary by RAND researcher and president of ARCH International, Dr. Cheryl Benard. Recommendations for further reading are also included.

Year of Mistaken Discoveries
Year of Mistaken Discoveries Simon Pulse

Year of Mistaken Discoveries

Title: Year of Mistaken Discoveries
Author: Eileen Cook
Release date: February 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

As first graders, Avery and Nora bonded over a special trait they shared; they were both adopted.

Years later, Avery is smart, popular, and on the cheerleading squad, while Nora spends her time on the fringes of school society, wearing black, reading esoteric poetry, and listening to obscure music. They never interact...until the night Nora approaches Avery at a party, saying it’s urgent. She tells Avery that she thought she found her birth mom—but it turned out to be a cruel lie. Avery feels for Nora, but returns to her friends at the party.

Then Avery learns that Nora overdosed on pills. Left to cope with Nora’s loss and questioning her own actions, Avery decides to honor her friend by launching a search for her own birth mother. Aided by Brody, a friend of Nora’s who is also looking for a way to respect Nora’s legacy, Avery embarks on an emotional quest. But what she’s really seeking might go far deeper than just genetics…

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