I am a secondary English/Language Arts teacher in North Carolina with an absolute love of young adult and teen fiction. On this blog, I'll share some of the best of the books I read as I teach, write, and devour the YA world! Follow me here and on twitter - @melissacarp!


Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

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Written by author Amy Zhang while she was still in high school, Falling Into Place explores the life of Liz Emerson,  a high school it-girl willing to do just about anything to stay at the top of the social ladder. Liz develops a conscience as she notices the way her actions affect the lives of her peers and, feeling like nobody really knows her or cares about who she really is, she decides it…

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Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner

Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner

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First, the Goodreads summary:

Torrey Grey is famous. At least, on the internet. Thousands of people watch her popular videos on fashion and beauty. But when Torrey’s sister is killed in an accident — maybe because of Torrey and her videos — Torrey’s perfect world implodes.
Now, strangers online are bashing Torrey. And at her new school, she doesn’t know who to trust. Is queen bee Blair only…

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It’s a Cassie Mae takeover!

It’s a Cassie Mae takeover!

Today I’m happy to host a total makeover for my friend, Cassie Mae, and the third installment to her How To Date A Nerd series. Take it away, Cassie! It’s a Bookworm makeover! New cover! (I have to give HUGE HUGS AND THANK YOUs to PepperJack Photography and Jolene Perry for my amazing design and pictures, and the FANTASTIC models, Dalton and Tanna.) New blurb!
Getting kissed for a…

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How to Fall by Jane Casey

How to Fall by Jane Casey

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Jane Casey’s How to Fall is a great story all around – I loved the characters, the setting, and the eerie mystery surrounding Freya’s death. Jess makes an intriguing protagonist and amateur detective which made the story even more likable. While this novel felt complete and satisfying, it also left room for sequels, which I’m very much looking forward to! If you’re looking for something to…

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The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm


The Fourteenth Goldfish is a perfect example of everything a middle grade novel should be: fun, family, school, adventure, and quirk. I’ve already started spreading to word to my middle school Science teacher friends this would be a great way for Science teachers to support reading instruction, or a great way for ELA teachers to incorporate some Science concepts.

Blurb from Goodreads:


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Cover Reveal: Home is Where You Are by Tessa Marie!

Cover Reveal: Home is Where You Are by Tessa Marie!


Home is Where You Are by Tessa Marie COVER REVEAL Young Adult Contemporary Romance Anna’s life reads like a check list. Straight A’s (Check) Editor of the school paper (Check) Volunteering time at the local soup kitchen (Check) Ivy League (So close she can taste it) Falling in love with a homeless boy (Not on the list) Dean has a plan too. Survive. After being subjected to his foster father’s…

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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In this, the latest title from the  incredible Jenny Han, protagonist Lara Jean has dealt with the end of each crush she’s had on a boy by writing a letter to him detailing the reasons she loved him and the reasons she’s done loving him… like a break up letter, but without every having an actual relationship. The problem, of course, is that when you write things down they can be discovered by…

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