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Odd One Out

Odd One Out by Nic Stone (309 pages)
Overview: Courtney knows he's straight. The only problem is that he's in love with his lesbian best friend, Jupiter. While he tries to come to terms with the fact that he and Jupiter will never be a thing, he keeps wondering if there's a hope as Jupiter has always acted flirtatiously with him, and they spend many nights cuddled in the same bed. Then new girl Rae moves to town, and it's clear that both Courtney and Jupiter both want to date her. They're also both terrified of losing each other if Rae becomes either one's significant other. Even though Rae starts out thinking she's straight, Jupiter makes her question everything she's believed. Overall: 3 

Characters: 3 Courtney would be a super interesting character if he ever did more than moan and grown about Jupiter. He's on the cheerleading squad in the basketball off season, and he's grown up with Jupiter's dads as his father figures since his died in a…

Save the Date

Save The Day by Morgan Matson (417 pages)
Overview: When your mother fictionalizes every aspect of your life, you always have to watch your back so that you don't end up in the newspaper pages, or, at least, that's how Mike feels, and he hasn't been home in over a year, so he doesn't really matter. Charlie loves her mom's strip, and she has no desire to speak to Mike. They'll all be forced to get along, though, because the family is coming home for Linnie's wedding. That's not the only thing that can go wrong at the wedding. Charlie spends the day leading up to it and the day of running around with the substitute wedding planner putting out fires. Maybe... just maybe, Linnie will get the chance to get married without everything falling apart. Overall: 4

Characters: 4 I loved the big family ensemble cast. Charlie offers a unique prospective as the youngest of five. Most of her siblings had moved out of the house before she was really old enough to know the…

Solitaire

Solitaire by Alice Oseman (357 pages)
Overview: Tori Spring hates everything. And she doesn't think that's an exaggeration. Well, she might like films, but not that much. While she just wants to get through school, cutting class and waiting in the computer room for the day to be over, scrolling through blogs. That's until she follows a trail of Post-its where she finds a website, solitaire.uk.co and Micheal Holden. When the allusive Solitaire's pranks around school become increasingly dangerous, Micheal and Tori set out to find out who's behind it. Overall: 4

Characters: 4 Oseman has a knack for capturing people as people. Tori is depressed. She tries to isolate herself, pulling away from her old best friend, who just feels stale, and resisting friendship with Micheal. She both recognizes this as a problem and justifies it away as just her pessimistic personality.
Micheal recognizes these tendencies in Tori and reaches out to her. He understands how their steps forwa…