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The Nerdy and the Dirty by B.T. Gottfred


Penelope and Benedict are two teenagers just trying to make their way through high school and their family lives at home. Their unlikely friendship leads to a love story that blossoms when they both just start being real for the first time in their lives, and find the other is far more accepting of what they deem abnormal about themselves. I loved how they were both able to get what they wanted from their relationship just by being open and honest about who they are on the inside, not just the image they portray on a daily basis. Funny, extremely quirky, explicit and honest, “The Nerdy and the Dirty” is one of the few YA books to accurately capture the thoughts that go through the minds of young men and women, especially about fitting in, sex, and growing up.

The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson

download (2)Lindsey Lee Johnson has created a novel that honestly deals with some of the intense problems that adolescents face today. The stresses of academic and athletic success, bullying, love, drug and alcohol abuse, sexuality, emotional issues, and finding who you are as a person, are all dealt with from the views of both the young men and women living with them, as well as the perspective of a teacher fighting to keep them on track and succeeding. The issues the teens go through are filled with personal journeys, heartbreaking consequences, but also finding a level of maturity that they achieve having walked through the path that we call our teen years.