ADAM by Ted Dekker-406 pages
In this thriller, a divorced FBI agent named Daniel Clark has been chasing a serial killer known as "Eve" for months and seems no closer to catching him. Daniel's journey to uncovering the truth of "Eve's" identity and taking down the serial killer is a thrilling page-turner. The book is full of twists and turns, as every Dekker novel is, which is what I really enjoy about reading them.
Paper Towns by John Green-336 pages
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell-Audiobook, 336 pages in print
Park is a "geek" of asian descent who falls in love with Eleanor who is "full-figured" and is teased by other girls at school because of it. Eleanor's step dad is abusive to her, her siblings, and her mom. The story is about Eleanor and Park's journey to falling in love as teens. In the end, Park drives Eleanor to Minnesota to live with her aunt and uncle to get away from her abusive step dad.
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson-384 pages
I'll Give You the Sun is a quirky, but good novel about twins whose mother dies in a car crash and their different methods of coping with her death. The twin brother is an artist and art is a major theme of the book. It also explores homosexuality and other relationships.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green-Audiobook, 310 pages in print
I did not get into this novel at all. I did not relate to either of the main characters and it was hard for me to finish, but I did. Two Will Graysons, both from the Chicago suburbs meet each other by chance and that is what should be the focus of the novel, but it is not. A large teen from school with one of the Will Graysons named Tiny (who is also gay) is really the focus of the novel. The other Will Grayson ends up falling in love with Tiny. Tiny has had a lot of boyfriends, though and is too much of the focus, as I mentioned earlier.
Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz-368 pages