February - HeartReads for Teens

A Straight line to my heart  by Bill Condon   also as an E-Book
Honour book 2012
School is over, not just for the year, but forever. Tiff and Kayla are free, which is what they've always wanted, but now summer is nearly at and end and that means life decisions. Tiff is hoping her job at the local paper will lead to something more... But 'The Shark' soon puts her straight on what it takes to become a hard-nosed reporter like him. At home, Reggie - the only grandad Tiff has ever known - has quit the smokes and diagnosed himself as cactus. Then Kayla hits her with some big news. And into all this stumbles Davey, the first boy who has ever really wanted to know her. Tiff is smart with words and rarely does tears, but in one short week she discovers that words don't always get you there; they don't let you say all the stuff from deep in your heart.  (It's a novel that is deep in it's subtlety, beautiful in it's originality, and heart-wrenching in it's happiness) for grades 7-12  

Shortlisted book 2011
Six Impossible Things  by Fiona Woods
Fourteen-year-old nerd-boy Dan Cereill is not quite coping with the reversal of his family's fortune, moving house, new school hell, a mother with a failing wedding cake business, a just-out gay dad, and an impossible crush on the girl next door.  His life is a mess, but for now he's narrowed it down to just six impossible things...  A funny, emotionally honest story of first love, with a fairytale backbeat.
"I loved this book so much I wanted to be in it." Kaz Cooke   for grades 7-12

Lola and the boy next door  by Stephanie Perkins
Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion... she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- the more sparkly, the more fun,the more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

Anna and the French Kiss  by Stephanie Perkins
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris -- until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all... including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? 
(I absolutely, completely, utterly love this novel! - Lora)