I think it is really important to have books in the school library that deal with the tougher aspects of teenage life. Sometimes it is easier for teens to read about a subject that might affect them personally than open up to another person. I think sometimes you just have to get something straight in your own mind before confiding in others. That is why I would love to see the following 2 books in the school library.
Title: Tell Me A SecretAuthor: Holly CupalaPublisher: Harper TeenPublication Date: 20 Sep 2011Synopsis from GoodreadsIt's tough living in the shadow of a dead girl. . . .
In the five years since her bad-girl sister Xanda's death, Miranda Mathison has wondered about the secret her sister took to the grave, and what really happened the night she died. Now, just as Miranda is on the cusp of her dreams—a best friend to unlock her sister's world, a ticket to art school, and a boyfriend to fly her away from it all—Miranda has a secret all her own.
When two lines on a pregnancy test confirm her worst fears, Miranda is stripped of her former life. She must make a choice with tremendous consequences and finally face her sister's demons and her own.
In this powerful debut novel, stunning new talent Holly Cupala illuminates the dark struggle of a girl who must let go of her past to find a way into her own future.
Title: Don't Breathe A WordAuthor: Holly CupalaPublisher: Harper TeenPublication Date: 3 Jan 2012Synopsis from Goodreads
Joy Delamere is suffocating...
From asthma, which has nearly claimed her life. From her parents, who will do anything to keep that from happening. From delectably dangerous Asher, who is smothering her from the inside out.
Joy can take his words - tender words, cruel words - until the night they go too far.
Now, Joy will leave everything behind to find the one who has offered his help, a homeless boy called Creed. She will become someone else. She will learn to survive. She will breathe... if only she can get to Creed before it’s too late.
Set against the gritty backdrop of Seattle’s streets and a cast of characters with secrets of their own, Holly Cupala’s powerful new novel explores the subtleties of abuse, the meaning of love, and how far a girl will go to discover her own strength.