“If I Should Die Before I Wake” by Lurlene McDaniel

If I Should Die Before I Wake, by Lurlene McDaniel, is like a 1980s G-rated version of The Fault in Our Stars. Get out the tissues, because #sicklit is guaranteed to make you cry. The premise is that 14-year-old Deanne Vandervoot is looking for a way to escape her mother's plans for Deanne to spend …

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“My Heart And Other Blackholes” by Jasmine Warga

Two teens, two tragedies, and one suicide pact. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Freshman Fifteens author Jasmine Warga is a startling debut that's unafraid of tackling deep topics like depression. Despite the dark subject matter, Warga crafts her novel in such a way that it is extremely readable and at times funny. The protagonist is a …

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