WHAT TO SAY NEXT
By J. Buxbaum
Read this one with a full box of tissues, talk about a powerful tear jerker.
This is a dual POV story. Kit is a popular girl struggling to make sense of life in the aftermath of her father's death (motor vehicle accident). David is a neuroatypical loner with a high IQ. They come together when Kit chooses to sit near David one day and an unlikely friendship develops. She appreciates his blunt honesty and he appreciates her respect and attention. David is eager to help when Kit requests assistance with figuring out the details of her father's accident, but the results are far from what he expected and possibly too much for their new friendship to weather.
NO PLACE LIKE HERE
By C. June
For those who enjoy summer camp stories, this is a good one!
Ashlyn returns home from boarding school to discover that her father is being sent to jail for tax evasion and her mother is checking herself into a rehab facility for depression. She is sent to a forested sleep-away camp to join her cousin as a camp counsellor. There she questions her toxic relationship with her father, strengthens ties with her cousin and extended family, finds love, and proves her worth when the camp struggles under new leadership.