Robin Recommends: New Teen Books to Make You Cry
So I just finished two brand new Teen books that gave me a supersize emotional wallop. Bang left me in tears and Allegedly … well, I was COMPLETELY shocked by the end. Just … no words. Eeks!
Bang by Barry Lyga
What do you do when you can’t find redemption? What if the universe suddenly offers you something good? Can you trust that it’s real?
Sebastian Cody did
something horrible, something no one – not even Sebastian himself – can
forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant
sister with his father’s gun. Now, ten years later, Sebastian has lived
with the guilt and horror for his entire life. With his best friend away
for the summer, Sebastian has only a new friend – Aneesa – to distract
him from his darkest thoughts. But even this relationship cannot blunt
the pain of his past. Because Sebastian knows exactly how to rectify his
childhood crime and sanctify his past. It took a gun to get him into
this. Now he needs a gun to get out.
Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
Orange Is the New
Black meets Walter Dean Myer’s Monster in this gritty, twisty, and
haunting debut by Tiffany D. Jackson about a girl convicted of murder
seeking the truth while surviving life in a group home.
Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly.
She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the
media filled in the only blanks that mattered: a white baby had died
while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old
daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But
did she do it?There wasn’t a point to setting the record
straight before, but now she’s got Ted – and their unborn child – to think
about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary’s fate now lies
in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one
knows the real Momma. But does anyone know the real Mary?