A bookish blast in the past

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With a new year comes many things: new memories, new experiences and, of course, new books. But, in case you missed the best books of last year, here’s a list of must reads.

Whisper by Lynette Noni

Subject Six-Eight-Four a.k.a Jane Doe has not spoken a word while people experimented on her endlessly. During this time, two years, six months 14 hours and 16 minutes to be exact, she never uttered a word. When someone assigns himself to make her speak, she begins to crack, something she never saw herself doing. She soon learns of the “program” she has taken part in and must fight to save herself and the people she trusts most. (Photo/Amazon)

Everless by Sara Holland

Sempera, the kingdom of Everless, is controlled by an aristocracy with ruthless leaders demanding money from its poor citizens. The Gerlings aristocracy, resented by all other townspeople, tax the less fortunate to extend their own lives. However, instead of a normal money exchange, people are forced to pay in time. Jules Ember ran from the clutches of the Gerlings long ago but is forced to return to buy more time for her dying father. She soon gets caught in a town rich with secrets and must be willing to change her intended fate. (Photo/HarperCollins)  

All in Pieces by Suzanne Young

Brooks Academy serves as an alternative to high school for people with “anger-management issues,” or at least what many think Savannah Sutton has. Sutton stabbed her ex-boyfriend in the hand with a pencil for making fun of her disabled brother and now must be shipped off to this day school. She has issues of her own, such as having to take care of her brother, but when she arrives at her new school, Cameron, the seemingly perfect guy with secret issues of his own, is determined to become friends with Savannah. Even though she has to juggle her own life, a romance with Cameron is brewing and she may just have to ride it out and see what happens. (Photo/Amazon)

Dumplin by Julie Murphy

Willowdean Dickson, nicknamed “Dumplin’” by her own mother, has always been proud of how she looked, regardless of her size. Her life has always worked out, especially with her best friend Ellen at her side. She starts working at the local fast-food restaurant and meets a cute guy named Bo, whom she instantly has a crush on. She is surprised when he starts to show feelings back. The book is a whirlwind of adventure as Willowdean enters a beauty queen pageant to prove to the world that she deserves the same as everyone else. The book was also made into a movie last year featuring Jennifer Aniston as the mother and is available on Netflix. (Photo/Amazon)

People Like Us by Dana Mele

Kay Donovan has reinvented herself to escape the secrets of her past. Now she goes to a private school, hangs out with the popular crew and plays as one of the star soccer players on the team. When people discover a girl’s body at the lake, Kay’s secrets come out from the dark. The dead girl left behind a computer for Kay to decode, and, as things start to unravel, Kay finds suspects that may be connected to the murder investigation. Kay will do whatever it takes to find the truth and survive at the same time. (Photo/Amazon)

Ship It by Britta Lundin

Claire is a fangirl obsessed with the show Demon Heart. When she meets an actor, Forest, from the show at a local comic-con, it seems like a dream come true. Hearing that his character in the show is not having a gay romance with another character on the show, Claire can’t believe it. She also can’t believe the actor she built up in her mind as a hero has turned out to be rude in real life. When people hear that Forest is not gay in the show, his PR crew sets out to clear his image in the LGBTQ community. But when they ask Claire to join them as part of the cast to help boost his image, Forest comes to terms with his views of others, and he decides to help Claire come to terms with her own sexuality. (Photo/Amazon)

Alyssa Herzbrun, a senior at American Heritage, is in her third year of newspaper. She currently edits the opinion section of the newspaper and is a Co-Assistant Editor-in-Chief. On the weekends, Alyssa loves to volunteer at places like Broward Outreach Center, Ronald McDonald House and Feeding South Florida. Alyssa is an avid reader. Over the summer she read a book every day but school is interfering with her reading streak. She also loves to clog (not the toilet but the dance). Alyssa is looking for a great year and hopes to meet many opinionated people.

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