"Sometime in the future of an altered, broken America, Lena feels lucky to live in the safety of Portland, Maryland, and benefit from the structure of governmental rules and regulations. More importantly, Lena looks forward to turning eighteen and undergoing the surgery that will prevent her from ever contracting amor deliria nervosa, or the disease known as love. Lena is desperate for the Cure so that her painful childhood memories will be dulled to the point of indifference, and she will be left with the proper, passive existence of the Cured. Then, Alex comes into her life. He is a young man from the wrong side of the electrified fence, a member of the resistance, the one person who makes her feel beautiful and special. Can they hide their growing feelings from watchful eyes or will Lena wind-up losing everything—her life and her love?" (BarnesAndNoble)
"Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.
This improbable story of Christopher's quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years. Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother." (BarnesAndNoble)
"Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective…but there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a story about what it’s like to travel that strange course through the uncharted territory of high school: the world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends...of sex, drugs, and the rocky horror picture show...of those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up." (BarnesAndNoble)
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