“In a smart, entertaining, reassuring book, Alexandra Robbins manages to cross Gossip Girl with Freaks and Geeks and explain the fascinating psychology behind popularity and outcasthood. She reveals that the things that set students apart in high school are the things that help them stand out later in life.
Robbins follows seven real people grappling with the uncertainties of high school social life: The Loner, The Popular [W]itch, The Nerd, The New Girl, The Gamer, The Weird Girl, and The Band Geek. She intertwines these narratives—often triumphant, occasionally heartbreaking, and always captivating—with essays exploring the secrets of popularity; why being excluded doesn't mean there's anything wrong with you; why outsiders succeed; and how schools make the social scene worse, and what they can do about it.” (BarnesAndNoble.com)
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children:
“A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.” (BarnesAndNoble.com)