Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo is a must-read for any teen who struggles with getting along with parents, navigating a first romance, and learning how to express themselves. Written in verse it is a quick read and is difficult to put down. I read it in one sitting on a road trip to Boise this summer! It is really that good. Come check it out!
Proof of Heaven is a fascinating non-fiction story about a neurosurgeon who finds himself waking up from a coma. It talks of his journey with a disease in his brain and overcoming tremendous odds. A very interesting non-fiction read!
New and noteworthy books
Educated by Tara Westover is her memoir of being raised by survivalists in the mountains of Idaho. She wanted a new life and this is her journey to finding herself and how to receive an education. She goes on to earn a PhD and work to change the trajectory of her future.
Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Ben Pasek, and Justin Paul is the novel version of the hit Broadway Show. “A simple lie leads to complicated truths in this big-hearted coming-of-age story of grief, authenticity, and the struggle to belong in an age of instant connectivity and profound isolation.”
Kelly Jensen’s (Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation About Mental Health talks about what it means to understand mental health to 33 actors, athletes, writers, and artists. If you have ever struggled with your mental health, or know someone who has, come on in, turn the pages…and let’s get talking.