Read It: Paperbacks With Heart

 Hardcovers are lovely, but paperbacks are, um, cheaper. They're a pain to wait for if you really, really need to read a book, but in case you missed any of these three, you're in for a treat. They're all new in paperback -- and they're all awesome. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (Simon & Schuster, pictured). When Amy's father dies, her mom decides to move the family from California to Connecticut. Amy is charged with the task of getting the family vehicle across the country, and Roger, the son of a family friend, is traveling with her. As Amy and Roger go from town to town, their cross-country drive becomes not only a hilarious and romantic-tension-filled car ride (with perfect playlists and road trip pics included), but also a healing journey for each of them as they work through their individual issues, break down walls and form a true friendship between rest stops and road motels. I loved this book!

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick (Little, Brown). Amber Appleton is a total oddball -- she lives with her mom on a school bus that she calls Hello Yellow and at times she has trouble finding meals for herself and her doting dog, Bobby Big Boy. But despite her dire situation, Amber has an unwavering optimism that is fresh and appealing. When her life is railroaded by tragedy, she struggles to remain a rock star of hope, and her emotional transformation is real and riveting.

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (Speak). When Lennie's older sister -- who has always been a star in Lennie's universe -- dies suddenly, Lennie is left afraid and overcome. She finds comfort in Lennie's boyfriend, Toby, and also in Joe, the new guy in town who's also a talented musician. But this isn't a story about a love triangle -- it's about Lennie finding her own way through her heart-wrenching grief. Love laughter through tears? This book will take you there.

Want more recommended reads? These are all out in paperback now too!