I love action/adventure in my reading material (I'm currently working my way through the Game of Thrones series of epic fantasy novels, uh, because I like the HBO show), but I'm also a fan of True Moments. That sounds like a line of cheesy figurines or something, but what I'm referring to are those instances in books where you're like, "I've felt that. I KNOW what this is like." These three books? They deliver The Real.
♥ The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George (pictured). Two girls in lust or love; one is out, one is in the closet. George gets the small (intimate, swoony, painful) moments exactly right.
♥ Boy21 by Matthew Quick. A quiet, thoughtful basketball player with a secret sadness in his past is assigned to watch over the new kid on the team -- a star athlete who suffered a tragedy and now insists he's an alien. This book will make you cry the good kinds of tears.
♥ The List by Siobhan Vivian. Who's on the list of Prettiest and Ugliest girls in the school this year? Eight girls, each of whom is affected differently and in a very authentic way. You'll care about every single one of them.
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