Orchards by Holly Thompson

Orchards is about when Kana Goldberg is sent to visit her relatives in Japan after a girl in her middle school commits suicide. Once she gets there she keeps thinking of Ruth (That classmate) and wonders if she was partially to blame for driving Ruth to commit suicide. The book goes over the course of the summer dealing with the grief of someone dying to learning to live again. And that its ok to go a day without thinking of them. I also loved in this book how it really showed how your actions can effect other people even if at the moment you honestly thought they were harmless.

Overall really liked it (and not just because it was written in free verse which I love)

I borrowed this from my local library

Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert

“Kara hasn’t been back to Oak Park since the end of junior year, when a heroin overdose nearly killed her and sirens heralded her exit. Four years later, she returns to face the music. Her life changed forever back in high school: her family disintegrated, she ran around with a whole new crowd of friends, she partied a little too hard, and she fell in love with gorgeous bad-boy Adrian, who left her to die that day in Scoville Park….

Amid the music, the booze, the drugs, and the drama, her friends filled a notebook with heartbreakingly honest confessions of the moments that defined and shattered their young lives. Now, finally, Kara is ready to write her own.” – From Goodreads.com

In Ballads of Suburbia it starts off with Kara coming back Oak Park after being gone for 4 years since she overdosed and almost died from heron, then it flashes back to when she started high school, before she started drugs. Through the whole book it goes through the process from someone not doing drugs to being addicted. It’s not what I would call a light read. At all. I actually had to take breaks during reading it because of some of the things hitting home to me. But every page was worth it. It was simply amazing. After reading it I felt speechless. Even now after finishing it I can’t think of words that could properly describe it besides WOW.

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She’s So Dead to Us by Kieran Scott

Ally Ryan would rather be in Maryland. She would rather be anywhere, in fact, than Orchard Hill, site of her downfall. Well, not hers exactly—but when your father’s hedge fund goes south and all your friends lose their trust funds, things don’t look so sunny for you. Her mother moved her to Maryland to flee the shame, but now they’re moving back. Back to the country-club, new-car-every-year, my-family-came-over-on-the-Mayflower lifestyle that Ally has outgrown. One bright spot, however, is gorgeous, intense Jake Graydon. But it won’t be easy for the two of them to be together—not if his friends (her former friends) have anything to say about it. Is Ally ready to get thrown back into the drama of the life she left behind?

She’s So Dead to Us had the feeling of some of Kieran Scott’s other books, like The Non-Blonde Cheerleader series. It was overall a happy book but at the same time had some harder issues too, like what happens when all your old friends hate you when it wasn’t you who did anything. And of course there is a guy(or guys) which I happened to really love(Especially Jake 😀 ) Will probably end up rereading parts of it sometime in the future 🙂

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