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Summary: Aza lives in the fairy tale world of Ayortha where only two things matter: how well you sing and how pretty you are. Aza is no traditional beauty, but when the new queen discovers Aza’s hidden singing talent – the ability to throw her voice so it sounds like it’s coming from anywhere in the room – the queen decides to use Aza’s skill to her advantage. With Aza forced to lie to everyone, especially kind Prince Ijori, life at the royal court proves to be harder and more ominous than she could have anticipated.
Why I like it: Aza is an excellent main character who focuses on the traits she wishes she possessed (beauty) instead of the talents she has (singing). Her insecurities reflect the way all of us have felt at some point, even when people tell us how special we are. Levine adds in a little bit of magic and the perfect amount of romance (the staircase scene remains the most romantic scene I have ever read in any book!), culminating in a book that reminds its readers the importance of finding the people who love you the way you are.
Three words or phrases that describe this book: self-acceptance, feminist fairy tale, empowering
You might want to pick this book if you: Enjoy fairy tale retellings (this book is a take on Snow White, with some The Ugly Duckling thrown in), strong female characters, or monarchy political intrigue. Fairest also shares minor characters with Levine’s best-known work, Ella Enchanted, so if you enjoyed the movie adaptation, this is a great way to stay in the world of Kyrria a bit longer. A prequel also came out in 2008 titled Ogre Enchanted.
Recommended by Whitney Horn.
by Cecil Castellucci
Summary: After a deadly incident rocks her hometown of Metro City, Jane and her family relocate to a small town in suburbia to escape danger and fear and start anew. Jane is the new girl at school and isn’t sure where she will—or wants to—fit in. When she meets the other Janes, each is unique and talented in their own way, so she knows they are meant to be friends. An exciting and secret project that they come up with together changes their town of Kent Waters, causing mixed reactions but changing the Janes and bringing them, and the town, together. A story about the power of art and friendship, overcoming fear, and dealing with change.
Why I like it: I love how each of the Janes is so different and yet they form a cohesive group. This book is about girls supporting each other and appreciating each other’s talents, in addition to navigating the sometimes-brutal world that is high school. Although this book was published in 2007, I feel like a lot of the themes--coping with fear, learning to heal--are relevant today.
Three words or phrases that describe this book: fast-paced, exciting, relatable
You might want to pick this book if you: like graphic novels or art in general, stories about friendship, and books about girls coming up with cool ideas!
Recommended by Molly Vazquez.