Matched

From Gina Scaglione
Title:  Matched
Author:  Ally Condie
This is the first book in a trilogy. It is very much like The Giver in that it is based on the concept of a “perfect” society. The difference is that this one has a female main character as well as a love triangle twist to make it perfect for female and older readers. I am already on the second book and living that one too. A must-read!

The Kingdom of Childhood

From  Rosemarie Jerome
Author:   Rebecca  Coleman
The Kingdom of Childhood
Judy McFarland and Zach Patterson are drawn to each other by needs that start out innocent but quickly turn into something much darker.  Sexual obsession drives a 40 year old wife, mother and teacher to statutory rape and her 16 year old victim to feeling guilt, remorse, anger and self loathing but unable to stop the cycle.  It is a disturbing and twisted situation and even though you get to see both sides of the story it is hard to sympathize with a woman whose past certainly corrupted her.  Powerful and haunting, this controversial book leaves you questioning what secrets are hidden behind the normal facade of everyday life. This is definitely a book to use for discussion groups that don’t mind dealing with this difficult topic.

Twilight

From Mary Polito
author: Meyer, Stephanie
Twilight
The book Twilight is about a young girl who is a little unsure about herself and moves to a new town to live with her father.  She begins a new  school and meets Edward who is amazingly beautiful to her however he seems different from all the other high school kids.  Slowly she starts to  get to know him and finds out his secret.  He is a vampire.  She is not afraid of him but starts to fall in love with him.  He tries to avoid her but he is also mystified by her.  The book follows their relationship and all its ups and downs.