North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
Terra Rose has two main objectives: 1) hide the port-wine birthmark that covers half of her face and 2) finish high school and escape to “a college far, far away” from her abusive father. But after her dad derails her plans, Terra feels lost, and it’s not until gorgeous Goth-boy Jacob comes into her life that she begins to see things differently. This emotional story about true beauty and inner strength includes fascinating details about geocaching (GPS-enabled treasure-hunting) and a life-changing trip to China.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to spend her senior year at a boarding school in Paris? Anna Oliphant, that’s who. Besides barely speaking French, Anna is perfectly happy at home in Atlanta, Georgia. But Anna’s father insists, so Paris it is. And Anna does warm up to the city…especially after she meets gorgeous Étienne St. Clair, who seems to return her interest but already has a girlfriend. With vivid descriptions of Paris throughout, this witty, romantic read filled with great characters and winning dialogue will make Sarah Dessen fans swoon.
Perry’s Killer Play List by Joe Schreiber
When Perry ends up in Venice on a European tour with his band Inchworm, he can’t resist a visit to Harry’s Bar, where Gobi told him she’d meet him someday. The last time he saw Gobi, five people were assassinated one crazy night in New York City. Well . . . Gobi shows up, and once again Perry is roped into a wild, nonstop thrill ride with a body count. Double crossings, kidnappings, CIA agents, arms dealers, boat chases in Venetian canals, and a shootout in the middle of a Santa Claus convention ensue.