Young Adult author Nicola Yoon was recently named a 2015 Publishers Weekly Flying Start for her first novel, Everything, Everything; her second novel, The Sun Is Also a Star, was named a National Book Award finalist. Everything, Everything, which contains illustrations by her husband, David, a graphic designer, was sparked when she to imagine what it would be like if a 17-year-old needed the same level of protection as a newborn, and what her mother would have to be like too. Teens Natasha and Daniel question the possibility of fate and destiny during one intense day of interactions and coincidences (or are they?) in New York City in The Sun Is Also a Star. Guest host and local YA author Sara Wolf (Forget Me Always) will guide Nicola in exploring the kinds of life questions teens are engaged in .
Natasha: I m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won t be my story.
Daniel: I ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?
The story of a teenage girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.
It s been nineteen days since Isis Blake forgot about "him." The boy she can't quite remember. She's stuck in the hospital with a turban-size bandage on her head, more Jell-o than a human being should ever face, and a tiny bit of localized amnesia. Her only goal? To get out of this place before she becomes a complete nutjob herself.
But as Isis s memories start to return, she realizes there s something important there at the edges of her mind. Something that may mean the difference between life and death. Something about Sophia, Jack s girlfriend.
Jack Hunter the Ice Prince remembers everything. Remembers Isis's purple hair and her smart-ass mouth. Remembers that for a little while, Isis made him feel human. She made him "feel." She burned a hole in the ice and it's time to freeze back up. Boys like him don't deserve girls like her. Because Jack is dangerous. And that danger might be the only thing protecting her from something far more threatening.
Seventeen-year-old Violet s entire life has revolved around one thing: becoming Erica Silverman, an heiress kidnapped at age five and never seen again. Violet s father, the best con man in Las Vegas, has a plan, chilling in its very specific precision. Violet shares a blood type with Erica; soon, thanks to surgery and blackmail, she has the same face, body, and DNA. She knows every detail of the Silvermans lives, as well as the PTSD she will have to fake around them. And then, when the time is right, she reappears Erica Silverman, brought home by some kind of miracle. But she is also Violet, and she has a job: Stay long enough to steal the Silverman Painting, an Old Master legendary in the Vegas crime world.