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Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading, especially when it's too hot and sticky to even think about leaving the house. Here are a few books that I would consider great reads when you're on a long car ride, at the beach or stuck at home on those buggy, humid days.
It's a testament to David Levithan's writing ability that the premise of "Every Day" is not the best thing about it. With A, the genderless, precocious protagonist, as guide and narrator, Levithan asks deep, provocative questions about the nature of self while maintaining the bluntly emotional voice of a teenager trying to find their place in the world. The combination of beautiful writing, a fascinating premise and a realistic (as realistic as possible, anyway) plotline is the foundation of this extraordinary book.
At first glance, "A Girl Named Digit” by Annabel Monagham seems like a typical teen book about a quirky but lovable protagonist trying to "fit in” in a hostile high school environment. However, it becomes a bit more exciting because the protagonist is a girl with superhuman math skills who has to crack codes and fight terrorists. Don't get your hopes up, though, because your first impression was still correct. Although the premise of math genius-ness and spies may sound exciting, the book is, at heart, just another high school drama.
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