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Jeff Povey creates such awesome, relatable characters teenagers my age can really relate with, and his modern-day setting near London was really easy to visualise.

First Love

“First Love,” with its haiku-like evocations of grotty British cityscapes, its fine ear for the ways in which love inverts itself into cruelty, its preference for scrupulous psychological detail over grandiose epic sweep, is a stellar example of this tradition, and proof of its continued vitality.

Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth

Where “Scars of Independence” scours the wounds, it rushes the reckoning promised by its title: the suturing together of this battered body politic, and the subsequent bleaching of the bloody national fabric.

York: The Shadow Cipher

This is a fun novel, full of cool puzzles to be cracked, a scavenger hunt, with kid characters that shine and a twist ending that left my mouth hanging on the floor.

The End of Eddy

“The End of Eddy,” however, is not just a remarkable ethnography. It is also a mesmerizing story about difference and adolescence, one that is far more realistic than most.

Do I Make Myself Clear?: Why Writing Well Matters

As a master editor and distinguished author, Evans is well qualified to instruct us on how to write well. But can he delight us in the process? After reading this book, I can affirm that the answer is yes. For the most part. Up to a point.

Woman No. 17: A Novel

Edan Lepucki can write crazy good. But all in all I can't say that this was a fun read.

Bad Dreams and Other Stories

In Bad Dreams, Tessa Hadley explores what happens when her characters push those bounds.

The Baker's Secret

I loved Emma and all of the characters that people her village! Kiernan does a fantastic job bringing this small town and their small (and increasingly larger) acts of rebellion to life.

Into the Water: A Novel

Into the Water isn’t as slick or as clever – or as relatable – as The Girl on the Train, but it’s creepy enough, provided you can stay on top of the multiple voices and the deaths piling up through the centuries.

Broken River

An eminently readable but melodramatic story that dilutes its suspense with far-fetched metafiction.

Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century

Klosterman knows how to dig deep and retrieve solid answers from his subjects. They are well worth the time, even the ones involving artists you may have never even heard of before.

Between Them

This magical little book expands on all those thoughts, particularly the last of them, the question of “how we experience what we experience”.

Men Without Women: Stories

The mix of humour and melancholy in Murakami’s writing is extraordinary.

New Boy: Othello Retold (Hogarth Shakespeare)

Chevalier’s pointed retelling should be taught in creative writing schools across the English-speaking world.

The Marriage Bureau

A fascinating look at the matrimonial aspirations and frustrations of an earlier generation, with special focus on wartime London.

Random Road: Introducing Geneva Chase

Kies, himself a seasoned journalist, brings his narrative skills and experience to catapult Genie into a humdinger of a series hit.... Poisoned Pen Press, which enjoys a growing reputation for discovering and promoting new authors, stepped up to publish this gripping, often amusing novel.

Woman No. 17: A Novel

Woman No. 17 offers not only a propulsive plot but also important reflections on artistic creation, the lingering effects of bad mothers on their adult children, and the thorny question of how friends and family relate to their loved ones with disabilities.