It’s that time of the year! The time when we try—and fail—to choose only ten favorite books of the year. Because we hate/suck at following the rules, we are going to mention our 14 favorite books of 2017. Five of Claudia’s favorite books and ten of my (Diana’s) favorite books because I tried choosing five but unlike my sister, I have attachment issues and my love cannot be contained in a list of five books. And no, I’m not an idiot and I know five plus ten is fifteen but we share a favorite book so that’s fourteen books total.
The unrequited love of the girl next door is the centerpiece of this fiercely funny, yet heart-breaking debut novel.
Fifteen-year-old Matt Wainwright is in turmoil. He can’t tell his lifelong best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her; his promising basketball skills are being overshadowed by his attitude on the court, and the only place he feels normal is in English class, where he can express his inner thoughts in quirky poems and essays. Matt is desperately hoping that Tabby will reciprocate his feelings; but then Tabby starts dating Liam Branson, senior basketball star and all-around great guy. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough; but, as Matt soon discovers, he’s close to losing everything that matters most to him.
Humorous and heart-wrenching, A Short History of the Girl Next Door is perfect for readers who fell in love with All the Bright Places’ Finch or Stargirl’s Leo.