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Outstanding Books for the College Bound: Titles and Programs for a New Generation


By Angela Carstensen, Angela Cartensen

Connecting teens to books they'll truly enjoy is the aim of every young adult librarian, and the completely revamped guide Outstanding Books for the College Bound will give teen services staff the leg up they need to make it happen.


Listing nearly 200 books deemed outstanding for teh college bound by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), this indispensable resource * Examines how teh previous lists in the series were developed, and explains the book's new layout * Features engaging, helpful book descriptions useful for readers' advisory * Offers programming tips and other ideas for ways the lists can be used at schools and public libraries * Includes indexes searchable by topic, year, title, and author More than simply a vital collection development tool, this book can help librarians help young adults grow into the kind of independent readers and thinkers who will flourish at college.


Against Machismo: Young Adult Voices in Mexico City


BY Ramirez Ramirez

Based on fieldwork conducted among middle-class university students primarily at the national university (UNAM) in Mexico City, this study explores gender relations as reflected in the words macho and machismo. The author concludes that the students use them to denote aspects of their families of origin that they consider unfavorable and aspects of the cultural past that they wish to leave behind in their own lives.


In capturing the lively and revealing conversations of these young voices, the author offers a compelling analysis of how gender concepts and identities are changing in contemporary Mexico City. Josue Ramirez received his PhD in anthropology from Brown University. He was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard, an instructor at MIT, and a lecturer in anthropology at Northeastern University. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth."


Life is What you Make It


By Preeti Shenoy

Life Is What You Make It is a story about a young female protagonist whose life gets shaken by her destiny in a highly unexpected manner. Set across two Indian cities in 1989, the story begins when Ankita is shown to be reading letters that she exchanged with Vaibhav. And here onward, the reader is taken on a flashback story that relates the life of Ankita and how she ended up in a hospital.


Ankita is in her twenties and belongs to a conservative middle class family. Her parents are so strict that they do not even like her being friends with guys. She is a smart, career-oriented, confident, young, attractive, sweet, and happy go lucky girl. She has lots of friends and is wooed by many boys at her college. Her college life is what every youngster dreams of but Ankita does not underestimate the importance of studies as well. She secures a seat in a leading management school. She is one of the most happening girls in the college. However, at times she is haunted by some issues that she faced in her past. Life seems to be sailing smooth for Ankita until one fine day when she is admitted to a mental hospital. Life suddenly snatches everything that Ankita had in her world in a cruel twist of fate. How did things change so badly? How will Ankita take this sudden blow of destiny? Will she survive it? Will she ever be able to live a normal life?

A love story at heart, this tale of unconquerable human spirit shows how Ankita does not succumb to her destiny and decides to fight back. It is an inspiring and moving account of determination and faith as Ankita challenges what destiny throws at her. It is a story that makes the reader question the very concepts of sanities and teaches the fact that life is what one makes of it. Moreover, the simple language and narration of Life Is What You Make It emphasizes that problems are never permanent and it is one’s spirit that can carve the path to one’s life.


Will You Still Love Me?


By RAVINDER SINGH

There is more to love than just loving . . . It is also a promise Lavanya Gogoi is from the scenic hills of Shillong while Rajveer Saini belongs to the shahi city of Patiala. Worlds apart from one another, the two land up next to each other on a flight from Mumbai to Chandigarh. It's love at first flight, at least for one of them. For the other . . . well, it's going to take more than a plane ride! And when love does finally happen, there are more obstacles to overcome.


Rajveer has to stand up against his own if he and Lavanya are to be together. However, life has other plans. Things go horribly wrong and Rajveer now has to fight a different battle-one in which he is the devil as well as the deliverer. His love for Lavanya will be put to the ultimate test. And there are no guarantees. This book is deeply moving, disturbingly close to reality, and love at its worst and its best.


This is not Your Story


By Savi Sharma

Sometimes, you do not write your story, it writes you. You don't choose your story, it chooses you. But would you believe it if someone told you, 'This is Not Your Story'? Would you have the courage to rewrite it? Shaurya, a CA student. This is his story of following his dreams. Miraya, an interior designer. This is her story of believing in love. Anubhav, an aspiring entrepreneur. This is his story of giving life another chance. After her record-breaking debut novel Everyone Has A Story, Savi Sharma tells a transforming tale of courage, hope and self-discovery.

About the Author - Savi Sharma Is a simple girl from Surat who left her CA studies to become a Storyteller. She self-published her inspirational novel, 'Everyone has a Story' which was acquired later by Westland Publishers. More than 100,000 copies of her debut novel were sold in less than four months, making it India's fastest selling debut novel. 'This is Not Your Story' is her second step on her mission to inspire and touch millions of lives. She is also co-founder of motivational media blog 'Life & People' where she writes about law of attraction, positivity, spirituality, traveling and storytelling. She loves observing people in cafe where she often searches her stories. She has a secret list of 100 wishes which she wants to fulfill in this one life time.


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