Once upon a time, Bec, Rachel and I were on Skype discussing top secret things like the latest unicorn conspiracies and the blog, when Bec mentioned how it would be kind of cool to show people what books we really liked. Although it’s not a unique feature, we are unique people with unique tastes and would love to share our favorites with you. So without further ado, here are our favorite books featuring a character who finds him/herself starting over. (Just in time for the new year!
What? It’s January 24th? Hush.)
Release Date: March 31st 2015
Genres: Family, Friendship, General, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.
It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for a year, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?
Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.
Release Date: September 5th 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.
Full of rage and without a purpose, former pianist Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone discovering her past and to make the boy who took everything from her pay.
All 17 year-old Josh Bennett wants is to build furniture and be left alone, and everyone allows it because it’s easier to pretend he doesn’t exist. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.
Everyone except Nastya, a hot mess of a girl who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. The more he gets to know her, the more of a mystery she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he may ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding or if he even wants to.
The Sea of Tranquility is a slow-building, character-driven romance about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.
THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY fits the fresh start theme in two different ways. Firstly, it pulled me out of a reading slump. The writing was so gorgeous and addictive. Exactly what I needed at the time. Secondly, the story follows Nastya as she arrives at a new school trying to escape a traumatic event in her recent past, and Josh, who is known as the guy who lost all his family at once and wants to escape that title. Over the course of the novel these two help each other come to terms with their life and they start to heal. Also the romance is amazing. If you want to see more of my thoughts on THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY my review is here.
Release Date: November 7th, 2006
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Family
High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own — populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.
Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.
The Book of Lost Things is a coming of age novel of sorts that explores the consequences of the narrator David’s mother’s death for David. David is thrown into an alternate world where all of the fairy tales are true in a dark, twisted way. It is interesting to watch David navigate this new world and confront all of his fears and emotions about his real life. David has multiple fresh starts in this book, one of them being the sudden entrance to a new world where he is virtually unknown, and another being his attempts to adjust to his new life without his mother.