Staff Pick: The Year of the Beasts

From goodreads:
Every summer the trucks roll in, bringing the carnival and its infinite possibilities to town. This year Tessa and her younger sister Lulu are un-chaperoned and want to be first in line to experience the rides, the food... and the boys. Except this summer, jealousy will invade their relationship for the first time, setting in motion a course of events that can only end in tragedy, putting everyone's love and friendship to the test.

Pick it: For its unique format (the chapters alternate between traditional prose and graphic novel) and for its fresh take on the "summer romance" novel.

Skip it: If you are looking for a typical summer romance novel! This one goes to dark, sad, and twisty places, so if you're in the mood for a Nick Sparks read-alike, this is not the book for you.

Pair with: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, another book about betrayal and tragedy, set in a different season.

Reviewed by: Melissa


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