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Relationships are hard! These YA novels explore the complexities of the different relationships that define us and add richness to our lives.

The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Schotle 

Tempe lives in a post-apocalyptic world after the Great Waves destroyed her planet.  People now survive by living on man-made floating cities. Tempe dives every day into the lost world below the water in search of anything of value to trade for Notes. With the Notes Tempe earns, she will be able to go to the research facility on the island of Palindromena, where scientists have found a way to bring the dead back to life for 24 hours. Tempe wants to resurrect her dead sister, Elysea, hoping to find out what happened the night their parents died. Of course, nothing goes as planned. Once revived, Elysea convinces Tempe to break her out of the research facility so they can find out the truth about what happened to their parents. As the sisters race to find answers, they are tracked by two Palindromena employees who must find Elysea before her 24 hours are up.  Available in the Libby App.

Recommended for Young Adults, Adults, and those who enjoy fantasy.

Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett 

Simone is starting her life over. She loves her new school, is making real friends, and is the student director of her school’s play, Rent. And she’s falling for Miles. The last thing she wants is for people to find out she’s HIV-positive because the one time Simone trusted someone with her secret, she was betrayed. But as things get serious with Miles, Simone struggles with whether or not to tell him she’s positive, especially as their relationship deepens and evolves into the possibility of something more. And then someone leaves a note in Simone’s locker threatening to tell everyone she’s HIV-positive unless she breaks it off with Miles. Does Simone give in to the threat, or does she have the courage to live her life on her own terms?  Available in Libby App.

Recommended for Young Adults, Adults, and those who enjoy contemporary and LGBT fiction.

Birthday by Meredith Russo 

Born on the same day at the same time during a snowstorm, Eric and Morgan were destined to be best friends.  Starting with their thirteenth birthday, we see them struggle to understand who they are and who they are meant to be and how this affects the relationships with their family, their friends, and with each other. Through the years of self-doubt and uncertainty, the one thing that remains constant is the deep bond they share and how that’s the one thing they can always count on.  Available in the Libby App.

Recommended for Young Adults, Adults, and those who enjoy LGBT fiction.


Hello everyone! I’m Amy and I am a Youth Services Librarian at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. When I’m not trying to reach my reading goal for the year, I like to talk about what I’m reading to my family, friends, and coworkers. You could say I am a little obsessed with reading Young Adult books. I enjoy most genres, but my favorites include: Westerns, Historical Fiction, Contemporary, Fantasy, and Mystery. I am always looking for the next great book that makes me connect to its characters and hits me in the feels.