Books for any fiction fan


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“Clan of the Cave Bear” by Jean M. Auel

A treasured historical fiction novel, “Clan Of the Cave Bear” is about a girl named Ayla who is found wandering as a child. Ayla is adopted by Neanderthals and is accepted as one of their own. She grows up with a wider perspective on life, whereas the Neanderthals cannot think beyond their primitive state and punish her for doing otherwise. This book expands the reader’s views on early humans and opens up the mind to situations you’d typically never stop to think about. I would recommend this book to those who like learning about the adventures of a young girl trying to navigate her life through unplanned circumstances.

“Freak the Mighty” by Rodman Philbrick

This novel highlights the perils of Max and Kevin, otherwise known by their duo name, Freak the Mighty. Max was a lonely boy who was shamed by everyone because of his unimaginable height and clumsiness. A boy named Kevin (also known as Freak) comes along with his tiny frame and becomes Max’s inseparable companion. This book helps the reader realize the importance of friendship and never ceasing to seek the impossible. If you’re looking for a pick-me-up novel to quench your literary thirst, Freak the Mighty provides a healthy dose of a much needed break from real life and encapsulates you in the lives of best friends trying to live their lives.

“It’s Kind of a Funny Story “by Ned Vizzini

Craig Gilner is an eager boy who attends the prestigious Manhattan’s Exclusive Pre-Professional High School. He falls into depression after his classmates’ competitive nature doesn’t match with his struggling grades. After a failed suicide attempt, he chooses to check himself into a psychiatric hospital and spends the duration of the novel finding the roots of his problems. Many who suffer from depression are able to relate and confide in such a heartbreaking book about Craig’s inner demons.

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is an otherworldly novel based on vintage photographs that add a mysterious and captivating effect to the story. The protagonist, Jacob Portman, departs to Wales after his grandfather’s death. There, he discovers a hidden world filled with children possessing superhuman abilities. If you’re interested in  macabre fantasy, this wondrous novel is best suited for those who find joy in reading about adventurous upbringings and the supernatural.

“The Leaving” by Tara Altebrando

This mystery-filled novel revolves around the lives of five teenagers who were kidnapped and forgotten until they came back searching for answers. The teens discover one of the most thrilling encounters in their lives and adds an air of mystery to the overall plot. “The Leaving” has been my personal favorite fiction book, and its captivating characters keep you flipping pages down to the last one. This book is great for a cozy night while you’re snuggled in a blanket and ready to read an engaging fiction novel.