The NYM-ACTUAL-Book Club

Not Your Mother's *Actual* Book Club
 (Ages 14+)
People are always asking us what book we are reading for Not Your Mother's Book Club, which is a TOTALLY REASONABLE question, considering we're called Not Your Mother's Book CLUB. But the truth of the matter is, for the last 5 years, this has been an author salon, only. NOT SO ANYMORE! Thanks to Anna, the newest member of our Books Inc. Palo Alto team, we are now launching Not Your Mother's ACTUAL Book Club, a book club that reads books! HIGH FIVES ALL AROUND! 
 So join us for what are sure to be amazingly fun meetings every 3rd Monday of the month at 6 PM at Books Inc. in Palo Alto.
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ISBN: 9780060094898
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 17th, 2003

September 2014 Selection: Sarah Byrnes and Eric have been friends for years. When they were
children, his fat and her terrible scars made them both outcasts. Later,
although swimming slimmed Eric, she stayed his closest friend.Now
Sarah Byrnes -- the smartest, toughest person Eric has ever known --
sits silent in a hospital. Eric must uncover the terrible secret she's
hiding, before its dark currents pull them both under.

ISBN: 9780670014019
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Published: Viking Children's Books - June 11th, 2014

August 2014 Selection: Mary Howard has always lived in the shadow of her powerful family. But
when she's married off to Henry Fitzroy, King Henry VIII's illegitimate
son, she rockets into the Tudor court's inner circle. Mary and "Fitz"
join a tight clique of rebels who test the boundaries of court's strict
rules with their games, dares, and flirtations. The more Mary gets to
know Fitz, the harder she falls for him, but is forbidden from seeing
him alone. The rules of court were made to be pushed...but pushing them
too far means certain death. Is true love worth dying for?

ISBN: 9781423159605
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Published: Hyperion Books - October 7th, 2013

Our June meeting welcomes special guest author Tamara Ireland Stone!

July 2014 Selection: Calling Anna and Bennett's romance long distance is an understatement: she's from 1995 Chicago and he's a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn't. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds.
It's not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they'll find a way to make things work...until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn't want?
Told from Bennett's point of view, "Time After Time "will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what's next for Time Between Us'sAnna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time. Praise for TIME BETWEEN US"A beautifully written, unique love story." --Melissa Marr, New York Times best-selling author of The Wicked Lovely series
"A warm, time-bending romance [that] will have readers rooting for the couple that keeps daring fate." --Publishers Weekly
"The story will hold readers with its twists and turns, present and future; its love, sadness, and anger; and especially, its surprising secrets." --"Booklist "
"a compelling story of love, fate, and consequences with plenty of sigh-worthy moments, this novel is the perfect choice for readers who want a romance that leaves them with something to think about when it's over. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"Romantic and passionate, Stone's debut novel is swoon-worthy...will resonate with readers who enjoy their romance mixed with adventure." -- School Library Journal
"Time Between Us is the very best kind of love story --heart-pounding, intense, and unputdownable!" -- Elizabeth Scott, author of Bloom and Perfect You

ISBN: 9780545627047
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Published: Point - April 28th, 2014

Our June meeting welcomes special guest author Kim Culbertson! June 2014 Selection: A deliciously charming novel about finding true love . . . and yourself. Nothing
ever happens in Little, CA. Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it.
But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star
turned PR mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Carter's town becomes a
giant glittery set and, much to her annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed
for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself
to get a glimpse of him. Which apparently makes her perfect for the
secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam's girlfriend while
he's in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty
paycheck. Her family really needs the money and so Carters agrees. But
it turns out Adam isn't at all who she thought he was. As they grow
closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what's real and
what's fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored
worlds - her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life
AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?

ISBN: 9780062014559
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - March 3rd, 2014

May 2014 Selection: From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes an extraordinary novel of fear, friendship, courage, and hope.Panic
began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of twelve thousand
people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was
nothing else to do.Heather never thought she would compete in
Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes
are high and the payoff is even higher. She'd never thought of herself
as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when
she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that
she is braver than she ever thought.Dodge has never been afraid
of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the
game; he's sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he's not the
only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.For
Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected
revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them--and the
knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the
most.Already optioned by Universal Pictures in a major deal, this
gritty, spellbinding novel captures both the raw energy of fear mixed
with excitement as well as the aching need to find a place to belong.

ISBN: 9780374324728
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 21st, 2013

Author Kristin Elizabeth Clark joins Not Your Mother's *Actual* Book Club for their April meeting! April 2014 Selection: From the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy. He's a
star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his
seemingly perfect match, Vanessa. But on the inside, Brendan struggles
to understand why his body feels so wrong--why he sometimes fantasizes
having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves. Is there even a name for
guys like him? Guys who sometimes want to be girls? Or is Brendan just a
freak? In "Freakboy"'s""razor-sharp verse, Kristin Clark folds
three narratives into one powerful story: Brendan trying to understand
his sexual identity, Vanessa fighting to keep her and Brendan's
relationship alive, and Angel struggling to confront her demons.

ISBN: 9780062203212
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - November 4th, 2013

March 2014 Selection: M. T. Anderson meets Cory Doctorow in this teen debut from #1 New
York Times bestseller Sean Williams, who also coauthors the
Troubletwisters series with Garth Nix.When a coded note promises
improvement--the chance to change your body any way you want, making it
stronger, taller, more beautiful--Clair thinks it's too good to be true,
but her best friend, Libby, falls into a deadly trap.With the
help of the school freak and a mysterious stranger, Clair races against
the clock and around the world to save Libby, even as every step draws
her deeper into a deadly world of cover-ups and conspiracies.Action and danger fuel this near-future tale of technology, identity, and the lengths one girl will go to save her best friend.

ISBN: 9780062207296
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - September 16th, 2013

February 2014 Selection: Magic, romance, and intrigue combine in The Burning Sky, the first
book in the Elemental Trilogy, for fans of Cinda Williams Chima and
Kristin Cashore. It all began with a ruined elixir and a bolt of lightning.
Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation--or
so she's been told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of
the Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the
most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a
suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl
with no training. Guided by his mother's visions and committed to
avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as
he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he makes the
terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been
only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the tyrant closing
in, Titus must choose between his mission--and her life.

ISBN: 9780763662585
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 9th, 2013

January 2014 Selection: From two-time Carnegie Medal winner Patrick Ness comes an enthralling
and provocative new novel chronicling the life -- or perhaps afterlife
-- of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world. A boy named
Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life
as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty,
starving. But alive. How is that possible? He "remembers" dying, his
bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And
where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he
lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family
moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is
overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What's going on?
And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid,
agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth
begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that
this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more
than just this. . . .

ISBN: 9781423176374
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Published: Disney Press - September 2nd, 2013

November 2013 Selection: "You have to kill him."Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military
base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door
and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain. Only
Em can complete the final instruction. She's tried everything to prevent
the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She
holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own
hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible
present-imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor
while war rages outside. Marina has loved her best friend James
since they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from
one of America's most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing
Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James's life
crumbles apart, and with it, Marina's hopes for their future. Marina
will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to
a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the
girl she once was. Em and Marina are in a race against time that only
one of them can win.

ISBN: 9781250030955
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 9th, 2013

October 2013 Selection: In Rainbow Rowell's "Fangirl," Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole
world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life--and
she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced
themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it's what
got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging
out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up
like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go. She doesn't want to.Now
that they're going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn't want to
be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort
zone. She's got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around
boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end
of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk
about words . . . And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's
loving and fragile and has never really been alone. For Cath, the
question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her
hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want
to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

ISBN: 9780399257605
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Published: Philomel Books - May 6th, 2013

August 2013 Selection: Stephen is used to invisibility. He was born that way. Invisible. Cursed.Elizabeth
sometimes wishes for invisibility. When you're invisible, no one can
hurt you. So when her mother decides to move the family to New York
City, Elizabeth is thrilled. It's easy to blend in there.Then
Stephen and Elizabeth meet. To Stephen's amazement, she can see him. And
to Elizabeth's amazement, she wants him to be able to see her--all of
her. But as the two become closer, an invisible world gets in their
way--a world of grudges and misfortunes, spells and curses. And once
they're thrust into this world, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how
deep they're going to go--because the answer could mean the difference
between love and death.From the critically acclaimed and bestselling
authors Andrea Cremer, who wrote the Nigthshade series, and David
Levithan, who wrote "Every Day "and co-wrote "Nick and Norah's Infinite
Playlist "with Rachel Cohen and "Will Grayson, Will Grayson "with John
Green, as well as many other novels, comes a remarkable story about the
unseen elements of attraction, the mortal risks of making yourself
known, and the invisible desires that live within us all.

ISBN: 9780670785605
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Published: Viking Children's Books - June 3rd, 2013

July 2013 Selection: Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have
been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where
they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline
wonders if perfect is good enough. Enter Theo, a super-ambitious
outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive
local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he
thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby. Emaline's
mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life,
and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to
realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that
Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of
her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of
the happily familiar world of Colby? Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?
Sarah Dessen's devoted fans will welcome this story of romance,
yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.

ISBN: 9780316194686
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 22nd, 2012

June 2013 Selection: Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother's
pushiness and her father's lack of interest tell her they're the last
people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard
picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. She doesn't know the
passengers inside, but they're the only people who won't judge her when
she asks them her most personal questions . . . like what it means that
she's falling in love with a girl.As her secret relationship becomes
more intense and her friends demand answers, Astrid has nowhere left to
turn. She can't share the truth with anyone except the people at thirty
thousand feet, and they don't even know she's there. But little does
Astrid know just how much even the tiniest connection will affect these
strangers' lives--and her own--for the better.In this truly original
portrayal of a girl struggling to break free of society's definitions,
Printz Honor author A.S. King asks readers to question "everything"--and
offers hope to those who will never stop seeking real love.

ISBN: 9780061914805
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 25th, 2013

May 2013 Selection: Period 8. An hour a day. You can hang out. You can eat your lunch.
You can talk. Or listen. Or neither. Or both. Nothing is off-limits. The
only rule is that you keep it real; that you tell the truth.Heller
High senior Paul Baum--aka Paulie Bomb--tells the truth. Not the "Wow,
that's an ugly sweater" variety of truth, but the other kind. The truth
that matters. It might be hard. It often hurts. But Paulie doesn't know
how not to tell it. When he tells his girlfriend Hannah the
life-altering, messed-up, awful truth, his life falls apart. The truth
can get complicated, fast.But someone in Period 8 is lying. And
Paulie, Hannah, and just about everyone else who stops by the safe haven
of the P-8 room daily are deceived. And when a classmate goes missing
and the mystery of her disappearance seeps beyond P-8 and into every
hour of the day, all hell breaks loose.

ISBN: 9780062023582
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - December 26th, 2011

April 2013 Selection: My wish is to fall cranium over Converse in dizzy daydream-worthy love.(If only it were that easy.)Marcie
has been dragged away from home for the summer--from Idaho to a family
summerhouse in New Hampshire. She's left behind her friends, a group of
freaks and geeks called the Leftovers, including her emo-rocker
boyfriend, and her father.By the time Labor Day rolls around,
Marcie suspects this "summer vacation" has become permanent. She has to
start at a new school, and there she leaves behind her Leftover status
when a cute boy brings her breakfast and a new romance heats up. But
understanding love, especially when you've watched your parents'
affections end, is elusive. What does it feel like, really? Can you even
know it until you've lost it?Love & Leftovers is a
beautifully written story of one girl's journey navigating family,
friends, and love, and a compelling and sexy read that teens will gobble
up whole.

ISBN: 9780062128027
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - January 28th, 2013

March 2013 Selection: Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in
London--working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not
to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever
proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she
learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island,
she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.Accompanied
by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic
castaway, Edward--both of whom she is deeply drawn to--Juliet travels to
the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has
experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as
humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is
killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific
curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments
and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island
falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius--and
madness--in her own blood.