Jessica Afrin, Bookseller

FAVORITE GENRE? 

I am a huge fan of young adult contemporary fiction, and graphic novels for all ages. Plus, these days I've been dipping my toes into the adult romance pool. 

WHAT'S THE LAST BOOK YOU READ THAT MADE YOU CRY?

It's not hard to make me cry, but "Who I Was With Her" by Nita Tyndall--about a high school girl grieving a girlfriend no one knew she was dating--got me right from the start. It reminded me a lot of Nina LaCour's books, which ALWAYS make me cry.

WHAT'S THE LAST BOOK YOU READ THAT MADE YOU LAUGH? 

"Dimension Why: How to Save the Universe Without Really Trying" by John Cusick. A wild, hilarious middle grade sci-fi adventure about a 21st-century girl who finds herself in the 31st-century and teams up with a boy who has never explored the world outside his apartment. Together, they brave outer space, meet interdimensional beings, and save the universe.

DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL READING EXPERIENCE

Middle of the day, no other obligations, comfy couch, soft blanket.

DO YOU HAVE ANY COMFORT READS?

I tend not to reread books, because there are SO MANY new ones all the time(!), but I routinely return to "Hyperbole and a Half" by Allie Brosh when I can't sleep, and "My Most Excellent Year" by Steve Kluger... I don't even have enough words to express how much I love this book. I am a huge sucker for epistolary novels, and this one is about three high school kids in their freshman year. There's baseball, there's Broadway, there's all the anxieties and embarrassments and thrills of crushes and young love. Truly one of my all-time favorites. (If you also love the back-and-forth of letters, emails, IMs, etc.--all the fun that can pop up in an epistolary work--I highly recommend Jaclyn Moriarty's Australian-set Ashbury/Brookfield Series, which includes "Feeling Sorry for Celia" and "The Year of Secret Assignments.")

Book Recommendations: 
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$18.99
ISBN: 9781534448636
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon Pulse - August 11th, 2020

Tweet Cute: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250237323
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Published: Wednesday Books - January 21st, 2020

Cemetery Boys Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250250469
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Swoon Reads - September 1st, 2020

Everything Leads to You Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142422946
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Speak - May 5th, 2015

Monument 14 (Monument 14 Series #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250027382
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Published: Square Fish - May 28th, 2013

From the Desk of Zoe Washington Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062875853
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 14th, 2020

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women Cover Image
By Rey Terciero, Bre Indigo (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316522885
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 5th, 2019

Check, Please! Book 1: # Hockey Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250177964
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: First Second - September 18th, 2018

One to Watch: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525510444
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - July 7th, 2020

You Know I'm No Good Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062957085
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Published: Quill Tree Books - October 13th, 2020