The best books that are just the right flavor of experimental prose

The Books I Picked & Why

Dearest Josephine

By Caroline George

Dearest Josephine

Why this book?

Not only does this have a ton of timelines and things to keep track of, but it’s a beautiful love story that you can’t help but turn the pages quickly. It’s the perfect match for someone who likes all things Jane Austen and are wanting something with a little bit more of a modern feel to that.


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Legend of the Storm Sneezer

By Kristiana Sfirlea

Legend of the Storm Sneezer

Why this book?

If you love time travel, ghosts, and all things paranormal, this book is the best read I had in 2020. It’s got so many moving elements, and yet, the author makes everything work. It’s great for readers of Jessica Townsend’s books and who love the out-of-this-world humor the author has. She seriously has one of the most distinctive voices known to man.


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They Both Die at the End

By Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the End

Why this book?

I can’t say enough good things about this book. Not only is the concept absolutely something I wish I could’ve come up with on my own (but I’m not cool enough to), it confronts a hard subject in such a fun way. Plus you cannot help but root for the two main characters and hope that they somehow evade death.


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A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

By Holly Jackson

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

Why this book?

Told through interviews, prose, and text messages, we watch a small-town murder mystery come to life when the Nancy Drew-esque detective resurrects a murder case that happened years ago that doesn’t quite sit right with her. I love the characters and it was intriguing to dive into a YA Mystery that doesn’t quite read like all the others. Highly recommend the second one in the series as well.


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To Night Owl from Dogfish

By Holly Goldberg Sloan, Meg Wolitzer

To Night Owl from Dogfish

Why this book?

For fans of the Parent Trap, I highly recommend this read. Told all through emails, we get to see the lives of two campers—and their fathers—intertwine. You can’t help but fall in love with all the characters of this story and root for them as their schemes for romance get foiled. The voice is so fun and I can’t wait to see what else this author puts out.


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