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Riveted Reads: Week of 9/18

September 18, 2017
The Riveted Team
YA Fiction Is Our Addiction

Happy Monday!

This week we have an awesome collection of featured reads for you! We’re offering extended excerpts of five of our most highly anticipated September releases. Plus, in honor of last week’s release of the seventh and final book in the Michael Vey series, we’re offering the first book in the series as a full read! This is the perfect time for all you binge-readers to dive into Michael Vey’s journey!

Additionally, we have six other amazing full reads for your enjoyment. As you may know, the last week of September is Banned Books Week, but we wanted to honor our banned books all month-long. That’s why, during the month of September, most of our full reads will be banned books!

See below for more info on our featured reads:

Extended Excerpts

Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes


Victoria Cruz inhabits two worlds: In one, she is a rock star, thrashing the stage with her husky voice and purple-streaked hair. In the other, currently serving as her reality, Victoria is a shy teenager with overprotective Cuban parents, who sleepwalks through her life at the prestigious Evanston Academy. Unable to overcome the whole paralyzing-stage-fright thing, Victoria settles for living inside her fantasies, where nothing can go wrong and everything is set to her expertly crafted music playlists.

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Obsessed by Allison Britz


A brave teen recounts her debilitating struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder—and brings readers through every painful step as she finds her way to the other side—in this powerful and inspiring memoir.

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Autoboyography by Christina Lauren


The story of two boys who fall in love in a writing class—one from a progressive family and the other from a conservative religious community.

Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner cgoes against his better judgment and has a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. That’s where he notices Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.

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Feral Youth edited by Shaun David Hutchinson

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Ten teens choose to avoid their own personal truths and hide their secrets by creating a contest for who can tell the best stories. But they’ll soon realize that sometimes fiction can be more revealing than the truth ever could be.

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Last True Love Story by Brendan Kiely


From the critically acclaimed author of The Gospel of Winter and the coauthor of All American Boys comes a cool, contemplative spin on hot summer nights and the classic teen love story as two teens embark on a cross-country journey of the heart and soul.

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Full Read

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans


To everyone at Meridian High School, fourteen-year-old Michael Vey is nothing special, just the kid who has Tourette’s syndrome. But in truth, Michael is extremely special—he has electric powers. Michael thinks he is unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor has the same mysterious powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up with their abilities, and their investigation soon brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric teens—and through them, the world.

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Banned Books


Totally Joe by James Howe


“Everybody says you and Colin were kissing.”

“What? That’s ridiculous!”

“For heaven’s sake, Joe, if you and Colin want to kiss, you have every right to.”

“We did not kiss,” I told her.

Addie shrugged. “Whatever.”

What was it with my friends?

From the creator of The Misfits, the book that inspired NATIONAL NO NAME-CALLING WEEK, comes the story of Joe Bunch….

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Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez

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Jason Carrillo is a jock with a steady girlfriend, but he can’t stop dreaming about sex…with other guys.
Kyle Meeks doesn’t look gay, but he is. And he hopes he never has to tell anyone — especially his parents.
Nelson Glassman is “out” to the entire world, but he can’t tell the boy he loves that he wants to be more than just friends.

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Godless by Pete Hautman


“Why mess around with Catholicism when you can have your own customized religion?”
Fed up with his parents’ boring old religion, agnostic-going-on-atheist Jason Bock invents a new god — the town’s water tower. He recruits an unlikely group of worshippers: his snail-farming best friend, Shin, cute-as-a-button (whatever that means) Magda Price, and the violent and unpredictable Henry Stagg. As their religion grows, it takes on a life of its own. While Jason struggles to keep the faith pure, Shin obsesses over writing their bible, and the explosive Henry schemes to make the new faith even more exciting — and dangerous.

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Crank by Ellen Hopkins


Kristina Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble.

Then, Kristina meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul—her life.

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Tricks by Ellen Hopkins


Five troubled teenagers fall into prostitution as they search for freedom, safety, community, family, and love in this #1 New York Times bestselling novel from Ellen Hopkins.

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Wake by Lisa McMann


Janie has a gift…or maybe it’s a curse.

Janie gets sucked into other people’s dreams. It’s not a choice and she doesn’t mean to invade other people’s privacy, but that’s exactly what happens. When troublemaker Cabel starts taking an interest in Janie, she’s flattered, but she feels guilty that she knows his darkest secrets. Luckily, he doesn’t seem to mind and he doesn’t appear to be the problem kid everyone always assumed he is. But, when a scandal tears it’s way through school and Janie may be the only one who can find the truth, Cabel’s sudden interest makes a bit more sense…

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