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Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things

Jacqueline Firkins

Firkins' charming debut about first love and second chances is a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. Three years after her mother’s death, 17-year-old Edie leaves foster care to live in Mansfield, MA with her wealthy aunt and uncle and their two spoiled daughters, forceful Maria and boy-crazy Julia. All Edie wants to do is study hard and secure a scholarship to college. But as she dives into schoolwork, she's distracted by two boys: the sweet and smart next-door neighbor Sebastian and handsome Henry, the local bad boy. Both are trouble, but Edie can’t help from being caught between them!

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The Pretenders

Rebecca Hanover

Emma must figure out who she really is, decide between two boys with the same face, and stop a dangerous plan based on revenge in Hanover’s thrilling sequel to The Similars (2019). She's still reeling from the events of her junior year at Darkwood Academy. Shockingly, Emma's best friend Oliver is alive, but new love Levi (Oliver’s clone) is imprisoned on an isolated island with his mad scientist father, Dr. Gravelle. After she makes a shattering self-discovery and Gravelle's sinister plot is revealed, Emma realizes she must stop him before he destroys everyone she loves.

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Safe Harbour

Christina Kilbourne

In Kilbourne’s (Detached, 2016) latest, Harbour Mandrayke, a home-schooled teen from Florida is living in a tent in a Toronto ravine with her dog, a two-month supply of tuna, and her dad's quirky summer reading list. She's waiting for her him to arrive at the helm of their home, a thirty-six-foot sailboat. But as summer slips into fall with no sign of her father and her money running out, Harbour must face reality and accept the help of a homeless teen, Lise. She teaches Harbour how to survive on the streets while trying to unravel her mysterious past. But if Harbour tells her anything, the consequences could be catastrophic!

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