Your Neighbors Recommend...May 2022

Ever been curious what your neighbors are reading or watching? Here are just some of their suggestions! As we receive more recommendations, we'll post them here on the AFL Blog.

If you would like to suggest something you've loved to your neighbors, fill out our Your Neighbors Recommend form!

The Four Winds

by Kristin Hannah

"Amazing story of a woman living during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. She and her two children struggle to find work and a place to live in order to survive. The main character, Elsa, develops into a fierce warrior throughout the story as she perseveres through an unimaginable situation. Another great book by Kristen Hannah."

Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers

by Sara Ackerman

"An entertaining book set in Hawaii during WWII. There's wartime drama, a mysterious disappearance, and lots of friendship. A good beach read."

The Boy Under the Table

by Nicole Trope

"This is the third book I’ve read by this author. Unfortunately libraries don’t carry most of her books. I’ve really enjoyed all 3 of them and really want to read her other books. This is about a young boy who is kidnapped at an Easter Show. A teenage girl living on the street discovers him tied up under a table in a customer’s house. Thus begins the incredible story."

Not Your Sidekick

by C.B. Lee

"Super awesome read!!! Great LGBT+ representation without needing to provide a vocab lesson! Loved the plot and the twists! I predicted some but that's mostly because the main character was very oblivious."

The Soulmate Equation

by Christina Lauren

"Can a dating app that matches people based on DNA analysis really work? The main character, Jess, tries it and gets matched. The relationship story is a good one, and best friend Fizzy and daughter Juno are great minor characters."

Malibu Rising

by Taylor Jenkins Reid

"Great vacation read: entertaining story with a (fictional) celebrity component but really, at heart, a story about family and family relationships. Perfect book to get lost in."

The Forgotten Orphan*

by Glynis Peters

"My first book by this author. It’s about Maisie and her twin brother who were dropped off at an orphanage at age 4. Her brother was adopted but not Maisie. She grew up there with a very cruel matron. The war begins and things change...hopefully for the better."

*This title can be requested through the Commonwealth Catalog.

Running with Lions

by Julian Winters

"Really nice sports fiction! About a team coming together as a family no matter their differences. Also about High School Seniors and how scary and unknown the future can be."

  They Both Die at the End

by Adam Silvera

"I'm always happy to read books that focuses on marginalized and underrepresented groups. The two main characters are both latinx LGBTQ, one is a foster child and the other comes from a single-parent household. The book itself centers on dealing with relationships, life, and death as well as the challenges that come with them. The title may prepare you for the end, but it really is an ending that sticks with you; Rufus and Mateo are two characters that are so easy to love and to miss. I may have aged out of this book's demographic, but I'm still glad that I picked it up. I'll definitely be recommending this to my younger cousins!"

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