Library: Debut teen novels
offer different views of romance
“Anatomy of a Misfit” is Andrea Portes’ hilarious first novel and is based loosely on events from the author’s life. Anika is the third most popular girl in school and works hard to maintain her social position even though her thoughts are dark and diabolical AND she has a crush on the nerdiest guy in school (although, in her defense, he has come back from summer vacation way better looking than he was last spring). Readers will love Anika’s witty commentary and the high school setting is portrayed poignantly.
Another debut, “The Jewel” by Amy Ewing, is the first book in the new “Lone City” fantasy series. Violet is purchased at auction by the Duchess of the Lake to serve as a surrogate mother for future royal children. As Violet fights to stay alive through the struggles of her daily life she fears it may be a hopeless plight — until she meets the gentleman hired to be a companion to the duchess’ niece. Suddenly, her life seems worth living again as the two begin a romance. However, the consequences of their romance may be more than either of them have bargained for.