MCPG: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

Farrar, Straus and Giroux  is known as the “literary” branch of MCPG although I’m not certain you can tell it from their YA titles.  Their novels definitely appeal to mainstream audiences and they have a wide and varied selection.


Struck by Jennifer Bosworth.  A girl struck by lightning hundreds of times holds the fate of the world in her hands.  One month after a major earthquake has leveled Los Angeles, seventeen-year-old Mia Price faces a cult convinced that her unique history of lightning strikes is the key to their apocalyptic vision. But there is another group that seeks Mia’s help in stopping the Followers. And neither side is willing to lose her. Then Mia meets a boy who will do everything he can to protect her, or so it seems. When the two factions collide, Mia discovers the lightning scars she hides reveal a staggering power. But it means she must choose saving the world over the possibility of love. Jennifer Bosworth’s Struck is an electric debut with a heart-pounding plot, an unforgettable heroine, and a love story that can only end in betrayal. Publication Date 5.8.2012


All These Lives by Sarah Wylie.  A sister who would give up anything for her twin.  Sixteen-year-old Dani is convinced she has nine lives. As a child she twice walked away from situations where she should have died. But Dani’s twin, Jena, isn’t so lucky.  She has cancer and might not even be able to keep her one life. Dani’s father is in denial. Her mother is trying to hold it together and prove everything’s normal.  And Jena is wasting away.  To cope, Dani sets out to rid herself of all her extra lives.  Maybe they’ll be released into the universe and someone who wants to live more than she does will get one.  Someone like Jena.  But just when Dani finds herself at the breaking point, she’s faced with a startling realization.  Maybe she doesn’t have nine lives after all.  Maybe she really only ever had one.  Publication Date 6.5.2012


Seize the Storm by Michael Cadnum.  A family at sea . . . a deadly encounter.  Sailing from California to Hawaii, Susannah, her family, and a crewman are driven by a vicious storm into the path of a drifting powerboat. The ghostly boat carries the bodies of two drug runners and a huge stash of money. For the sailors, stealing the sordid treasure changes everything, causing dissent and division, compromising each of them, and putting their futures at risk. Because now they are being pursued by the worst enemies imaginable, including a drug lord’s son eager to prove himself and a cold-blooded teenage hit man with murder on his mind.   Publication Date 6.5.2012


Just Flirt by Laura Bowers.  Ladies, be ready to get your flirt on! Dee and Sabrina are in for a summer of lies, lawsuits, and love in this heartfelt and hilarious novel.  Serious relationships suck. So Dee Barton, self-proclaimed Superflirt, is planning to spend her summer putting the moves on the guys who come to stay at her family’s campground. Flirting is fun and makes everyone involved feel good—which is pretty much the exact opposite of her relationship with her toxic ex-boyfriend, Blaine.  Sabrina Owens’s summer plans include keeping her over-the-top karaoke DJ mother in check, maintaining her status as the queen of the popular crowd–and being the perfect girlfriend to Blaine. Dee and Sabrina hate each other. But when they’re both drawn into a frivolous lawsuit, they must team up and embark on a risky, flirt-filled plot to set things right again. Publication Date 6.19.2012


Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama.  An intricately crafted thriller featuring monstrous mermaids, ghosts, and a century-old curse.  Fierce, seductive mermaid Syrenka falls in love with Ezra, a young naturalist. When she abandons her life underwater for a chance at happiness on land, she is unaware that this decision comes with horrific and deadly consequences. Almost one hundred forty years later, seventeen-year-old Hester meets a mysterious stranger named Ezra and feels overwhelmingly, inexplicably drawn to him. For generations, love has resulted in death for the women in her family. Is it an undiagnosed genetic defect . . . or a curse? With Ezra’s help, Hester investigates her family’s strange, sad history. The answers she seeks are waiting in the graveyard, the crypt, and at the bottom of the ocean—but powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of so long ago.  Publication Date:  8.21.2012


52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody.  A delightful riches-to-rags comedy.  On her eighteenth birthday, Lexi Larrabee gets the shock of her life. If she wants to receive her beloved trust fund, every week for the next year she must take on a different odd job. But if there’s anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it’s dealing with the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her. In a hilarious coming-of-age story about family, good intentions, and second chances, Lexi learns that although she might have fifty-two reasons to hate her father, she only needs one reason to love him. Publication Date: 7.3.2012


My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt.  From National Book Award finalist Martine Leavitt, a novel-in-verse about a teen caught in a cycle of prostitution and addiction.  When sixteen-year-old Angel meets Call at the mall, he buys her meals and says he loves her. He gives her a drug that makes her feel like she can fly. Pretty soon she’s addicted, and without even realizing she has run away from home, she moves in with him. Call says that if she really loves him, she’ll sleep with his friend—then it’s a friend of a friend, and soon she’s turning tricks. When her best friend on the street goes missing, Angel is afraid. But it is when her pimp brings home a little girl who is only eleven and wants Angel to show her the ropes, that Angel realizes she has got to find a way to save herself so she can save the girl. Publication Date: 9.4.2012


Dead Girl Moon by Charlie Price.  From the Edgar Award–winning author of The Interrogation of Gabriel James, the gripping story of three teen murder suspects hunting a killer.  As their hardscrabble lives intertwine in a small, corrupt Montana town, Grace, a scheming runaway, JJ, her spacey foster sister, and Mick, the hapless son of a petty thief, discover the body of a dead teenage prostitute. Afraid to come forward, the teens try to hide their knowledge of the crime, because they believe the murderer is one of the corrupt officials and businessmen who rule their town. But after a series of false moves and dumb mistakes, the teens are soon suspects themselves in a murder investigation threatening their freedom—and maybe their lives.  Publication Date: 10.30.2012


Crewel by Gennifer Albin.  In a world that would dictate her destiny, one girl dares to break free in this blockbuster debut novel about love, fate, and power.  For generations, girls known as Spinsters have been called by Arras’ Manipulation Services to work the looms and control what people eat, where they live, how many children they have, and even when they die. Gifted with the unusual ability to weave time with matter, sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys is exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But Adelice isn’t interested. Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.  Publication Date: 10.16.2012


Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski.  What if everyone thought you were a freak of nature? What if they were right? Sixteen-year-old Darcy Jones doesn’t know she’s not human–but then, there’s a lot she doesn’t know, including everything that happened before she was abandoned outside a Chicago firehouse at five years old. But when a mysterious boy named Conn arrives at her high school, Darcy begins to discover more about her past–and is not so sure she likes what she learns. Turns out Darcy is a Shade, a creature capable of becoming invisible, but also part of the terrorist organization the Shadow Society, whose main quest seems to be to eliminate as many humans as possible. Conn, a human, has been sent to arrest her, but when the two find that they are falling in love, things get a lot more complicated.  Publication Date: 10.30.2012


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