Book cover for Dream school

Dream school

Nelson, Blake, 1965-
Call Number: YA

Andrea Marr is taking off from Portland, Oregon to prestigious east coast Wellington College in this stream of consciousness take on college life. The constant minutia of Andrea’s everyday college experiences is made exceptional and entertaining as told from her original, witty and surprisingly insightful point of view as it’s the details she mines so well, combined with her genuine and irreverent spin, that perfectly illustrates the experience as a whole. 

Book cover for Fangirl


Rowell, Rainbow.
Call Number: YA

Identical twin sisters, Cath and Wren, start their first year of college. While Wren can't wait for the college experience, Cath wants nothing more than to remain a hermit inside her dorm, immersing herself in writing Simon Snow fan fiction. Once inseparable, now Cath has to learn how to handle her freshman year at college by herself. Witty and funny, Fangirl is about forging friendships, experiencing first love, and making your own way in life.

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Genuine fraud

Lockhart, E.
Call Number: YA

Jule is a genuine fraud, reinventing herself as it suits her needs. A smart chameleon, she relies on her wits to befriend a young heiress, a passport to another lifestyle a world away from her own. Will she manage to maintain her disguise or will all those balls in the air eventually come down all around her? 

Book cover for Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between

Smith, Jennifer E.
Call Number: YA

What happens to first love when you’re about to leave? Clare and Aidan are about to find out when they spend their last night at home before leaving for college visiting all the significant places in their relationship, trying to decide if they should break up before moving to opposite coasts or try to make their relationship work long distance.

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I was here

Forman, Gayle.
Call Number: YA

When Cody's estranged best friend kills herself, Cody agrees to collect her things from college and comes to discover her best friend in ways she wasn't aware through her roommates, her computer and the life she'd created for herself.

Book cover for Just one day

Just one day

Forman, Gayle.
Call Number: YA

Allyson is on the last days of a chaperoned European tour, a graduation gift from her controlling parents. When she finds herself meeting enigmatic backpacker Willem not once but three times over two days, she breaks away from the rigid rules she’s so accustomed to and impulsively agrees to travel with him to Paris for one day. That one day changes both their lives forever, over the course of two engaging, romantic and thoughtful books. This book is continued by Just One Year, which is also an LAPL Best Teen Book of 2013.

Book cover for Panic


Oliver, Lauren, 1982-
Call Number: YA

There’s not much to do in Carp, a small dead-end town in New York state. To deal with their boredom, the local high schoolers start a game called Panic, played only by graduating seniors. A combination of Survivor and Fear Factor, the large monetary payoff makes this game compelling for young people, despite its danger. This book tells the story of Heather and Dodge, two players with very different motives for braving Panic.

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Rainbow Road

Sanchez, Alex
Call Number: YA

Kyle, his bisexual basketball player boyfriend Jason and his outrageous best friend Nelson embark on a road trip from suburban Washington D.C. to Los Angeles the summer after high school graduation when Jason is invited to give a speech at a private school following his own coming out. Over the course of their trip they’ll lose phones and money, get in many a squabble, have fun and unexpected adventures and be introduced to new people, straight, gay, lesbian and transgender, who come to expand their firsthand knowledge of what it means to be gay beyond the confined scope of high school they’ve known.

Book cover for Roomies


Zarr, Sara.
Call Number: YA

(Gay father)

Also available for download as an e-book
Also available for download as an e-audiobook

It's the summer before their freshman year of college and New Jerseyan Elizabeth reaches out to her assigned roommate Lauren in San Francisco, touching off a summer of correspondence as they circle around their differences, find commonalities from a distance and slowly develop a friendship.  

Book cover for We Are Okay

We Are Okay

LaCour, Nina
Call Number: YA

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. The book details Marin’s exploration of her sexuality and her complicated relationship with her best friend.