College to Grief to Self-Esteem: How to Adult, Life Lessons, and Growing Up

'How to College' coverHow to College: What to Know Before You Go (and When You’re There)
by Andrea Brenner and Lara Schwartz

The transition from high school — and home — to college can be stressful. Students and parents often arrive on campus unprepared for what college is really like. Academic standards and expectations are different from high school; families aren’t present to serve as “scaffolding” for students; and first-years have to do what they call “adulting.” Nothing in the college admissions process prepares students for these new realities.

As a result, first-year college students report higher stress, more mental health issues, and lower completion rates than in the past. In fact, up to one third of first-year college students will not return for their second year — and colleges are reporting an increase in under-prepared first-year students.

How to College is here to help. Professors Andrea Malkin Brenner and Lara Schwartz guide first-year students and their families through the transition process, during the summer after high school graduation and throughout the school year, preparing students to succeed and thrive as they transition and adapt to college.

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'Dancing At The Pity Party' coverDancing at the Pity Party
by Tyler Feder

From before her mother’s first oncology appointment through the stages of her cancer to the funeral, sitting shiva, and afterward, when she must try to make sense of her life as a motherless daughter, Tyler Feder tells her story in this graphic novel that is full of piercing — but also often funny — details. She shares the important post-death firsts, such as celebrating holidays without her mom, the utter despair of cleaning out her mom’s closet, ending old traditions and starting new ones, and the sting of having the “I’ve got to tell Mom about this” instinct and not being able to act on it. This memoir, bracingly candid and sweetly humorous, is for anyone struggling with loss who just wants someone to get it.

'They Both Die at The End' coverThey Both Die at the End
by Adam Silvera

On September 5th, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure — to live a lifetime in a single day.

'Positively Teen' coverPositively Teen: A Practical Guide to a More Positive, More Confident You
by Nicola Morgan

Breezy and compassionate, Positively Teen teaches teens how to approach their adolescent years with optimism and understanding, giving them the skills they need to develop long-term well-being. Full of practical, proven strategies, it includes advice on how to flourish both physically and mentally — like learning to do things you enjoy, understanding how to look after your diet, exercise and attitude, and understanding your personality. With these strengths and skills in hand, teens will learn to weather any storm and thrive on the challenges of this time in their lives.

'Dear Heartbreak' coverDear Heartbreak: YA Authors and Teens on the Dark Side of Love (a collection of short stories)
edited by Heather Demetrios

This is a book about the dark side of love: the way it tears out your heart, and then forces you to eat it, bite by bloody bite. If you’ve felt this way, you’re not alone…

In this powerful collection, YA authors answer real letters from teens all over the world about the dark side of love: dating violence, break-ups, cheating, betrayals, and loneliness. This book contains a no-holds-barred, raw outpouring of the wisdom these authors have culled from mining their own hearts for the fiction they write. Their responses are autobiographical, unflinching, and filled with love and hope.

'You Do You' coverYou Do You
by Sarah Mirk

Teen sex. STIs. Sexting. Rape. Sexual harassment. #MeToo and #YesAllWomen. Today’s teens launch into their sexual lives facing challenging issues but with little if any formalized learning about sex and human reproduction. Many of them get their sex ed from online porn. Through this authoritative, inclusive, and teen-friendly overview, readers learn the basics about sex, sexuality, human reproduction and development, birth control, gender identity, healthy communication, dating, relationships and break ups, the importance of consent, safety, body positivity and healthy lifestyles, media myths, and more.

'Doing It' coverDoing It!: Let’s Talk About Sex
by Hannah Witton

Figuring out how to build and maintain healthy relationships – with your family, friends, romantically and with yourself – is a crucial part of being a teen. It’s not easy though, particularly in a digital age where information and advice are so forthcoming it can be hard to know who or what to believe or trust. Porn is everywhere, sexting is the norm and messages about body image are highly mixed. Hannah combats this by tackling subjects ranging from masturbation and puberty to slut shaming and consent in an accessible, relatable and extremely honest way. She empowers teens to have the confidence to conduct relationships on their terms, and in a way that they feel comfortable with.

'Hack Your Cupboard' coverHack Your Cupboard: How to Make the Best of Every Kitchen (No Matter How Small)
by Alyssa Wiegand and Carla Carreon

Hack Your Cupboard is a lighthearted but comprehensive cookbook that teaches young adults how to gain the confidence in the kitchen to cook creatively. It guides curious young chefs from their home kitchen into the dorm room, then onto their first shared kitchen, and finally to their own solo space. Full-page, full-color images bring the recipes to life but are shot in an
approachable way.

'Cook with Amber' coverCook with Amber: Fun, Fresh Recipes to Get You in the Kitchen
by Amber Kelley

Amber Kelley is the first winner of Food Network Star Kids and the host of her own web series on YouTube. Now, Amber’s 80 most popular recipes have been hand-picked for her cookbook to empower teens to get in the kitchen. From nourishing breakfasts to start the day right, school lunches to impress your friends, and even recipes for the best home-made facial scrubs to fight that dreaded acne, Amber shares her secrets for using the power of food to get the best out of her teen years. Includes 45 full-color photographs throughout.