Rad Reads

5 books to slash those "new girl" jitters

As much as we hate to see the waves and long summer days go, school is starting again soon. Hitting the halls is a toughie in the first place, but getting a fresh start at a brand-spankin’ new school is 10 times scarier. 

We know your knees will be shakin’ as you walk to your classes through a sea of new faces. But before cracking open your textbooks, try flipping through the pages of some good ol’ familiar reads riddled with advice for surviving in a new school.


Which book do you recommend to those new girls in school this year? Share in the comments below.



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    Worst Enemies/Best Friends (Book #1 of the Beacon Street Girls Series) 

    by Annie Bryant

    If just the thought of being the new girl has you working up a sweat, imagine having to do it several times like Charlotte, who has traveled all across the world. This year, she’s starting junior high in Boston and is put in a group for a class project—major groan. These girls seem awful, and she immediately starts to dread the coming school year. But as the year progresses, she finds they may have more in common than she first thought.

    Grab the book here!

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    Anna and the French Kiss

    by Stephanie Perkins

    Anna is about to begin her senior year of high school and all seems to be right with the world—that is until her father ships her off to a boarding school in Paris. Spending a year abroad is every girl’s dream, right? Wrong. Anna has to leave her besties, her job and the cutie she’s crushin’ on just as things were falling into place. Now she has to deal with everything from a new language to new boys (especially hottie, Etienne). 

    Grab the book here!

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    Avalon High

    by Meg Cabot

    It’s totes normal to think your new school is wacky, but what if you realized everyone was actually a reincarnation of a mythical character? When Ellie moves from Minnesota to Maryland and finds herself mixed up with the cool kids, she discovers just that: the lives of her newfound friends are mimicking those of royalty in the legend of King Arthur. Coincidence? She thinks not. Will Ellie be able to save her friends from a fate that would leave them all dead?

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    by Curtis Sittenfield

    Lee won a scholarship to attend a fancy boarding school. The brochure shows a picture-perf campus with cute guys and athletic girls, all eagerly attending classes. Much to her surprise, when Lee arrives at school, everyone is rich and snobby and wants nothing to do with her. Uh-oh. Did Lee just make a huge mistake?

    Grab the book here!

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    What Happened to Goodbye

    by Sarah Dessen

    In the past two years, Mclean has moved four times. Every time she’s in a new town, she creates a whole new identity for herself. Except this time, she accidentally lets slip her true identity. What makes this town different? Mclean’s new life in Lakeview is full of surprises, self-discovery and new hope.

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by Kelly Myslinski | 2/1/2016