What to Read in 2020

Meghan Martinetion and Charlotte Meyer, Staff Writers

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus:
One Of Us Is Lying is an award-winning novel, written in 2017. Five totally different students enter detention on a normal day, and only one student makes it out alive. This novel follows the mystery of exactly what happened, why, and who did it, with a bunch of twists and turns along the way. In my opinion, this novel has all of the necessary elements to make a book difficult to put down. There’s mystery and suspense with a hint of comedy. Any reader who enjoys the mystery genre, but is also a fan of realistic fiction would love this novel! (This is also supposed to be adapted into a TV show this year!)

The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
The Girl on The Train is a novel following a character named Rachel who takes the same train, at the same time, everyday. She has become so familiar with the route that she feels as if she knows two people that reside in a house on the side of the tracks; she refers to them as “Jess and Jason,” and she believes that their life is perfect. One day she notices something out of the ordinary and she suddenly becomes much more involved and important than just a random girl on a commuter train. This book is an enthralling page turner with a chilling storyline and even creepier twists. If you’re a fan of mystery novels, enjoy reading about characters with real life problems, and are interested in books with an underlying creepy feel, you should definitely give this a read! This book has also been adapted into a film starring Emily Blunt.

In 27 Day by Alison Gervais
In 27 Days is a young adult novel that begins when Hadley Jamison learns that her classmate Archer has taken his own life. Although she barely knew him, Hadley is shocked and can’t help but feel that there was something she could have done. Out of guilt, Hadley attends his funeral, and afterwards is confronted by the embodiment of death, who offers her a deal. If she accepts, he will send her 27 days back in time to prevent him from killing himself. She soon learns that the reasons as to why he took his own life were not black and white, and Archer realizes it’s not so bad to be close to someone. After a series of dangerous events, Hadley must decide if she is willing to risk it all, even her life, to ensure Archer’s safety. In 27 Days is an addicting read that’s nearly impossible to put down, with many twists thrown in Hadley’s path, and raw emotion. I believe anyone who has a love for romance, and maybe a bit of mystery, would love this book, which is also being adapted into a film!

Bohemian Rhapsody: The Official Book Of The Movie by Owen Williams
If you’re one who doesn’t find yourself to be a strong novel reader, and would rather read an informational book with less words and pictures, Bohemian Rhapsody: The Official Book Of The Movie, could be a great read for you! This book informs its audience how the 2018 Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, was made, pertaining to all aspects of the film such as music, costume, set design and casting. The book even contains forewords by Queen guitarist and drummer, Brian May and Roger Taylor. Throughout the year, we often find ourselves drowning in work, finding barely anytime for reading. This is a great book to read at a more relaxed pace, without having to be totally committed to reading it or remember all the information you’ve read, to understand it. Whether you liked the film from 2018, enjoy Queen’s music or are just simply looking for an easy read, Bohemian Rhapsody: The Official Book Of The Movie, could be the book for you!

Paper Towns by John Green
Paper Towns is a story in which high school senior, Quentin Jacobsen, is on the search for his lifelong neighbor and crush, Margo Roth Spiegleman, after her sudden disappearance. As well as Quentin looking for Margo, he and his best friend Ben are also trying to navigate through the end of senior year without any complications. If you’re a fan of romance, realistic fiction and comedic reads, Paper Towns could be for you! Many aspects of this novel are relatable to young adult readers, as the characters are all high schoolers. Paper Towns will leave you having trouble putting it down, as there are many elements of suspense surrounding Margo’s disappearance. Paper Towns was also adapted into a film in 2015, starring Cara Delevigne and Nat Wolff!

Gone by Michael Grant
This science fiction novel opens on a normal school day, when suddenly all the adults vanish, seemingly without a trace. Simultaneously, the internet, phones, and all technology no longer works. With no way of contacting help or finding out what happened, the teens must navigate through hunger, bullies, sinister creatures lurking, and animals running rabid. As time goes by, the children soon realize that they too are changing: they are developing dangerous, sometimes deadly, powers. With time running out, the teens prep for the biggest fight of their young lives, before they reach their 15th birthdays, when they too will disappear just like the adults. Gone will keep you on the edge of your seat, with suspense so strong you can’t put the book down! This book is the first in the Gone series, which contains a total of eight novels.