We Are Young

Relished reads and inspiring flicks for the teenage dreamers in your household.

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I’ll Give You the Sun
By Jandy Nelson

This New York Times best-selling story of first love, family, loss and betrayal follows Jude and her twin brother, Noah. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world. This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-
winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless, teary and laughing—often all at once.

Eleanor & Park (Collector’s Edition)
By Rainbow Rowell

This story is of two high school juniors who meet on the school bus and hate each other at first sight. Eleanor is an awkward, eccentrically dressed new girl, and Park is a medium-popular boy who just wants to keep his head down and get through the day. But after he lets Eleanor take the seat beside him (a big social risk), things start to change, and slowly those bus rides together become the best part of their days. From this modest setup blooms an engaging teen love story.  

The Catcher in the Rye
By J.D. Salinger

The essential teen classic. Ever since it was first published in 1951, this novel has been the coming-of-age story against which all others are judged. Read and cherished by generations, the story of Holden Caulfield is truly one of America’s literary treasures. Now with a nifty, original, illustrated jacket.

 

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The Fault in Our Stars
Directed by Josh Boone

If you loved the book by John Green, you’re likely to be won over by this faithful film adaption starring Shailene Woodley as Hazel and Ansel Elgort as Augustus. Bring a packet of tissues and watch with someone you love. Available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

 

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McFarland, USA
Directed by Niki Caro

Inspired by the 1987 true story, this Disney film follows novice runners from an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley. The athletes give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of their coach (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. In theatres now.

Far From the Madding Crowd
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg

Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, the story follows the independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: a sheep farmer captivated by her fetching willfulness; a handsome and reckless sergeant; and a prosperous, mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love—as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.
In theatres May 1.

 

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