The Book Report: More recommended readings

Anne Yoskoski, Life Editor

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If you like a certain book, chances are there is something similar you will like, as well. First up, a recommendation for those looking for some new authors to get excited about.

If you like Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games,” you will like… Ally Condie’s “Matched.”

“Matched” is set in a dystopian society where things are arranged for everyone and choices, especially about love, cannot be made based on feelings. When a computer spits out a match for the main character’s best friend, the relationship drama echoes that of the “Hunger Games” love triangle. Readers will love the fight against the all-powerful state, as well as the romance that goes along with it

And now, some  recommendations for those more interested in sticking with the tried and true.

If you like James Patterson’s “Private: #1 Suspect,” you will like… James Patterson’s “Women’s Murder Club.”

Taking the hardboiled detective novel and inserting a cast of stellar, high-powered women, Patterson writes with the same edge that his novels usually have, proving anything the boys can do, four high-powered women can do just as well.

If you like Marcus Zuzak’s “The Book Thief,” you will like… Marcus Zuzak’s” I Am the Messenger.”

With the same eloquent storyteller crafting the tale, Zuzak’s “I Am the Messager” was always bound to be as good as “The Book Thief.” “Messenger” centers around a normal man on a trajectory to destiny. The comedy will make you laugh for hours while his tough decisions and noble causes lead you to root for him all the way to the end.

If you like Ellen Hopkins’ “Crank,” you will like… Ellen Hopkins’ “Identical.”

Using the same style of poetry exhibited in “Crank” to deliver her message, Hopkins crafts the psychological thriller “Identical” around two young twins. One lives life to the fullest and parties until dawn while the other stays at home and studies. Since they are identical, the essence of the other twin lurks inside them, leading one to come out of her shell and one to retreat home. The surprising twist ending will leave readers wanting more.

If you like Deb Calletti’s “Nature of Jade,” you will like… Deb Calletti’s “Wild Roses.”

Using a teen prodigy, a violent instructor and the instructor’s daughter, Caletti creates a romance that tests physical, social, and artistic boundaries. Readers will love, hate and then love again when it comes to the main characters. Evoking a teen soap-opera with a much more serious underlying meaning and message, Caletti has once again created something for all readers.

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