Office Girl, Joe Meno
A lithe, winking take on the boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl cliché, Meno’s newest novel is like Perks of Being a Wallflower for the 20-something set — and just like that iconic novel of creatives-in-crisis, this one is quirky, clever, and full of bitten tongues and youthful dreaming. Add bicycles, fingerless gloves, and one of the most twee art projects we could have ever imagined, and you’ve got a charming and unpretentious hipster love story destined to be the next cult classic.
Citrus County, John Brandon
We’ve been gushing over Brandon’s newest release, but that doesn’t mean we’ve gotten over our love affair with his last — as the book’s back matter sighs, “teenage romance should be difficult, but not this difficult. Boys like Toby should cause trouble but not this much.” Indeed, this is one of the weirdest love stories we’ve ever had the pleasure to come across, wherein the aforementioned Toby goes to dangerously great lengths to ensure that the object of his affections be open to them, leading everyone he knows down a swampy, twisted path into the darkness.
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