Moving On: Graduation and Beyond

Graduation is approaching!! Moving on from high school can be both exciting and scary. There are a lot of decisions and new challenges on the other side of that ceremony. Leaving friends and maybe romantic partners, not to mention living on your own and dealing with roommates. If you're looking forward to (or dreading) this transition, check out these books about teens making the same leap.

In Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Cath struggles to navigate campus as a college freshman. All the new things make her anxious and she'd rather write fanfiction. But eventually she finds her feet, her friends, and maybe even love. This is my favorite book by Rowell, and that's saying a lot!

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith focuses on that age old question - can high school romance last? High school sweethearts Clare and Aidan spend the night before they leave for college reminiscing about their relationship and deciding whether they should stay together or break up.

Simon's BFF, Leah, gets her own story in this spin-off/sequel to Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli follows Leah as she prepares for college and deals with an unexpected crush. 

I Hate Everyone but You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin is told entirely through text messages and emails between two best friends during their freshman year at different colleges on opposite coasts. Both girls struggle with their lives individually and as friends, but always find a way back to each other.