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Beautiful Boy

Beautiful Boy (2018, Rated R) tells the real-life story of Nic Sheff, a teen who has a strained relationship with his father David due to his severe drug addiction. Despite Nic's time in rehab, he continues to use drugs including crystal meth. David tries to help his son, but the more he intervenes the worse things get. Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet give stellar performances as the father/son duo, playing their parts with genuine vulnerability. It's a heartbreaking film that sheds light on the harsh realities of addiction and how it can tear a family apart.

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A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

Five years ago, high school student Sal Singh murdered his girlfriend before killing himself. At least, that's what everyone in town believes. Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn't so sure. Even though the case is closed, she dedicates her capstone senior project to clearing Sal's name and uncovering the truth. The more she snoops around, the riskier things become. Someone in town doesn't want Pippa to expose long-kept secrets, and they'll stop at nothing to bring her down. A Good Girl's Guide to Murder (2019) by Holly Jackson is a fast-paced, engaging, and jaw-dropping teen thriller. The ending is so good you'll never see it coming!

This is the first in a series. Check out Good Girl, Bad Blood (2020) and As Good As Dead (2021) for even more heart-pounding thrills.

Available as an eaudiobook and ebook on eMediaLibrary (Libby). 


Melodrama

Lorde's second studio album Melodrama (2017) is a modern masterpiece. Infused with dreamy electropop beats, it's a raw look at heartbreak and solitude. Lorde flawlessly captures emotions like no one else, and her songwriting is powerful and relatable. Many critics have lauded the album for its honesty and cleverness; it received universal acclaim and was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2018 Grammys. Standout tracks are "Writer in the Dark," "Hard Feelings/Loveless," and "Liability," but every song is catchy and meaningful; there isn't a single skip.

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What's Mine & Yours

Complex characters, harrowing situations, and shocking choices make up this richly compelling multi-family saga. School integration in Piedmont, North Carolina causes an uproar when Black students from the east side of town join predominantly white high schools on the west. Gee and Noelle, two students from opposite ends of the community, form a strong bond after the integration despite their families' objections. Noelle's mother is racist and refuses to acknowledge Noelle's half-Latina roots, while Gee's mother is a stubborn woman who always decides what's best for him. Over the next twenty years, we follow the lives of each of these characters and learn how their choices shape and haunt who they become. This is an insightful story with unforgettable characters.

Check out What's Mine & Yours (2021) by Naima Coster on eMediaLibrary today; read the ebook or listen to the audiobook



Goodnight Beautiful

If you're looking for a slow-burn thriller with a stunning plot twist, then Aimee Molloy's Goodnight Beautiful is for you. The story centers on Sam and Annie, newlyweds who have just moved to the sleepy suburbs of upstate New York where Sam grew up. He works as a therapist in his office downstairs and has no idea his client sessions can be heard through a vent in the ceiling. One day, a young French woman appears as a new patient and is eager to get to know Sam, which throws his relationship with Annie for a loop. Shortly after, Sam vanishes on the night of a violent rainstorm. Rumors immediately start swirling on what happened. Did he run away? Get harmed by someone he knows? Full of suspense, dark humor, and a fantastic set of characters, this is a thriller you don't want to miss.

Check out the eBook and eAudiobook on eMediaLibrary.




The Flip Side

This delightful rom-com introduces us to Josh, a young British man who is experiencing the worst luck of his life. After losing his job and breaking up with his long-time girlfriend, Josh is forced to move back in with his parents. Not the ideal situation, Josh starts questioning his life choices and what led him to rock bottom. He finally decides that instead of planning every aspect of his life, he should leave it up to fate and flip a coin. At first a joke, Josh soon uses the coin to dictate every decision he's faced with, especially when it comes to his dating life. Hilarious and charming with a meaningful message, The Flip Side is one story that will have you smiling until the end.



Never Have I Ever

Created by Mindy Kaling, this coming-of-age tv series is loosely bases on Kaling's childhood experiences. The story focuses on Devi Vishwakumar, a 15-year-old Indian-American Tamil girl from Los Angeles. Devi endures a traumatic year after the loss of her father, and things aren't much better for her at school. She wants to change her social status, but that proves to be difficult. We follow Devi as she deals with her grief, identity, and various family/friend relationships (including a potential romance with her high school crush). While there are serious aspects of the show, it is also full of Kaling's signature wit and humor. It is utterly charming, clever, and sweet.


You can watch two seasons of Never Have I Ever (2020, TV-14) on Netflix with one of our Rokus.



Scaled and Icy

Twenty One Pilots' sixth studio album, Scaled and Icy (2021), was developed during the COVID-19 pandemic and examines the isolation felt during these unprecedented times. Singer Tyler Joseph wanted to create an upbeat and optimistic sound to combat the bleak state of the world. Scaled and Icy definitely has a more playful pop sound while still examining serious themes and issues. It's essentially a snapshot of the emotional highs and lows of life in quarantine. The album has received generally favorable reviews, with critics noting that it feels more in line with one of their earlier albums, Vessel. As a longtime fan of this band, the tracks that stand out most to me are "Shy Away," "Choker," "Mulberry Street," and "No Chances." Overall, this album is full of catchy songs and profound lyrical messages that make the world feel a little less lonely.


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Series Spotlight: The Ice Cream Parlor Mystery Series

Do you love charming cozy mysteries with fun characters? Then you have to check out The Ice Cream Parlor Mystery Series by Abby Collette! The first book, A Deadly Inside Scoop (2020), introduces us to Bronwyn Crewse, a recent graduate who has just taken over her family's ice cream shop in Ohio. Things are off to a rocky start when Bronwyn finds a dead body in the snow on re-opening day. The victim is a man who had a known feud with the Crewse family, and Bronwyn's father is the prime suspect.

The second book in the series, A Game of Cones (2021), features more mishaps; between Bronwyn's best friend being blamed for another killing in town to her stubborn aunt who's determined to take over the ice cream shop, Bronwyn can't seem to catch a break. But she'll stop at nothing to protect the people and parlor she loves.

The third book, A Killer Sundae, will be released in 2022 and continue the adventures of these quirky and loveable characters.

Listen to the audiobooks now on Hoopla.

Looking for more cozy mysteries? Check out the booklist on our website or eMediaLibrary.



Fear Street Part One: 1994

Celebrate Halloween early with this teen slasher film based on the books by beloved author R.L. Stine. This is the first installment of a trilogy that follows a group of teens who are terrorized by an evil ancient spirit that has plagued their town for centuries. At first, Deena Johnson doesn't believe in the town witch; that is until her ex-girlfriend Sam accidentally disturbs the witch's grave following a car crash. The witch is furious and will stop at nothing until she gets revenge, no matter how brutal. The film does a great job honoring its source material and has an impressive, committed cast. If you're looking for horror/suspense mixed with 90's nostalgia, then this one's for you.

You can watch Fear Street Part 1: 1994 (2021, Rated R) on Netflix with one of our Rokus.



The Ex Talk

This expertly crafted romantic comedy focuses on Shay, a radio station producer who loves her job yet despises her coworker, Dominic Yun. They constantly clash because Dominic is a know-it-all while Shay has ten years of industry experience on her side. One day, Shay proposes a new concept for their struggling station: The Ex Talk, a show where exes give relationship advice on air. Because Shay and Dominic already hate each other, their boss thinks they would be the perfect co-hosts. They both hate the idea of pretending to have dated, yet they can't afford to be fired. The audience gets hooked on their fake relationship fast, and the lies grow bigger. Can they keep up the ruse, especially when they start falling for each other? Witty, hilarious, and super swoon worthy, The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon is a must-read novel for any romance fan.

Available as an ebook and eaudiobook on eMediaLibrary.

Uncut Gems

Known mostly for his comedic roles, Adam Sandler does a terrific job playing Howard Ratner, a gambling addict in New York City's Diamond District. He owns a jewelry store and struggles to pay off his massive gambling debts (well over $100,000). He has a rare and expensive opal smuggled into the U.S, but he lets basketball star Kevin Garrett borrow it for one night after he insists the stone will bring him good luck for his game. Howard has trouble retrieving the opal afterwards, and the people he owes money to are fed up. This anxiety-inducing thriller will you have biting your nails as you follow Howard through nerve-wracking scenes. As the stakes grow impossibly high, so does your anticipation for the final scenes; the end will leave you speechless.


Watch Uncut Gems (2020, Rated R) on DVD or Blu-Ray today.



Serena Singh Flips the Switch

This sweet story of self-discovery centers on Serena Singh, a woman who wants to live independently despite her family's harsh traditional values. She just landed her dream job working at a top advertising firm, but her parents would much rather see her married with children. Serena believes she is happiest when she's self-reliant; however, she is so career driven that her hobbies and friendships have crumbled. When she sparks a new friendship with a coworker, Serena realizes how much she misses connecting with others. She sets out to mend relationships with her family, friends, and even her ex while staying true to herself.


Serena Singh Flips the Switch by Sonya Lalli is a wonderful novel full of humor, honesty, and hope.