How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life by Kaavya Viswanathan
In her hilarious debut, the Harvard sophomore (above) spins a tale about an ambitious teen angling to get into college. Breezy dialogue and pop-culture references give snap to this charming tale.
Jane Austen in Scarsdale by Paula Marantz Cohen
Inspired by Austen’s Persuasion, Cohen’s tale focuses on a high school administrator confronted by a love she once rejected. Smart and funny, it’s a gem.
Un-Bridaled by Eileen Rendahl
Chloe Sachs runs out on her wedding—and ends up finding herself. A surprisingly moving, engrossing read.