What’s Your Sign?: Leo’s Books

Hi All!  It’s Becky, again.   As we move into late July we also move into the Leo star sign. People born under this sign are fun, adventurous, creative, passionate, cheerful, and humorous but they can also be vain, controlling, and arrogant.  Here is a list of books that perfectly represent people born between July 23-August 22.

Just One Day/Just One Year by Gayle Forman
Forman hit it out of the park with this duology.  The “If I Stay” author followed up her beloved YA series with the story of Allyson a sheltered girl from the United States who meet Willem while on a student tour.  The two have an immediate connection and spent a perfect day and night together.  The next morning Willem has disappeared. Just One Day follows Allyson as she returns home to attend college but can’t forget Willem and embarks on a journey to find him.  Just One Year tells Willem’s story including why he disappeared and how he tried to get over the mysterious American whose name he never even learned.  If you get as enthralled with all this young love as I did Forman took pity on her readers and created an extra e-book that ties up the story with a perfect happily ever after entitled Just One Night. 

Leo Traits: Both Allyson and Willem go on adventures that take them around the world.  Willem is an actor which makes him creative and he is extremely passionate (in particular about Allyson).  Plus, let’s be honest, Willem came off as just a wee bit vain.  I still loved him but there was a vanity about him.

The Speed of Falling Objects by Nancy Fischer Richardson
Danny Warren has lived her life afraid everything since she lost an eye as a child. Danny avoids doing anything that might put her in danger but everything is about to change. Danny’s father is Cougar Warren, the star of a survival reality TV show, and he wants Danny to star in the next episode of his show. Danny agrees to spend a week with her father in the Amazon where they will be joined by Hollywood’s hottest young movie star, Gus Price. However, everyone’s plans change when their plane crashes in the middle go the rainforest. Now, Danny must learn to trust herself to try to survive.

Leo Traits: This entire book is an adventure!  There is a plane crash and the characters have to travel through the dangerous jungle.  Plus, Danny’s dad is more than a little vain.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Tragedy strikes the Teen Dream Beauty Pageant when in route to the annual competition when the plane carrying the contestants crash onto a seemingly deserted island. The surviving girls must find ways to survive their new island home while keeping themselves at pageant performance perfection and trying to fend off the other inhabitants of the island.

Leo Traits: This book is one long adventure from the plane crash to the girls trying to survive on the island to the girls trying to get rescued.  Plus, this book is funny…really funny. Not to mention, that a book filled with wannabe beauty queens also has a lot of vain characters.

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
I have basically already admitted to the fact that I have a little bit of a girl crush on Morgan Matson and this is the book that started it.  The story of Amy who’s mother is moving their family across the country from California to Connecticut after Amy’s father was killed in a car accident.  Amy is terrified of driving but her mother expects her to drive the family’s jeep across the country.  How will she ever do that?  Enter Roger!  Amy’s former childhood acquaintance that turns their bland road trip into an adventure and just maybe the boy who will save her heart.  This is one of my favorites and it just keeps getting better every time I read it.

Leo Traits: Amy is creative.  She performs in musicals.  Also, throughout the whole book, Roger invents stories about great adventures.  Plus, Roger is cheerful.  He is one of the most optimistic and cheerful characters in YA books.



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