Almost English, Charlotte Mendelson, $20
In this hilarious, heartbreaking story of self-discovery, 16-year-old Marina is desperate to shed her embarrassing Hungarian relatives and her own awkward half-foreign identity. She escapes to English boarding school but finds herself equally out of place there. Meanwhile, her mother, Laura, struggles to escape her own painful secrets and find happiness again. Readers can’t help but be charmed by Charlotte Mendelson’s refreshingly authentic voice and characters in this poignant commentary on the labours of love and loyalty. — Jenna Wallace
Available at Indigo.ca and Amazon.ca.