• Contactless Returns and Holds Pickup Service at OPL


    OPL offers contactless returns and holds pickup service at select branches, during new hours of operation. 

    • RETURNS will be accepted only during hours of operation, no appointment necessary. Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended. 
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Underrated YA Books


When people think young adult books, they usually think popular, mainstream titles like The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and The Fault In Our Stars. Of course, this books are popular for a reason, because they’re SO GOOD! But there are also many other amazing books out there, waiting to be read!

So, I made a list of my favourite, underrated books.



The first book on this list is one I’ve already mentioned on one of my previous posts, and it’s Violent Ends by 17 different authors, including Canadian author Courtney Summers. I had never heard of this book before about two months ago, but now it’s one of my favourite books. This book is a collection of 17 different short stories, all from different perspectives all written by different authors that are all connected to the same tragic event. I could not put this book down and doubt anyone could.





Although the title is a little strong, The F- It List by Julie Halpern is a heartwarming story about friendship. Alex and Becca had been through a lot throughout their friendship and just when it couldn’t get any worse, it does. Becca is diagnosed with cancer and wants the two of them to complete her bucket list, or f- it list.  The story made me laugh and cry and everything in between and I loved it.






The Girl Who Fell is an intense, intriguing story with a strong message. Written by S.M Parker, this novel tells the story of a relationship between Zephyr and Alec, two teenagers in a relationship. Seems normal? It does at first. Zephyr is in love, she thinks. Her and Alec share so much and he does so much for her, but she knows love shouldn’t make her feel the way she’s feeling. The Girl Who Fell explores a different side of relationships than most young adult novels, which is why I think I loved this story so much.





 This next book is an absolute heartbreaker. My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher has a sad title and a sad story, but it’s an absolute must read. After the death of his older sister, Jamie moves to a house in the country with his dad and remaining sister after his mom leaves. The story is even narrated by 10 year old Jamie. The book is a roller coaster of emotions from beginning to end, which is exactly why I loved it.







Of course, I couldn’t complete this list without a cheesy romance novel. I stumbled upon The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine at the library about 2 years ago, and I’m so glad I did. This book is at the top of my favourite romance novels. This novel tells the story of Wren and Grayson, two teens who meet in an unconventional way and their relationship as they survive high school and everything that comes with it.









That’s all for my list today! Hopefully these books get some more love, because all books deserve it.


Ottawa Public Library’s Teen Bloggers in Residence are fantastic teen volunteer writers from across the city. They blog about their favourite teen reads and authors, and get writing assignments to cover special teen events happening at the library. Their residency rotates throughout the year. Call-outs for upcoming terms are made through the Teen Blog.