We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story by Josh Sundquist REVIEW

hangWe Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story by Josh Sundquist

Available in Print and eBook format.

Have you ever thought about tracking down all your exes to find out the real reasons you broke up? If you have, why stop there? Why not ask all the ones you dated one time or kissed a few times or held hands with once in 6th grade? Josh Lindquist wanted to know why by the age of 25 he had never had a girlfriend, so he decided to investigate and yes, this is a true story. 

Before we delve into Josh’s quest, it is important to know that Josh had his leg amputated at age nine due to cancer. As much as he tries to not draw attention to it being an amputee definitely affects his behavior and psyche.

Josh contacted each significant girl from his past and analyzed their reasons for not wanting to take their relationship further. We get the background of each ‘relationship.’ Sarah is the first. During a game of Truth or Dare on a school bus, Sarah said she didn’t like Josh, but he found out later that she did. We learn how awkward Josh can be when trying to figure out if Sarah wants to be his girlfriend. Josh is clueless about girls which makes him a normal eighth grade boy. Of course when you are in the middle of your awkwardness, you don’t realize that you are a normal teenager. You only know that you are embarrassed and feel completely stupid.

Josh follows up with a hypothesis on the reasons the relationships ended. He then recounts what happened when he met each girl (who are now women) again. He calls this part the ‘investigation.’ Charts and graphs are included (although they are not really based on data).  

As a real life inspirational speaker, Josh tells his story with humor and purpose. I laughed out loud many times and sympathized with his difficulty trying to interact with girls. If you’ve ever been a teen interested in having a relationship, you will relate to something in this story. 

~Review by Will Smither, Indy PL Librarian and Teen Services Committee. You Know You Wanna Read It Blog.

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Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers REVIEW

midnightInherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers

Available in Print and eBook format.

Eight people flying around the world to historic locations, solving riddles, tackling physical challenges – the latest reality show? No, it is Avery’s life, at least until she or one of her family members wins this contest.

After a nearly successful escape from her boarding school, Avery is returned to the mansion where she grew up under the watchful eye of her Grandmother VanDemere. For Avery, the mansion was like a prison – no sleepovers, no dating, no leaving the house except for school.

Grandmother is obsessed with family history and preserving the name VanDemere. Avery’s existence is a black mark on that heritage. Her father had an affair with the nanny and Avery was the result. After that her alcoholic father disappeared, so Avery grew up with only her grandmother and occasional visits from her snobby cousins who look down on her.

Grandmother Vandemere is not happy with her sons or grandchildren and decides the only way to find a worthy heir to the family fortune is to pit them against each other. If it means Avery doesn’t have to return to school, she will try her best at the competition. She faces backstabbing, cheating and uncles more knowledgeable in family history.

With the family lawyer’s attractive son at her side, Avery sets out to the seemingly impossible task of taking on the family she loathes. Avery is not prepared for the things she discovers about herself and her family along the way.  

~Review by Will Smither, Indy PL Librarian and Teen Services Committee. You Know You Wanna Read It Blog.

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Surf Mules by G. Neri REVIEW

surfSurf Mules by G. Neri

Available in Print.

For surfers, it’s all about the next big wave. Hitting the surf whenever possible to ride that perfect wave is a lifestyle. Logan and Z-boy never want to give that up. Just after high school (Logan graduated, Z-boy was short a few credits), they wonder about the rest of their lives. It’s tough to make a living as a surfer, so they decide to become drug runners to make a lot of money quickly.

There are better ways to deal with your future plans than getting involved with drugs, but the opportunity presents itself at moment when their lives aren’t exactly stellar. Logan and Z-boy just lost their close friend, Fin. He was an excellent surfer, but took a hit on a huge wave and never came back up. Logan recently fought with Fin and never reconciled. Also, Logan’s deadbeat dad has his college fund tied up in debts. Z-boy has nothing to look forward to except the waves.

If the two could make enough money to buy a nice place near the ocean, they could live carefree for the rest of their lives surfing, smoking pot and meeting women. When someone connects them to a big time dealer who will pay them to drive a car filled with pot across the country to be sold, they see the possibilities of a bright future. They’ve never really traveled beyond California, but now they must drive to Florida under the guise of being young Republicans out to recruit for the party. Two inexperienced surfer dudes crossing the country on their own for the first time with a car full of illegal drugs, what could go wrong?

Even though we know these young men have made a stupid decision (not mention an illegal one) we hope they succeed. We want them to get back safe. They have long lives ahead of them and plenty of waves to catch.

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~Review by Will Smither, Indy PL Librarian and Teen Services Committee. You Know You Wanna Read It Blog.


Summer Programs for High School Students

2015 Summer Programs for High School Students

Indiana College and University Campuses

Compiled by: Jane Stormer, Associate Director of Admission, Hanover College

 Health/Biomedical Science

  • Ivy Tech Community College. Explore The World of Nursing. July 7-11th. $50 fee. Commuters.


  • Purdue University. Junior & Senior Vet Camp. June 16-22. Residential.($950-$1,500)


  • Hanover College. Health Science Institute. June 14-19. Residential. ($600-$700)


  • Indiana University. Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center Summer Research Program. Students must have completed grade 11. 9 week paid program. Residential. Application deadline, March 1st. 3.0 minimum GPA. Students from underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.


Natural Sciences

  • Hanover College. Environmental Science Institute – $600 June 14-19th, 2015 Residential.


  • Indiana University. Jim Holland Summer Enrichment Program in Biology. July 19-24th, 2015. Residential. $50 fee. For Indiana underrepresented students.


  • University of Southern Indiana. Girls Only (GO) STEM! Camp. June 7-11, 2015. $130 fee. Residential.


  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Operation Catapult. June 14-July 1st or July 7-July 24. $2500 fee. Residential.



  • Purdue South Bend, College of Technology. Electric Go Cart Summer Camp. 3, 3 day sessions in July. $50 fee. Commuter only.


  • Butler University. iD Tech Camps. 5 week options throughout June and July. Ages 13-17. Commuter only. $879-$909


English and Writing

  • University of Indianapolis. Young Writers Workshop. $175 for commuters, additional $135 residential. June 22-26th.


  • Hanover College. From Script to Screen – $600 June, 14-19. Residential.


  • Butler University. Creative Writing Camp. $260 one week, $460 two weeks. June 15th-19th and 22nd-26th. Commuter only.


Visual and Performing Arts

  • Hanover College. Theatre Institute: Shakespeare in Action – $600, Graphic Art Institute – $600 June, 14-19, 2015. Residential.


  • Butler University. Community Arts School. 13 various arts topics through the summer. Costs vary, commuter/residential options available.


  • DePauw University. Vocal Arts. Residential. June 14-20th. $720


  • Anderson University. Six camps in the arts. (note dance is included) Throughout June and July. Costs vary from $250-$800+. Residential.


  • IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design. Creativity Camps. $300 per week. June through July. Commuter only.


Social Science

  • Hanover College. Pre-Law Institute – $600 June 14-19, 2015. Residential.


  • Indiana University. MEET Kelley. Women’s Session June 14-19th. Men’s Session June 21-26th. No cost to student other than transportation to the program. Residential. For underrepresented students.


  • Ivy Tech Community College. Justice Academy. $50 fee. June 23-27th. Commuters only.


Language Opportunities

  • Indiana University. Honors Program in Foreign Languages. Each program 5-7weeks in one of 6 countries. Fees range from $3,650-$4,650.


  • IUPUI. Chinese Bridge Summer Program in China. July 13-26th. Cost of plane ticket and visa.


Journalism and Media

  • Hanover College. Psychology of Media Institute – $600 June 14-19th, 2015. Residential.


  • Indiana University. High School Journalism Institute. 10 week long workshops available in July of 2015. $399 residential, $265 commuter.


  • Ball State University. Summer Media Academy. Two, four day workshops in July. $300 per workshop or $560 for both. Residential.


Earn College Credit

  • Summer Honors Program at Indiana State University. July 19-25th. 15 sessions to choose from. Info on fees and registration to come in Spring 2015.


  • Bethel College. Summer Science Institute. $50 fee. Residential or Commuter. May 31-June 5th, 2015. One hour of college credit.



Free Heart Screenings for Teens

simon's fund

Riley Children’s Hospital at IU Health has teamed up with Screen Across America to provide free heart screenings for teenagers.

Who: Students ages 13 – 19 from Marion County

When: Saturday, April 4, 10 am – 2 pm

Where: Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet School, 1140 W. Martin Luther King Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46201

Online registration is required. Register for an appointment time now by logging onto: www.simonsfund.org

  • Click on the Crispus Attucks (April 4) location and complete the consent and registration process.
  • You will receive a confirmation of your registration by email, then just show up at your appointment time on April 4.
  • The Heart Screening is not a formal clearance for sports participation. Clearance for sports must be obtained from your physician.