Project: Boy Next Door, published posthumously, is a true gem in YA literature. Smart, heartfelt and with wonderful characterization, Madigan's title, unmistakably, has all the makings of a great story. Being true to oneself is the theme, and the even pacing throughout means there is never a dull moment, while the teenage dialogue is very on point. Additionally, readers will be touched by the backstory as the book appears to have been a true labor of love. Don’t miss out on this one!

Melvin Pepper, teenage son of a famous mogul, wants to experience the one thing that he’s never done before: anonymity. To do so, he creates an alter ego for himself, enrolls in a public high school, joins a radio club and takes a job as a busboy. It doesn’t take long for him to realize that maintaining two separate identities is a lot harder than he imagined. As he struggles between the two separate worlds, he finds out a lot about himself, while making a discovery that will put both of his worlds on a collision course. (SELF-PUBLISHED, May, 199 pp., $3.99)

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Susannah Balch