And their extremely specific genres
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    If you like psychological mystic horror
    Slade House by David Mitchell - This book is mystical, scientific, gruesome, action-packed, plus one of the characters is a lesbian. What more could you ask for?
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    If you like bitter apocalyptic humor
    Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut - I can't even begin to describe how fantastic this book is. It combines perceptive observations about everything from human nature to atom bombs with science fiction with a hysterical satirical tone.
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    If you like comedic familial mysteries
    Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple - I LOVE THIS BOOK. TOO MUCH. It's the type of book that's styled like a compilation of emails, notes, receipts, journal entries, etc. The main character is a smart girl in high school and I can't get enough of that. You'll literally laugh out loud. Also there are penguins.
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    If you like introspective philosophical existentialism
    The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery - This book is about philosophy, depression, nihilism, the disadvantages of perceptiveness, and social class. It's an extremely rewarding read, and it made me think a lot about life.
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    If you like warm paranormal drama
    The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - This book is about death in the realest way possible. It is about rape and murder and funerals and coping with grief. It is it about the afterlife as much as it is about what is left behind. It is so heart-wrenchingly sad but in a way that makes you feel warm. It is incredibly perceptive and I would recommend it to anyone.
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    If you like familial mysteries
    Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng - Another book about death, but death isn't the focus. It's about racism, sexism, family secrets, the struggles of high school, expectations, helplessness, loneliness. It's a mystery, but not in the typical way. It's a mystery of human emotions.
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    If you like charming gay YA
    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz - Wow. This book. This book talks about race and being gay in the realest way possible - through the eyes of high school kids. It's a beautifully written, story about growing up and growing into who you're meant to be.