updated 04/10/2014 AT 7:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/10/2014 AT 6:00 PM ET
It’s hard not to look at young Prince George and wonder what lies ahead for the fledgling royal? Pretty sure his formative years will be a lot easier than those of the people and protagonists our staff’s reading about this week.
Adulthood is tough, but these reads show adolescence can be a royal pain.
Share your thoughts on their choices – and let us know what you’re reading.
Her Pick: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
I read Meg Wolitzer’s other book, The Ten Year Nap, and loved it. The way she develops the characters, you really feel like you know what they’re going through. In The Interestings, she writes about a group of six teenagers who become best friends at summer camp. She weaves in and out of their friendship and individual lives all the way to adulthood.
I got so wrapped up in the characters – and the fact that the majority of it takes place in New York City is even better.
Sara Luckey, Pre-Media Manager, StyleWatch
Her Pick: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
I was actually given this book by a stranger while on vacation. While staying at a small hotel in the Virgin Islands I befriended an English couple, and at the end of our respective stays, we traded the books we’d just finished. Life After Life is told in layers with little vignettes all coming together to tell the story of an English family during the World War II era.
Ursula, the main character, is growing up as we read, but her story keeps being retold. In the first telling of her birth, infant Ursula dies, in the next, the doctor delivers her safely. It’s all about life, time, reincarnation and deja vu. I’m only two-thirds of the way through, but Atkinson is so confident in her telling of this impossible storyline that I can’t help but be carried along, waiting to see what’s next.
Mariam Murray, Integrated Sales Manager
Her Pick: Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan
After hearing Kelly Corrigan speak on NPR, her witty, funny and very honest voice made me excited to read her new memoir, Glitter and Glue. The book focuses on the strained relationship she had with her mother, who is the family’s glue whilst her father is the glitter.
On a hunt for adventure Corrigan goes abroad to Australia in her early 20s and becomes a nanny for a widower and his two small children. Through the daily minutiae of childcare and navigating family dynamics, she begins to finally understand her own mother. What is the glue that binds a family? This is a tearjerker with many a funny part, all revealing what it takes to build and sustain family.
Check back every Thursday for another round of staff picks, and see more book reviews each week in PEOPLE magazine, on newsstands now. Plus, check out last week’s unlucky-in-love novels and more great book finds here.