I’m going to go ahead and gloss right over how quickly summer has gotten here, and how quickly I suspect it’s going to go by. Let’s focus on more cheerful things, like some of the June releases I’m waiting for!
American Girls, by Alison Umminger
Mothers and sisters and what it’s like to grow up female in America, the celebrity machine, how someone can go from ‘the girl next door’ to not only lost, but forgotten. I read an earlier version of this one last year, and absolutely loved it—so much so that I read it twice. I’m so looking forward to reading a finished copy. Starred review.
Run, by Kody Keplinger
Two girls—Bo, who has a reputation for promiscuity even though she’s a virgin, and whose entire family has issues with drugs and alcohol, but is clean herself; and Agnes, who is legally blind and wanting some freedom from her overprotective family—run away from their small Kentucky town. This is an #ownvoices title—Keplinger herself is legally blind.
Mirror in the Sky, by Aditi Khorana
A quiet, introspective book about one girl’s response to the discovery of a parallel Earth. Identity, quantum physics, and the possibility of someone out there, living a different version of your own life. Starred review.
The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love, by Sarvenaz Tash
Rom-coms are always fun. Ditto stories about comic fans. So a rom-com about comic fans—and starring a notably diverse cast—is bound to make for super-fun summer reading.
Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen, by Jazz Jennings
Memoir by the LGBTQ rights activist and star of I Am Jazz about her life journey so far: onscreen and off, friendships and crushes, stories and commentary about all sorts of life experiences, ranging from working as an advocate for trans youth to attending summer camp.
My Lady Jane, by Cynthia Hand and Brodi Ashton
Lady Jane Grey! But with paranormal elements!
The Cresswell Plot, by Eliza Wass
Even I—an avowed lover of cult books—am feeling a little cult-ed out. But Kirkus compared this one to Flowers in the Attic, so there’s NO WAY I’m going to miss it..
Lotus and Thorn, by Sara Wilson Etienne
I admit to zoning out somewhat while reading the description of this one—the plot sounds like a run-of-the-mill epic fantasy story, but set in space—but then the Kirkus reviewer used the phrase “body-positive heroine of color,” and I am always here for THAT.
Lucky Few, by Kathryn Ormsbee
Homeschoolers in Texas! Starred review.
Rocks Fall Everyone Dies, by Lindsay Ribar
The main character in this one has the ability to steal peoples’ feelings, and in doing so, manipulate them. Which sounds utterly HORRIFIC to me. So of course, I’m entirely curious. Starred review.
Tumbling, by Caela Carter
Female gymnasts! That’s all I need to know.
True Letters from a Fictional Life, by Kenneth Logan
Plot-wise, this one sounds a whole lot like Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, in that it involves a secret stash of never-mailed letters getting mailed out. In the Han book, the letters in question were written to the various boys the heroine had been in love with through the years; in the Logan, the entirely honest letters are addressed to our closeted hero’s friends and family, and their distribution outs him. Starred review.
The Leaving, by Tara Altebrando
Six kindergarteners disappear; eleven years later, five return. Ooooooo.
Look Both Ways, by Alison Cherry
Local Girl Swept Away, by Ellen Wittlinger
The Kirkus reviewer wasn’t hot on this one, but it’s by ELLEN WITTLINGER. So I feel like I should at LEAST give it a try.
And you? What books are you especially looking forward to?In addition to running a library in rural Maine, Leila Roy blogs at Bookshelves of Doom, is currently serving on the Amelia Bloomer Project committee, is a contributor at Book Riot, hangs out on Twittera lot—possibly too much—and watches a shocking amount of television. Her cat is a murderer.