New month, new books! Here are a few that I’m especially looking forward to:
If I Was Your Girl, by Meredith Russo
Gena/Finn, by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson
As usual, I’m starting the list off with the books I’ve already read! If I Was Your Girl is a realistic contemporary about love and friendship and family starring a trans girl, written by a trans author. It was the first book I read this year—I fell in love then, and I’m still in love now—I’m so, so excited for everyone else to finally get to read it. Gena/Finn is a realistic contemporary about friendship and fandom and love—told largely through texts and IMs and emails—about how lines between friendship and love aren’t so clear-cut, that they get blurred and crossed and erased. I loved this one as well, and I’m especially looking forward to seeing the final design, because the storyline and format have so much potential for visual fun.
Places No One Knows, by Brenna Yovanoff
There’s an opposites-attract love story at the center of this one, and that’s certainly nothing new—but in Yovanoff’s hands, I have no doubt that it’ll feel entirely fresh and surprising. Everything I’ve ever read by her has featured killer character work, killer atmosphere, killer plotting, and flat-out gorgeous prose—whenever she writes a new book, I read it, love it, and immediately start waiting for the next one.
Double Down, by Gwenda Bond
The Disappearance of Ember Crow: The Tribe, by Ambelin Kwaymullina
Sequels! The first is another snappy mystery about everyone’s favorite teen reporter, Lois Lane; the second is the middle installment of The Tribe trilogy—following The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf—a post-apocalyptic dystopian series by an indigenous Australian author.
Perfect Liars, by Kimberly Reid
Even If the Sky Falls, by Mia Garcia
Two types of stories I’m always here for: Teen grifters, and up-all night romances. Perfect Liars stars diverse teen grifters, AND got a starred review from Kirkus. Even If the Sky Falls is set in New Orleans, which sounds like the perfect place to stay up all night and fall in love. I would like to read them both right NOW, please and thank you.
Draw the Line, by Laurent Linn
Another starred review! Comics and heroism and sexuality and identity and friendship in Texas.
Ask Me How I Got Here, by Christine Heppermann
I adored Heppermann’s Poisoned Apples, and most of what I’ve heard about this one suggests that I might love this one even more. It’s a verse novel that deals with faith and religion and love and abortion and sexuality and friendship—the Kirkus review isn’t particularly glowing, but I’ve heard raves elsewhere. This past weekend, it was nominated for the Amelia Bloomer List, so it looks like I’ll be reading it soon, soon, soon!
Flannery, by Lisa Moore
Can you remember the last time you read a YA book that was set in Newfoundland? Yeah, neither can I. Enter Flannery! Romance and friendship and family and economic challenges—I’m here for it all.
The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You, by Lily Anderson
A retelling of Much Ado About Nothing! I mentioned this one last week in my round-up of Shakespeare-themed YA, and I’m looking forward to it just as much now as I was then.
Outrun the Moon, by Stacey Lee
Invisible Fault Lines, by Kristen-Paige Madonia
Two books that center around the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The first is a historical set in the time leading up to the earthquake; the second is set after the centenary of it. In Outrun the Moon, Chinatown resident Mercy Wong talks her way into private school—and poses as a Chinese heiress—in the hopes of eventually opening up better opportunities for her younger brother; in Invisible Fault Lines, a girl begins to suspect that her missing father has been catapulted back to the turn of the century.
Silence Is Goldfish, by Annabel Pitcher
A fifteen-year-old discovers that not only is her father not her biological father, but that he never wanted her in the first place… and she stops talking. This one sounds like it’s going to be 350 pages of heart-punch, but in a good way.
What about you? What books are you especially looking forward to this month?
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 Twitter a lot—possibly too much—and watches a shocking amount of television. Her cat is a murderer.