Last week, I covered a few of the May YA romances I’m excited about—and last month, I covered Riley Redgate’s Noteworthy—but there are even MORE May books that I’m looking forward to!
Here are thirteen of them:
It's Not Like It's a Secret, by Misa Sugiura
Lots of things change for sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara when her father moves the family from Wisconsin to California—not the least of which is suddenly living in a much more diverse community ...
The Classic Novel Hits the Half-Century Mark
We humans are tribal people, organizing ourselves into bands and clans that divide the world into us and them, self and other: Goths. Bloods. Rotarians. Where blood is not the basis, something else becomes the point of division: a haircut or tattoo, a band or political issue. And for all our talk of the oneness of humankind, we seem to thrive on making such distinctions.
Theodore Geisel, Dr. Seuss, got it right in his prescient story from 1953, The Sneetches ...
A boy and girl go on a road trip to California. They visit the World’s Largest Ball of Twine. They fall in love. The plot of Rory Harrison’s debut novel, Looking for Group, sounds typical enough; the book itself is anything but.
Dylan is 17 and just found out that he is not, in fact, going to die. After years of being the kid with cancer and fed up with his barely present mom, he sets out on a quest ...
BOOK REPORT for Beneath the Shine by Sarah Fine
Beneath … the ShineBFF Charms:
Eventually, With BenefitsSwoonworthy Scale:
PolitechsBonus Factor: The Scarlet PimpernelFactor:
Needs a GlossaryRelationship Status:
Cover Story: Beneath … the Shine
This cover is a little on the nose. It’s pretty, and the gemstone flower certainly fits with the plot, but the literalness of it makes me laugh in an “I’m not sure ...
The sun is shining, all of the trees have buds, the garlic in our garden is growing a mile a minute, the birds are making a racket, and both of the cats dragged chipmunks into the house this morning. What does that all add up to? SPRING IS FINALLY HERE FOR REAL.
All of the new growth and WARM DAYS and wildlife activity has me feeling rejuvenated and joyfully mushily delighted, and OBVIOUSLY, I’d like to read some books that ...
Stuff happens to most people. One thing going wrong, I mean. One family member missing a chance to help. One who cuts you off. One person with her own shit to deal with.
One of those things isn’t enough to send you falling through the cracks.
But all of them together, they accumulate. An abandoned mother here. A missing uncle there. A disappearing father two generations back. A friendship broken by fear or mistrust or addiction. Genes that make you ...
BOOK REPORT for The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Cover Story: Heart Eyes
BFF Charm: Yay!
Swoonworthy Scale: 7
Talky Talk: Here's the Thing (TM Molly)
Bonus Factors: Family, Body Image, Tasty Business, Emoji
Relationship Status: Dancing Ladies with Bunny Ears
Cover Story: Heart Eyes
Simple but cute! The color's fab, and Molly's love of emoji is front and (almost) center. I'm also super into an author's covers all having a similar aesthetic, so ...
I know it’s not cool to define yourself by a boy. Girls are supposed to be independent, these days. We should be Strong Female Characters, we should be tough and self-motivated and grrrrrls instead of girls. We’re supposed to run the world—girls—and look unapologetically into the camera. We don’t have to smile. We can cross our arms or curl our hands into fists. Except that while we’re being tough and independent, we really should be beautiful, too; we’re just not ...