29 More Contemporary Books I Can’t Wait For (Part 2)

Posted January 21, 2020 by Amber in Bookish Lists / 0 Comments

Hi, so I clearly I wasn’t lying when I said there would be more parts to Books I’m Looking Forward To. Today I’m sharing 29 more books that I can’t believe I almost forgot about. This is Contemporary because I have other lists up my sleeves I’m creating.

~One~

What I Want You To See by Catherine Linka

Releases: February 4th, 2020 from Disney-Hyperion

Goodreads Summary:

Winning a scholarship to California’s most prestigious art school seems like a fairy tale ending to Sabine Reye’s awful senior year. After losing both her mother and her home, Sabine longs for a place where she belongs.

But the cutthroat world of visual arts is nothing like what Sabine had imagined. Colin Krell, the renowned faculty member whom she had hoped would mentor her, seems to take merciless delight in tearing down her best work—and warns her that she’ll lose the merit-based award if she doesn’t improve.

Desperate and humiliated, Sabine doesn’t know where to turn. Then she meets Adam, a grad student who understands better than anyone the pressures of art school. He even helps Sabine get insight on Krell by showing her the modern master’s work in progress, a portrait that’s sold for a million dollars sight unseen.

Sabine is enthralled by the portrait; within those swirling, colorful layers of paint is the key to winning her inscrutable teacher’s approval. Krell did advise her to improve her craft by copying a painting she connects with . . . but what would he think of Sabine secretly painting her own version of his masterpiece? And what should she do when she accidentally becomes party to a crime so well -plotted that no one knows about it but her?

Complex and utterly original, What I Want You to See is a gripping tale of deception, attraction, and moral ambiguity

I am so interested in where this goes and how it happens. I could see what would cause a student to somewhat plagiarize a work. This crime that takes place has me very curious too.

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~Two~

Together We Caught Fire by Eva B. Gibson

Releases: February 11th, 2020 from Simon Pulse

Goodreads Summary:

A forbidden attraction grows even more complicated when the guy Lane Jamison has crushed on for years suddenly becomes her step-brother in this sexy and gorgeously written debut novel about the lines between love, desire, and obsession.

What happens when the boy you want most becomes the one person you can’t have?

Lane Jamison’s life is turned upside down the week before her senior year when her father introduces her to his new fiancée: mother of Grey McIntyre, Lane’s secret, longtime crush. Now with Grey living in Lane’s house, there’s only a thin wall separating their rooms, making it harder and harder to deny their growing mutual attraction—an attraction made all the more forbidden by Grey’s long-term girlfriend Sadie Hall, who also happens to be Lane’s friend

Torn between her feelings for Grey and her friendship with Sadie—not to mention her desire to keep the peace at home—Lane befriends Sadie’s older brother, Connor, the black sheep of the strict, evangelical Hall family. Connor, a metal working artist who is all sharp edges, challenges Lane in ways no one else ever has. As the two become closer and start to open up about the traumas in their respective pasts, Lane begins to question her conviction that Connor is just a distraction.

Tensions come to a head after a tragic incident at a party, forcing Lane to untangle her feelings for both boys and face the truth of what—and who—she wants, in this gripping and stunningly romantic debut novel.

So, it apparently takes me three reads before I can understand a book’s summary. When I first read this, I glazed over it and thought it would end up being a step sibling romance. Yeah… That is not what this is! At all. That alone makes me want to read this. I love books with family dynamics and this seems to be filled with. It seems there’s also going to be some somewhat friend drama which I’m here for. I can’t wait to see how Lane figures out her feelings and what it means and this ‘tragic incident’ at a party. I’ve been told this is really good too so I kind of need it at this point.

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~Three~

This Train is Being Held by Ismee Amiel Williams

Releases: February 11th, 2020 from Amulet Books

Goodreads Summary:

When private school student Isabelle Warren first meets Dominican-American Alex Rosario on the downtown 1 train, she remembers his green eyes and his gentlemanly behavior. He remembers her untroubled happiness, something he feels all rich kids must possess. That, and her long dancer legs. Over the course of multiple subway encounters spanning the next three years, Isabelle learns of Alex’s struggle with his father, who is hell-bent on Alex being a contender for the major leagues, despite Alex’s desire to go to college and become a poet. Alex learns about Isabelle’s unstable mother, a woman with a prejudice against Latino men. But fate—and the 1 train—throw them together when Isabelle needs Alex most. Heartfelt and evocative, this romantic drama will appeal to readers of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen.

I love the idea of a train romance because I use public transit and who doesn’t want that? Not the public transit part, the romance! I love that their relationship evolves over years of subway rides, ugh. Just give it to me now please.

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~Four~

Break The Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli

Releases: February 18th, 2020 from Razorbill

Goodreads Summary:

Audrey Lee is going to the Olympics.

A year ago, she could barely do a push up as she recovered from a spine surgery, one that could have paralyzed her. And now? She’s made the United States’ gymnastics team with her best friend, Emma, just like they both dreamed about since they were kids. She’s on top of the world.

The pressure for perfection is higher than ever when horrifying news rips the team apart. Audrey is desperate to advocate for her teammate who has been hurt by the one person they trusted most–but not all the gymnasts are as supportive.

With the team on the verge of collapse, the one bright spot in training is Leo, her new coach’s ridiculously cute son. And while Audrey probably (okay, definitely) shouldn’t date him until after the games, would it really be the end of the world?

Balancing the tenuous relationship between her teammates with unparalleled expectations, Audrey doesn’t need any more distractions. No matter what it takes, she’s not going to let anyone bring them down. But with painful revelations, incredible odds, and the very real possibility of falling at every turn, will Audrey’s determination be enough?

How gorgeous is that cover? I’m in love with it. There are not enough books with the Olympics in them or gymnastics in general. This seems like it will deal with the abuse that coaches have done with gymnasts, I’m not quite sure and don’t want to assume. This makes me really interested in it though.

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~Five~

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

Releases: March 3rd, 2020 from

Goodreads Summary:

SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA meets CLUELESS in this boy-meets-boy spin on Grease

Summer love…gone so fast.

Ollie and Will were meant to be a summer fling—casual, fun, and done. But when Ollie’s aunt’s health takes a turn for the worse and his family decides to stay in North Carolina to take care of her, Ollie lets himself hope this fling can grow to something more. Dreams that are crushed when he sees Will at a school party and finds that the sweet and affectionate (and comfortably queer) guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High.

Will is more than a little shocked to see Ollie the evening of that first day of school. While his summer was spent being very much himself, back at school he’s simply known as one of the varsity basketball guys. Now Will is faced with the biggest challenge of his life: follow his heart and risk his friendships, or stay firmly in the closet and lose what he loves most.

Before I read the Grease comparison, I thought of Grease with the summary. This is like a reversed Ramona Blue situation – sort of. I can’t wait to see how this works it’s way out.

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~Six~

When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey

Releases: March 3rd, 2020 from Simon Pulse

Goodreads Summary:

A sly, witchy dark comedy about six teens whose magic goes wildly awry from Magic for Liars author Sarah Gailey, who Chuck Wendig calls an “author to watch.”

Keeping your magic a secret is hard. Being in love with your best friend is harder.

Alexis has always been able to rely on two things: her best friends, and the magic powers they all share. Their secret is what brought them together, and their love for each other is unshakeable—even when that love is complicated. Complicated by problems like jealousy, or insecurity, or lust. Or love.

That unshakeable, complicated love is one of the only things that doesn’t change on prom night.

When accidental magic goes sideways and a boy winds up dead, Alexis and her friends come together to try to right a terrible wrong. Their first attempt fails—and their second attempt fails even harder. Left with the remains of their failed spells and more consequences than anyone could have predicted, each of them must find a way to live with their part of the story.

I like the witch trend that seems to be coming about this year and I love it even more when there’s a group of friends involved. I love dark comedies so I hope this will be one book worth waiting for.

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~Seven~

Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura

Releases: March 3rd from Tor Teen

Goodreads Summary:

Warning: Contains family expectations, delightful banter, great romantic tension, skating (all kinds!), Korean pastries, and all the feels.

Fifteen-year-old, biracial figure skater Olivia Kennedy’s Olympic dreams have ended. She’s bitter, but enjoying life as a regular teenager instead of an athlete… until Jonah Choi starts training at her family’s struggling rink. Jonah’s driven, talented, going for the Olympics in speed skating, completely annoying… and totally gorgeous. Between teasing Jonah, helping her best friend try out for roller derby, figuring out life as a normal teen and keeping the family business running, Olivia’s got her hands full. But will rivalry bring her closer to Jonah, or drive them apart?

Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura is a charming multicultural romance perfect for the many fans of Jenny Han and Rainbow Rowell.

Um, Every Reason We Shouldn’t has me by the warning label because I love all of those things minus Korean pastries, so we’ll just say pastries. Ah, here we have a figure skater who, unlike Break The Fall’s main character, Aurdrey is not going to the olympics. How do you even cope with that kind of let down? She’s doing well apparently. Until a guy, there’s always a love interest to help, ha. And I love a good rivalry.

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~Eight~

Most Likely (#1) by Sarah Watson

Releases: March 10th, 2020 from Poppy

Goodreads Summary:

From the creator of the hit TV series The Bold Type comes an empowering and heartfelt novel about a future female president’s senior year of high school.

Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha (listed in alphabetical order out of fairness) have been friends since kindergarten. Now they’re in their senior year, facing their biggest fears about growing up and growing apart. But there’s more than just college on the horizon. One of these girls is destined to become the president of the United States. The mystery, of course, is which girl gets the gig.

Is it Ava, the picture-perfect artist who’s secretly struggling to figure out where she belongs? Or could it be CJ, the one who’s got everything figured out…except how to fix her terrible SAT scores? Maybe it’s Jordan, the group’s resident journalist, who knows she’s ready for more than their small Ohio suburb can offer. And don’t overlook Martha, who will have to overcome all the obstacles that stand in the way of her dreams.

This is the story of four best friends who have one another’s backs through every new love, breakup, stumble, and success–proving that great friendships can help young women achieve anything…even a seat in the Oval Office.

I love The Bold Type! I love the idea of women presidents! I’m excited to see which of these girls is going to end up president. I’m always into friendship books as well and I love that there seems to be no competitive drama here.

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~Nine~

The Small Crimes of Tiffany Templeton by Richard Fitfield

Releases: March 10th, 2020 from Razorbill

Goodreads Summary:

The Serpent King meets Girl in Pieces in this moving and darkly funny story about a teenage girl coming of age and learning how to grieve in small-town Montana.

Tiffany Templeton is tough. She dresses exclusively in black, buys leather jackets that are several sizes too big, and never backs down from a fight. She’s known in her tiny Montana town as Tough Tiff, and after her shoplifting arrest and a stint in a reform school, the nickname is here to stay.

But when she comes back home, Tiffany may not be the same old Tough Tiff that everybody remembers. Her life is different now: her mother keeps her on an even shorter leash than before, she meets with a probation officer once a month, and she’s still grieving her father’s recent death.

As Tiffany navigates her new life and learns who she wants to be, she must also contend with an overbearing best friend, the geriatric cast of a high-maintenance drama production, her first boyfriend, and a town full of eccentric neighbors–not to mention a dark secret she’s been keeping about why the ex-football coach left town.

I read and loved Girl In Pieces so any book compared to that kind of has to be on my super-long TBR. I’m interested in Tiffany and what’s changed with her and her secret about the ex-football coach.

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~Ten~

Harley In The Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Releases: March 10th, 2020 from Ink Road

Goodreads Summary:

Harley Milano has dreamed of being a trapeze artist for as long as she can remember. With parents who run a famous circus in Las Vegas, she spends almost every night in the big top watching their lead aerialist perform, wishing with all her soul that she could be up there herself one day.

After a huge fight with her parents, who continue to insist she go to school instead, Harley leaves home, betrays her family and joins the rival traveling circus Maison du Mystère. There, she is thrust into a world that is both brutal and beautiful, where she learns the value of hard work, passion and collaboration. But at the same time, Harley must come to terms with the truth of her family and her past—and reckon with the sacrifices she made and the people she hurt in order to follow her dreams.

Oh my gosh, Harley literally leaves her family and joins a circus! What even is that? Aside from totally amazing and can you even imagine? It sounds amazing. Of course, leaving your family to follow your dreams is never easy and there’s bound to be hurt involved and she already has my heart for that. 🧡

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~Eleven~

Sparrow by Mary Cecilia Jackson

Releases: March 17th by Tor Teen

Goodreads Summary:

In the tradition of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, a devastating but hopeful YA debut about a ballerina who finds the courage to confront the abuse that haunts her past and threatens her future.

There are two kinds of people on the planet. Hunters and prey
I thought I would be safe after my mother died. I thought I could stop searching for new places to hide. But you can’t escape what you are, what you’ve always been.
My name is Savannah Darcy Rose.
And I am still prey.

Though Savannah Rose―Sparrow to her friends and family―is a gifted ballerina, her real talent is keeping secrets. Schooled in silence by her long-dead mother, Sparrow has always believed that her lifelong creed―“I’m not the kind of girl who tells”―will make her just like everyone else: Normal. Happy. Safe. But in the aftermath of a brutal assault by her seemingly perfect boyfriend Tristan, Sparrow must finally find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past, or lose herself forever….

I mean, why wouldn’t I want to read this? The gorgeous cover, the comparison to Speak, the main character is a ballerina. It’s just a given. The ballet life is hardcore from what I read of Tiny Pretty Things and Shiny Broken Pieces, couple that with what Savannah’s going through and I’m so broken for her. This book seems to be dealing with a super needed topic with abuse by seemingly “perfect” dating partners. Domestic violence should be in YA more and I’m so excited for Sparrow.

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~Twelve~

Girls With Razor Hearts (#2) by Suzanne Young

Releases: March 17th by Simon Pulse

Goodreads Summary:

It’s time to fight back in this second novel in a thrilling, subversive near future series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young about a girls-only private high school that is far more than it appears to be.

Make me a girl with a razor heart…

It’s been weeks since Mena and the other girls of Innovations Academy escaped their elite boarding school. Although traumatized by the violence and experimentations that occurred there, Mena quickly discovers that the outside world can be just as unwelcoming and cruel. With no one else to turn to, the girls only have each other—and the revenge-fueled desire to shut down the corporation that imprisoned them.

The girls enroll in Stoneridge Prep, a private school with suspect connections to Innovations, to identify the son of an investor and take down the corporation from the inside. But with pressure from Leandra, who revealed herself to be a double-agent, and Winston Weeks, an academy investor gone rogue, Mena wonders if she and her friends are simply trading one form of control for another. Not to mention the woman who is quite literally invading Mena’s thoughts—a woman with extreme ideas that both frighten and intrigue Mena.

And as the girls fight for freedom from their past—and freedom for the girls still at Innovations—they must also face new questions about their existence…and what it means to be girls with razor hearts.

I listened to Girls With Sharp Sticks, which I still need to review soon and it was absolutely amazing. I loved the entire thing. I obviously need the sequel and guess what? I have it! As an eARC, I need to read it soon.

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~Thirteen~

We Were Promised Spotlights by Lindsay Sproul

Releases: March 24th by G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books For Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

The Miseducation of Cameron Post meets Everything Leads to You in this queer young adult novel.

Taylor Garland’s good looks have earned her the admiration of everyone in her small town. She’s homecoming queen, the life of every party, and she’s on every boy’s most-wanted list.

People think Taylor is living the dream, and assume she’ll stay in town and have kids with the homecoming king–maybe even be a dental hygienist if she’s super ambitious. But Taylor is actually desperate to leave home, and she hates the smell of dentists’ offices. Also? She’s completely in love with her best friend, Susan.

Senior year is almost over, and everything seems perfect. Now Taylor just has to figure out how to throw it all away.

Lindsay Sproul’s debut is full of compelling introspection and painfully honest commentary on what it’s like to be harnessed to a destiny you never wanted.

Fun fact: Every time I read the title I want to say “Jetpacks”, like the band, which I imagine is where the title came from. Possibly unrequited love is never easy and it’s even harder when you don’t know if the other person likes your gender. I’m all for this even though it’s going to possibly hurt.

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~Fourteen~

Tiger’s Not DaughtersTigers, Not Daughters (#1) by Samantha Mabry

Releases: March 24th by Algonquin Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

The Torres sisters dream of escape. Escape from their needy and despotic widowed father, and from their San Antonio neighborhood, full of old San Antonio families and all the traditions and expectations that go along with them. In the summer after her senior year of high school, Ana, the oldest sister, falls to her death from her bedroom window. A year later, her three younger sisters, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa, are still consumed by grief and haunted by their sister’s memory. Their dream of leaving Southtown now seems out of reach. But then strange things start happening around the house: mysterious laughter, mysterious shadows, mysterious writing on the walls. The sisters begin to wonder if Ana really is haunting them, trying to send them a message—and what exactly she’s trying to say.

In a stunning follow-up to her National Book Award–longlisted novel All the Wind in the World, Samantha Mabry weaves an aching, magical novel that is one part family drama, one part ghost story, and one part love story.

The summary had me at “dream of escape”. Oh, I understand that too well. Tiger’s, Not Daughters has my favorite things: Family drama, haunting and intense feelings.

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~Fifteen~

We Are Totally Normal by Rahul Kanakia

Releases: March 31st, 2020 from Harper Teen

Goodreads Summary:

Nandan’s got a plan to make his junior year perfect. He’s going to make sure all the parties are chill, he’s going to smooth things over with his ex, and he’s going to help his friend Dave get into the popular crowd—whether Dave wants to or not. The high school social scene might be complicated, but Nandan is sure he’s cracked the code.

Then, one night after a party, Dave and Nandan hook up, which was not part of the plan—especially because Nandan has never been into guys. Still, Dave’s cool, and Nandan’s willing to give it a shot, even if that means everyone starts to see him differently.

But while Dave takes to their new relationship with ease, Nandan’s completely out of his depth. And the more his anxiety grows about what his sexuality means for himself, his friends, and his social life, the more he wonders whether he can just take it all back. But is breaking up with the only person who’s ever really gotten him worth feeling “normal” again?

From Rahul Kanakia comes a raw and deeply felt story about rejecting labels, seeking connection, and finding yourself.

The summary reminds me of What If It’s Us with a couple trying to figure out who they are with each other.

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~Sixteen~

We Are The Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian

Releases: March 31st, 2020 from Simon Schuster Books For Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

A toxic coach finds himself outplayed by the high school girls on his team in this deeply suspenseful novel, which unspools over twenty-four hours through six diverse perspectives.

Tomorrow, the Wildcat varsity field hockey squad will play the first game of their new season. But at tonight’s team sleepover, the girls are all about forging the bonds of trust, loyalty, and friendship necessary to win.

Everything hinges on the midnight initiation ceremony—a beloved tradition and the only facet of being a Wildcat that the girls control. Until now.

Coach—a handsome former college player revered and feared in equal measure—changes the plan and spins his team on a new adventure. One where they take a rival team’s mascot for a joyride, crash a party in their pajamas, break into the high school for the perfect picture.

But as the girls slip out of their comfort zone, so do some long-held secrets. And just how far they’re willing to go for their team takes them all—especially Coach—by surprise.

A testament to the strength and resilience of modern teenage girls, We Are the Wildcats will have readers cheering.

More toxic coaches, yes, this is a thing. This cover makes me so happy. Anyway, I am getting Sleepover movie vibes from the summary! I can’t wait to see these girls bond and reveal stuff.

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~Seventeen

The Lucky Ones by Liz LawsonThe Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson

Releases: April 7th, 2020 from Delacorte Press

Goodreads Summary:

For fans of Thirteen Reasons Why, This Is How It Ends, and All the Bright Places, comes a new novel about life after. How do you put yourself back together when it seems like you’ve lost it all?

May is a survivor. But she doesn’t feel like one. She feels angry. And lost. And alone. Eleven months after the school shooting that killed her twin brother, May still doesn’t know why she was the only one to walk out of the band room that day. No one gets what she went through–no one saw and heard what she did. No one can possibly understand how it feels to be her.

Zach lost his old life when his mother decided to defend the shooter. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends bailed, and now he spends his time hanging out with his little sister…and the one faithful friend who stuck around. His best friend is needy and demanding, but he won’t let Zach disappear into himself. Which is how Zach ends up at band practice that night. The same night May goes with her best friend to audition for a new band.

Which is how May meets Zach. And how Zach meets May. And how both might figure out that surviving could be an option after all.

Ugh, this book sounds like a read full of pain and sorrow and healing. I’m already hurt and I haven’t read it yet. It sounds devastating and I always love a book where people meet each other at the right time.

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~Eighteen~

Girl, Crushed by Katie Heaney

Releases: April 7th, 2020 from Knopf Books For Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

Leah on the Offbeat meets We Are Okay in this pitch-perfect queer romance about falling in love and never quite falling out of it–heartbreak, unexpected new crushes, and all.

Before Quinn Ryan was in love with Jamie Rudawski, she loved Jamie Rudawski, who was her best friend. But when Jamie dumps Quinn a month before their senior year, Quinn is suddenly girlfriend-less and best friend-less.

Enter a new crush: Ruby Ocampo, the gorgeous and rich lead singer of the popular band Sweets, who’s just broken up with her on-again, off-again boyfriend. Quinn’s always only wanted to be with Jamie, but if Jamie no longer wants to be with her, why can’t Quinn go all in on her crush on Ruby? But the closer Quinn grows to Ruby, the more she misses Jamie, and the more (she thinks) Jamie misses her. Who says your first love can’t be your second love, too?

Katie Heaney is a full-time senior writer for The Cut, a former editor at BuzzFeed, and the author of the memoirs Never Have I Ever: My Life So Far without a Date and Would You Rather? Girl Crushed is her YA debut.

I loved Leah On The Offbeat and We Are Okay so much! This sounds great and I’m so confused on who’s going to be the endgame couple. New crushes are fun while dealing with old relationships though, right? Well, maybe.

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~Nineteen~

What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter

Releases: April 7th, 2020 from Simon Schuster Books For Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

Can a love triangle have only two people in it? Online, it can…but in the real world, it’s more complicated. In this debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Morgan Matson, Marisa Kanter hilariously and poignantly explores what happens when internet friends turn into IRL crushes.

Is it still a love triangle if there are only two people in it?

There are a million things that Halle Levitt likes about her online best friend, Nash.

He’s an incredibly talented graphic novelist. He loves books almost as much as she does. And she never has to deal with the awkwardness of seeing him in real life. They can talk about anything…

Except who she really is.

Because online, Halle isn’t Halle—she’s Kels, the enigmatically cool creator of One True Pastry, a YA book blog that pairs epic custom cupcakes with covers and reviews. Kels has everything Halle doesn’t: friends, a growing platform, tons of confidence, and Nash.

That is, until Halle arrives to spend senior year in Gramps’s small town and finds herself face-to-face with real, human, not-behind-a-screen Nash. Nash, who is somehow everywhere she goes—in her classes, at the bakery, even at synagogue.

Nash who has no idea she’s actually Kels.

If Halle tells him who she is, it will ruin the non-awkward magic of their digital friendship. Not telling him though, means it can never be anything more. Because while she starts to fall for Nash as Halle…he’s in love with

Um, two words, okay, three words, maybe four words? “YA book blog”. Just take my money now, Marisa! I love this so much! Especially the balancing an online-based friendship with a real-life friendship and not even knowing!

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~Twenty~

Little Universes by Heather DemetriosLittle Universes by Heather Demetrios

Releases: April 7th, 2020 from Henry, Holt and Co. (BYR)

Goodreads Summary:

One wave: that’s all it takes for the rest of Mae and Hannah Winters’ lives to change.

When a tsunami strikes the island where their parents are vacationing, it soon becomes clear that their mom and dad are never coming home. Forced to move to Boston from sunny California for the rest of their senior year, each girl struggles with secrets their parents’ death has brought to light, and with their uncertainty about the future. Instead of bringing them closer, it feels like the wave has torn the sisters apart.

Hannah is a secret poet who wants to be seen, but only knows how to hide. The pain pills she stole from her dead father hurl her onto the shores of an addiction she can’t shake and a dealer who turns her heart upside down. When it’s clear Hannah’s drowning, Mae, a budding astronaut suddenly launched into an existential crisis—and unexpected love—must choose between herself and the only family she has left.

Little Universes is a book about the powerful bond between sisters, the kinds of love that never die, and the journey we all must make through the baffling cruelty and unexpected beauty of human life in an incomprehensible universe.

I will read anything Contemporary that Heather puts out. Especially when it’s about sisters. I am so into this already, I just want it now. A secret poet, a pill addiction, and grief? Yes, I need this. It’s really draining and can’t be easy knowing a family member is doing that though so I am so interested in what Mae decides to do! Sometimes you have to leave people behind but…maybe there’s another way.

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~Twenty-One~

The Perfect Escape (#1) by Suzanne Park

Releases: April 7th, 2020 from Sourcebooks Fire

Goodreads Summary:

Love is a battlefield in this hysterical rom-com debut, perfect for fans of Jenny Han.

Nate Jae-Woo Kim wants to be rich. When one of his classmates offers Nate a ridiculous amount of money to commit grade fraud, he knows that taking the windfall would help support his prideful Korean family, but is compromising his integrity worth it?

Kate Anderson wants a fresh start, away from her controlling father. She fantasizes about escaping to New York, where she can pursue her dreams. But how can Kate get there when she can’t even buy dinner without his approval?

Worlds collide when Nate and Kate meet at the zombie-themed escape room where they both work. As sparks fly, fate steps in: a local tech company is hosting a weekend-long survivalist competition with a huge cash prize that could solve all their problems. The real challenge? Making it through the weekend with their hearts intact…

I mean, who doesn’t want to be rich? Or at least be able to make ends meet, I don’t even need to be rich, just give me enough to get through the year and I’m good. Nate, however, he wants to be rich. Obviously he’s not going to go through with the commit grade fraud otherwise he wouldn’t need to win the cash prize. I’m mostly interested in this zombie-themed escape room and weeklong survivalist competition.

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~Twenty-Two~

Mad, Bad & Dangerous To Know by Samira Ahmed

Releases:  April 7th, 2020 from Soho Teen

Goodreads Summary:

Told in alternating narratives that bridge centuries, the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Samira Ahmed traces the lives of two young women fighting to write their own stories and escape the pressure of familial burdens and cultural expectations in worlds too long defined by men.

It’s August in Paris and 17-year-old Khayyam Maquet—American, French, Indian, Muslim—is at a crossroads. This holiday with her professor parents should be a dream trip for the budding art historian. But her maybe-ex-boyfriend is probably ghosting her, she might have just blown her chance at getting into her dream college, and now all she really wants is to be back home in Chicago figuring out her messy life instead of brooding in the City of Light.

Two hundred years before Khayyam’s summer of discontent, Leila is struggling to survive and keep her true love hidden from the Pasha who has “gifted” her with favored status in his harem. In the present day—and with the company of a descendant of Alexandre Dumas—Khayyam begins to connect allusions to an enigmatic 19th-century Muslim woman whose path may have intersected with Alexandre Dumas, Eugène Delacroix, and Lord Byron.

Echoing across centuries, Leila and Khayyam’s lives intertwine, and as one woman’s long-forgotten life is uncovered, another’s is transformed.

I loved Samra’s previous two books so of course I need to read this one. I like how this one is going to have multiple narrators and two different time periods. It sounds so good.  I want her ex-boyfriend to pay at ghosting her, if he is, I mean. This sounds like such a unique story with Leila and Khayyam’s lives intertwining.

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~Twenty-Three~

Somebody Told Me by Mia Siegert

Releases: April 7th, 2020 from Carolrhoda Lab (R)

Goodreads Summary:

A novel of trauma, identity, and survival.

After an assault, bigender seventeen-year-old Aleks/Alexis is looking for a fresh start―so they voluntarily move in with their uncle, a Catholic priest. In their new bedroom, Aleks/Alexis discovers they can overhear parishioners in the church confessional. Moved by the struggles of these “sinners,” Aleks/Alexis decides to anonymously help them, finding solace in their secret identity: a guardian angel instead of a victim.

But then Aleks/Alexis overhears a confession of another priest admitting to sexually abusing a parishioner. As they try to uncover the priest’s identity before he hurts anyone again, Aleks/Alexis is also forced to confront their own abuser and come to terms with their past trauma.

I very guilty have not read Jerkbait yet. I hate myself. I need this book though! I love, that sounds so bad, books dealing with trauma! Oh, that sounds awful. I mean it in the best way possible. If such a thing exists. I love how Aleks/Alexis initially wants to help people then when they hear something more sinister, they want to stop it. I can’t wait for this.

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~Twenty-Four~

Goodbye From Nowhere by Sara Zarr

Releases: April 7th, 2020 from Balzer + Bray

Goodreads Summary:

Kyle Baker thought his family was happy. Happy enough, anyway. That’s why, when Kyle learns that his mother has been having an affair and his father has been living with the secret, his reality is altered. He quits baseball, ghosts his girlfriend, and generally checks out of life as he’s known it. With his older sisters out of the house and friends who don’t get it, the only person he can talk to is his cousin Emily—who is always there on the other end of his texts but still has her own life, hours away.

Kyle’s parents want him to keep the secret of his mother’s affair from the rest of the family until after what might be their last big summer reunion. As Kyle watches the effects of his parents’ choices ripple out over friends, family, and strangers, and he feels the walls of his relationships closing in, he has to decide what his obligations are to everyone he cares for—including himself.

National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr returns with an intimate, exquisitely crafted novel of anxiety and identity, of the ways that secrets keep us together and pull us apart, and of the courage it takes to see those we love for who they are.

Fun fact, I had a classmate in Elementary school named Kyle Baker. What are the odds?

Goodbye From Nowhere sounds like a book from my heart though. A happy family you discover is the total opposite of happy? Yes, yes, I’m sold. Just hand it over now. I need, need, need this. I can relate to the anxiety and what it does to you and not having anyone “get it”. I love that he has to figure out his obligations though and I hope he ends up putting his own feelings first.

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~Twenty-Five~

Girls Save The World In This One by Ash Parsons

Releases: April 14th, 2020 from Philomel Books

Goodreads Summary:

Shaun of the Dead meets Clueless in this hilarious YA horror comedy set at a local zombie convention—featuring a teenage girl gang that has to save the world from a horde of actual zombies. Perfect for fans of Geekerella, Undead Girl Gang, and Anna and the Apocalypse.

June’s whole life has been leading up to this: ZombieCon, the fan convention celebrating all things zombies. She and her two best friends plan on hitting all the panels, photo ops, and meeting the heartthrob lead of their favorite zombie apocalypse show Human Wasteland.

And when they arrive everything seems perfect, though June has to shrug off some weirdness from other fans—people shambling a little too much, and someone actually biting a cast member. Then all hell breaks loose and June and her friends discover the truth: real zombies are taking over the con. Now June must do whatever it takes to survive a horde of actual brain-eating zombies—and save the world. This is a hilarious and heartfelt horror comedy, an ode to zombies, friendship, and girl power that readers are going to love.

More zombie books! Clueless, Geekerella and Undead Girl Gang are some of my faves. Just give me all the teenage girl books. This sounds so good, they have to stop zombies. Like actual zombies. What in the world??

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~Twenty-Six~

Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan

Releases: April 21st, 2020 from G. P. Putnam Sons Books For Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

From the author of Hot Dog Girl comes a fresh and funny YA contemporary romance about two teens who fall in love in an indie comic book shop.

Jubilee has it all together. She’s an elite cellist, and when she’s not working in her stepmom’s indie comic shop, she’s prepping for the biggest audition of her life.Ridley is barely holding it together. His parents own the biggest comic-store chain in the country, and Ridley can’t stop disappointing them–that is, when they’re even paying attention.They meet one fateful night at a comic convention prom, and the two can’t help falling for each other. Too bad their parents are at each other’s throats every chance they get, making a relationship between them nearly impossible . . . unless they manage to keep it a secret.Then again, the feud between their families may be the least of their problems. As Ridley’s anxiety spirals, Jubilee tries to help but finds her focus torn between her fast-approaching audition and their intensifying relationship. What if love can’t conquer all? What if each of them needs more than the other can give?

”What if each of them needs more than the other can give?”

Well, that’s such an important question. Their relationship can’t be easy with their rivaling parents. And they fall in love at a comic book shop. Be still, my heart. I don’t read comments but I obviously read books and this sounds fantastic. Especially the anxiety component because parental pressure is hard.

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~Twenty-Seven~

Late To The Party by Kelly Quindlen

Releases: April 21st, 2020 from Roaring Book Press

Goodreads Summary:

Seventeen is nothing like Codi Teller imagined.

She’s never crashed a party, never stayed out too late. She’s never even been kissed. And it’s not just because she’s gay. It’s because she and her two best friends, Maritza and JaKory, spend more time in her basement watching Netflix than engaging with the outside world.

So when Maritza and JaKory suggest crashing a party, Codi is highly skeptical. Those parties aren’t for kids like them. They’re for cool kids. Straight kids.

But then Codi stumbles upon one of those cool kids, Ricky, kissing another boy in the dark, and an unexpected friendship is formed. In return for never talking about that kiss, Ricky takes Codi under his wing and draws her into a wild summer filled with late nights, new experiences, and one really cute girl named Lydia.

The only problem? Codi never tells Maritza or JaKory about any of it.

From author Kelly Quindlen comes a poignant and deeply relatable story about friendship, self-acceptance, what it means to be a Real Teenager. Late to the Party is an ode to late bloomers and wallflowers everywhere.

This is giving me Booksmart vibes and I can’t say I hate that. This sounds so good, it’s such a book to the wallflowers. I’m excited to see where the romance goes and also the friendship because of Codi never told them, things will be complicated.

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~Twenty-Eight~

A Breath Too Late by Rocky Callen

Releases: April 28th, 2020 from Henry Holt and Co (BYR)

Goodreads Summary:

For fans of Girl in Pieces, All the Bright Places, and Girl, Interrupted comes a haunting and breathtaking YA contemporary debut novel that packs a powerful message: hope can be found in the darkness.

“Achingly poignant . . . a love letter and a life raft to the brokenhearted.” –New York Times–bestselling author Alison McGhee

Seventeen-year-old Ellie had no hope left. Yet the day after she dies by suicide, she finds herself in the midst of an out-of-body experience. She is a spectator, swaying between past and present, retracing the events that unfolded prior to her death.

But there are gaps in her memory, fractured pieces Ellie is desperate to re-assemble. There’s her mother, a songbird who wanted to break free from her oppressive cage. The boy made of brushstrokes and goofy smiles who brought color into a gray world. Her brooding father, with his sad puppy eyes and clenched fists. Told in epistolary-like style, this deeply moving novel sensitively examines the beautiful and terrible moments that make up a life and the possibilities that live in even the darkest of places. Perfect for fans of the critically-acclaimed Speak, I’ll Give You the Sun, and If I Stay.

A Breath Too Late sounds like it’s going to break my heart and I deserve it. My heart hurts just reading the summary. Not only does Ellie have problems due to her dying by suicide but her mother has also struggled and her father sounds like he’s not the greatest person. I’m interested to see where this ends up.

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~Twenty-Nine~

Clique Bait by Ann Valett

Releases: April 28th, 2020 from Harper Teen

Goodreads Summary:

Pretty Little Liars meets Burn for Burn in this thrilling debut from Wattpad star Ann Valett.

Chloe Whittaker is out for revenge. Last year her best friend Monica’s life was unceremoniously ruined by the most popular students at their high school, so this year Chloe plans to take each and every one of them down. She traded her jeans and T-shirts for the latest designer clothes, deleted everything on social media that would tie her to Monica (and blow her cover), and carefully devised a way to befriend the members of the popular clique. Now all that’s left to do is uncover their deepest, darkest secrets and reveal them to the world.

Chloe has the perfect plan…that is, until she begins to fall for one of the people she’s determined to destroy.

Ah, it’s by a Wattpad author!

I will happily take all of the books about infiltrating and getting revenge. Do not fall for them Chloe, just take them all down.

I have no chill. This is not new.

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There we go. I hope you’ve discovered something you may not have heard of before. I’ll be putting up a third list in February for May-July because I can’t help but love all the books. Realistically, I’ll only read around ten of them but we’re going to ignore that. Do any of these books stand out to you? Have you read any of them? What books are you excited for?

Posted January 21, 2020 by Amber in Bookish Lists / 0 Comments

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