Internment – A Horrifying Look Fifteen Minutes into the Future

Internment

Publication date : March 19th, 2019

Publisher : Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre : Young Adult | Speculative fiction

Page Count: 381

Synopsis : Rebellions are built on hope.

Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.
With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.
Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today. (From Goodreads)

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BLOG TOUR: SMALL TOWN HEARTS – The book to simultaneously squeeze your heart and wrap it in a hug

Small Town Hearts

Publication date : March 19th, 2019

Publisher : Swoon Reads | Macmillan

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 336

Synopsis : Rule #1 – Never fall for a summer boy.
Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar’s Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she’s totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fall. And when a reckless kiss causes all three of them to break up, she may lose them a lot sooner. On top of that, her ex-girlfriend is back in town, bringing with her a slew of memories, both good and bad.

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You Asked for Perfect – ft. a stressed MC who needs a hug and a nap

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Publication date : March 5th, 2019

Publisher : Penguin Random House

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 288

Synopsis : Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray. Continue reading

A Heart in a Body in the World – A gutting, haunting testimony of loss and grief

A Heart in a Body in the World

Publication date : September 18th, 2018

Publisher : Simon Pulse

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 358

Synopsis : When everything has been taken from you, what else is there to do but run?
So that’s what Annabelle does—she runs from Seattle to Washington, DC, through mountain passes and suburban landscapes, from long lonely roads to college towns. She’s not ready to think about the why yet, just the how—muscles burning, heart pumping, feet pounding the earth. But no matter how hard she tries, she can’t outrun the tragedy from the past year, or the person—The Taker—that haunts her. Continue reading

Immoral Code – Five Teens. One Heist. And a lot of love.

Immoral Code

Publication date : February 19th, 2019

Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 272

Synopsis :For Nari, aka Narioka Diane, aka hacker digital alter ego “d0l0s,” it’s college and then a career at “one of the big ones,” like Google or Apple. Keagan, her sweet, sensitive boyfriend, is happy to follow her wherever she may lead. Reese is an ace/aro visual artist with plans to travel the world. Santiago is off to Stanford on a diving scholarship, with very real Olympic hopes. And Bellamy? Physics genius Bellamy is admitted to MIT—but the student loan she’d been counting on is denied when it turns out her estranged father—one Robert Foster—is loaded.

Nari isn’t about to let her friend’s dreams be squashed by a deadbeat billionaire, so she hatches a plan to steal just enough from Foster to allow Bellamy to achieve her goals. (From Goodreads) Continue reading

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali – Ripped my heart open, planted hope in it and closed it

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Publication date : January 29th, 2019

Publisher : Scholastic Press

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 336

Synopsis : Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali tries her hardest to live up to her conservative Muslim parents’ expectations, but lately she’s finding that harder and harder to do. She rolls her eyes instead of screaming when they blatantly favor her brother and she dresses conservatively at home, saving her crop tops and makeup for parties her parents don’t know about. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life in Seattle and her new life at Caltech, where she can pursue her dream of becoming an engineer.

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American Panda – Emotional and Empowering coming of age story

American Panda

Publication date : February 6th, 2018

Publisher : !Simon Pulse | Simon & Schuster

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 311

Synopsis : At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies. With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth–that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese. Continue reading

Foolish Hearts – The book that feels like the warmest of hugs

Publication date : December 5th, 2017

Publisher : Henry Holt | Macmillan

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 320

Synopsis : The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn’t supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn’t know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they’re both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for. (From GoodreadsBut mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for. (From Goodreads)

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The Hate U Give – …Little Infants Fucks Everybody

 

The Hate U Give

Publication date : February 28th, 2017

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Publisher : Balzer + Bray | Harpercollins

Genre : Young Adult |Contemporary

Page Count: 444

Synopsis : Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
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Odd One Out – A Masterpiece of Messy Feelings and Relationships

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Publication date : October 9th, 2018goodreads

Publisher : Crown Books | Penguin Random House

Genre : Young Adult |Contemporary

Page Count: 320

Synopsis : Courtney “Coop” Cooper
Dumped. Again. And normally I wouldn’t mind. But right now, my best friend and source of solace, Jupiter Sanchez, is ignoring me to text some girl.

Rae Evelyn Chin
I assumed “new girl” would be synonymous with “pariah,” but Jupiter and Courtney make me feel like I’m right where I belong. I also want to kiss him. And her. Which is . . . perplexing.

Jupiter Charity-Sanchez
The only thing worse than losing the girl you love to a boy is losing her to your boy. That means losing him, too. I have to make a move. . .
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