By Sophie Schmidt
Did you just graduate, or are you about to? Then congratulations on your big accomplishment! After finally receiving that shiny, nice piece of paper, you’re probably full of warm and fuzzy feelings – but maybe you’re a little anxious about the future, too. Here are some books that sum up that *~weird~* mix of feelings you have after walking across the stage and throwing your cap in the air.
Wildman by J. C. Geiger
Lance finds himself in a pickle when his ‘93 Buick breaks down on an exit in the middle of nowhere a few days before his graduation. The small town, if you can even call it that, is a world full of strange new things, and he earns himself the nickname Wildman. As days creep by, Lance starts to feel the pressure from home to be the person he once was – valedictorian and first chair trumpet player – even though he’s just beginning to realize who he really is.
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Lara Jean and Peter graduate in this final installment of their story (!). Lara Jean hunts for the *perfect* chocolate chip cookie recipe, deals with the stress of college applications – and decisions – and through it all finds strength in herself to take a leap of faith.
Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
Alice is unlucky. When she buys a lottery ticket for her best friend and secret crush Teddy, he wins – $140 million that is. Everything changes rapidly. Doors open that were previously closed. College finally becomes a dream that can be realized. As Teddy and Alice grapple with the tremors their big win is sending through their relationship, Alice discovers herself and learns that love has always and will always be there for her.
Kill All Happies by Rachel Cohn
Get ready for an epic party as you dive into this book. Vic Navarro takes her town by storm and throws a wild graduation party at Happies – a beloved restaurant that is going out of business. Vic hopes to create memories and laughs with her girls before they go their own ways, and maybe she will finally kiss her crush. What started as a graduation get together turns into a rager when locals turn up to the restaurant to wish it goodbye.
Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan
Piper and her two best friends have a plan – get out of Houston and into art school in New York City. Yet, as the close of senior year approaches, their group begins to implode. What Piper thought to be true gets turned on its head. Through all of it, art grounds Piper in a way that nothing and no one else can. Will she garner her strength to make a decision that can change it all?
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Ramona is stuck. She is one of two openly lesbian females in her town, her sister is pregnant, and, oh yeah, she works two jobs and has to finish high school. She has accepted that college is not something that is in her future, and she’s excited to be an aunt, but with her family’s trailer literally falling apart beneath them and her sister’s baby daddy moving in, Ramona is on the brink of drowning. Enter Freddie, Ramona’s childhood best friend and fellow swimmer. With Freddie in the picture, Ramona begins to question who she thought she was and who she wants to be.