by Sophie Schmidt
Yay, finally a New Year! And that means we are getting another GREAT year of books! We’re always excited to hear new voices in the book world. Here are some to look out for to add to your TBR list this year!
You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Start off the year with this heart-wrenching read. Solomon brings the story of twin sisters Adina and Tovah, who share nothing but their ambitious natures. As they get older, the girls are tested for Huntington’s Disease, a rare genetic disorder that is stealing the mind and body of their mother. When the test results come back, one tests positive and the other negative. Their relationship is pushed to its limits, and they must decide if it’s worth saving.
Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke
Jane is ready to prove she has what it takes to win at life. After her expulsion from high school, her parents encourage her to finish her schooling through a program at a local community college in Elbow River. She agrees on the condition that she gets to move out. To take care of her housing situation, Jane joins House of Orange, a small Elbow River CC version of Big Brother. Let the reality begin.
Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
Maya is being pulled in two directions: the future that her parents want for her (marry a good Muslim boy) and one she wants for herself (studying film in New York City). As she navigates this dichotomy, her world is changed by a suicide bomber who happens to share the same last name as her.
The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis
Evan Panos is trying. He is trying to be the son his mother wants him to be. He is trying to figure out what his best friend Henry wants. He is trying to figure out where he fits in. His only reprieve is the art he does in a lonely church. As his relationship with Henry begins to change into something more, Evan begins to realize he needs to speak up or risk being silenced forever.
American Panda by Gloria Chao
The daughter of parents who want her to become a doctor at MIT, Mei is ready to fulfill their dreams. The only things standing in her way are: 1) a crush on a Japanese boy, 2) her intense dislike of germs, and 3) her tendency to fall asleep in biology lectures. Trying to reconcile who she wants to be and who her parents want her to be, Mei reconnects with her estranged brother and realizes she must figure out who she is before her lies begins to unravel.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Orïsha used to be full of magic. Zélie remembers when it filled her world, until the orders from the ruthless king mandated the killing of the maji. When Zélie has the chance to bring it back she takes it, and teams up with the princess while on the run from a crown prince hell-bent on eradicating magic.
Nothing Left to Burn by Heather Ezell
The morning after Audrey Harper loses her virginity, she answers the door to firefighters saying the wildfire that has been sweeping through Orange County could be at her lawn soon. With this news she must grapple with the possibility of losing her home and the early summer memories with dashing volunteer firefighter Brooks.
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan
Leigh Chen Sanders knows that her mother became a bird after she died by suicide. As Leigh struggles with the grief, she travels to Taiwan to meet the grandparents she never knew, determined to find her mother, the bird. The longer she is there, the more she uncovers about her family’s secrets and a past her mother was reluctant to share.
Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood
Post-World War I wing walker Grace Lafferty lives when she is 500 feet in the sky. She is determined to bring her stunts to new levels, despite the doubts of mechanic Henry. When one of her moves saves a pilot’s life, she is invited to perform at the World Aviation Expo. After a maneuver goes wrong, she questions if one more trick is worth her life.
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Eelyn is a warrior. She has grown up to fight with the Aska in their long blood-feud against the Riki clan. During a battle she sees the impossible: her brother fighting with the Riki. Her brother who died five years ago. As she begins to see herself in the people she was taught to hate, Eelyn must decide where she stands.
My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
Self-proclaimed Bollywood expert Winnie Mehta is sure her love with Raj is written in the stars, but she isn’t sure he’s her soulmate. With her trust in the pandit that predicted this, she accepts her fate. Yet when she returns to film camp she finds Raj in a compromising position with another girl. Confused and skeptical, Winnie finds an ally in Dev, a fellow film geek. With Dev, and some help with a Bollywood movie star, Winnie just may be able to shuck off her predestined love and get that Bollywood ending she wants.
Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi
Get ready to laugh, cry and get into a little bit of trouble with Lulu Saad. Her shenanigans may cause her some trouble (her stunt during Ramadan is honestly NBD), but her three best friends have her back and they can conquer the world together. Yet the mess she created might be bigger than she thinks. In the midst of it all, Lulu is able to find herself.
Your Destination is on the Left by Lauren Spieller
Dessa dreams of going to school to study art, her true passion, but she hasn’t been accepted anywhere. Her life has been defined by the exit signs and state lines that her family drives by in their RV, which is inextricably tangled with her best friend’s family. When she finds an internship in New Mexico, Dessa must prove to her boss and to herself that she belongs. Yet when she finally begins to click, her family takes a major blow that causes her to choose between the life she’s always known or putting down roots.
Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
Don’t quite fit in at school? Neither does Michael, an atheist attending St. Clare’s, a strict Catholic school. Walking the halls looking for a friend as the new kid at school, Michael finds Lucy, Avi and the rest of the outcasts at St. Clare’s. Welcome to Heretics Anonymous.