by Sophie Schmidt


While reading all of the exciting new releases is a great way to stay in the know—sometimes it’s fun to take a chance on a book that’s off the beaten path! You might find your new favorite.


You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

Jaycee is about to do something her brother never got to do—live past graduation. Despite the years that have passed, she is still coping with the hole in her heart that is her brother. The night of graduation brings back people tied to the night her brother died in ways she never knew. This is one of my favorite books of all time. It is about love, loss and who you are after you lose someone close to you. Told from five different perspectives with mixed media, you will be finding lost places along with the forgotten ones.


The Memory Book by Lara Avery

Sammie McCoy is one of the toughest girls of YA. When she’s diagnosed with a degenerative disease, Sammie sets out to accomplish everything she wanted to do, with her Task Force of Kickass Women, of course. Throughout the novel, Sammie’s wit and courage will have you laughing and crying until the very end.


The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone

What would you say if your grandma asked you to cancel your summer plans to take a cruise around the world? Yes, of course! This is exactly what happens to Maddie, except there’s a catch…her Gram is dying, and this is her farewell cruise. Join Maddie as she boards the Wishwell in a story of firsts, lasts and everything in between while trying to figure out the best way to say goodbye.


Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Harper Scott must save her sister June. Except June is dead. Still reeling from her sister’s suicide, Harper decides to steal her urn and take it to the place June had always dreamed of going—California. Joined by her best friend Laney and quirky musician Jake, who has a connection to June that is as much of a mystery as her death, Harper drives cross-country to help her sister find the peace in death that she never had while she was alive.


Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Words are a powerful thing and Chelsea Knot finds that out in the hardest way possible. After her loose lips get a boy from school almost beaten to death, Chelsea takes a vow of silence to stop hurting people with her words. The comfort and strength she finds in silence lead Chelsea to new people and new perspectives. As she looks for forgiveness, the person she must earn it from the most is herself.


The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder

Heartbreak comes in many forms and Penelope Marx has curated it all in a museum. Penelope’s junior year starts out with a bang as she falls head-over-heels into gut-wrenching, butterfly-inducing first love. As she struggles to find out who she is, Penelope feels her closest friends drifting away when she needs them the most. Learning to let go may be the most heartbreaking thing of all.


Not if I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

Parker Grant has got to be one of the fiercest ladies of YA, and she doesn’t need vision to see that it’s true. Parker is blind, and she has rules to help people respect her boundaries. A new voice in YA diversity, Parker learns about what it means to make mistakes and how to give second chances. Her snark will have you laughing out loud while you fall in love page by page.


The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

Eden has been betrayed by someone she trusted. She has been raped, and she doesn’t know what to do or say. She finds herself disenchanted with life as she once saw it. As Eden’s story unfolds, you find you’re rooting for her as she loses herself and struggles to find the inner strength to tell her story. A blunt and raw way to approach a sensitive subject, Smith discusses rape and its repercussions beautifully.


The Girl Who Fell by S. M. Parker

Zephyr is the girl with the plan. She’s going to lead her field hockey team to the state championships. She’s going to attend her dream school, Boston College. But then her plans change when she meets Alec. Alec is new to the school. He’s charming, driven like Zephyr, and he’s a star athlete. He’s the perfect guy. As Zeph’s relationship with Alec deepens she swears it’s love, yet she can’t shake the feeling of fear. This is a story that’ll stay with you long after you finish it—a look at relationship abuse in a way that makes you think. Above all, it’s a message of hope.

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