Get ready, because these are the books that will be all over your Insta feed this spring! 🌸
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican-American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?
This beautiful, painful and impossibly hope-filled book stole our hearts! Gay, straight, loving, hurt, confused; these characters are painfully real and every one of them will make you ache to be a better person. Sal & Sam’s word of the day? Unforgettable.
Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik
Chloe is on a quest to find love for her autistic sister, Ivy. Ethan, from Ivy’s class, seems like the perfect match. Unfortunately, his older brother David is one of Chloe’s least favorite people, but Chloe can deal, especially when she realizes that David is just as devoted to Ethan as she is to Ivy.
Sisters, autism and first love can complicate even the best of intentions! We love how this hilarious, sweet and romantic book reminded us that if we open our hearts, life offers up so many wonderful kinds of normal.
Just Fly Away by Andrew McCarthy
When Lucy discovers she has an eight-year-old brother living just a few blocks away—the result of her father’s brief affair—she begins to question everything. When this secret begins to isolate her from her friends, Lucy grabs some spare change and heads off on a road trip, looking for answers.
Like The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink (the classic movies that introduced us to actor/author Andrew McCarthy!), Just Fly Away perfectly uses small but powerful moments to show how sometimes it takes a a big move to break the secrets and silence we use to build walls.
Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse
Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say goodbye to the electric city, her wild best friend and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.
You had us at Tokyo! A couple of pages in, we were ready to dye our hair orange, hit a karaoke room with Mika and David, and eat bags of konbini junk food with Jamie. If Stephanie Perkins wrote a romance set in Japan, we would love it (duh), and it would be Seven Days of You.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Dreamy librarian Lazlo Strange is obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep. When an opportunity to travel there presents itself through a hero called the Godslayer, Lazlo eagerly seizes his chance. But when he arrives, a girl invades his dreams and changes his life forever.
Fans of Laini Taylor’s gorgeous writing will love diving deep into this epic world which holds the supernatural creatures and star-crossed lovers we crave from her! Mystically romantic and heart-shatteringly tragic, this beautiful world is our new obsession. We never want to leave.
But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure
Waking up after a month in a coma, Eden finds herself unable to reconnect with her old life, her family and her friends. She instead forms an unlikely relationship with Joe, a boy who comes to the hospital to visit his comatose friend Jasmine.
Fans of This Raging Light will love reuniting with Lucille and Digby, but this story is all Eden’s as she struggles with her identity, recovery and her complicated romance with Joe. This one got us right in the feels by reminding us that real-life heroes can be defined more by compassion than strength.
Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer
When four fans of the hit show Wiz Kids jokingly invite the Cash Carter, the young and super-famous star of the show, to join them on their high school graduation road trip, they’re shocked when he actually takes them up on it.
In the same way Chris Colfer charmed us in Glee, this book sings with humor, wisdom and fun. Cash Carter is like an outrageous fairy godmother who swings between delivering risky temptation and sound advice in a way that’s pitch perfect for this coming-of-age adventure.
Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor
Reggie is clinically depressed. She’s protected herself by never letting anyone get close. But when she meets Twizzler-chomping, indie film-making Snake, who also happens to be depressed, she falls for him. But there’s a problem—his ex-girlfriend is seven months pregnant.
Perfect for fans of salty-sweet, whip-smart romances like Juno, this unconventional love story swings from heartbreak to humor as Reggie examines her battle with depression, her complicated feelings for Snake and her growing friendship with Carla. We love how it showed us that sometimes people don’t make sense, but then again, maybe they do.