I've had the opportunity to read a few April contemporary YA releases from fellow debut authors, and these ones have just blown me away. They're all different, and all books I can't wait to own finished copies of! Happy spring and happy reading!
Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs 4/8/2014
Breakfast Served Anytime hits on some of my favorite topics to read about: coping with grief, a summer away at camp, and (duh) swoony boys.
The writing in this book is just beautiful. Sarah Combs has a really lovely way of drawing allusions that just connected with me so completely as a reader—that moment where a description makes you think, “That IS what that’s like.” Perfect porch swing summer book!
The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer 4/8/2014
I've never said the following phrase, but I'm going to say it (AND MEAN IT) now: This book is a perfect read for fans of John Green. It's cerebral and pulls in academics (specifically modern poetry) in such an interesting way...but I also laughed out loud multiple times. There’s a great friend group, hilarious siblings, and a genuine, fresh voice in protagonist Ethan. I’m going to reread it, which is high praise around here!
Far From You by Tess Sharpe 4/8/2014
This book features a narrator with a pill addiction, but it’s not about Pill Addiction. This book features a narrator with a physical disability, but it’s not about Physical Disability. This book features a same sex relationship, but it’s not about A Same Sex Relationship.
What I mean is: Tess Sharpe writes a narrator so fully realized that none of Sophie’s individual traits overpower her as a character. The murder-mystery kept me guessing and turning the pages as fast as possible. Can’t wait for more from Tess Sharpe!
The Chance You Won’t Return by Annie Cardi 4/22/2014
Annie Cardi is my agent-sister, so I’ve been hearing amazing things about this book since before it even sold! It totally lived up. As if totally failing at driver’s ed isn’t enough, Alex Winchester is dealing with her mom’s mental health episode—she thinks she’s Amelia Earhart. This story hits on the particular self-consciousness of high school, layered with complicated family dynamics and a very cute boy named Jim Wiley.
May Mention: These Gentle Wounds by Helene Dunbar (out 5/8/2014)
Sad, hopeful, resonant and utterly beautiful. Loved this one.
About The Author
She lives in Cincinnati in a 100 year-old pink row house with her BFF/husband, a closet full of dresses, and lots of books. If karaoke-ing in grocery store aisles or guzzling coffee while impulse shopping were illegal, Emery would be writing her overemotional YA books from jail. Also, she makes up words sometimes. Like combustibly.
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