Summer reading, had me a blast… read on for seven amazing debuts coming out this summer that we can’t wait for!
Perfect Ten by L. Philips
Does a Perfect Ten exist? Classic rom-com-meets-Freaky Friday feels in this delightful story about small town teen romance with an unexpected twist. What’s a boy to do when he breaks it off with the only other gay guy in his high school? Sam Raines knows he’s in for a romantic drought, but when his ex-Catholic Wiccan best friend Meg suggests a love spell, he’s just desperate enough to give it a try. The resulting misadventure—with a dollop of magical realism—is as sweet and satisfying as ice cream on a summer day.
The Girl in Between by Sarah Carroll
On sale: June 20
Told in the naïve voice of a homeless girl sheltered by her mother from the world, The Girl in Between is a moving debut about the fears and joys and questions of a young person in difficult circumstances. The novel is a can’t-put-down, unpredictable, and heart-wrenching story for fans of David Almond, A Monster Calls, and Room.
This is Really Happening by Erin Chack
On sale: April 25
From getting her first sloppy kiss to narrowly escaping a bear attack, from her first chemotherapy session at age 19 to becoming an accidental viral sensation in Malta, Buzzfeed editor Erin Chack hilariously captures the agony and the ecstasy of the millennial experience in this sharply-observed essay collection. Hysterically funny and heartbreakingly poignant, This is Really Happening shows Erin is the Sloane Crosley for the Snapchat generation.
And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz
On sale: May 2
In this debut novel from Dana Schwartz (the bitingly funny mind behind the @GuyInYourMFA and @DystopianYA twitter feeds), seventeen-year-old artist Nora Holmes’s travel plans are upended when her mom abruptly decides to join her on her summer trip across Europe. A perfect read for fans of Gilmore Girls, And We’re Off is filled with classic coming-of-age drama, an irresistible mother/daughter dynamic, and a swoon-worthy summer romance.
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel
On sale: May 30
Sixty-five days after the death of her older sister, sixteen-year-old Juniper Lemon discovers a break-up letter she left behind. In searching for the intended recipient, Juniper begins to unearth other notes and secrets—and find that tracing them back may be just what she needs to sort out her own mess. Funny, warm, and moving, Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index is a novel about loss, how deeply we can know others, and making our own happiness.
This Impossible Light by Lily Myers
On sale: June 6
One summer changed nearly everything about fifteen-year-old Ivy’s life. Then one missed meal makes her feel in control. Then another. But what initially feels empowering quickly becomes threatening, and soon Ivy must weigh her mother’s issues against her own, and discover what it means to be her own person. Told in lyrical verse, this debut novel from Lily Myers, the viral YouTube sensation behind the slam poem “Shrinking Women,” explores the powerful reality that identity and self-worth must be taught before they can be learned.
Rosie Girl byJulie Shepard
On sale: July 11
Little Peach meets We Were Liars in this haunting YA debut about a troubled teen searching for her birth mom who uncovers disturbing family secrets along the way. A visceral, poignant tale of friendship, sacrifice and identity, Rosie Girl is an unforgettable debut that will leave you guessing till the very last page.
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