ARC Reviews, YA Fiction

All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney

Grades 9- 12

All-American Muslim Girl

This is a fabulous coming of age story and very relevant to today’s society. A 16-year-old girl named Allie’s father is Arabic and Muslim by culture but doesn’t practice Islam. Her mother was Catholic but converted to Islam upon marrying her father. Allie wasn’t raised with religion, but when she meets some other Muslim girls at school, she becomes curious about her culture and Islam, and takes it upon herself to buy a Q’ran and see what it’s all about. A boy she’s been seeing, Wells, has a father who is famous for being bigoted against lots of people, including Muslims. Can Allie stand up for what she believes in or have to suffer in silence?

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

YA Fiction

Swipe Right For Murder by Derek Millman

Grades 9 – 12

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Aidan spends the night in a New York City hotel room, and then wakes up next to his dead date the next morning. He keeps getting messages on his phone from someone who calls him Mr. Preston, and he soon realizes that whoever is behind those messages believes he really is Mr. Preston and he’s gotten caught up in a case of mistaken identity mixed with being at the wrong place at the wrong time. If Aidan wants to make it out alive, he is told he must return an object everyone wants. Can he do it before it’s too late?

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

 

ARC Reviews, Tear Jerkers, YA Fiction

Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer

Grades 9 – 12

Call It What You Want

Rob and Meagan both have secrets. Rob’s dad is caught money laundering and decides that suicide is the answer. He tries, and fails, to  kill himself, leaving Rob and his mother to care for him for the rest of his life. Meagan’s sister Samantha comes home from her freshman year at college pregnant. Not only that, but Sam begs Meagan to keep the pregnancy a secret from their parents. When Rob and Meagan are paired together for a project, they become close, but they feel that their secrets are too much for their new friendship to handle. Kemmerer fans will love this heartfelt novel.

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Romance, Series, YA Fiction

No Place Like Here by Christina June

Grades 9 – 12

No Place Like Here

The third in the series, this book follows Ashlyn, whose life is turned upside down when her father is sent to jail for tax evasion and her mother goes to rehab. She has just come home from boarding school and is looking forward to spending the summer relaxing with her BFF Tatum, but the unforeseen circumstances lead her to work with a cousin she’s never met at a retreat center for kids instead. Can she make it work or will it be the worst summer of her life?

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

 

YA Fiction

Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia

Grades 9 – 12

Broken Beautiful Hearts

Peyton was a star soccer player with a scholarship in reach, and a boyfriend named Reed she adored. Now she has a torn knee ligament and her life doesn’t seem so perfect anymore. The catch? Reed pushed her down the stairs, causing her injury, but no one believes her. Enter Owen, a classmate of Peyton’s who is also a local MMA fighter. She begins to have feelings for him, but is determined to repress them. She wants to move on from her past, but will she find the strength to do so?

ARC Reviews, YA Fiction

Everywhere You Want to Be by Christina June

Grades 9 – 12

Everywhere You Want to Be

I couldn’t put this book down! Matilda (Tilly) Castillo has temporarily moved to New York for the summer to partake in a contemporary dance competition led by a famous dancer, with dreams of making a career out of dancing. The problem is that Tilly’s mom is expecting her to attend Georgetown in the fall. Full of drama between her new nemesis and dance teammate Sabrina and love she never expected to find, Everywhere You Want to Be is a true winner! Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

LGBTQIA, Romance, YA Fiction

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

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Two boys meet at a post office where one of them is attempting to mail a box full of his ex-boyfriend’s things. However, neither ask the other’s name, and they both decide they find each other attractive enough to go on a search and meet up again. But what if they can’t find each other? What if it doesn’t work out? Or what if it’s meant to be? This is a love story of epic proportions that you’d only expect from an Abertalli-Silvera collab that’s not to be missed!