ARC Reviews, YA Fiction

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

Grades 9 – 12

Tokyo Ever After

Izumi (sometimes known to her family and friends as Izzy or Zoom Zoom) just found out she’s a princess. Her father, who her mother never talks about, is a prince living in Japan. She is instantly sure she has to go visit him and find out more about who she is. She travels to Japan, not quite sure what to expect – although she’s hoping it’s fancy dresses and tiaras – but is surprised when she finds out it’s not all glitz and glam. Stuck between two worlds, will Izumi ever find her true self?

Thanks to the publisher for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, YA Fiction

Once Upon A Quinceanera by Monica Gomez-Hira

Grades 9 – 12

Once Upon a Quinceañera

Carmen Aguilar is upset because she has to spend her summer doing an unpaid internship where she has to get all dressed up in the Miami heat and perform for her cousin’s quinceanera. What’s more, her dance partner is her ex, someone who she never wanted to have to see or interact with again after their breakup. In order to find her “happily ever after,” she has to learn to leave the past in the past.

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Romance, YA Fiction

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

Grades 9 – 12

A Pho Love Story

In the same vein as This Is My Brain In Love by I.W. Gregorio, this story is a Vietnamese Romeo and Juliet. Bao and Linh’s families have competing restaurants and are enemies, but the two of them are friends – and are starting to become more. Can their families handle it or will everything fall apart?

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, YA Fiction

Girls With Bright Futures by Tracey Dobmeier & Wendy Katzman

Grades 9 – 12

Girls with Bright Futures

There are three mother-daughter pairs in this story, and they daughters are all competing to be accepted to the same college – the famous Stanford University – except Stanford has just informed the school that it will only be accepting one more student from their private high school. The race is on for each of the three girls to submit the best essays and grades with their application and beat each other out for that coveted spot. May the best girl win…

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, YA Fiction

Love In English by Maria E. Andreu

Grades 9 – 12

The novel follows sixteen-year-old Ana who has just moved from Argentina for her junior year in high school. She’s a bright girl, but the language barrier proves to be difficult for her. She meets Americans at school, as well as other foreign students like herself in her ESL class, and begins to find her way. The author includes “#” symbols to indicate when English is spoken and Ana doesn’t understand what’s being said. This is brilliant, and gives the reader a real feel for what it’s like to not know what’s going on, and understand Ana on a different level. 

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Romance, YA Fiction

Breathless by Jennifer Niven

Grades 9 – 12

Breathless

Claudine Henry’s life is uprooted when her parents get divorced and her mother whisks her away to an island off the coast of Georgia for the summer right after her high school graduation. She is separated from her best friend and all that feels comfortable and familiar. This is a beautiful coming of age story about friends and first love.

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Graphic, LGBTQ+, Romance, YA Fiction

You Brought Me the Ocean by Alex Sanchez

Grades 9 – 12

You Brought Me the Ocean

Jake Hyde’s father died by drowning, so he doesn’t swim. At all. In fact, he lives in a dessert and is forced by his mother to stay away from water at all costs. He wants to go to college on the coast however, and work with the ocean for a living. That is a secret he’s keeping from his mother. His other big secret? He doesn’t tell his best friend Maria that he doesn’t return her feelings; in fact, he is attracted to Kenny, a boy in his class who has shown interest in him. Can he come clean and be his true self?
Thanks to SLJ for a review copy of this book.
ARC Reviews, Graphic, YA Fiction

Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz

Grades 9 – 12Gotham High

Jack, Selina and Bruce are high schoolers at Gotham High – before they became superheroes – and will do whatever it takes, even destroying their own families, to get what they want. Bruce has been kicked out of his boarding school and returns to Gotham, only to find nothing has changed. Selina and Jack are the epic duo who rule their school. Then someone is kidnapped, they must figure out who dun it before they are accused themselves.
Thanks to SLJ for a review copy of this book.