I adore Ebony LaDelle’s ability to write vulnerability without it becoming overwhelming.
Despite the fact that Dani has isolated herself to avoid confronting a terrible memory and Prince is sacrificing his dreams to take care of his chronically ill mother, this book is full of joy and healing.
Pick up Love Radio, and maybe you’ll find some healing, too.
I’ve got a weak spot for a YA enemies-to-lovers romance, but the feud between the band kids and theater kids made this book irresistible. Kanter totally captures the complex overwhelming stress of high school…including how it breaks friendships as easily as it makes them.
Oh, and the best part? Kanter’s love for Jewish culture shines on every page.
Axie Oh defies expectations with this feminist re-telling of The Tale of Shim Cheong. This book is a deep dive (literally) into Korean folklore and perfect for lovers of fairy tales!
From Cali to Brooklyn, Angel has her new classmates, her Uncle Spence, and her music playlists to help heal her broken arm and her spirit from her troubled past. We also see her make a home within the words of Toni Morrison, Tayari Jones, and James Baldwin, discovering Black authors through the guidance of her teachers. Browne's novel shines as a beautiful balance between the light and dark sides of being a teenager.
This beautifully crafted, inter-generational story follows two childhood friends during their final year of high school in a small Mojave desert town. I was instantly drawn into the lives of Salahudin and Noor as they navigate grief, the unpredictability of their parental figures, racism, isolating secrets and fears. Told in alternating perspectives, you cannot help but rage against all the obstacles they face. Sabaa Tahir tells their story so eloquently, you will not be able to put it down and it will stay with you long after you’ve read the final page.
A moody and atmospheric murder mystery with a unique setting and magic system. This book does a great job representing anxiety and chronic illness without making them hurdles for the characters to overcome.
This medieval India-inspired tale is full of mythology, goddesses and magic. A prophecy has destroyed everything in Gul's life, now she'll stop at nothing to avenge her family. Cavas wants nothing more than to care for his sick father, but a mysterious girl threatens to upend all his plans. As their lives intertwine, the fate of their kingdom is thrown into chaos.
I wish this book was there for me when I was Nima’s age. Powerful themes, beautiful use of language, and an overwhelming sense of warmth made me cry happy tears by the novel’s end. One of the most uplifting books I’ve read this year.
Think of this book as The Secret History meets The Craft, coming together to make one epic and spooky young adult novel. It takes place at an all-girls boarding school, where a twisted history of dark magic blankets its prestigious reputation. We follow the life of Felicity Morrow, an ex-witch who is trying to navigate through the death of her girlfriend. After a year of being away from school due to her grief, she comes back ready to graduate highschool, but finds herself living in the same room she was in during her darkest years. She then realizes that history, no matter how awful it is, indeed repeats itself. It is a must read for anyone who loves gothic thrillers.
WOW! This blew my mind. This story is so unexpected, I literally didn't know what was going to happen until it did. If you crave conceptual time travel narratives along the lines of This is How You Lose the Time War, please, please, read For All Time.
Tamar and Fayard suddenly begin having strange dreams and visions, set in different centuries and places. It's as if they spent other lives meeting and falling in love, as if their souls seek each other in every era and continent. But it couldn't possibly be real because Tamar is really sick and Fayard should be figuring out college.
There's so much to this story and I wish I could tell you more, but then I'd spoil it for you.