2. THE WAY I USED TO BE by Amber Smith: “In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault.”
3. SUMMER SLOANE by Erin L. Schneider: This sounds like more than a frothy romance, and it is sure to be a great beach read. Sloane goes off to visit her mom and brother in Hawaii for the summer but first discovers her boyfriend has been cheating on her with her best friend. Of course Hawaii has its share of boys too. Yay.
4. EVEN IF THE SKY FALLS by Mia Garcia: Julie goes to New Orleans with her youth group but decides to skip out to enjoy Mardi Gras and meets Miles for a night of unforgettable romance — and then a hurricane warning makes their night even more chaotic and unforgettable.
5. THE YEAR WE FELL APART by Emily Martin: “In the tradition of Sarah Dessen, this powerful debut novel is a compelling portrait of a young girl coping with her mother’s cancer as she figures out how to learn from—and fix—her past.” No it doesn’t sound like an easy read, but as someone whose mom died of cancer, I have trouble resisting stories about how teens deal with the same trauma.
6. BLACKHEARTS by Nicole Castroman: “From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.” I have read only fabulous reviews from fellow Goodreaders about the swoon-worthy romance and action-packed plot.
7. SCARLETT EPSTEIN HATES IT HERE by Anna Breslaw: “Meet Scarlett Epstein, BNF (Big Name Fan) in her online community of fanfiction writers, world-class nobody at Melville High.” I love reading about fangirls (ahem, FANGIRL), and this sounds funny, sweet, and lot of fun.
8. A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON by Samantha Mabry: “A Fierce and Subtle Poison beautifully blends magical realism with a page-turning mystery and a dark, starcrossed romance–all delivered in lush, urgent prose.” I have to admit I have this on my bedside table, and I can’t wait to read something romantic with magical realism and that’s set in Puerto Rico.
9. DREAMOLOGY by Lucy Keating: “For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love.” OK, I’m cheating, because I actually read this already, and it was really compelling and romantic (but it does have a love triangle, for those who are sensitive to it).
10. BEYOND THE RED by Ava Jae: “Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. “ I’m not 100 percent I understand the plot from the synopsis, but that’s OK, I’ve read enough early reviews to know this books deals with hot-button issues (sexism, racism, segregation, etc.) in a sensitive manner and also features hot, sizzling romance.