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Goodbye Days

Jeff Zentner · Crown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 416
Format: Print book

"Gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately life-affirming," says Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also A Star, of this novel about finding strength and hope after tragedy. Perfect for fans of Me...
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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

Benjamin Alire Sáenz · Clarion Books
Pages: 464
Format: Print book

"Friendships, family, grief, joy, rage, faith, doubt, poetry, and love - this complex and sensitive book has room for every aspect of growing up!" - Margarita Engle, Newbery Honor-Winning author of The Surrender Tree Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father,...
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Done Dirt Cheap

Sarah Nicole Lemon · Amulet Books
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

Tourmaline Harris's life hit pause at fifteen, when her mom went to prison because of Tourmaline's unintentionally damning testimony. But at eighteen, her home life is stable, and she has a strong relationship with her father, the president of a local biker club known as the Wardens. Virginia...
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You're Welcome, Universe

Whitney Gardner · Alfred A Knopf
Pages: 304
Format: Print book

A vibrant, edgy, fresh new YA voice for fans of More Happy Than Not and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, packed with interior graffiti.

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers...
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Confessions of a High School Disaster

Emma Chastain · Simon Pulse
Pages: 352
Format: Print book

In the tradition of Bridget Jones's Diary, a lovably flawed high school student chronicles her life as she navigates the highs and lows of family, friendship, school, and love in a diary that sparkles with humor and warmth.

I'm Chloe Snow, and my life is kiiiiind of a disaster.
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Seven Days of You

Cecilia Vinesse · Little
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

Anna and the French Kiss meets Before Sunrise in this smart and swoony debut. Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven Days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she's harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven...
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When Morning Comes

Arushi Raina · Tradewind Books
Pages: 221
Format: Print book

It's 1976 in South Africa, and four young people are living in Johannesburg and its black township, Soweto: Zanele, a black female student organizer; Meena, a South Asian girl working at her father's shop; Jack, an Oxford-bound white student; and Thabo, a teen-gang member, or tsotsi. From...
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Subject to Change

Karen Nesbitt · Orca Book Publishers
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback

Declan's life in small-town Quebec is defined by his parents' divorce, his older brother's delinquency and his own lackluster performance at school, which lands him with a tutor he calls Little Miss Perfect. He likes his job at the local ice rink, and he has a couple of good buddies, but his father's...
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The Heartbeats of Wing Jones

Katherine Webber · Delacorte Press
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights in this sweeping, warm, arrestingly original novel about family, poverty, and hope.

Wing Jones, like everyone else in her town, has worshipped her older brother, Marcus, for as long as she can remember. Good-looking,...
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Queens of Geek

Jen Wilde · Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 288
Format: Print book

Three friends. Two love stories. One convention.

Charlie likes to stand out. She's a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she's over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress...

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Honestly Ben

Bill Konigsberg · Arthur A. Levine Books
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

Ben Carver is back to normal. He's working steadily in his classes at the Natick School. He just got elected captain of the baseball team. He's even won a full scholarship to college, if he can keep up his grades. All that foolishness with Rafe Goldberg the past semester is in the past.

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Things I Should Have Known

Claire Scovell LaZebnik · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 320
Format: Print book

An unforgettable story about autism, sisterhood, and first love that's perfect for fans of Jenny Han, Sophie Kinsella, and Sarah Dessen. New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things Julie Buxbaum raved: "I couldn't put it down."

Meet...
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Ultimatum

K M Walton · Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 320
Format: Print book

From the author of Cracked and Empty comes a gripping, emotional story of two brothers who must make the ultimate decision about what's more important: family or their differences.

It's not Oscar's fault he's misunderstood. Ever since his mother died, he's been disrespected by his father...

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Sophie Someone

Hayley Long · Candlewick
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

What if you found out your life has been threaded with secrets - ones that rocked you to your core? An affecting page-turner written in a brave, memorable language all its own.

Some words are hard to get out of your mouth. Because they spell out secrets that are too huge...
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Speed of Life

Carol Weston · Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

Sofia lost her mother eight months ago, and her friends were 100% there for her. Now it's a new year and they're ready for Sofia to move on.

Problem is, Sofia can't bounce back, can't recharge like a cellphone. She decides to write Dear Kate, an advice columnist for Fifteen Magazine,...

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Gem & Dixie

Sara Zarr · Balzer + Bray
Pages: 282
Format: Hardcover

"A story that broke my heart and put it back together again. You won't want to let Gem and Dixie go." - Sarah Dessen, New York Times bestselling author of Saint Anything

From renowned author and National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr comes a deep, nuanced, and gorgeously...

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Letters to the Lost

Brigid Kemmerer · Bloomsbury
Pages: 400
Format: Print book

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community...

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Geekerella

Ashley Poston · Quirk Books
Pages: 320
Format: Print book

Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield...
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Blood Family

Anne Fine · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 304
Format: Print book

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, this dark and gripping novel tells the tragic story of a smart, sweet child poisoned by circumstance as he struggles to escape the horrors of his childhood.

Edward is four years old when he is locked away with his mother by her abusive, alcoholic...
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Alex, Approximately

Jenn Bennett · Simon Pulse
Pages: 400
Format: Print book

In this delightfully charming teen spin on You've Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can't stand is actually the boy of her dreams - she just doesn't know it yet.

Classic movie buff Bailey "Mink" Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows...
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Radio Silence

Alice Oseman · Harper Teen
Pages: 496
Format: Print book

From critically acclaimed author Alice Oseman comes a smartly crafted contemporary YA novel, perfect for readers who love Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl. This is an utterly captivating and authentic new teen novel from the author of Solitaire, which VOYA said "could put her among the great...

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Wonderful Feels Like This

Sara Lovestam · Flatiron Books
Pages: 305
Format: Hardcover

The Elegance of the Hedgehog meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower in Wonderful Feels Like This, a novel that celebrates being a little bit odd, finding your people, and the power of music to connect us.

For Steffi, going to school everyday is an exercise...

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Get It Together, Delilah!

Erin Gough · Chronicle Books
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

Seventeen-year-old Delilah Green wouldn't have chosen to do her last year of school this way, but she figures it's working fine. While her dad goes on a trip to fix his broken heart after her mom left him for another man, Del manages the family cafe. Easy, she thinks. But what about homework?...
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Speak of Me As I Am

Sonia Belasco · Philomel Books
Pages: 272
Format: Print book

A moving story of grief, honesty, and the healing power of art - the ties that bind us together, even when those we love are gone.

Melanie and Damon are both living in the shadow of loss. For Melanie, it's the loss of her larger-than-life artist mother, taken by cancer well...
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Rebels Like Us

Liz Reinhardt · Harlequin Teen
Pages: 490
Format: Hardcover

"It's not like I never thought about being mixed race. I guess it was just that, in Brooklyn, everyone was competing to be unique or surprising. By comparison, I was boring, seriously. Really boring."

Culture shock knocks city girl Agnes "Nes" Murphy-Pujols...

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Ten Miles One Way

Patrick Downes · Philomel Books
Pages: 208
Format: Print book

The powerful story of a mind at the edge of unraveling, held together by love and acceptance.

Nest and Q walk through the city. Nest speaks and Q listens. Mile by mile, Nest tells Q about her life, her family, her past . . . and her Chimaera, the beast that preys on her mind...
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