Holy almost-summer, Batman! HOW IS IT MAY? Hello warmer weather and lazy days lounging outside with a good book! Let us know which of these May 2013 young adult book releases you’re looking forward to most!
The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr
Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. The right people knew her name, her performances were booked months in advance, and her future seemed certain.
That was all before she turned fourteen.
Now, at sixteen, it’s over. A death, and a betrayal, led her to walk away. That leaves her talented ten-year-old brother, Gus, to shoulder the full weight of the Beck-Moreau family expectations. Then Gus gets a new piano teacher who is young, kind, and interested in helping Lucy rekindle her love of piano — on her own terms. But when you’re used to performing for sold-out audiences and world-famous critics, can you ever learn to play just for yourself?
National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr takes readers inside the exclusive world of privileged San Francisco families, top junior music competitions, and intense mentorships. The Lucy Variations is a story of one girl’s struggle to reclaim her love of music and herself. It’s about finding joy again, even when things don’t go according to plan. Because life isn’t a performance, and everyone deserves the chance to make a few mistakes along the way.
The Originals by Cat Patrick
A riveting new story from Cat Patrick, author of Forgotten and Revived.
17-year-olds Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey Best grew up as identical triplets… until they discovered a shocking family secret. They’re actually closer than sisters, they’re clones. Hiding from a government agency that would expose them, the Best family appears to consist of a single mother with one daughter named Elizabeth. Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey take turns going to school, attending social engagements, and a group mindset has always been a de facto part of life…
Then Lizzie meets Sean Kelly, a guy who seems to see into her very soul. As their relationship develops, Lizzie realizes that she’s not a carbon copy of her sisters; she’s an individual with unique dreams and desires, and digging deeper into her background, Lizzie begins to dismantle the delicate balance of an unusual family that only science could have created.
Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe
Grace has one summer to prove sheâ€™s good enough.
For Grace Parker, surfing is all about the ride and the moment. Everything else disappears. She can forget that her best friend, Ford Watson, has a crush on her that she canâ€™t reciprocate. She can forget how badly she wants to get a surf scholarship to UC San Diego. She can forget the pressure of her parentsâ€™ impossibly high expectations.
When Ford enters Grace into a surf competitionâ€”the only way she can impress the UCSD surfing scoutsâ€”she has one summer to train and prepare. Will she gain everything sheâ€™s ever wanted or lose the only things that ever mattered?
How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
First she lost her heart. Then she lost her mind. And now sheâ€™s on a road trip to win back her ex. This debut novelâ€™s packed with drama and romance!
Rosieâ€™s always been impulsive. She didnâ€™t intend to set her cheating ex-boyfriendâ€™s car on fire. And she never thought her attempts to make amends could be considered stalking. So when sheâ€™s served with a temporary restraining order on the first day of summer vacation, sheâ€™s heartbrokenâ€”and furious.
To put distance between Rosie and her ex, Rosieâ€™s parents send her on a cross-country road trip with responsible, reliable neighbor Matty and his two friends. Forget freedom of the road, Rosie wants to hitchhike home and win back her ex. But her determination starts to dwindle with each passing mile. Because Rosieâ€™s spark of anger? It may have just ignited a romance with someone newâ€¦
Invisibility by David Levithan and Andrea Cremer
Stephen has been invisible for practically his whole life â€” because of a curse his grandfather, a powerful cursecaster, bestowed on Stephenâ€™s mother before Stephen was born. So when Elizabeth moves to Stephenâ€™s NYC apartment building from Minnesota, no one is more surprised than he is that she can see him. A budding romance ensues, and when Stephen confides in Elizabeth about his predicament, the two of them decide to dive headfirst into the secret world of cursecasters and spellseekers to figure out a way to break the curse. But things donâ€™t go as planned, especially when Stephenâ€™s grandfather arrives in town, taking his anger out on everyone he sees. In the end, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how big of a sacrifice theyâ€™re willing to make for Stephen to become visible â€” because the answer could mean the difference between life and death. At least for Elizabeth.
The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher
First it was SLUT scribbled all over Lizzie Hartâ€™s locker.
But one week after Lizzie kills herself, SUICIDE SLUT replaces itâ€”in Lizzie’s looping scrawl.
Lizzieâ€™s reputation is destroyed when she’s caught in bed with her best friendâ€™s boyfriend on prom night. With the whole school turned against her, and Angie not speaking to her, Lizzie takes her own life. But someone isnâ€™t letting her go quietly. As graffiti and photocopies of Lizzieâ€™s diary plaster the school, Angie begins a relentless investigation into who, exactly, made Lizzie feel she didnâ€™t deserve to keep living. And while she claims she simply wants to punish Lizzieâ€™s tormentors, Angie’s own anguish over abandoning her best friend will drive her deep into the dark, twisted side of Verity Highâ€”and she might not be able to pull herself back out.
Debut author Chelsea Pitcher daringly depicts the harsh reality of modern high schools, where one bad decision can ruin a reputation, and one cruel word can ruin a life. Angieâ€™s quest for the truth behind Lizzieâ€™s suicide is addictive and thrilling, and her razor-sharp wit and fierce sleuthing skills makes her impossible not to root forâ€”even when it becomes clear that both avenging Lizzie and avoiding self-destruction might not be possible.
Our Song by Jordanna Fraiberg
Olive Bell has spent her entire life in the beautiful suburb of Vista Valley, with a picture-perfect home, a loving family, and a seemingly perfect boyfriend. But after a near-fatal car accident, sheâ€™s haunted by a broken heart and a melody that she cannot place.
Then Olive meets Nick. Heâ€™s dark, handsome, mysterious . . . and Olive feels connected to him in a way she canâ€™t explain. Is there such a thing as fate? The two embark on a whirlwind romanceâ€”until Nick makes a troubling confession.
Heartbroken, Olive pieces together what really happened the night of her accident and arrives at a startling revelation. Only by facing the truth can she uncover the mystery behind the song and the power of what it means to love someone.
Reboot (Reboot #1) by Amy Tintera
Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).
Wrenâ€™s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst sheâ€™s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, heâ€™s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet thereâ€™s something about him she canâ€™t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in lineâ€”or sheâ€™ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, sheâ€™ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.
The perfect soldier is done taking orders.
Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
For Cricket Thompson, a summer like this one will change everything. A summer spent on Nantucket with her best friend, Jules Clayton, and the indomitable Clayton family. A summer when sheâ€™ll make the almost unattainable Jay Logan hers. A summer to surpass all dreams.
Some of this turns out to be true. Some of it doesnâ€™t.
When Jules and her family suffer a devastating tragedy that forces the girls apart, Jules becomes a stranger whom Cricket wonders whether she ever really knew. And instead of lying on the beach working on her caramel-colored tan, Cricket is making beds and cleaning bathrooms to support herself in paradise for the summer.
But itâ€™s the things Cricket hadnâ€™t counted on–most of all, falling hard for someone who should be completely off-limits–that turn her dreams into an exhilarating, bittersweet reality.
A beautiful future is within her grasp, and Cricket must find the grace to embrace it. If she does, her life could be the perfect shade of Nantucket blue.
Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy
A searing and gripping read that explores the depths of desperation true love can inspire, from the author of Being Friends with Boys.
Nikkiâ€™s life is far from perfect, but at least she has Dee. Her friends tell her that Dee is no good, but Nikki canâ€™t imagine herself without him. Heâ€™s hot, heâ€™s dangerous, he has her initials tattooed over his heart, and she loves him more than anything. Thereâ€™s nothing Nikki wouldnâ€™t do for Dee. Absolutely nothing.
So when Dee pulls Nikki into a crimeâ€”a crime that ends in murderâ€”Nikki tells herself that itâ€™s all for true love. Nothing can break them apart. Not the police. Not the arrest that lands Nikki in jail. Not even the investigators who want her to testify against him.
But what if Dee had motives that Nikki knew nothing about? Nikkiâ€™s love for Dee is supposed to be unconditionalâ€¦but even true love has a limit. And Nikki just might have reached hers.
Â Art Girls Are Easy by Julie Klausner
Fifteen-year-old Indigo Hamlisch is an art prodigy looking forward to her last summer at the Silver Springs Academy for Fine and Performing Arts for Girls. But her BFF Lucy Serrano is a C.I.T. this year, and that means she doesn’t have to hang out with Indigo and the other campers anymore: she can mingle with the counselors — including Indigo’s scandalous and unrequited crush, paint-splattered art instructor Nick Estep. But it’s not like anything is going to happen between Lucy and Nick… right?
As Indy becomes more and more paranoid about what’s going on between her best friend and her favorite counselor, Indy’s life — and her work — spin hilariously out of control. Funny and bold, Art Girls Are Easy is a comedy of errors filtered through the wry, satirical eyes of a girl who’s been there, done that, and is just looking for a little inspiration.
True by Erin McCarthy
When Rory Macintoshâ€™s roommates find out that their studious and shy friend has never been with a guy, they decide that, as an act of kindness theyâ€™ll help her lose her virginity by hiring confident, tattooed bad boy Tyler Mann to do the jobâ€¦unbeknownst to Rory.
Tyler knows heâ€™s not good enough for Rory. Sheâ€™s smart, doctor smart, while heâ€™s barely scraping by at his EMT program, hoping to pull his younger brothers out of the hell their druggy mother has left them in. But he canâ€™t resist taking up her roommates on an opportunity to get to know her better. Thereâ€™s something about her honesty that keeps him coming back when he knows he shouldnâ€™tâ€¦
Torn between common sense and desire, the two find themselves caught up in a passionate relationship. But when Tylerâ€™s broken family threatens to destroy his future, and hers, Rory will need to decide whether to cut her ties to his risky world or follow her heart, no matter what the costâ€¦
15 Days Without a Head by Dave Cousins
A compelling US debut about family, forgiveness, and hope.
Despite having a depressed alcoholic mother and a little brother who’s convinced he’s a dog, fifteen year-old Laurence Roach is trying to live a normal life. But when his mom doesn’t come home after work one night, Laurence is terrified that child services will find out she’s gone and separate him from his brother.
For two weeks, Laurence does whatever he can to keep her disappearance a secret. Spinning a web of complicated lies for friends, neighbors, and the authorities, Laurence even dresses like his mother to convince everyone she’s still around. By following clues, the brothers are finally able to track down their mother’s whereabouts. And that’s when the real trouble begins in this powerful story about what it means to be a family.
Golden by Jessi Kirby
Love, tragedy, and mystery converge in this compelling novel from â€œan author to watchâ€ (Booklist).
Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, sheâ€™s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lapâ€”one that might be the key to unraveling a town mysteryâ€”she decides to take a chance.
Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes Highâ€”perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Juliannaâ€™s journal tells a different storyâ€”one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shaneâ€™s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.
Reading Juliannaâ€™s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really liveâ€”and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference.
The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
Sheâ€™s been six different people in six different places: Madeline in Ohio, Isabelle in Missouri, Olivia in Kentucky . . . But now that sheâ€™s been transplanted to rural Louisiana, she has decided that this fake identity will be her last.
Witness Protection has taken nearly everything from her. But for now, theyâ€™ve given her a new name, Megan Rose Jones, and a horrible hair color. For the past eight months, Meg has begged her father to answer one question: What on earth did he do â€“ or see â€“ that landed them in this god-awful mess? Meg has just about had it with all the Suitsâ€™ rules â€” and her dadâ€™s silence. If he wonâ€™t help, itâ€™s time she got some answers for herself.
But Meg isnâ€™t counting on Ethan Landry, an adorable Louisiana farm boy whoâ€™s too smart for his own good. He knows Meg is hiding something big. And it just might get both of them killed. As they embark on a perilous journey to free her family once and for all, Meg discovers that thereâ€™s only one rule that really matters â€” survival.
Winger by Andrew Smith
A teen at boarding school grapples with life, love, and rugby in a heartbreakingly funny novel.
Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids. Heâ€™s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And heâ€™s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy.
With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive lifeâ€™s complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to whatâ€™s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart.
Filled with hand-drawn infographics and illustrations and told in a pitch-perfect voice, this realistic depiction of a teenâ€™s experience strikes an exceptional balance of hilarious and heartbreaking.
Parallel by Lauren Miller
Abby Barnes had a plan. The Plan. She’d go to Northwestern, major in journalism, and land a job at a national newspaper, all before she turned twenty-two. But one tiny choiceâ€”taking a drama class her senior year of high schoolâ€”changed all that. Now, on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Abby is stuck on a Hollywood movie set, miles from where she wants to be, wishing she could rewind her life. The next morning, she’s in a dorm room at Yale, with no memory of how she got there. Overnight, it’s as if her past has been rewritten.
With the help of Caitlin, her science-savvy BFF, Abby discovers that this new reality is the result of a cosmic collision of parallel universes that has Abby living an alternate version of her life. And not only that: Abby’s life changes every time her parallel self makes a new choice. Meanwhile, her parallel is living out Abby’s senior year of high school and falling for someone Abby’s never even met.
As she struggles to navigate her ever-shifting existence, forced to live out the consequences of a path she didn’t choose, Abby must let go of the Plan and learn to focus on the present, without losing sight of who she is, the boy who might just be her soul mate, and the destiny that’s finally within reach.
Five Summers by Una LaMarche
Four best friends, five summers of camp memories.
The summer we were nine: Emma was branded â€œSkylarâ€™s friend Emmaâ€ by the infamous Adam Loring…
The summer we were ten: Maddie realized she was too far into her lies to think about telling the truth…
The summer we were eleven: Johanna totally freaked out during her first game of Spin the Bottle…
The summer we were twelve: Skylarâ€™s love letters from her boyfriend back home were exciting to all of usâ€”except Skylar…
Our last summer together: Emma and Adam almost kissed. Jo found out Maddieâ€™s secret. Skylar did something unthinkable… and whether we knew it then or not, five summers of friendship began to fall apart.
Three years after the fateful last night of camp, the four of us are coming back to camp for reunion weekendâ€”and for a second chance. Bittersweet, funny, and achingly honest, Five Summers is a story of friendship, love, and growing up that is perfect for fans of Anne Brashares and Judy Blume’s Summer Sisters.
The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
When all signs point to heartbreak, can love still be a rule of the road? A poignant and romantic novel from the author of Bittersweet and Twenty Boy Summer.
Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is this: The Vargas brothers are notorious heartbreakers. Sheâ€™s seen the tears and disasters that dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oathâ€”with candles and a contract and everythingâ€”to never have anything to do with one.
Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and sheâ€™s spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycleâ€”which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Judeâ€™s fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas?
Jude tells herself itâ€™s strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile awayâ€”no way would she fall for them. But Judeâ€™s defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, sheâ€™s speeding toward some serious heartbreakâ€¦unless her sisters were wrong?
Jude may have taken an oath, but sheâ€™s beginning to think that when it comes to love, some promises might be worth breaking.
All I Need by Susane Colasanti
The last night of summer is only the beginning.
Skye wants to meet the boy who will change her life forever. Seth feels their instant connection the second he sees her. When Seth starts talking to Skye at the last beach party of the summer, itâ€™s obvious to both of them that this is something real. But when Seth leaves for college before they exchange contact info, Skye wonders if he felt the same way she didâ€”and if she will ever see him again. Even if they find their way back to each other, can they make a long-distance relationship work despite trust issues, ex drama, and some serious background differences?
Teen favorite Susane Colasanti returns to the alternating-voice style of her beloved debut When It Happens in this Serendipity-inspired story about summer, soul mates, and the moments that change our lives forever.
Transparent by Natalie Whipple
Plenty of teenagers feel invisible. Fiona McClean actually is.
An invisible girl is a priceless weapon. Fionaâ€™s own father has been forcing her to do his dirty work for yearsâ€”everything from spying on people to stealing cars to breaking into bank vaults.
After sixteen years, Fionaâ€™s had enough. She and her mother flee to a small town, and for the first time in her life, Fiona feels like a normal life is within reach. But Fionaâ€™s father isnâ€™t giving up that easily.
Of course, he should know better than anyone: never underestimate an invisible girl.
September Girls by Bennett Madison
When Sam’s dad whisks him and his brother off to a remote beach town for the summer, he’s all for it– at first. Sam soon realizes, though, that this place is anything but ordinary. Time seems to slow down around here, and everywhere he looks, there are beautiful blond girls. Girls who seem inexplicably drawn to him.
Then Sam meets DeeDee, one of the Girls, and she’s different from the others. Just as he starts to fall for her, she pulls away, leaving him more confused than ever. He knows that if he’s going to get her back, he’ll have to uncover the secret of this beach and the girls who live here.
Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
Things you earnestly believe will happen while your parents are away:
1. You will remember to water the azaleas.
2. You will take detailed, accurate messages.
3. You will call your older brother, Denny, if even the slightest thing goes wrong.
4. You and your best friend/bandmate Lukas will win Battle of the Bands.
5. Amid the thrill of victory, Lukas will finally realize you are the girl of his dreams.
Things that actually happen:
1. A stranger calls who says he knew your sister.
2. He says he has her stuff.
3. What stuff? Her stuff.
4. You tell him your parents wonâ€™t be able toâ€”
5. Sukey died five years ago; canâ€™t heâ€”
6. You pick up a pen.
7. You scribble down the address.
8. You get on your bike and go.
9. Things . . . get a little crazy after that.*
*also, you fall in love, but not with Lukas.
Both exhilarating and wrenching, Hilary T. Smithâ€™s debut novel captures the messy glory of being alive, as seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd discovers love, loss, chaos, and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing heartbreak, and intoxicating joy.
Who is going broke in May? *raises hand*
What will your first purchase be this month or what have you already pre-ordered?