The Book of David by Anonymous (Simon Pulse)
“The narrative gives readers realistic insight into the often heartbreaking and confusing world of sexual identity and acceptance. … This compelling story is good for young adults who are quietly struggling with their own sexual identity and need to know they are not alone.” — School Library Journal
“When gay teens need an example of pride, an ‘Anonymous’ byline is a giant leap backward; and with a penultimate paragraph concluding ‘I feel like I don’t have anything to hide,’ that ‘Anonymous’ is ironic to a fault. Ten years (or more) ago this might have been an important book; but even with its positive close, today it is an embarrassment.” — Kirkus
Awkwardly Ever After: The Smith High Series #4 by Marni Bates (KTeen)
Book Description: It’s prom season at Smith High School and love is in the air…for some people.
Melanie Morris knows she shouldn’t keep flirting with her best friend’s brother, Dylan Wellesley, even though the last thing she feels is “sisterly” around the cute soon-to-be freshman. But attending prom with somebody else might mean losing him for good…
Isobel Peters accepts the fact that she’s a huge geek, but she never expected renowned player, Spencer King, would want to get his hands on…her reputation. What begins as a bargain could turn into something real–or a Notable disaster!
Corey O’Neal is dating the boy of his dreams, rockstar Timothy Goff. But it isn’t easy to trade in anonymity for instant celebrity status, especially now that swarms of protesters want them both banned from prom. Dating Prince Charming in real life is a whole lot harder than it sounds in fairytales.
Happily ever after? Try awkwardly ever after!
My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter (Bloomsbury)
“Two former best friends raised by families with markedly different values take a trip to Greece in this poignant story that is centered around themes of sexuality, acceptance and belonging….Vivid descriptions of the unusual landscape of Santorini will fascinate readers looking for a good travelogue, and the perceptive and heartfelt relationship dynamics will only add to the appeal.” — Kirkus
WARP Book 2: The Hangman’s Revolution by Eoin Colfer (Disney-Hyperion)
“Undoing the catastrophically altered present wrought in The Reluctant Assassin (2013) requires further immersion (not just figuratively) in Victorian London’s noxious stews for teenage, time-traveling special agent Chevron Savano. … Chevie is of Shawnee lineage. … A grand yarn told with a wink and kitted out with high stakes and broadly drawn characters for maximum fun.” — Kirkus
When Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan (Bloomsbury)
“Sixteen-year-old Dylan Mint has Tourette’s syndrome. He attends a special school with his best friend, Amir, who has autism. When he overhears a doctor telling his mother that he is going to die in March, Dylan makes a short list of things to accomplish before he ‘cacks it.’ … This is an unusual coming-of-age tale that is thoroughly engaging.” — VOYA
Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore (Disney-Hyperion)
“A decadent populace, a totalitarian state and a plague of vanishing people bring three young people into the heart of an anti-government plot. … This postwar, Jazz Age–inflected, slightly steampunk magical world is revealed through the eyes of these three teens as they try to save all their world’s victims, even those long since doomed.” — Kirkus
Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis (Amulet Books)
“Worlds collide as two teens fight for their lives. … Rich worldbuilding, convincing nonheteronormative relationships, balanced class issues, and nuanced, ethnically diverse characters add to the novel’s depth. The well-paced action builds toward an unexpected, thrilling conclusion that will leave readers eager for more from this promising new author. Original and compelling; a stunning debut.” — Kirkus, starred review
Push Girl by Chelsie Hill and Jessica Love (St. Martin’s Griffin)
“Co-writer Hill draws on her own experience as a teen coping with paraplegia to tell a hopeful story. … A light, ultimately upbeat look at life after spinal cord injury.” — Kirkus
Drift by M. K. Hutchins (Tu Books)
“Original worldbuilding and cosmology spice up a save-the-world romantic adventure. … Readers will find watching Hutchins’ unusual magical rules bring about startling consequences for family and political structure utterly fascinating.Totally fresh.” — Kirkus
Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn (St. Martin’s Press)
“Kuehn’s second novel, after her Morris Award–winning Charm & Strange, powerfully examines how mental illness can turn into family tragedy that ripples far and wide beyond a single event. The prose is as hallucinatory as the madness Jamie seeks to uncover in a novel that’s tense and ambiguous from start to finish.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern (HarperTeen)
“As she enters her senior year of high school, Amy—hemiplegic due to an aneurism following her premature birth and near the top of her class—uses her augmentative and assistive communication device to argue successfully that she needs peer helpers in school rather than adult aides. … McGovern’s triumph is how well she normalizes and highlights the variety of disability experiences among teens and their often circuitous journeys toward claiming their voices and right to self-determination.” — Kirkus
Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters (Little, Brown)
“Alix’s world is turned upside down after falling for popular and confident Swanee, so much so that ditching her friends and playing by her love’s rules seems almost too easy. When her mom breaks the news that Swanee has suddenly died of an unexpected cardiac arrest, Alix has a hard time accepting that her vivacious and seductive girlfriend is really gone. In Peters’s newest offering, questions of love and honesty abound. … The book does not focus on sexuality, and it’s a pleasure to read a typical teen romance that just happens to be between two girls.” — School Library Journal
Caught in the Crossfire by Juliann Rich (Bold Strokes Books)
Book Description: Two boys at Bible camp; one forbidden love.
That is the dilemma sixteen-year-old Jonathan Cooper faces when he goes away to Spirit Lake Bible Camp, an oasis for teen believers situated along Minnesota’s rugged north shore. He is expecting a summer of mosquito bites, bonfires with S’mores, and photography classes with Simon, his favorite counselor, who always helps Jonathan see his life in perfect focus.
What he isn’t expecting is Ian McGuire, a new camper who openly argues against phrases like pray the gay away. Ian is certain of many things, including what could happen between them if only Jonathan could surrender to his feelings. Jonathan, however, tosses in a storm of indecision between his belief in God and his inability to stay away from Ian. When a real storm hits and Ian is lost in it, Jonathan is forced to make a public decision that changes his life.
Rebellion by Karen Sandler (Tu Books)
“Surprising new obstacles crop up in the Tankborn series finale. … With rebellions, ideological questions and a nonwhite, not-entirely-heterosexual cast, this series is a strong addition to the genre.” — Kirkus
Rain by Amanda Sun (Harlequin Teen)
Book Description: When she first moved to Japan, American Katie Green had no idea she would get caught in a battle between the Japanese mafia and the supernatural forces that have governed Japan for most of its history. Despite the danger, Katie is determined to stay put. She’s started to build a life in the city of Shizuoka, and she can’t imagine leaving behind her friends, her aunt and especially Tomohiro, the guy she’s fallen in love with.
But the decision to stay is not as simple as she thought. She’s flunking out of Japanese school and committing cultural faux pas wherever she goes. Tomohiro is also struggling—as a Kami, his connection to the ancient gods of Japan and his power to bring drawings to life have begun to spiral out of control.
When Tomo decides to stop drawing, the ink finds other ways to seep into his life—blackouts, threatening messages and the appearance of unexplained sketches. Unsure how to help Tomo, Katie turns to an unexpected source for help—Jun, her former friend and a Kami with an agenda of his own. But is Jun really the ally he claims to be? In order to save themselves, Katie and Tomohiro must unravel the truth about Tomo’s dark ancestry, as well as Katie’s, and confront one of the darkest gods in Japanese legend.
Fan Art by Sarah Tregay (Katherine Tegen Books)
“A high school literary magazine becomes the vehicle for a number of awakenings in Tregay’s (Love and Leftovers) tender coming-of-age-and-coming-out story. … The fact that even with supportive adults, encouraging friends, and a gay-straight alliance, coming out can be a daunting prospect will make this story resonate with readers.” — Publishers Weekly
Summer of Yesterday by Gaby Triana (Simon Pulse)
“Seventeen-year-old Haley lives in present day Florida and has suffered one seizure, so she is carefully monitored by her divorced and remarried father. Forced to go on an unwanted summer trip to Disney’s Fort Wilderness with her Dad, her stepmother, and their twins, she meets a few teens. While participating in a scavenger hunt, she has another seizure and wakes up in 1982 in River Country, a now-closed water park in Disney World. Culture shock is ever-present from the clothes to (horrors!) no cell phones or mainstream personal computers.” — VOYA
Relax, I’m a Ninja by Natalie Whipple
Book Description: A Clan of ninjas in San Francisco may sound improbable-but as the son of a ninja Master, Tosh Ito knows what lurks in the shadows of his city. Or at least he thought he did. When a killer with a poisoned blade starts cutting down teens, Tosh enlists Amy Sato-newest ninja recruit, and his best friend’s crush-and sets out to uncover the killer’s identity. What they find is ninjutsu more evil than they could have ever imagined. As Amy and Tosh grow closer, they discover their connection unleashes a legendary power that could stop the murders. Problem is, that power may be exactly what the killer is looking for, and wielding it could cost them their souls.