This post covers releases for April 1-7, but actually they all come out tomorrow on the 1st!
by Ava Dellaira
It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was; lovely and amazing and deeply flawed; can she begin to discover her own path. (I've heard so many great things about this book & can't wait to read it!) Goodreads | Amazon
DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige -- Magic! Humor! Gore! Dorothy returned to Oz, seized power, and became an a-hole. Amy is recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked (who are possibly not the bad guys) and sent in to fight. (Oooooh. Haven't read anything like this before!) Goodreads | Amazon
SEKRET by Lindsay Smith -- Yulia is a psychic spy forced to work for Russia’s KGB to undermine the U.S. space program. (OMG! I love spies!) Goodreads | Amazon
THIS SIDE OF SALVATION by Jeri Smith-Ready -- David's brother dies and he's angry. His parents become super religious and obsessed with the Rush (think: rapture) and start cutting ties with the world. He's on the fence though, and stuck between two worlds: the one his parents inhabit and the one where he's a teen boy with a best friend, a favorite sport, and a crush. (Not sure where the religious bit of this will go, which is an iffy topic for my liking, but I'm interested enough to give it a go.) Goodreads | Amazon
by Deb Caletti
Endings and beginnings sit so close to each other that it’s sometimes impossible to tell which is which.
Nothing lasts forever, and no one gets that more than Tessa. After her mother died, it’s all she can do to keep her friends, her boyfriend, her happiness from slipping away. And then there’s her dad. He’s stuck in his own daze, and it’s so hard to feel like a family when their house no longer seems like a home.
Her father’s solution? An impromptu road trip that lands them in a small coastal town at Tessa’s grandmother’s. Despite all the warmth and beauty there, Tessa can’t help but feel even more lost.
Enter Henry Lark. He understands the relationships that matter. And more importantly, he understands her. A secret stands between them, but Tessa’s willing to do anything to bring them together—because Henry may just be her one chance at forever. (I'm always up for a YA contemporary set on in a coastal town.) Goodreads | Amazon
Are any of these on your insta-buy list? Or some others I missed? There are so many fantastic books coming out, it's hard to keep up! (What a problem.)