1. Keep Her by Leora Krygier
Destiny doesn’t factor into seventeen-year-old adoptee Maddie’s rational world. Then fate deals Maddie a card she can’t ignore: young filmmaker Aiden. Aiden is haunted by the death of his younger brother, and a life-changing decision he must now make. Discussing topics such as environmental protection and adoption, Keep Her is a refreshingly honest read.
2. It Looks Like This by Rafi Mittlefehldt
Mike’s evangelical father has always urged him to toughen up and trade in art for sports. It’s only when he meets Sean that he finally begins to feel like himself. Unfortunately, Mike’s father is always watching. If It Looks Like This is a captivating debut that tackles bullying, religion and the quest to find yourself.
3. Into White by Randi Pink
Sometimes LaToya WIlliams feels like her only friend in the predominately white school she attends is her older brother, Alex. Lost, Toya cannot seem to figure out where she fits in. After a run-in with another student, Toya is left praying to a higher power to be “anything but black.” So what happens when she wakes up white, blonde and popular? Sparking conversations about race, class and more, Randi Pink delivers a powerful debut.
4. Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
Charlotte Davis is a 17-year-old in a mental health facility for self-injury. Forced to leave early because of insurance issues, Charlie must find a way to fight the depression, sadness and urge to cut before it consumes her. In this heartbreaking debut, Kathleen Glasgow tells a captivating story of one girl’s journey to recovery.
5. Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
Joanna Gordon is out and proud, until her family moves to a new, conservative neighborhood and her father asks her to lay low for a bit. Joanna reluctantly agrees, but things get complicated when she meets Mary Carlson. Combining various social issues in a real and relatable way, Jaye Robin Brown’s debut is a must-read.
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