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New Books In May To Add To Your Summer Reading List

Whether you're making travel plans to your favorite beach destination or have a whole week of "staying in" as your much needed summer vacay, you gotta be ready with the good reads to catch up on. Here are some hot new books in May you want to be sure you pick up ahead of your summer plans.

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1. The Goodbye Year by Kaira Rouda

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From USA TODAY bestselling author Kaira Rouda, comes a family drama on empty nesting, told from the points of view of both the parents and the kids. The Goodbye Year provides a refreshing and real take on issues surrounding marriage, being a senior in high school and surviving the 'Goodbye Year' while managing to make readers laugh and cry at the same time.

2. Leaving Blythe River by Catherine Ryan Hyde

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If you're a fan of New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde, buckle up for a story of courage unlike never before. Seventeen-year-old Ethan hasn't been speaking to his father after feeling betrayed by the man, but when Ethan discovers his father has vanished from their remote cabin and the rangers have abandoned the rescue mission, it's up to Ethan to find him. Small, scrawny and totally unprepared, Ethan perseveres through hail, heat, and rapids along with the help of three locals. Leaving Blythe River is a story of adventure, trails and often quirky characters, but it is also a story about forgiveness, resilience and love.

4. Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica

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With her much-anticipated release, New York Times bestselling author Mary Kubica is back at it again with the release of Don't You Cry. Following her smash hits The Good Girl and Pretty Baby, the Chicago-based master of thrills concocts the perfect suspense page-turner with a missing woman, a mysterious bombshell, and twists that will make you tweet, "OMG."

5. The Tolling of Mercedes Bell: A Novel by Jennifer Dwight

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Debut novelist and real-life paralegal Jennifer Dwight tells an intricate and haunting tale that is sure to give you Sleeping with the Enemy vibes. In 1980s San Francisco, widowed paralegal Mercedes Bell finds herself charmed by the ever dashing lawyer, Jack Soutane. Taken by his spell, Mercedes realizes not everything is as it seems and soon finds herself fighting to protect her daughter and herself from the truth beneath Jack's lies.

6. Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

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It's Halloween in 1991 and the popular high school basketball star is found dead near Battle Creek, Pennsylvania with a bullet in his head and gun in his hand. The conservative community is shook, especially as there has been talk of Satanic worship taking place within the region. Following this incident, smart and focused Hannah Dexter is lured into a world of heavy eyeliner, heavy metal and Doc Martens by the ever alluring Lacey Champlain. Soon, the impressionable Hannah transforms into a new girl that neither one of them expected and eventually their relationship transforms into something even darker.

7. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

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This enchanting debut coming-of-age novel is unlike any other. Get transported into the underbelly of New York City as Danler tells a story of privileged tastes, chaotic love triangles and the experiences of growing into womanhood.

8. Happy Family by Tracy Barone

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In this witty and sharp novel, beautifully damaged Cheri Matzner must come to terms with the family who raised her, the family who gave her away in 1962, and the family she desperately wishes she could have. Happy Family explores the people in Cheri's life who shaped her and in ways she didn't expect.

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