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    Hello, book lovers! Each week, dozens and dozens of new releases hit the shelves. Below are some of the reads BuzzFeed Books writers and contributors loved the most:

    Young Adult

    1. Once Upon a Quinceañera by Monica Gomez-Hira


    Carmen Aguilar's summer consists of an unpaid internship that forces her to perform in her spoiled cousin's extravagant quinceañera. But things get worse when she discovers her dance partner will be Mauro Reyes, the ex who caused her so many problems in the past. Is it going to be the summer of disasters, or will Carmen get her happily ever after? Carmen's sharp, hilarious dialogue paired with an emphasis on complex family situations make this book both heartfelt and fun. —Farrah Penn

    2. Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi

    Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Jayne Baek is attending fashion school in New York City, struggling with an eating disorder, and can't seem to move on from her deadbeat boyfriend. Her sister June seemingly has it all: She's rich, she has a job in finance, and a giant apartment. But when June is diagnosed with uterine cancer, Jayne moves in, and these estranged sisters begin to get to know each other better. This is a compelling, emotional story that dives deep into different kinds of relationships and the flawed, messy sisters at the center of it all who struggle with understanding one another. —Farrah Penn

    3. Home Is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo

    Make Me a World

    Elhillo's novel-in-verse follows Nima who, as a child of an immigrant, struggles to fit into her suburban town. Luckily she has a best friend who seems to understand, but Nima can't help imagining what her life would have been like if she would have been born in her mother's country. Would she be happier? When the rug is pulled out from under her, Nima begins to explore another life she could have had, living by another name, while searching for what identity truly means. It's a poignant, powerful story that's emotional in many places and uplifting in others — while cracking open the layers of a mother-daughter relationship. (Don't miss Safia Elhillio's Instagram Live Q&A with BuzzFeed Books!) —Farrah Penn

    4. Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft

    Wednesday Books

    After being dismissed from the Queen's Guard and separated from the girl she loves, Wren is summoned to Colwick Hall, an estate owned by the reclusive Lord Alistair Lowry, to cure a servant from a mysterious illness. When she arrives, she discovers, to her dismay, her patient is Hal Cavendish. Not only is he not a servant, but he's also a killer and a sworn enemy of her kingdom. She could heal him and commit treason against her kingdom, or she could kill him, which goes against the ethics of being a healer. Regardless, as she spends more time in the crumbling mansion, she realizes that deception has infected both kingdoms; and the facts she's been taught are less than truthful. —Rachel Strolle


    5. Feelings by Manjit Thapp

    Random House

    Manjit's graphic memoir delivers on the promise of its title: It is a tender journey through one year of the author's life, exploring the ways our natural environment — specifically the shifting seasons — shape our emotions and experiences. It's a dreamy, intimate, relatable, and gorgeously illustrated narrative. —Arianna Rebolini

    6. But You’re Still So Young by Kayleen Schaefer

    Dutton Books

    Kayleen Schaefer’s latest is a sharp and empathetic investigation into what being in your thirties means today. Weaving together personal history, original reporting, and cultural analysis, Schaefer tackles five of the major milestones we’ve been told define adulthood — finishing school, leaving home, getting married, gaining financial independence, and having kids — and explores their modern significance, presenting a compelling argument that these achievements aren’t actually as meaningful as we’ve been led to believe. Read an excerpt — Why Are Millennials So Worried About Moving Back In With Their Parents? — and check out my live conversation with Kayleen this Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.Arianna Rebolini

    Literary Fiction

    7. Justine by Forsyth Harmon

    Tin House Books

    Celebrated illustrator Forsyth Harmon makes her writing debut with Justine, a compact, but powerful, illustrated novel. In (pitch-perfect) 1990s Long Island, teenager Ali is enchanted by Justine, the impossibly cool and beautiful cashier at her local Stop & Shop. Ali just can’t figure out if she wants to be with Justine, or wants to be her — or maybe a little of both. It's a bittersweet, nostalgic coming-of-age story. —Arianna Rebolini

    8. The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen

    Grove Press

    Nguyen’s 2015 Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, The Sympathizer, was an immersive anonymous narrative about a North Vietnamese spy embedded in a South Vietnamese platoon during the Vietnam War. In this hotly anticipated follow-up, our wry double agent has just arrived in Paris as a refugee. —Tomi Obaro

    9. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

    Knopf Publishing Group

    In his first novel since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017, Ishiguro embarks on an exploration of humanity and technology, through the perspective of Klara, an Artificial Friend observing the world as it passes through the store where she stands on display, waiting to be purchased. She's intent on fulfilling her life's (insofar as she has a life) purpose of making her owner happy, so she spends her time trying to parse what human happiness means. This core question and those it bleeds into — what it means to be happy, what it means to love, what it means to connect — drive this compelling, revelatory story. —Arianna Rebolini

    10. Infinite Country by Patricia Engel

    Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster

    When teenage sweethearts Elena and Mauro have their first daughter, the pair decide to leave an increasingly dangerous life in Bogota and head to Houston, Texas. But as their visa expiration nears — and their family grows — they face an impossible decision, moving again and again in an effort to avoid having their undocumented status discovered. —Arianna Rebolini


    11. Float Plan by Trish Doller

    St. Martin's Griffin

    After the sudden death of her fiancée, Anna finds herself living a very different life than the one she has planned. She struggles to cope with her grief for several months when she's reminded about a sailing trip the two of them were supposed to take together. On a whim, she sets out to sea on her own, but quickly realizes she needs help — that's where Keane comes in. Anna hires the professional sailor — who's dealing with his own twist of fate — and an unexpected romance settles between them, proving that love finds a way, even when you least expect it. —Shyla Watson

    12. Yes & I Love You by Roni Loren

    Sourcebooks Casablanca

    Unbeknownst to the people of New Orleans, Hollyn Tate is actually Miz Poppy — an entertainment journalist who knows everything there is to know about the city. Hollyn loves the anonymity of her job, especially given her social anxiety, but when her boss asks her to start making videos and show readers the woman behind the curtain, she finds herself out of her depth. Aspiring actor Jasper Deares is looking for a way out of his career rut, and when he discovers that the cute girl he spotted at the coffee shop needs some on-camera tips, he offers to help, hoping her finger on the pulse of the entertainment industry can be the career boost he needed. But after weeks of spending so much time together, he gets much more than he bargained for. —Shyla Watson

    13. Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron


    All Reena Manji wants to do is turn her love of baking into a career and get her matchmaking, meddlesome parents off her back. After losing her job, she hears about a cooking contest with a reward that would mean finally doing what she loves for a living. But...the contest is for couples only. She accidentally ropes in her hot new neighbor to help, and before you know it they're pretending to be a couple for a studio network. Things get complicated when their fake relationship turns real...especially when she learns he not only works for her father but is who her family wanted her to marry all along. —Shyla Watson

    Historical Fiction

    14. The Conductors by Nicole Glover

    John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    After the Civil War, Hetty Rhodes, formerly a conductor on the Underground Railroad, settles in Philadelphia with her husband Benjy. Together, they solve murders and mysteries that would otherwise be left untouched by the authorities, but the murder of a friend leads them to more questions about their world, and the lies that reside in it. —Rachel Strolle

    15. The Rebel Nun by Marj Charlier

    Blackstone Publishing

    In the sixth century, women have three choices in life: sex work, motherhood, or a nunnery. As the church begins to reject and vilify women within its ranks, Clotild, a king's daughter, leads an uprising of nuns to battle against the forces of the patriarchy. But with excommunication and even death growing more and more possible, will this rebel nun be able to change history? —Kirby Beaton

    16. Vera by Carol Edgarian

    Scribner Book Company

    Vera, the 15-year-old daughter of the owner of San Francisco's most legendary brothel, has always had to be scrappy and resourceful, even as a child. But the great earthquake of 1906 shakes even Vera, who now finds herself an orphan and guardian to her little sister, Pie. Teaming up with a former enemy, Vera is forced to imagine a new world for herself among an unlikely band of survivors. —Kirby Beaton

    Science Fiction / Fantasy

    17. Burning Girls and Other Stories by Veronica Schanoes


    The 13 consuming stories collected in Burning Girls and Other Stories show the darkness and danger in fairy tales. My favorite story from the collection, “Among the Thorns,” retells the most disturbing fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm, “The Jew in the Thorns,” where the torture and eventual murder of a Jewish man is used as comic relief. Schanoes humanizes the tale by telling it from the man’s daughter’s perspective and the vengeance she seeks. The heartbreaking title story, “Burning Girls,” won the Shirley Jackson Award for best novella and combines elements from Jewish mysticism and “Rumpelstiltskin” with historical events like the anti-Jewish pogroms in 19th century Poland and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Not all the stories in this collection are historical fantasy, though. The punk rock “Ballroom Blitz” occurs in a rock club/bar where 12 brothers have been cursed to stay in a bar forever unless the same 12 girls dance with them for 101 nights. These fun, heartrending, and imaginative short stories reveal new truths about classic fairy tales. —Margaret Kingsbury


    18. A Game of Cones by Abby Collette


    Bronwyn Crewse has put her heart and soul into bringing her family's ice cream shop back to its former glory, but the arrival of a big city developer puts all the local businesses at risk. When the developer later turns up dead and Bronwyn's best friend is the number one suspect, she takes it upon herself to discover the truth. —Shyla Watson

    Children's Fiction

    19. Simon B. Rhymin' by Dwayne Reed

    Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Simon Barnes is a fifth grader in Chicago who dreams of becoming a world-famous rapper (Notorious D.O.G.), even if right now he tries to lay low at school and at home. But a new assignment might lead him to showcase his rhymes in class — an oral presentation on something that affects their community — with the help of his neighborhood crew. —Rachel Strolle

    20. Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter


    Maggie might be the star of this graphic novel, but she's certainly not feeling like one in her own world. Her parents are getting ready for a new baby, and her younger brothers are twins in their own world. Maybe a puppy could help her feel a little less alone? But when they go to pick one, she has a horrible allergic reaction, and has to discover the perfect pet without breaking into hives. —Rachel Strolle

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