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    Updated on Sep 23, 2020. Posted on Sep 22, 2020

    7 New Book Releases We Loved And Why You Should Read Them

    With a fresh list on Tuesdays.

    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:

    1. How It All Blew Up by Arvin Ahmadi

    Viking Books for Young Readers

    How It All Blew Up by Arvin Ahmadi follows Amir, who always knew that coming out as gay to his traditional Muslim family was going to be a problem. The thing is, he didn't realize that it would involve blackmail and a classmate who threatens to tell his family. So he decides to run off to Italy and have the adventure of a lifetime while sort of running from his family's realization. This is told in alternating chapters — half of it is an airport interrogation of Amir and his family after everything has gone down, and half of it is Amir's actual adventure. —Rachel Strolle

    2. Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore

    HarperTeen

    Young adult authors Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore team up to write the absolutely charming and adorable Miss Meteor. Lita and Chicky are best friends forever. Lita is made of stardust, though nobody knows, and more than anything, she wants to win her small town’s pageant, the Miss Meteor Pageant. Every year, the same kind of generic cheerleader-looking girls win, and Lita does not fit that mold. Nonetheless, she wants to win, and her best friend, Chicky, is going to make sure she wins, even though she's an outsider herself. This book is so cute. There are so many excellent family members, there's pansexual and trans representation, and it's just a blast to read. —Margaret Kingsbury

    3. White Fox by Sara Faring

    Imprint

    White Fox by Sara Faring follows Manon and Thaïs, two sisters who are torn apart after their world-famous actor mother disappears. After their father sends them away from their Mediterranean island home, the two sisters end up coming back about a decade later, and they discover their mother's famous and long-thought lost last work: the screenplay White Fox. It's filled with clues and metaphors about the island, and they end up going on a pretty significant adventure trying to piece together their mother's last work. This book will make you feel as if you've stepped into a black-and-white movie. It's super good, a little mysterious, and very, very charming. —Rachel Strolle

    4. The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix

    Katherine Tegen Books

    The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix is set in an alternative version of 1983, where the mythic Old World is encroaching on the contemporary one, and a group of magical booksellers help keep it at bay. The summer before Susan Arkshaw begins art school, she decides to find her missing father in London. He's been missing since her birth. While she's searching, she's attacked by a creature in the fog and saved by one of these booksellers, who is named Merlin. As she becomes more and more immured within the booksellers, she’s also attacked and kidnapped by the mythic Old World, not to mention falling a little bit in love with the genderfluid Merlin. This is a thrilling and adventurous read by the famous YA author. —Margaret Kingsbury

    5. Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation by Anne Helen Petersen

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Can't Even by former BuzzFeed News writer Anne Helen Petersen is about how millennials became the burnout generation. It's about how we were sold this promise that if you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life — which sounds good in theory but in practice ends up looking like monetizing your passions and turning your hobbies into work, and then being told that the money you aren't making is not the point. She looks at the gig economy, she looks at labor movements, worker rights, and the recession, and challenges these ideas and stereotypes about lazy millennials. It's really smart, illuminating, and relatable. You can read an excerpt here! —Arianna Rebolini

    6. Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds

    Katherine Tegen Books

    Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds is a wonderful, moving story about friendship and loss and grief. It follows two friends named Jamal and Q who've had a complicated relationship, and when Q unexpectedly dies, Q's mother brings him to a new healthcare facility that is able to bring Q back to life for a very short period of time, allowing his friends and family to officially say goodbye before he moves on — most especially his best friend, Jamal, who now has a second chance, not only at goodbyes, but also at forgiveness. —Farrah Penn

    7. Well Played by Jen DeLuca

    Berkley

    When Stacey moved back home to care for her ill mother, she thought that it would just be temporary and that at least she would be able to attend the Ren Faires she loves so much each summer. But as the years go by, not to mention the matter of her best friend's recent engagement, she decides to reevaluate her life and get things back on track, which could include finding "the one." She strikes up a correspondence with Dex MacLean, the attractive but somewhat dim-witted band player from Ren Faire. Except after months go by, she realizes that he's not the person she's actually been talking to and needs to figure out what's going on. —Shyla Watson

    For more new release recommendations from this month, click here, or browse all of our favorites in our Bookshop collection. What's the best book you read this week? Tell us in the comments!