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    19 Books Coming Out This Year That You Seriously Need To Read

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    1. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

    Berkley, helenhoang.com

    Khai Diep thinks he's incapable love. In reality, his autism just causes him to process emotions differently. But, that fact hasn't stopped him from avoiding relationships. So, his strong-willed mother takes matters into her own hands and flies to Vietnam to find him a bride. That's when she finds Esme Tran, a young mother living in a rural village who thinks spending a summer in America trying to convince a man to fall in love with her is the best opportunity she'll get to provide a better life for her family and daughter. It doesn't take long for Esme to fall for Khai. But, his inability to believe he can love, coupled with a past trauma, threatens the relationship neither knew they needed.

    Available May 7

    2. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

    Balzer + Bray, Anissa Hidouk / Via angiethomas.com

    16-year-old Bri aspires to be one of the best rappers in history — much like her dad would've been had he not died before he had his chance. When her first song goes viral, she thinks it's going to be her big break. However, the media paints her as a menace, and before you know it, Bri finds herself at the center of a controversy. With her family on the brink of eviction, she's now more determined to make it than ever...even if it means becoming what everyone says she is.

    Available now.

    3. Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

    Riverhead Books, Manchul Kim / Via penguinrandomhouse.com

    In this dark and mysterious retelling of Hansel and Gretel, Harriet and Perdita Lee are a mother and young daughter who sell gingerbread in London. When Perdita travels to her mother's homeland Druhástrana, a seemingly non-existent place, she meets Harriet's long-lost childhood friend Gretel Kercheval. What follows in this story of magical realism are surprises, secrets, work, wealth, grudges, and, at the center of everything, gingerbread.

    Available now.

    4. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

    Nan A. Talese, Liam Sharp / Via penguinrandomhouse.com

    15 years after The Handmaid's Tale ended, we still have questions. What happened to Offred after she entered that van? Is she in prison? Did she ever find her daughter? Is she even alive? Not to mention, what's going on in Gilead and the rest of Atwood's world? With the testaments of three women from Gilead, those questions are finally answered.

    Available Sept. 10

    5. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

    Ballantine Books, Deborah Feingold / Via penguinrandomhouse.com

    Coming of age in 1960s Los Angeles, Daisy is a girl with a killer voice and big rock-and-roll dreams. Billy Dunne is the lead singer of up and coming band The Six. After a chance encounter and the vision of a producer, Daisy Jones and the Six is born, creating something so amazing, it'll go down in rock and roll history.

    Available now.

    6. Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

    St. Martin's Griffin, Raegan Labat / Via us.macmillan.com

    Alex is the son of the President of the United States. Henry is the young Prince of Wales and Alex's nemesis. After an altercation between the two of them threatens American/British relations, the pair are forced to stage a fake friendship to remedy the situation. Soon, their fake friendship not only becomes real, but it blossoms into something more, forcing them both to reevaluate what they thought they knew.

    Available May 14

    7. The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory

    Berkley, penguinrandomhouse.com

    Maddie and Theo are sworn enemies...or so they thought. But, after spending the night together, suddenly they can't stop thinking about each other. While helping plan their best friend Alexa's wedding, Maddie and Theo find themselves sneaking off together to "relieve stress." Eventually, they agree to just end their little affair once the wedding is over. But, when Alexa moves up the date of the ceremony, the two frenemies begin regretting putting an end date on whatever is happening between them.

    Available July 16

    8. The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo

    Gallery Books, Franchesca Cole / Via simonandschuster.com

    When their parents decide to retire, the de la Rosa sisters must take over the family's wedding planning business. But, bridezillas, wardrobe malfunctions, and arguing couples aren't all they're cracked up to be. As the pressure builds and the sisters struggle to find their own happily ever afters, they learn to rely each other.

    Available May 14

    9. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

    Gallery Books, Lily Richards / Via simonandschuster.com

    25-year-old Jamaican-British Queenie Jenkins lives in London, works at a newspaper, and hates comparing herself to her white, middle-class coworkers. After breaking up with her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie makes a slew of bad decisions until she's forced to stop, reevaluate her life choices, and decide what she wants for herself and her future.

    Available March 19

    10. When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton

    Berkley, Chris Malpass

    After losing her family and her country to the Cuban Revolution, sugar heiress Beatriz Perez doesn't hesitate when the CIA asks her to infiltrate Fidel Castro's inner circle. Now embedded in the dangerous world of espionage with her eyes set on revenge, not to mention a forbidden romance on the horizon, Beatriz's future is thrust into the unknown.

    Available April 9

    11. Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

    Viking Books, simonandschuster.com

    In a powerful poetry memoir, Laurie Halse Anderson — author of the best-selling novel, Speak — shares personal stories from her past about assault, trauma, being a survivor, using your voice to fight against predators, and more.

    Available now.

    12. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

    Riverhead Books, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders / Via penguinrandomhouse.com

    Looking back on her youth, 89-year-old Vivian Morris remembers being a 19-year-old girl in the 1940s. Recently kicked out of college, Vivian's parents send her to live with her aunt who runs a playhouse in New York City. That's where she meets a charismatic bunch of "showgirls, a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager." When a personal mistake becomes a professional nightmare, it flips the new life she's come to love upside-down.

    Available June 4

    13. American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

    Random House, Niqui Carter / Via penguinrandomhouse.com

    Marie Mitchell is a young, black FBI agent in 1986. Tired of pushing papers and being overlooked, she jumps at the opportunity to go undercover and undermine Burkina Faso president Thomas Sankara. Ignoring her support of the revolutionary, as well as the mysterious death of her sister, Marie seduces Sankara and embeds herself in his inner circle to take him down. But soon, she's questioning what it means "to be a spy, a lover, a sister, and a good American."

    Available now.

    14. The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

    Berkley, Bonnie J. Heath / Via penguinrandomhouse.com

    The Butler family are no strangers to drama. But when Athea, the strong-willed eldest sister, and her husband are arrested, it proves a little too much to handle. Younger sisters Viola and Lillian move into their childhood home to care for Athea's teenage daughters, piece together their family, and uncover the truth behind Athea's actions.

    Available now.

    15. The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin

    William Morrow, Mary Grace Long / Via harpercollins.com

    When poet Fiona Skinner details the inspiration behind her most famous work, The Love Poem, her audience is taken back in time to a tragedy that rocked her family one fateful Connecticut summer. But what followed was an unparalleled strength and bond between Fiona and her siblings. Now, 20 years later, the connection they formed is tested when another family crisis strikes.

    Available now.

    16. The Mister by E.L. James

    Vintage, Mike Coppola / Getty Images

    Maxim Trevelyan is a handsome English aristocrat who's never had to work hard for anything, including women and money. Alessia Demachi is a musically-gifted young woman with a dark and mysterious past. When tragic circumstances force Maxim to fully embrace his noble title and the responsibilities along with it, he's already overwhelmed. The last thing he needs is to fight his desire for Alessia, whose troubles have followed her to London.

    Available April 16

    17. Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke

    Crown, Karen Brown / Via penguinrandomhouse.com

    When childhood sweethearts Justine and Nick reunite as adults, a romance between them seems fated. The only problem is while Justine is very interested, Nick doesn't seem to be. But Nick is a devoted astrology buff who makes his decisions by the stars and horoscopes, specifically the horoscopes in the magazine Justine writes for. It doesn't take long for Justine to take Nick's horoscope into her own hands, writing his fate in her favor. But she should know better than to meddle with the stars.

    Available May 21

    18. The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer

    Little, Brown and Company, littlebrown.com

    In 1929, a former Vogue model moves to Paris to reinvent herself as a famous photographer. That's when she meets the famous Surrealist artist Man Ray. He wants to use her as a model, but Lee is tired of being a muse. Instead, she convinces him to take her on as his assistant. But as the two become more intimate, the lines of mentor and mentee become blurred and Lee must decide between a career as an artist or a passionate love.

    Available now.

    19. Golden Child by Claire Adam

    SJP for Hogarth, Tricia Keracher-Summerfield / Via penguinrandomhouse.com

    Clyde, Joy, and their twin teenage sons, Paul and Peter, are a family living in rural Trinidad. Peter is intelligent, high-achieving, and prized to pull their family out of poverty, while Paul is considered odd and challenging. But when Paul goes missing, and Clyde searches after him, the reality of the situation sinks in, and Clyde is "faced with a decision no parent should have to make."

    Available now.

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