When I first watched Five Feet Apart, I think I used up an entire box of tissues. But even though this movie made me ugly cry an impressive amount, it also made me laugh and swoon at the adorable romance. If you loved the Five Feet Apart movie as much as I did, then you’ll definitely want to check out the books below!

Books to Read if You Loved Five Feet Apart

1. Forget Me Not by Alyson Derrick

Perfect for fans of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Five Feet Apart, this tender solo debut by the coauthor of New York Times bestseller She Gets the Girl is a romantic ode to the strength of love and the power of choosing each other, against odds and obstacles, again and again.


2. The Lucky List by Rachael Lippincott

Rachael Lippincott, coauthor of #1 New York Times bestseller Five Feet Apart, weaves a captivating, heartfelt love story about learning who you are, and who you love, when the person you’ve always shared yourself with is gone.


3. All This Time by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott

All This Time is just a swoonworthy and heartbreaking as Five Feet Apart, which makes sense since it was written by the same authors. When Kyle finds himself in the hospital after a car accident, which leaves his girlfriend dead, he doesn’t know how to go on. But when he meet Marley, who’s dealing with her own grief, he begins to heal.


4. When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

If you love a good star-crossed lovers story then you should pick up When You Were Mine, another Romeo & Juliet retelling. The difference between this book and Five Feet Apart is that it’s actually told from the perspective of Rosaline, Romeo’s former lover.


5. This Might Hurt a Bit by Doogie Horner

Want to laugh, cry, laugh some more, then laugh and cry at the same time? Then read this book! I think in many ways Kirby from This Might Hurt a Bit and Stella from Five Feet Apart are going through similar experiences and the antics that Kirby gets up to will definitely have you smiling.


6. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippicott

Just in case you’ve only seen the movie, you should definitely check out the book! There are quite a few differences between the book and the movie that will make this feel like a brand-new read. But I’d still recommend having tissues next to you because this book is just as heartbreaking.


7. Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon

This book is perfect for fans of Five Feet Apart. Sophie has always loved her best friend Peter and she finds out that she’s a match for the kidney transplant he needs, she doesn’t hesitate to donate one of her own. But Peter’s life post-transplant isn’t what either of them expected. He fears he’ll forever be indebted to Sophie and Sophie isn’t sure who she is without him. Then one heartbreaking night twists their relationship into something neither of them recognizes, leading them to question whether their friendship is even worth fighting for.


8. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

In Second Chance Summer, Taylor Edwards’ mostly normal family is devastated by the news that her father has cancer — and has only three or so months to live. Facing the diagnosis head on, her dad decides the family should go to their old beach house for the summer to finally spend real time together, and get to know one another again. Not to mention the beach house resides in the town where Taylor’s old best friend and first ever boyfriend live.


9. You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Similar to how the characters in Five Feet Apart have a hereditary disease called Cystic Fibrosis, and have to deal with its limitations with regard to their relationship, this book centers around twins who find out that one of them has inherited their mother’s Huntington’s disease. Adina and Tovah couldn’t be more different and the Huntington’s diagnosis pushes them farther apart as they wrestle with guilt, betrayal, and the unexpected thrill of first love.


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After watching all of Outer Banks the night season one dropped on Netflix, two things were certain: 1. Pogues 4 life! And 2. I needed a second season immediately! Well, now that we’ve been BLESSED with seasons two and three, it’s time once again to fill the hole left by Outer Banks as we wait for season four. Sadly we have quite a bit of time before the next season comes out, so I’ve compiled a list of all the books to read if you, like me, are obsessed with OBX.

Books to Read If You’re OBSESSED with Outer Banks

1. I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

Murder, wrongly-convicted killers, class differences, summery beach town vibes, the similarities between I Killed Zoe Spanos and OBX go on and on. So take a break from watching fan videos on Youtube and let this book fill the void left behind by Outer Banks.


2. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Belly is in for an unforgettable summer, just like John B and the rest of the Pogues in Outer Banks. One of my favorite things about OBX is the budding love triangle between Kiara, JJ, and Pope that we can only hope to see more of in season 3. So why not read about an epic love triangle between Belly and brothers. Jeremiah and Conrad in The Summer I Turned Pretty.


3. In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens

One of the best things about Outer Banks is the treasure-hunting mystery. The twists and turns of discovering the Royal Merchant from season one are only amplified in season two as the Pogues hunt down the Cross of Santo Domingo. So if the seafaring adventures from Outer Banks are your favorite, you’ll love this book about a young prince who must rely on a mysterious stranger to save him when he is kidnapped by pirates during his coming-of-age tour.


4. Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welch

Hunting down the lost city of Atlantis is the same as hunting down the Royal Merchant, right? Outer Banks perfectly combines summer beach town vibes with the high-risk hunt for gold, and don’t get me started on John B and Sarah Cameron’s relationship! So if you’re looking to fill the void left by season two of OBX, pick of Love & Olives, a story about a teen girl finding romance while trying to connect with her absent father in beautiful Santorini, Greece as he hunts for the lost city of Atlantis.


5. Retro by Sofia Lapuente and Jarrod Shusterman

Did the last three episodes of Outer Banks stress you out? Same. By the end of the last episode I was literally pacing back and forth while watching, because I couldn’t sit still. So if you’re looking for another heart-racing summery thriller, definitely check out Retro. Anna’s summer takes a turn for the worse when her best friend is found dead and she’s the prime suspect.


6. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

A book about pirates?! Whaat? But hear me out, the Pogues are literally looking for gold and they spend the majority of their time sailing around the Outer Banks. So this book is perfect for you if your favorite part of the show was the treasure hunting and seafaring.


7. Bad Things Happen Here by Rebecca Barrorw

An idyllic Island setting with beautiful oceanfront homes and a thrilling murder mystery is the perfect recipe for a good book. Alliances are made and secrets are revealed in Bad Things Happen Here, much like in Outer Banks!


8. Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

I won’t lie and say I didn’t swoon when John B professed to Sarah Cameron in the rain that they have something real after spending one day together. Well, in Today Tonight Tomorrow, rivals work together in a senior class game that takes them all around Seattle over the course of one night. By the end they’ll discover that they might actually be perfect for each other and in the immortal words of John B “That’s like Big Foot evidence rare!”


9. Phoebe Will Destroy You by Blake Nelson

I literally don’t know how many times I said, “JJ why did you bring the gun?!” while watching Outer Banks. And yet, there was something truly vulnerable and endearing to JJ’s self-destructive nature. You can find more of that vulnerability in both Phoebe and Nick in Phoebe Will Destroy You.


11. Start Here by Trish Doller

If you loved Sarah Cameron and Kiara’s friendship in Outer Banks, then you should definitely read Start Here. Willa and Taylor spend their summer on a life-changing sailing trip on which they will discover if their friendship is truly worth saving.


12. The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

Theo and John B have quite a lot in common. Like having treasure-hunting fathers who have gone missing, bad guys chasing them, and not knowing whom to trust. Granted Theo is living in 1937 Europe and not 2020 North Carolina but trust me, this is definitely worth the read if you’re a fan of OBX.


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I don’t know about you but I’m over these hot summer days and can’t wait for the crisp smell of fall followed by the beauty of the first snow fall. So if you’re like me and are wishing for cold days where you can curl up with a hot drink and a good book, check out these atmospheric and wintery reads.

7 Wintery Reads for Hot Summer Days

1. The Girl from Shadow Springs by Ellie Cypher

I feel this book goes without saying that it has some strong wintery vibes. Just look at that cover!! A girl walking through a blizzard screams winter. This thrilling and atmospheric debut fantasy follows two teens who must brave a frozen wasteland and the foes within it to save their loved ones and uncover a deadly secret.


2. Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

Once again, winter is right there in the name so you can definitely expect some strong winter vibes from this book. Need to escape the heat? Why not read a haunting romance where dark fairy tales and enchanted folklore collide after a boy, believed to be missing, emerges from the magical woods—and falls in love with the witch determined to unravel his secrets.


3. Recommended for You by Laura Silverman

Recommended for You takes place at a bookstore during the winter holiday season. So if you are over the summer and are already looking forward to the festive seasons ahead, grab your peppermint or pumpkin spice drink and settle down with this fantastic enemies to lovers romance.


4. Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

Another amazing romance set during the holiday season, Rent a Boyfriend follows a college student who hires a fake boyfriend to appease her traditional Taiwanese parents to disastrous results.


5. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Snickerdoodle cookies, ski trips, hot tub make outs, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has it all! Escape the heat and snuggle up with this amazing book and, once you’re done reading this book, finish the series with P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean!


6. Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

A meet-cute in a bodega at 5am during a snow storm? Sounds like the perfect next book to jump into! When Leanna and Pablo meet at 5:00 a.m. at the bodega in the dead of winter it’s absurd to think they’d be A Thing. But as they discover who they are, who they want to be, and how to defy the deafening expectations of everyone else, Lee and Pab turn to each other. Which, of course, is when things get properly complicated.


7. Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

Nothing says winter like the mountains of Colorado. So if you’re so over these hot summer days, like I am, pick up Of Curses and Kisses, a contemporary spin on Beauty and the Beast set at an elite boarding school in Aspen. Don’t miss the next book in the series, Of Princes and Promises!


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#RivetedRevealsWeek is here!

What, you ask, is Riveted Reveals Week? It’s that special time of year when we show you all the shiny new covers for books coming out in just a few seasons. From June 28 – July 2 we will be showing you all the new covers for our Spring 2022 young adult books. So get your Goodreads shelf ready because you’re going to want to add all of these books to your TBR!

Take a look!

6/28: Cover Reveals Day 1

Queen of the Tiles by Hanna Alkaf

They Wish They Were Us meets The Queen’s Gambit in the world of competitive Scrabble when a teen girl is forced to investigate the mysterious death of her best friend a year after the fact when her Instagram comes back to life with cryptic posts and messages.

13 points
noun: a person or thing that precipitates an event or change

When Najwa Bakri walks into her first Scrabble competition since her best friend’s death, it’s with the intention to heal and move on with her life. Perhaps it wasn’t the best idea to choose the very same competition where said best friend, Trina Low, died. It might be even though Najwa’s trying to change, she’s not ready to give up Trina just yet.

But the same can’t be said for all the other competitors. With Trina, the Scrabble Queen herself, gone, the throne is empty, and her friends are eager to be the next reigning champion. All’s fair in love and Scrabble, but all bets are off when Trina’s formerly inactive Instagram starts posting again, with cryptic messages suggesting that maybe Trina’s death wasn’t as straightforward as everyone thought. And maybe someone at the competition had something to do with it.

As secrets are revealed and the true colors of her friends are shown, it’s up to Najwa to find out who’s behind these mysterious posts—not just to save Trina’s memory, but to save herself.

You can pre-order your copy here and add this to your Goodreads shelf!


This is Why They Hate Us by Aaron H. Aceves

We Need Diverse Books exclusively revealed the cover for This Is Why They Hate Us, check it out here along with annotated playlist curated by the author!

This fun, irreverent summer romp is Netflix’s Never Have I Ever meets What If It’s Us about a high school senior determined to get over his unrequited feelings for his best friend by getting under someone else.

Enrique “Quique” Luna has one goal this summer—get over his crush on Saleem Kanazi by pursuing his other romantic prospects. Never mind that he’s only out to his best friend, Fabiola. Never mind that he has absolutely zero game. And definitely forget the fact that good and kind and, not to mention, beautiful Saleem is leaving LA for the summer to meet a girl his parents are trying to set him up with.

Luckily, Quique’s prospects are each intriguing in their own ways. There’s stoner-jock Tyler Montana, who might be just as interested in Fabiola as he is in Quique; straitlaced senior class president, Ziggy Jackson; and Manny Zuniga, who keeps looking at Quique like he’s carne asada fresh off the grill. With all these choices, Quique is sure to forget about Saleem in no time.

But as the summer heats up and his deep-seated fears and anxieties boil over, Quique soon realizes that getting over one guy by getting under a bunch of others may not have been the best laid plan and living his truth can come at a high cost.

You can pre-order your copy here and add this to your Goodreads shelf!


All the Right Reasons by Bethany Mangle

The Bachelor meets Gilmore Girls in this laugh-out-loud young adult romance about a girl who joins her mother on a reality dating show for single parents—only to fall for a contestant’s son.

Cara Hawn’s life fell apart after her father cheated on her mother and got remarried to a woman Cara can’t stand. When Cara accidentally posts a rant about her father online, it goes viral—and catches the attention of the TV producers behind a new reality dating show for single parent families.

The next thing Cara and her mother know, they’ve been cast as leads on the show and are whisked away to sunny Key West where they’re asked to narrow a field of suitors and their kids down to one winning pair. All of this is outside of Cara’s comfort zone, from the meddling producers to the camera-hungry contestants, especially as Cara and her mother begin to clash on which suitors are worth keeping around. And then comes Connor.

As the son of a contestant, Connor is decidedly off-limits. Except that he doesn’t fit in with the cutthroat atmosphere in all the same ways as Cara, and she can’t get him out of her head. Now Cara must juggle her growing feelings while dodging the cameras and helping her mom pick a bachelor they both love, or else risk fracturing their family even more for the sake of ratings. Maybe there’s a reason most people don’t date on TV.

You can pre-order your copy here and add this to your Goodreads shelf!


6/29: Cover Reveals Day 2

Blaine For the Win by Robbie Couch

After being dumped so his boyfriend can pursue more “serious” guys, a teen boy decides to prove he can be serious, too, by running for senior class president in this joyful romp from the author of The Sky Blues.

High school junior Blaine Bowers has it all—the perfect boyfriend, a pretty sweet gig as a muralist for local Windy City businesses, a loving family, and awesome, talented friends. And he is absolutely, 100% positive that aforementioned perfect boyfriend—​senior student council president and Mr. Popular of Wicker West High School, Joey—is going to invite Blaine to spend spring break with his family in beautiful, sunny Cabo San Lucas.

Except Joey breaks up with him instead. In publicOn their one-year anniversary.

Because, according to Joey, Blaine is too goofy, too flighty, too…unserious. And if Joey wants to go far in life, he needs to start dating more serious guys. Guys like Zach Chesterton.

Determined to prove that Blaine can be what Joey wants, Blaine decides to enter the running to become his successor (and beat out Joey’s new boyfriend, Zach) as senior student council president.

But is he willing to sacrifice everything he loves about himself to do it?

You can pre-order your copy here and add this to your Goodreads shelf!


Wrecked by Heather Henson

Looking for Alaska meets Breaking Bad in this piercing novel about three teens, caught in the middle of the opioid crisis in rural Appalachia, whose world literally blows up around them.

For as long as Miri can remember it’s been her and her dad, Poe, in Paradise—what Poe calls their home, hidden away from prying eyes in rural Kentucky. It’s not like Miri doesn’t know what her dad does or why people call him “the Wizard.” It’s not like she doesn’t know why Clay, her one friend and Poe’s right-hand man, patrols the grounds with a machine gun. It’s nothing new, but lately Paradise has started to feel more like a prison.

Enter Fen. The new kid in town could prove to be exactly the distraction Miri needs…but nothing is ever simple. Poe doesn’t take kindly to strangers. Fen’s DEA agent father is a little too interested in Miri’s family. And Clay isn’t satisfied with being just friends with Miri anymore. But what’s past is prologue—it’s what will follow that will wreck everything.

Shining a klieg light on the opioid crisis coursing through this country, Wrecked will have readers on the edge of their seat right up until the explosive ending.

You can pre-order your copy here and add this to your Goodreads shelf!


6/30: Cover Reveals Day 3

Turning by Joy L. Smith

In this raw, searingly honest debut young adult novel, a former aspiring ballerina must confront her past in order to move forward from a devastating fall that leaves her without the use of her legs.

Genie used to fouetté across the stage. Now the only thing she’s turning are the wheels to her wheelchair. Genie was the star pupil at her exclusive New York dance school, with a bright future and endless possibilities before her. Now that the future she’s spent years building toward has been snatched away, she can’t stand to be reminded of it—even if it means isolating herself from her best friends and her mother. The only wish this Genie has is to be left alone.

But then she meets Kyle, who also has a “used to be.” Kyle used to tumble and flip on a gymnastics mat, but a traumatic brain injury has sent him to the same physical therapist that Genie sees. With Kyle’s support, along with her best friend’s insistence that Genie’s time at the barre isn’t over yet, Genie starts to see a new path—one where she doesn’t have to be alone and she finally has the strength to heal from the past.

But healing also means confronting. Confronting the booze her mother, a recovering alcoholic, has been hiding under the kitchen sink; the ex-boyfriend who was there the night of the fall and won’t leave her alone; and Genie’s biggest, most terrifying secret: the fact that the accident may not have been so accidental after all.

You can pre-order your copy here and add this to your Goodreads shelf!


So This is Ever After by F.T. Lukens

Carry On meets Arthurian legend in this funny, subversive young adult fantasy about what happens after the chosen one wins the kingdom and has to get married to keep it…and to stay alive.

Arek hadn’t thought much about what would happen after he completed the prophecy that said he was destined to save the Kingdom of Ere from its evil ruler. So now that he’s finally managed to (somewhat clumsily) behead the evil king (turns out magical swords yanked from bogs don’t come pre-sharpened), he and his rag-tag group of quest companions are at a bit of a loss for what to do next.

As a temporary safeguard, Arek’s best friend and mage, Matt, convinces him to assume the throne until the true heir can be rescued from her tower. Except that she’s dead. Now Arek is stuck as king, a role that comes with a magical catch: choose a spouse by your eighteenth birthday, or wither away into nothing.

With his eighteenth birthday only three months away, and only Matt in on the secret, Arek embarks on a desperate bid to find a spouse to save his life—starting with his quest companions. But his attempts at wooing his friends go painfully and hilariously wrong…until he discovers that love might have been in front of him all along.

You can pre-order your copy here and add this to your Goodreads shelf!


Always Jane by Jenn Bennett

A chauffer’s daughter finds herself in the middle of a love triangle with the sons of her boss’s wealthy next-door neighbors in this delightfully romantic story from the author of Alex, Approximately, Jenn Bennett.

Love—and Fen Sarafian—do not care about your summer plans.

Eighteen-year-old chauffeur’s daughter Jane Marlow grew up among the domestic staff of a wealthy LA rock producer, within reach of bands she idolizes, but never a VIP. Every summer, Jane and her father head to the Sierras to work at the producer’s luxury lodge at Lake Condor—a resort town and the site of a major musical festival.

The legendary family who runs the festival are the Sarafians, and Jane’s had a longtime crush on their oldest son, Eddie—doltish but sweet. So when a long-distance romance finally sparks between them, she doesn’t hesitate to cross class lines.

But Jane’s feelings about Eddie are thrown into question after she returns to the lake and reconnects with his alluringly intense brother, the dark horse of her placid summer plans. A fellow lover of music—and hater of the game—Fen Sarafian has been ousted from the family and is slumming it at a vinyl record shop. He burns for Jane like a house on fire and will do anything to sabotage his older brother, even if it means taking a wrecking ball to a multi-million-dollar music festival. Or Jane’s heart.

You can pre-order your copy here and add this to your Goodreads shelf!


7/1: Cover Reveals Day 4

Trigger by N. Griffin

The Queen’s Gambit meets The Hunger Games in this harrowing young adult thriller about a teen girl whose abusive father teaches her the finer points of chess and hunting for his own sinister ends.

Didi tries her best to be a good girl, but it’s hard to keep track of her father’s rules. When she wins a chess tournament, he’s angry she didn’t win with a better move and makes her run laps around the house. When she runs laps the next day, she has to keep running until she’s faster than the day before. When she’s skilled enough to outshoot him with both a gun and bow and arrow, he grows furious when she won’t then shoot a baby rabbit who crosses their path. And Didi can’t do anything to escape being threatened with the Hurt Stick when she misbehaves.

He’s all she has, he reminds her. They have to be prepared. They have to be prepared to fight the rest of the world, when the world comes to an end. He’s grooming her, to keep her safe. He loves Didi. He does—he says so! And so Didi runs harder; annihilates her opponents in chess; takes down a deer at a dead run. He’s grooming her, after all, to be the best…he says so.

You can pre-order your copy here and add this to your Goodreads shelf!


Sofi & the Bone Song by Adrienne Tooley

In this gorgeous, queer standalone fantasy, a young musician sets out to expose her rival for illegal use of magic only to discover the deception goes deeper than she could have imagined—perfect for fans of An Enchantment of Ravens!

Music runs in Sofi’s blood.

Her father is a Musik, one of only five musicians in the country licensed to compose and perform original songs. In the kingdom of Aell, where winter is endless and magic is accessible to all, there are strict anti-magic laws ensuring music remains the last untouched art.

Sofi has spent her entire life training to inherit her father’s title. But on the day of the auditions, she is presented with unexpected competition in the form of Lara, a girl who has never before played the lute. Yet somehow, to Sofi’s horror, Lara puts on a performance that thoroughly enchants the judges.

Almost like magic.

The same day Lara wins the title of Musik, Sofi’s father dies, and a grieving Sofi sets out to prove Lara is using illegal magic in her performances. But the more time she spends with Lara, the more Sofi begins to doubt everything she knows about her family, her music, and the girl she thought was her enemy.

As Sofi works to reclaim her rightful place as a Musik, she is forced to face the dark secrets of her past and the magic she was trained to avoid—all while trying not to fall for the girl who stole her future.

You can pre-order your copy here and add this to your Goodreads shelf!


Howl by Shaun David Hutchinson

From critically acclaimed Shaun David Hutchinson comes a gritty and raw portrayal of the oftentimes traumatic experience of growing up.

Virgil Knox was attacked by a monster.

Of course, no one in Merritt believes him. Not even after he stumbled into the busy town center, bleeding, battered, and bruised, for everyone to see. He’d been drinking, they said. He was hanging out where he wasn’t supposed to, they said. It must’ve been a bear, or a badger, or a gator—definitely no monster.

Virgil doesn’t think it was any of those things. He’s positive it was a monster. But being the new kid in a town where everybody knows everybody is hard enough as it is without being the kid who’s afraid of monsters, so he tries to keep a low profile.

Except he knows the monster is still out there. And if he isn’t careful, Virgil’s afraid it’ll come back to finish him off, or worse—that he’ll become one himself.

You can pre-order your copy here and add this to your Goodreads shelf!


7/2: Cover Reveals Day 5

The Genesis Wars by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Black Mirror meets Marie Lu’s Warcross in Nami’s continuing adventures as she fights to free her friends in this high-stakes sequel to The Infinity Courts by award-winning author Akemi Dawn Bowman.

It’s been ten months since Nami narrowly escaped the Four Courts and Ophelia’s wrath. Ten months since she was betrayed by someone she once considered a friend. Someone she poured her heart out to. And now her family here in the afterlife are gone, captured, and Nami is utterly alone.

On the run, only steps ahead of the AI forces pursuing her, and desperate to free her friends, Nami must take the allies she can find, even if she doesn’t fully trust them. And as she tests the limits of her own power, she must also reckon with the responsibility that entails.

Stakes are high as Nami navigates old enemies, unexpected allies, and an ever-changing landscape filled with dangers and twists at every turn. Along the way, she’ll learn powerful truths about who she can trust and the sacrifices that must be made in order to fight for a better, freer world for all.

You can pre-order your copy here and add this to your Goodreads shelf!


Lawless Spaces by Corey Ann Haydu

Perfect for fans of Deb Caletti, this poignant coming-of-age novel in verse follows a teen girl who connects with the women of her maternal line through their journals and comes to better understand her fraught relationship with her mother.

Mimi’s relationship with her mother has always been difficult. But lately, her mother has been acting more withdrawn than usual, leaving Mimi to navigate the tricky world of turning sixteen alone. What she doesn’t expect is her mother’s advice to start journaling—just like all the woman in her family before her. It’s a tradition, she says. Expected.

But Mimi takes to poetry and with it, a way to write down the realities of growing into a woman, the pains of online bullying, and the new experiences of having a boyfriend. And all in the shadows of a sexual assault case that is everywhere on the news—a case that seems to specifically rattle her mother.

Trying to understand her place in the world, Mimi dives into the uncovered journals of her grandmother, great-grandmother, and beyond. She immerses herself in each of their lives, learns of their painful stories and their beautiful sprits. And as Mimi grows closer to each of these women, she starts to forge her own path. But it isn’t until her mother’s story comes to light that Mimi learns about the unyielding bonds of family and the relentless spirit of womanhood.

You can pre-order your copy here and add this to your Goodreads shelf!


Gone Dark by Amanda Panitch

Dry meets Hatchet in this thrilling tale of survival following a teen girl who must lead her friends across country to the safety of her estranged father’s survivalist compound after a mass power failure leaves the country in chaos.

When seventeen-year-old Zara escaped her father’s backwoods survivalist compound five years ago, she traded crossbows and skinning hides for electricity and video games…and tried to forget the tragedy that drove her away.

Until a malware attack on the United States electrical grids cuts off the entire country’s power.

In the wake of the disaster and the chaos that ensues, Zara is forced to call upon skills she thought she’d never use again—and her best bet to survive is to go back to the home she left behind. Drawing upon a resilience she didn’t know she had, Zara leads a growing group of friends on an epic journey across a crumbling country back to her father’s compound, where their only hope for salvation lies.

But with every step she takes, Zara wonders if she truly has what it takes to face her father and the secrets of her past, or if she’d be better off hiding in the dark.

You can pre-order your copy here and add this to your Goodreads shelf!

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Rima’s Rebellion by Margarita Engle

An inspiring coming-of-age story from award-winning author Margarita Engle about a girl falling in love for the first time while finding the courage to protest for women’s right to vote in 1920s Cuba.

Rima loves to ride horses alongside her abuela and Las Mambisas, the fierce women veterans who fought during Cuba’s wars for independence. Feminists from many backgrounds have gathered in voting clubs to demand suffrage and equality for women, but not everybody wants equality for all—especially not for someone like Rima. In 1920s Cuba, illegitimate children like her are bullied and shunned.

Rima dreams of a day when she is free from fear and shame, the way she feels when she’s riding with Las Mambisas. As she seeks her way, Rima forges unexpected friendships with others who long for freedom, especially a handsome young artist named Maceo. Through turbulent times, hope soars, and with it…love.

You can pre-order your copy here and add this to your Goodreads shelf!


Very Bad People by Kit Frick

In this dark academia young adult thriller for fans of The Female of the Species and People Like Us, a teen girl’s search for answers about her mother’s mysterious death leads to a powerful secret society at her new boarding school—and a dangerous game of revenge that will leave her forever changed.

Six years ago, Calliope Bolan’s mother drove the family van into a lake with her three daughters inside. The girls escaped, but their mother drowned, and the truth behind the “accident” remains a mystery Calliope is determined to solve. Now sixteen, she transfers to Tipton Academy, the same elite boarding school her mother once attended. Tipton promises a peek into the past and a host of new opportunities—including a coveted invitation to join Haunt and Rail, an exclusive secret society that looms over campus like a legend.

Calliope accepts, stepping into the exhilarating world of the “ghosts,” a society of revolutionaries fighting for social justice. But when Haunt and Rail commits to exposing a dangerous person on campus, it becomes clear that some ghosts define justice differently than others.

As the society’s tactics escalate, Calliope uncovers a possible link between Haunt and Rail and her mother’s deadly crash. Now, she must question what lengths the society might go to in order to see a victory—and if the secret behind her mother’s death could be buried here at Tipton.

You can pre-order your copy here and add this to your Goodreads shelf!


Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Jason Griffin

Prepare yourself for something unlike anything: A smash-up of art and text for teens that viscerally captures what it is to be Black. In America. Right Now. Written by #1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Jason Reynolds.

Jason Reynolds and his best bud, Jason Griffin had a mind-meld. And they decided to tackle it, in one fell swoop, in about ten sentences, and 300 pages of art, this piece, this contemplation-manifesto-fierce-vulnerable-gorgeous-terrifying-WhatIsWrongWithHumans-hope-filled-hopeful-searing-Eye-Poppingly-Illustrated-tender-heartbreaking-how-The-HECK-did-They-Come-UP-with-This project about oxygen. And all of the symbolism attached to that word, especially NOW.

And so for anyone who didn’t really know what it means to not be able to breathe, REALLY breathe, for generations, now you know. And those who already do, you’ll be nodding yep yep, that is exactly how it is.

You can preorder your copy here and add this to your Goodreads shelf!


Ashes of Gold by J. Elle

In the heart-pounding conclusion to the Wings of Ebony duology, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicole Yoon calls “bold, inventive, big-hearted and deeply perceptive,” Rue makes her final stand to reclaim her people’s stolen magic.

Rue has no memory of how she ended up locked in a basement prison without her magic or her allies. But she’s a girl from the East Row. And girls from the East Row don’t give up. Girls from the East Row pick themselves back up when they fall. Girls from the East Row break themselves out.

But reuniting with her friends is only half the battle. When she finds them again, Rue makes a vow: she will find a way to return the magic that the Chancellor has stolen from her father’s people. Yet even on Yiyo Peak, Rue is a misfit—with half a foot back in Houston and half a heart that is human as well as god, she’s not sure she’s the right person to lead the fight to reclaim a glorious past.

When a betrayal sends her into a tailspin, Rue must decide who to trust and how to be the leader that her people deserve…because if she doesn’t, it isn’t just Yiyo that will be destroyed—it will be Rue herself.

You can preorder your copy here and add this to your Goodreads shelf!


She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick

She’s All That meets What If It’s Us in this swoon-worthy hate-to-love YA romantic comedy from #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Five Feet Apart Rachael Lippincott and debut writer Alyson Derrick.

Alex Blackwood is a little bit headstrong, with a dash of chaos and a whole lot of flirt. She knows how to get the girl. Keeping her on the other hand…not so much. Molly Parker has everything in her life totally in control, except for her complete awkwardness with just about anyone besides her mom. She knows she’s in love with the impossibly cool Cora Myers. She just…hasn’t actually talked to her yet.

Alex and Molly don’t belong on the same planet, let alone the same college campus. But when Alex, fresh off a bad (but hopefully not permanent) breakup, discovers Molly’s hidden crush as their paths cross the night before classes start, they realize they might have a common interest after all. Because maybe if Alex volunteers to help Molly learn how to get her dream girl to fall for her, she can prove to her ex that she’s not a selfish flirt. That she’s ready for an actual commitment. And while Alex is the last person Molly would ever think she could trust, she can’t deny Alex knows what she’s doing with girls, unlike her.

As the two embark on their five-step plans to get their girls to fall for them, though, they both begin to wonder if maybe they’re the ones falling…for each other.

You can preorder your copy here and add this to your Goodreads shelf!


Don’t know what to read next? Join our Summer of Love reading challenge!

I’m a complete hopeless romantic. Nothing makes me happier than reading stories where the characters fall in love. I don’t care if it’s love at first sight, the enemies-to-lovers slow burn, or the characters that realize their soulmate was their best friend all along, I will read them all. These YA romances are some of my favorite and are so adorable that once you’ve finished them you’ll want to pass them along to your younger siblings to read as well!

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Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle
Hitch meets The Sun Is Also a Star in this “mega swoon-worthy, effortlessly cool” (Casey McQuiston, New York Times bestselling author) novel about a self-professed teen love doctor with a popular radio segment who believes he can get a girl who hates all things romance to fall in love with him in only three dates.
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Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali
When Zayneb is suspended for standing up to her Islamophobic teacher her parents send her to her aunt’s house in Quatar to get an early start on spring break. Adam is also heading to Qatar for spring break to visit his family. He was diagnosed to Multiple sclerosis in November and is intent on keeping it a secret from his father, who’s still grieving the death of Adam’s mother. When the two Muslim teens meet in the airport, something marvelous happens.
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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.
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The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Belly loves the summers. She loves hanging out at the beach house and more importantly reuniting with Jeremiah and Conrad. Belly has known the boys for years. They’ve been brother figure, crushes, and more. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.
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The Lucky List by Rachael Lippincott
Emily always felt lucky—that is, until her mother passed away three years ago. And things get even worse the summer before her senior year, when her boyfriend breaks up with her and her dad decides to sell their house. With her best friend away for the summer, the only person Emily can talk to is Blake, a girl she barely knows.Then Emily finds her mom’s senior year summer bucket list. When Blake suggests that Emily take it on as a challenge, the two set off on a journey to complete each item on the list. AsEmily begins to feel closer to her mom again, her bond with Blake deepens, too…into something she wasn’t expecting.
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As If on Cue by Marisa Kanter
A pair of fierce foes are forced to work together to save the arts at their school in this swoony YA enemies-to-lovers romance that fans of Jenny Han and Morgan Matson are sure to adore.
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Misfit in Love by S. K. Ali
It’s officially wedding season! In this fun and fresh sequel to Saints and Misfits, Janna hopes her brother’s wedding will be the perfect start to her own summer of love, but attractive new arrivals have her more confused than ever.
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We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon
A wedding harpist disillusioned with love and a hopeless romantic cater-waiter flirt and fight their way through a summer of weddings in this effervescent romantic comedy from the acclaimed author of Today Tonight Tomorrow.
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Between You, Me, and the Honeybees by Amelia Diane Coombs
Perfect for fans of Jenn Bennett and Sarah Dessen, this swoon-worthy novel follows a teen girl during her California summer of beekeeping, secrets, and stolen kisses.
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Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter
In this rom-com about rom-coms, in the spirit of Kasie West and Jenn Bennett, a hopeless romantic teen attempts to secure a happily-ever-after moment with her forever crush, but finds herself reluctantly drawn to the boy next door.
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Prom Theory by Ann LaBar
In this heartwarming and whip-smart YA spin on The Rosie Project, a teen girl is determined to prove that love, like all things, should be scientifically quantified…right?
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A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
This book will warm your heart and will definitely leave you hungry. This funny, smart romantic comedy, follows two Vietnamese-American teens who fall in love and must navigate their newfound relationship amid their families’ age-old feud about their competing, neighboring restaurants.
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The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch
Sky may be openly gay, but sometimes in his small town it’s easier to be invisible than it is to be himself. But that doesn’t stop Sky from planning an extravagant promposal to ask his crush, Ali, to prom. Unfortunately, before Sky can prompose, his plans are leaked by an anonymous hacker in a deeply homophobic eblast. Sky is fully prepared to drop out and skip town altogether—until his classmates give him a reason to fight back by turning his thirty-day promposal countdown into a school-wide hunt to expose the e-blast perpetrator.
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Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets The Farewell in this incisive romantic comedy about a college student who hires a fake boyfriend to appease her traditional Taiwanese parents, to disastrous results, from the acclaimed author of American Panda.
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The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson
Mia hates rom-coms, her friends, on the other hand, love them. When Mia finds herself in needing a date to her sister’s wedding, her friends have the perfect idea. It’s a little crazy, a little out there, and a lot inspired by the movies they love that Mia begrudgingly watches too. Mia just needs a meet-cute.
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A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey
This book was a Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club YA pick and deservedly so. This feel-good romance, set in the English country side will warm your soul. Not to mention, make you hungry after you read all the delicious food descriptions.
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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
The books in Elisabeth’s world are not normal. Books of magic are dangerous and can transform into terrible monsters, and she’s spent her entire live protecting the kingdom from their power. When the library’s most dangerous book is released, Elisabeth finds herself framed for the crime. Now the only person she can turn to for help is her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn.
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There’s Something about Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
Ashish is done with love, especially after he was dumped by his ex-girlfriend. His parents on the other hand, think they can set him up with someone better and in a moment of weakness, he challenges them to set him up. Enter Sweetie, a self-proclaimed fat athlete who is determined to show the worl what she;s really made of. When they decide to date, they both have something to prove – to themselves, to their families, and to the world – but they might be surprised with what they find.
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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Can you imagine if all your crushes suddenly found out how you felt about them? That’s exactly what happens when Lara Jean's secret love letters get mailed out to all the boys she’s ever loved. Now things are out of control. So she makes a deal with resident cute jock, Peter Kavinsky to fake being boyfriend and girlfriend. But fake dating might just lead to real feelings.
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Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
Can you love someone you can never touch? Well that’s the reality for Will and Stella. Both of them have Cystic Fibrosis and are not allowed within 6 feet of each other because it could cost them their lives. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment. What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?
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Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster – all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect. The only problem? The weekend is shaping ups to be an absolute disaster.
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Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian
It’s Amelia’s last summer before college and she’s just been named Head Girl of Meade Creamery, the female-run local ice cream store. But when the owner suddenly passes away, Amelia has to learn to work with Grady Meade, the owner’s great nephew, who’s now in charge of the ice cream shop. Believe me, nothing is sweeter than an adorable romance surrounded by ice cream.
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American Panda by Gloria Chao
17-year-old Mei is a freshman at MIT, following the next step in her parents’ plan for her to become a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer.  What Mei can’t tell them is that she hates germs—and that she has a massive crush on her Japanese classmate. 
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Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
Can you imagine being trapped in a care on a road trip with your brother and his cute friend? Well that’s exactly what happens to Addie in this adorable book about a heartwarming road trip through Ireland that’s filled with love and adventure. Also there are cute Irish accents. Need I say more?
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The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. So it’s no surprise that Andie has her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all—working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?
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Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Lina’s mother’s dying with was that she get to know her father, which is how Lina finds herself spending the summer in Italy trying to get to know the man who hasn’t been around for the past 16 years. Then she’s given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy and soon she, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, is inspired to follow in her mother’s footsteps and discover a secret that has been kept for far too long. If you love this book as much as I think you will, check out the companion novels, Love & Luck and Love & Olives!
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Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her dad recently died in a car accident and her mom has decided to move all way from California to Connecticut right before Amy’s senior year. In order to escape, Amy hits the road, driving cross-country away from the home she’s always know, heading towards the new life that awaits.

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn is out now and I know I’m not the only one who can’t stop talking about it. Bree’s story completely captivated and moved us. And as a result, there has been some truly amazing fan art created celebrating this epic book!

Check out a few of our favorite fan art images below from some extremely talented fans!

Our Favorite Fan Art from Tracy Deonn’s Legendborn


Let’s start off with the first piece of Legendborn fan art that I saw and it truly still takes my breath away each time I look at it.



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This is an absolutely stunning illustration of Bree! I can’t look away! This illustration was made by the super talented marcusartkiss.


I can’t look away! Look at Bree in all her magical glory!


Next are these gorgeous medieval-inspired illustrations by Rauviel!

Look at Bree, Nick, and Sel looking so knightly!


This is my official request for more William fan art! #TeamWilliam


And more Alice fan art! Alice Chen is one of the best friends I’ve read in a book in a long time and she deserves all the love.



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This Bree fan art from Nicole Deal is perfection!


I could look at this drawing of Bree all day.



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Currently curled up on futon reading ?????????? ??I am ADORING this book & made a #legendbornfanart of the main character (Bree Matthews). Here ‘tis!⁣ ⁣ ???’? ??????????: Bree Matthews is the sixteen-year old protagonist of Legendborn ( by @tracydeonn ). If you know me, you’ll know that I love, LOVE reimaginings of old legends and lore…and Tracy’s take on Arthurian legend, infused with “southern folk traditions and black girl magic” is just…*????’? ????*.⁣ ⁣ Bree is stubborn, resourceful, and hellah intrepid…which is why I picked this CN saying for her:⁣ ⁣ Míngzhī shān yǒu hǔ⁣ 明知山有虎⁣ ⁣ piānxiàng hǔ shān⁣ Xíng 偏向虎山⁣行 ⁣ ??????? ???????????: to willfully go towards the mountain although knowing that it has tigers (idiom)⁣ ⁣ ??????? ???????: to forge on undeterred by the dangers ahead; aka: intrepid!⁣ ⁣ Anywho, back to reading!⁣ PS, any of y’all read this yet? Drop us a comment so we can *fanperson* about it together! ⁣ ⁣

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I think we are all panda cub when it comes to looking at this adorable piece of fan art!


Maeeda Khan’s drawing of Bree exploring her rootcraft will leave you speechless!



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Who’s screaming? Oh right, it’s me! Because I’m OBSESSED WITH THIS! Seriously so talent, check out the artist here on Instagram.



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So good!! Bree looks amazing!


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It’s too good!! I can’t look away!!


We had to include these mobile and desktop backgrounds that Tracy Deonn commissioned from Alyssa Bradley because they are just so good!

If you love them as much as we do, you can download them for free here.


Have you made some Legendborn fan art? Tag us on social at @simonteen so we can see!


Looking for more? Take this quiz to find out who you’d be in the secret society of Legendborn!

There are few things better than curling up on the couch and putting on a classic movie rom-com. Except for maybe curling up on the couch with a rom-com book! I am absolutely in love with movie rom-coms (full disclosure, I’ve seen every movie on this list) so if you love them as much as I do, then these are the books for you!

The Perfect Book Recommendations for Fans of Movie Rom-Coms!

1. Bridget Jones’ Diary — Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter

Honestly, if you love any movie rom-com you will love this book. But! Wes, Liz’s annoyingly-hot neighbor, gives off strong Mark Darcy vibes. So if you fell in love with Colin Firth after watching Bridget Jones’ Dairy, you will absolutely adore this book. Also the Liz’s awkward moments can definitely rival Bridget Jones’.


2. You’ve Got Mail — Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.


3. The Wedding Singer — We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Quinn wasn’t left at the alter but she was ghosted by her crush after she confessed her feelings to him in an email. Now she’s been dreading seeing him again almost as much as she dreads another summer playing the harp for her parents’ weddings. When the two meet again, they clash immediately but Quinn can’t deny her feelings for him are still there.


4. Notting Hill — Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

When Leanna and Pablo meet at 5:00 a.m. at the bodega in the dead of winter it’s absurd to think they’d be A Thing. Almost as absurd as a movie star falling in love with the owner of a travel book shop. But as they discover who they are, who they want to be, and how to defy the deafening expectations of everyone else, Lee and Pab turn to each other. Which, of course, is when things get properly complicated.


5. What a Girl Wants — A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

What a Girl Wants had all the ingredients of a great movie rom-com: an American girl traveling to England, a cute British boy to show her around, and, once again, Colin Firth. This book might not have Colin Firth but it has everything else! Not to mention, food descriptions that will make your mouth water.


6. Can’t Buy Me Love — Of Princes and Promises by Sandhya Menon

This delightful, romantic twist on The Frog Prince is the perfect read for you if you loved Can’t Buy Me Love. Just like Patrick Dempsey’s character, Rahul grapples between his new-found social standing and his love for popular girl Catrina in this second installment in the Rosetta’s Academy series.


7. Dirty Dancing — Where Secrets Lie by Eva V. Gibson

Star-crossed attraction, secrets being revealed, and the heat of summer. Believe me, this is one book you don’t want to put in a corner.


8. She’s the Man — Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

Veronyka has always wanted to be a Phoenix Rider, so she disguises herself as a boy to join their ranks. If you loved She’s the Man, I promise you’ll love this book!


9. 10 Things I Hate about You — 10 Things I Hate about Pinky by Sandhya Menon

I mean, it’s in the name! This delightful follow-up to When Dimple Met Rishi follows Ashish’s friends Pinky and Samir as they pretend to date in order to achieve their individual goals, to disastrous and hilarious results.


10. When in Rome — To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Sure, Lara Jean didn’t go picking up random coins from a lovers fountain in Rome that resulted in multiple people falling in love with her, but her love letters DID get sent to all her former crushes. The chaos of the first book, as Lara Jean tries to avoid Josh by pretending to date Peter K, will definitely give you some When in Rome vibes.


11. There’s Something about Mary — Misfit in Love by S.K. Ali

More like: There’s Something about Janna! Janna hopes her brother’s wedding will be the perfect start to her own summer of love, but attractive new arrivals have her more confused than ever. Her summer of love is turning out to be super crowded and painfully unpredictable.


12. About Time — For All Time by Shanna Miles

About Time might be one of the best movie rom-coms ever made, if not THE best! In the movie, after an unfortunate time-travel incident, Tim’s meet-cute with the girl of his dreams never happens. So he has to travel back in time multiple times to get their meet-cute right and win her heart all over again. For All Time isn’t about time-traveling but it is an epic romance about two teens who relive their tragic love story over and over until they uncover what they must do to change their fate.  This book will make you believe in the power of love, just like the movie About Time will (seriously, go watch it).


13. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist — Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson

Taking place over the course of one night, two best friends, Kat and Stevie, are in for a hilarious adventure when they get lost in NYC. Both will get a wake-up call about their friendship, their choices…and finally discover what they really want for their future. That is, assuming they can make it to Grand Central before the clock strikes midnight.


14. The Wedding Date — Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

Sure, there’s no way hiring a date to introduce to your parents will result in you falling in love with them. *Insert laughter here.* When Chloe starts to fall for the real Drew—who is unlike his fake persona she hired him to be—her carefully curated life begins to unravel. Can she figure out what she wants before she loses everything?


15. The Body Guard — Fall into Me by Mila Gray

Who can forget the movie that brought us Whitney’s version of I Will Always Love You? An unexpected and searing romance unfolds between a young recording artist and her ex-Marine bodyguard trying to outrun his difficult past in this wrenching novel from the author of Come Back to Me.


16. Love, Simon — The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch

Sky is already out in his small town in Michigan but having his promposal plans leaked in a deeply homophobic eblast is definitely a huge invasion of privacy. He’s fully prepared to drop out and skip town altogether—until his classmates give him a reason to fight back by turning his thirty-day promposal countdown into a school-wide hunt to expose the e-blast perpetrator. This witty, heartfelt, and ultimately hopeful debut novel is perfect for fans of Love, Simon.


17. Crazy Rich Asians — My Summer of Love and Misfortune by Lindsay Wong

Crazy Rich Asians meets Love & Gelato in this hilarious, quirky novel about a Chinese-American teen who is thrust into the decadent world of Beijing high society when she is sent away to spend the summer in China.


18. Under the Tuscan Sun — Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

If Under the Tuscan Sun made you fall in love with Italy and all its little quirks, then Love & Gelato is definitely the book for you! A summer in Italy turns into a road trip across Tuscany in this sweeping book filled with romance, mystery, and adventure.


19. John Tucker Must Die — Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Who doesn’t love a good revenge story? Girls coming together to help girls….seek vengeance, it’s perfect.


20. Love & Basketball — These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

I know what you’re thinking, “how can a book about basketball and a Romeo & Juliet retelling be paired together?” Well, I’ll tell you. Both of these stories deal with first loves, second chances, and careers getting in the way of being with the person you love. I know that Roma betrayed Juliette but there’s a part of me that can just hear him saying “double or nothing.”


21. The Wedding Planner — Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Mary Fiore, from The Wedding Planner, and Charlie Grant know that planning a wedding isn’t easy. If you like reading about chaotic families and disastrous weddings then you should definitely read this book.


22. When Harry Met Sally — Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Similar to When Harry Met Sally, opposites attract in this fantastic novel about two boys, Ari and Dante, as their friendship slowly develops into something more. Once you’ve finished this book, be sure to check out the sequel Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World, which comes out October 12!


Looking for more? Check out these swoon-worthy romances!

Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series has been optioned for a movie and we can’t wait to see Tally on the big screen. Here’s everything we know so far about the Uglies movie.

Everything We Know About the Uglies Movie So Far

Joey King is set to star as Tally Youngblood!

According to Deadline’s exclusive announcement of the project Joey King has been a fan of the books for years. And we’re a fan of hers, so it’s a win-win situation!

Keith Powers, Brianne Tju & Chase Stokes joined Joey King!


While Joey King will be playing Tally, Keith Powers, Brianne Tju and Chase Stoke’s roles are not yet disclosed. But, we are sooooo excited to see who they play!

McG has signed on to direct!

Now I know what you’re thinking, “who?” You might not know his name, but you know his work. Not only has he directed both Charlie’s Angels movies from the early 2ooos but he also directed the pilot to a little-known TV show called The Shadowhunters. So yea, we’re excited!


While there’s no release date yet, the movie is set to release on Netflix

Don’t mind me, just getting ready to add this to my ever-growing watch list.


Haven’t read the books yet? The time is now!

Pick up a copy of the first books today and delve into the dystopian world of the Uglies. And if you love it, which we think you will, be sure to pick up the sequels, Pretties, Extras, and Specials!


Looking for more? Check out these 10 reasons by the Uglies is still great over 10 years after it’s release!

I love a good personality test, it’s amazing how one small quiz can make you feel like you’re completely understood. Books also have that amazing ability, to suddenly make you feel like you’re not alone. So I combined the two! With a little bit of research, I paired the books that fit perfectly with your personality type.

If you don’t know your personality type, you can take the test here!

What Books Your Myers Briggs Personality Type is Telling You to Read Next


A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

If you’re an ISTJ then you should read A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti and I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick.

These two books are perfect for you because they are filled with characters that are organized and driven just like you. Both of these books have protagonists that are reserved but are trying untangle a lot of information to reveal the underlying truth. Plus you’re incredibly hardworking and you’ll totally relate to the young driven women in these books.



When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

If you’re an INFJ then you should read When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert and Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman.

These two books are perfect for you because they appeal to your creative and empathetic sensibilities. It’s probably no surprise to you that your friends always seek you out when they need advice because they value your caring and thoughtful insights. You love reading about the friendships in When We Were Infinite and your creative side will love the art in Starfish!



Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Danica Novgorodoff

If you’re an INTJ then you should read Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi and Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Danica Novgorodoff.

You’re a problem solver just like June in Yolk and also approach life with a thoughtful, analytical eye. You love your friends and enjoy having stimulating conversations with them, which is why after you read Long Way Down, you’ll have all of your friends reading it too!



To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

If you’re an ENFJ then you should read To All The Boys I’ve Love Before by Jenny Han and There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon.

You’re a really good communicator and tend to be influential without trying to be. Your friends probably talk about how genuinely nice you are, just like Lara Jean from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. But your ability to naturally take charge of a situation when needed will make you relate to Juliette from Theses Violent Delights.



The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

If you’re an ISTP then you should read The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw and Scythe by Neal Shusterman.

People can sometimes think you’re aloof but that’s just because hanging out with people can be exhausting. You love hobbies that involve using your hands and you don’t really open up easily, you’re love language is definitely “spending time together.” Scythe and The Wicked Deep are your kindred spirits with their mysteries, and their logical and clever storytelling.



City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

If you’re an ESFJ then you should read City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

You tend to stick to a strong moral code and you like helping to keep things in order, much like the Shadowhunters in City of Bones. But you’re also incredibly empathetic and love hearing the stories from other peoples’ lives so you will definitely enjoy reading Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe.



Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali

Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young

If you’re an INFP then you should read Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali and Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young.

There’s a part of you that’s trying to find the meaning in everything, so after reading Love From A to Z you’ll want to start your own Journal of Oddities and Marvels. Also while you’re naturally laid back and good at putting people at ease, but you’re still a fighter especially when it comes to defending something you believe in, so you’ll love the Girls from Innovations Academy in Girls with Sharp Sticks.



Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju

The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch

If you’re an ESFP that you should read Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju and The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch.

You’re a natural entertainer and your spontaneous, fun-loving energy is contagious. You will love these laugh-out-loud characters in Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens as well as the quirky, adorable humor of The Sky Blues.



Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter

If you’re an ENFP then you should read Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch and Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter.

Your enthusiasm is contagious and you love helping people explore their creative side. You’re naturally drawn to art because it lets you explore the meaning of things. Lina in Love & Gelato shares your love of art as she explores the wonders of Italy, by the end of the book you’ll wish you were there, too. You’re also natural romantic and will really relate to Liz’s romantic side in Better Than the Movies.



The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Road Tripped by Pete Hautman

If you’re an ESTP then you should read The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell and Road Tripped by Pete Hautman.

You’re a thrill seeker and the total life of the party. Spontaneous trips are totally your thing. You will love The Last Magician because of its constant adventure and time travel. Road Tripped is right up your alley because, just like the main character, you’d totally head out on a road trip with nothing but a map and the unknown ahead.



Wings of Ebony by J. Elle

Slayer by Kiersten White

If you’re an ESTJ then you should read Wings of Ebony by J. Elle and Slayer by Kiersten White.

You’re really loyal to your family and community and are incredibly hardworking, so you’ll love Rue’s dedication to saving her family and her neighborhood in Wings of Ebony. You’re also a huge planner so characters like Nina from Slayer are incredibly relatable to you because they understand your need for structure.



Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

Alanna by Tamora Pierce

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

If you’re an ENTJ then you should read Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce and Legendborn by Tracy Deonn.

You’re a natural born leader and you love a good challenge because you know it’s one of the best ways to grow. But you’re also quick witted and a total problem solver. Alanna and Bree are your kindred spirits and you will totally see yourself in them.



Lies Like Poison by Chelsea Pitcher

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

If you’re an INTP then you should read Lies Like Poison by Chelsea Pitcher and Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman.

You’re really good at patterns and enjoy finding connections to gain further understandings of things. So a thriller like Lies Like Poison is perfect for you because you’ll be trying to solve the mystery before the characters in the book do. You’re also very logical and for that reason you will love Neal Shusterman’s Thunderhead.



Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

If you’re an ISFJ then you should Read Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott and Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare.

You are incredibly caring and down to earth. You will love Cordelia from Chain of Gold and Stella from Five Feet Apart. Stella’s love of structure will be totally relatable and Cordelia’s drive to figure out who’s behind the attacks killing the London Shadowhunters in Chain of Gold will make it impossible for you to put the book down until you’ve finished it.



Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

Your Heart, My Sky by Margarita Engle

If you’re an ENTP then you should read Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell and Your Heart, My Sky by Margarita Engle.

You’re probably the natural leader of your friend group. You love having intellectual conversations that stimulate your intelligence. These two books are perfect fits for you to read. Sky Without Stars is a clever retelling of Les Miserablés that you won’t be able to put down, and Margarita Engle’s Your Heart, My Sky is such a beautiful piece of literature, you’ll be recommending it to all of your friends by the time you’re done reading it.



Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

If you’re an ISFP then you should read Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi and Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett.

These books totally fit your love of aesthetic and enjoyment of finding beauty all around you. Also you can probably relate to Penny’s quiet demeanor in Emergency Contact and your free spirit will totally love Lennon’s moms in Starry Eyes.

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I can’t be the only person who’s said “There’s a glitch in the Matrix!” when one of my friends has mentioned having deja vu. Or maybe I am. ??‍♀️ Even so, The Matrix is truly an iconic sci-fi movie. So if you love The Matrix as much as I do, check out these book recs below.

10 Books to Read if You Love The Matrix!

1. Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Fighting an artificial intelligence who’s intent on destroying humanity? Yea that sounds familiar. When Nami wakes up in the afterlife, she learns she’s in a place called Infinity, where human consciousness goes when physical bodies die. She quickly discovers that Ophelia, a virtual assistant widely used by humans on Earth, has taken over the afterlife and is now posing as a queen, forcing humans into servitude the way she’d been forced to serve in the real world. Even worse, Ophelia has plans to eradicate human existence once and for all. As Nami works to bring down Ophelia, she is forced to reckon with her past, her future, and what it is that truly makes us human.


2. Want by Cindy Pon

If you liked the cyberpunk genre of The Matrix, you’ll love Want and its sequel, Ruse. Set in a near-future Taipei plagued by pollution, a group of teens risk everything to save their city from a corrupt corporation.


3. Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Are you fascinated by AI? Well then you should definitely read the Arc of a Scythe trilogy. The second book in particular is partially written from the perspective of the artificial intelligence, the Thunderhead. While it may not be as evil as Agent Smith from The Matrix, the Thunderhead has some interesting thoughts on humanity.


4. A Complicated Love Story Set in Space by Shaun David Hutchinson

Shaun David Hutchinson is an expert at sci-fi writing, especially if you like your sci-fi books with a bit of romance. When Noa closes his eyes on Earth and wakes up on a spaceship called Qriosity just as it’s about to explode. He’s pretty sure things can’t get much weirder, but boy is he wrong. Trapped aboard Qriosity are also DJ and Jenny, neither of whom remember how they got onboard the ship. Together, the three face all the dangers of space, along with murder, aliens, a school dance, and one really, really bad day. But none of this can prepare Noa for the biggest challenge—falling in love.


5. This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

In this gripping debut novel, seventeen-year-old Cat must use her gene-hacking skills to decode her late father’s message concealing a vaccine to a horrifying plague. If you love this sci-fi thriller, check out the sequels, This Cruel Design and This Vicious Cure.


6. The Program by Suzanne Young

The Program by Suzanne Young

In a future where suicide is an international epidemic, a teen named Sloane and her boyfriend James attempt to hide any compromising emotions for fear of being sent to “The Program,” which would wipe away their emotions and memories. As they both await turning 18 and being free from the threat of The Program, can Sloane and James get by on just their love, or will the depression claim them as it has so many others?


7. Everlost by Neal Shusterman

When Nick and Allie don’t survive a car accident, they find themselves in a sort of limbo between life and death known as Everlost. It’s a shadow of the living world, filled with all the things and places that no longer exist. It’s a magical, yet dangerous, place where bands of lost kids run wild and anyone who stands in the same place too long sinks to the center of the Earth. The first book in the Skinjacker trilogy is such a gripping read you’ll want to buy the sequels, Everwild and Everfound right away.


8. Rabbit &  Robot by Andrew Smith

Rabbit & Robot by Andrew Smith

If The Matrix ever made you stop and think “is this real or am I living in a simulation?” then Rabbit & Robot is definitely the book for you. To help him shake his Woz addiction, Billy and Rowan transport Cager Messer up to the Tennessee, a giant lunar-cruise ship orbiting the moon. Meanwhile, Earth, in the midst of thirty simultaneous wars, burns to ash beneath them. And as the robots on board become increasingly insane and cannibalistic, and the Earth becomes a toxic wasteland, the boys have to wonder if they’ll be stranded alone in space forever. This book will make you laugh, cry, and consider what it really means to be human.


9. Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young

Much like how the Matrix is controlling humans in an artificial simulation, the Girls of Innovations Academy are being carefully controlled and the elite boarding school may not be quite as it appears to be. As Mena and her friends uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening – and who they really are – the students of Innovations Academy will learn to fight back.


10. Unwind by Neal Shusterman

In America after the Second Civil War, the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life armies came to an agreement: The Bill of Life states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, a parent may choose to retroactively get rid of a child through a process called “unwinding.” Unwinding ensures that the child’s life doesn’t “technically” end by transplanting all the organs in the child’s body to various recipients. Now a common and accepted practice in society, troublesome or unwanted teens are able to easily be unwound.


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