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Hole In The Middle

Hole In The Middle by Kendra Fortmeyer (September 4)
Overview: Morgan is like everyone else starting senior year. She's easing into adulting and thinking about her future. She's living in an apartment with her best friend Caro and trying to figure out how to break it to her super driven, successful, fitness guru mom that she doesn't really want to go to college. Morgan also spends a fair amount of time at the doctor's office because she has a peach sized hole straight through her abdomen.
There's been one rule her entire life. Don't let anyone know about the hole, and, besides Caro and Caro's boyfriend Todd, she's succeeded. One night, though, she cuts herself a crop top and goes out to a club called Mansion where she shows off her true self, in all her glory. Photos spread like a wildfire on the internet, and she's approached by a new doctor who thinks she might have a cure. Though it  comes with press crews, a boy who has a lump that won't disa…

Into YA: Courtney Summers

I was lucky enough to be a part of the awesome blog tour for Sadie which came out yesterday, September 4. Now that most of you have probably devoured it in one, long night, you can dig into how Summer's created what is arguably the biggest YA book of 2018.  You've written in a variety of genres within YA, have you found a favorite or one that you want to write more in?
I will always love writing gritty, realistic contemporary novels (it’s my wheelhouse!), but I wouldn’t mind exploring different genres; sci-fi, spec-fic, horror—I don’t think I’ve done that enough to feel a pull back to one, so I better get to work!
As I am a teen author and I encourage my readers to write and share their work, what is the most valuable thing you've learned over the course of your career, especially having started so young as I hope to?
I think it’s important to dedicate yourself to the improvement of your craft, to be able to recognize when what you’ve done is good enough and when it can be b…

Places No One Knows

Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff (372 pages)
Overview: Waverly never quite fit in when she was younger. When she and her best friend Merabeth start high school, they decide that was going to change. With Waverly's brain and Merabeth's social skills, the girls rise to the top of the social ladder. But, when Waverly finally gets it all, she feels lost and empty, simply acting a part she has no attachment to.
That's when she meets Marshall Holt. Through a relaxation technique Waverly finds to fight her insomnia, which involves breathing in the aroma from a candle while counting, she finds herself transported to a party where no one can see her except for school slaker/stoner Marshall Holt. Through these odd dreams that only the two of them remember, their notions of who they have to be are slowly dismantled. Waverly feels like she can let down her guard and show her true self, while  Waverly inspires Marshall to start thinking of himself and putting work into his classes…