Over the last two-ish months since I posted my Best of 2018 list, I've found tons of amazing titles! Since they aren't 2019 releases, they won't be on my next year end list, so I thought I'd honor them by writing valentines to each of these amazing books!
I've also thrown in one bonus 2019 that I'll definitely be talking about all year long that you should preorder now!
This book just made me happy. Scott doesn't know where his life is headed, but, as the world is fascinated with grit (and loves to tell young people they have none), he decides to head to Georgetown to seek out the professor who is an expert in it. And then he doesn't take no for an answer till he scores himself somewhat of an internship. Along the way, he befriends a few college kids, starts working at a bar, and learns a thing or two about the world outside of high school. I love books that skew on the older end of YA and explore life outside of high school, and this one does it beautifully.
I love this book because it is one of the most important and meaningful books I've ever read. I planted my butt in chair and just read until I got to the end. The book is real and layered. It's also unflinchingly honest about how victims of sexual assault are treated in society and brutally honest in how flawed the systems and social constructs around prosecuting and finding justice for these victims are. Girl Made of Stars is a book I will never stop being thankful for or encouraging everyone to read.
I never thought a book about the zombie apocalypse would be something I'd write a love note to, but This Is Not a Test is so much more than a science fiction exploration of disaster. It's one of the best explorations of depression I've ever read. Sloane confronts her desire to beat the odds of her stricken environment without having a drive to live before it hit. Watching five teens learn how to get along and support one another at the end of the world creates one of the most interesting contemporary stories I've ever read.
Tash is such an honest story. The voice is strong and honest. Tash loves classic literature and her friends. I love stories that are just about friendship and how close those bonds can be. I also thought that Tash dealing with her vlogging explosion made for an interesting growing up story that takes place outside school walls.
Besides the fact that the book is the perfect color, it's also the perfect book to get carried away in. Jackson's voice is so strong, it's impossible not to get totally transported to DC. For fans of true crime, Jackson's interpretation of one of these crimes is as satisfying as the reality is horrifying. It's an eye opening story and one I read in a day,
Bonus: You'd Be Mine by Erin Hahn
I'm not going to say too much about You'd Be Mine since there's still a while till the book is out, but this 2019 book has already stolen my heart! Keep your eyes peeled in the next few months for my review and interview with Erin. She's a remarkable person and an author that pulled me out of a reading slump. You'd Be Mine is about two country stars, but it's also a remarkable step forward for Older YA and teen stories that tackle serious life issues with characters that are quite literally teetering on the precipice of full adulthood. This is a book I'll be championing for a long time to come.
Best of 2018: Here
My Favorite Thrillers: Here