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Books I'm Looking Forward To: September 2020


Where did August go? July felt like it lasted forever, but, somehow, August is already over. A lot of us are headed back to school and fall might finally start coming. It also means more books to look forward to. Here's a list of a couple books that I'm currently anticipating to get you excited about September and all the amazing books coming out. So many YA writers whose books I've loved in the past are coming out with brand new books which always makes me so excited. As much as I love debut writers, it's always fun to revisit authors I've enjoyed before. As always, I've included links to Bookshop so that you can preorder a copy of any of these books super easily. Bookshop is great because they give a percentage of all sales to indie bookstores, so it's a great way to support without leaving the house, which is super important now. All of these links are affiliate links, which means that I get a small percentage off any purchase you make with my link at no cost to you. This would go a long way to support the blog and keep it running!
Let me know in the comments which books you're looking forward to the most. Are you anticipating a book I haven't included? I want to hear about what you're excited for. 

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by Laura Silverman
September 1
Laura's third book arrives in a matter of days! This time, we get to follow two teens who work in a bookstore inside of a mall during the holiday rush. Through her job and some complicated family dynamics, Shoshanna learns a lot about growing up over the course of a few weeks. She also learns more about being a better friend and finds relationship sparks with a co-worker. This enemies to lovers book with featuring two Jewish lead characters is the perfect book to get you in the holiday mood early.
My review of the book is already out, so click the title to read it, and I'll be interviewing Laura for the second time as part of the book tour next week! If you want to read our first conversation, you can find that here. And if you haven't read her other book, You Asked For Perfect, yet, read my review and then get yourself a copy!

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Not Your Lovestory
by Sonia Hartl
September 1
Macy is a YouTuber who makes movie reviews and matches her outfits to the characters. She's hoping to use her channel to get out of her tiny Midwest town and not get stuck like her mom. While at a baseball game, a potential meet cute turns into the world's biggest headache when their story goes viral on Twitter and the trolls come out. While it might be a chance to grow her channel, giving up her authenticity and blurring the relationship waters might cost her a lot more. 
My review of this book is coming out on Thursday! Thank you to Page Street for sending me an ARC. I've spoken to Sonia before about her first book, Have a Little Faith In Me, which I really enjoyed. If you haven't seen them yet, find the interview here and the review here.

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The Summer of Everything
by Julian Winters
September 8
I've been so excited about this book since I heard Julian talking about it on First Draft with Sarah Enni. It sounds like the New Adult book of my dreams. Wesley doesn't know where his life is going. He slacks off at his job at the used bookstore, but he genuinely loves working there. It also lets him put off putting any real thought into his life plan. From there, he can pine for his best friend, Nico, and deal with his brother's wedding planning needs. When the store is threatened by a coffee shop chain wanting to buy the property and Wesley has run out of online dating advice, he must finally confront adulthood in his quest to save the shop. 
Julian's first book, Running With Lions, was super well reviewed, and I've been meaning to read it forever. This book, though, sounds even more to my taste. I love books that center around jobs, fear of adulthood, and have a bit of romantic pining. I'm going to be shoving this one in everyone's hands because the world needs more New Adult- or at least I do. 

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Charming as a Verb
by Ben Philippe
September 8
I was immediately charmed by this cover. It's so pretty, and since this book is set in NYC, I knew I had to read it. Also, I read Ben's first book, The Field Guide to the North American Teenager (review here), and could not stop laughing the entire time, so I'm already a fan of Ben's. 
Henri is charming as can be. He's popular and a master debater. He's also a brilliant dog walker. His real dream, though, is to go to Columbia. His neighbor, Corinne doesn't care about any of that. When she uncovers his dog walking scheme, she threatens to blackmail him if she doesn't get what she wants- popularity. Henri decides to help her change her image, and in the process, they start to uncover that there might be something more between them. 

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Grown
by Tiffany D. Jackson
September 15
Grown was the first 2020 book I requested on Edelweiss last year. When Tiffany Jackson has a book out, I know I have to read it. Her mystery/thriller/true crime inspired books are always so engrossing. In this book, Enchanted wakes up with everyone pointing the blame at her for a murder she doesn't know if she committed. Korey Fields is dead, and she looks pretty guilty. Before all that, though, Enchanted was just a girl who wanted to make it in music, and Korey, a famous R&B singer, seems like just the person to help her. Once in his web, though, things take a sinister turn and Enchanted looses autonomy over her life. In the aftermath, his dark past starts to come into the light.
If you want to hear more about Tiffany's books, find my reviews of Monday's Not Coming and Allegedly here.

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Watch Over Me
by Nina LaCour
September 15
Nina LaCour always promising a haunting story, but this new book seems to explore that to a greater extreme than usual. When Mila graduated high school and ages out of the foster system, she takes a job house sitting alone on the Northern Californian coast to take some time to sort her life out. While she's fine with being alone, she didn't anticipate the ghosts. The farm harbors all the former young inhabitants traumas, and they come to life, along with Mila's own difficult past. 
LaCour was one of the first YA authors I ever met, and she's always made me feel so welcome in the community. While I've been meaning to read Hold Still for a while now, We Are Okay (review here) is one of the first books I reviewed on here. Her prose is so lyrical and poetic that a ghost story only feels like a natural progression for this celebrated author.

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Smash It!
by Francia Simone
September 22nd
Olivia is tired of living life in the background. To start junior year, she wants to be bold, take a compliment, and stop hiding in the background of her own story. Of course, this new philosophy that leads her to audition for a musical, make new friends, and talk to her crush also lead to some sticky situations that she has to navigate, including a very confusing love triangle that happens to have four people and three best friends. Junior year seems like it'll be her most interesting high school experience yet.

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How It All Blew Up
by Arvin Ahmadi
September 22nd
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This one isn't in the graphic because I forgot it was already coming out in September, but it hit me as I was adding in the links to publish this post. I'm a huge fan of Arvin's work, particularly Down and Across, so I've been anticipating this book for almost a year. In this contemporary YA, Amir has runaway to Rome to escape his over-complicated family, blackmail, and bullying (sounds intense), but when he ends up in a Customs office getting interrogated, telling his entire story is the only thing that might save him from having to go back to everything he's trying to forget.
If you're not familiar with Arvin's work, you can find my Down and Across review here and my Girl Gone Viral review here. I also got to chat with Arvin when his last book came out, and you can read that conversation here.

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