Skip to main content

Books I'm Looking Forward To: November 2020 (5 YA Books and Poetry!)


Sorry I've been gone so much this month! It's hard to keep up my regular reading schedule with school. The last two weeks, I've been dealing with midterms and finals for different classes, so there's been plenty of extra work. I'm working on getting back to reading so I can share some more reviews with you very soon, but I should be back to regular posting this week. 
Since it's almost a new month, I figured it's a good time to get excited about the brand new books that are coming in November and get some last minute preordering done to support these books!
This month is a little bit different because I'm including a broader range of titles. I have a couple I've preordered already, some suggested to me on Twitter, a fantasy book I'm considering reading, and a book of poetry that I have wanted for months and months. I can't believe Halsey's book is finally out. In each book feature, there's a preorder button you can click to preorder these books from Bookshop, which is a great way to support indie bookstores around the country. These are affiliate links which means that your purchase not only gets you the book and supports bookstores but supports the blog because I get a small commission at no cost to you. Please consider using these links or shopping my storefront here

 45419339. sy475

Rent a Boyfriend

by Gloria Chao 

November 10th

Preorder

Chloe Wang needs to present a better eligible bachelor to her strict parents. Hongbo, who is the wealthiest young bachelor in their small Asian American community, has already offered Chloe a proposal, so she needs to act fast. That's where Rent for your 'Rents comes into play. The boyfriend rental service designed to impress strict parents sends her Drew Chan. While Drew is not parent quality in real life (a college drop out with a passion for art), he's great at playing the role. And in this mess, Drew and Chloe start to fall in love. Chloe has to sort out which parts of her life are most important before it's too late. 

I have been excited about this book from the second it was announced. I'm a huge fan of Gloria's books and have been since American Panda. Her writing style is always captivating, and I love that she tells older YA stories. Rent a Boyfriend is college aged YA. This one is on my personal preorder list. 

42119263. sx318

Those Who Prey

by Jennifer Moffett

November 10th

Preorder 

Emily is disappointed about college. She didn't find her people right away and has felt completely lonely. Then she discovers the exclusive on campus group called The Kingdom where she finally finds a sense of belonging. The only problem is that the group has a dark side that comes to life on a mission trip where the group gets effectively kidnapped as an initiation ritual. Then someone ends up dead. This one is described as a psychological thriller and has been comped to Sadie

This book wasn't one that I personally had a close eye on, but it was recommended to me through Twitter. I like that it's another instance of college YA because I'll always be excited to promote those books. Maybe I'll check it out after someone tells me if I'll be able to sleep nightmare free when it's over. The description reminds me a bit of They Wish They Were Us.

50892004. sy475

A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

by Laura Taylor Namey 

November 10th

Preorder 

As usual, a life is about to get turned upside down. Lila was going to take over the bakery from her grandmother after graduation, move in with her best friend, and live happily ever after with her boyfriend. After her mental health starts to deteriorate, her parents decide she should go stay in England with family friends to decompress and recenter. While she's originally angry about that choice and hates England, she starts to love England through the eyes of tea shop owner Orion. Maybe she doesn't want to return to that perfectly planned life after all...

I'm noticing most of the books on this list range older, even the ones, like this one, that were recommended to me for this list instead of just focused on my own preorder list. Honestly, I'm excited about it. So much of YA is firmly focused on 16-17 that there's not much for people leaving high school and entering college to cling to, because my reading taste is very much still YA in voice. And, while I could read about senior year forever, it's cool to see characters with my concerns. That said, we also need more 14-15 YA protagonists, but can't we have both? 

51256637

Super Fake Love Song 

by David Yoon

November 17th

Preorder

Sunny is a nerd. He has a major crush on cool girl Cirrus. When she sees Sunny's older brother Gray's bedroom full of electric guitars and band paraphernalia, she assumes the room is Sunny's and he must be in a band. Not wanting to disappoint, Sunny casts himself as the front-man of an imaginary rock band. He forces his friends to help materialize a band, and Cirrus asks see them play. Quickly, he becomes popular and Cirrus starts dating him. He has that high school life everyone imagines based on movies. Of course, this is bound to fall apart, but it's nice while it lasts. Sunny wonders how long he can be this person everyone likes before his authentic self has to come out. 

I know David Yoon from Frankly in Love, and I almost missed he has a new book coming out! This one is far more geared to my personal taste, so I'm super excited. I feel like the way that Frankly was made out to be a fake dating love story did it a disservice. It was a great, super close contemporary that built a world view super well, but I think a lot of people felt like they didn't get the story they were sold. I'm kinda pleased to go into this one with far fewer expectations than before. 

50892212. sy475

These Violent Delights

by Chloe Gong

November 17th

Preorder

In the 1920s in Shanghai, there are two rival gangs. Juliette is a former flapper and now the leader of the Scarlet Gang, which she has inherited. They've been locked in a power struggle with the White Flowers for generations. Juliette's equal on the other side is Roma, who she used to date. He was her first heartbreak. This is intense as it is, but then the city starts to fall apart, fall ill, and die. It becomes quickly apparent that Juliette and Roma will have to put their differences aside to save the city. 

This is a historical/fantasy type book which is usually the last thing I'm into, but I'm intrigued here. I haven't read fantasy in 3 years, but I think I might break that for These Violent Delights. I follow Chloe on twitter, and I love getting to support fellow Gen Z authors. Also, this whole book sounds like Halsey's Hopeless Fountain Kingdom album and music videos in a book, and I'm always excited about something with those vibes. 



Bonus Book: 

54264796

I Would Leave Me If I Could 

by Halsey

November 10th

Preorder 

Speaking of Halsey, she has a book of her own coming out this month! I have been waiting for this book since Halsey announced it, and I'm still wondering if she ever sleeps with how many new things she's always rolling out. Given that Halsey's lyrics are so spectacular, I can't wait to see what she does with her poetry. It seems like this book has been a long time in the making. Halsey has talked about its vulnerability, but we don't know a ton about it. There has been one poem released as part of a Budweiser that gave me chills. I'll include that below. The Goodreads description mentions themes of failed relationship, family, sexuality, and mental illness, which all feels accurate to what Halsey shares in her music. She's also narrating the audiobook, which is exciting. 


Links Of Interest:

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Halsey's I Would Leave Me If I Could Poetry Review

  I Would Leave Me If I Could  by Halsey  I've started this review a couple times and scrapped all of them. I've written hundreds of reviews before, and this is the first time I have absolutely no clue how to review a book. It's not just because it's poetry. And it's not because I don't have thoughts on every single poem. I've read the book twice and scrubbed a million notes around her words and highlighted every poem on my second read through. I have so many favorites, and my heart feels like it's going to burst after finishing each poem. Halsey exceeded every expectation I had set to the high bar of her music. I almost feel like this book is too good for my review to remotely do it justice, so I don't even know where to begin.  This book is extremely vulnerable. Halsey has never held back on telling the ugly truth in her lyrics, but the poetry takes it so much farther. She has space to tell the entire story, fewer constraints than what will fit in

Swimming Lessons By Lili Reinhart Poetry Review

  Swimming Lessons  by Lili Reinhart  Overall: 5 This is the first poetry book I've ever read in its entirety outside of Shel Silverstein, so I've checked off one of my reading goals for the year with this one. I've now read a graphic novel and a book of poetry. I've been anticipating Swimming Lessons  so long that I can't believe it's actually in my hands. I've been a fan of Lili since Riverdale, and I've continued to be a fan of hers even when the show got a bit too ridiculous for me to keep watching every week. I've been excited for the chance to get to see something completely created a controlled by Lili.  I'm not sure what I expected from Swimming Lessons . I think I had almost no idea what it would be like or the topics it would cover. After the first couple poems, I was completely hooked. In the intro, Lili prefaces the collection by noting that poetry has always given her solace in knowing other people felt the same specific emotions tha

YA Book Review: This Is My Brain In Love by I.W. Gregorio

This Is My Brain In Love  by I.W. Gregorio Overview: Jocelyn has to save the family restaurant if she wants to stay in Utica. Her family has owned A-Plus, a Chinese restaurant, in the town for most of her life. Now her dad is talking about moving the family back to NYC to start over because the restaurant isn't making enough to stay open. Jocelyn doesn't want to lose her best friend, Priya, or have to start over for her last two years of high school. She takes it upon herself to revamp the restaurant and save her home. That's where Will comes in. He needs a summer job to prove to his parents and journalism teacher that he can be a leader and hard worker. When he spots Jocelyn's flier, he jumps at the chance to help. It doesn't hurt that he immediately develops a crush on his new boss. While they fight to save the restaurant, they also learn a lot about identity and what it means to care for your mental health.  Overall: 4 Characters: 4 I liked Jocelyn and Will

My Most Anticipated New YA Contemporary for March 2021

March is delivering so many books I need in my life right now. March is one of my favorite times of year as a book blogger because it's the month of my blog anniversary and it's also a month that publishing dumps a ton of amazing books from the sky all at once, and I get overwhelmed in a really happy way. Here's a longer than usual list of all the YA contemporary books I'm looking forward to for March and have been anticipating for months now. Yolk by Mary HK Choi March 2nd Mary is one of my favorite YA authors and has been since her debut. She's also just the coolest person, and I think because of that she writes some of the most unique YA. Her books tend to hit towards the oldest of the YA age range, which, as an older teen, is super appealing. They also just have a very distinct style to them that's comforting and realistic and extremely grounded in this world. Her characters are always as lost and messy as I am. June is the older sister by three years. She w

Into YA with Rachel Lynn Solomon

Pardon me while I go fangirl for a moment. You'd think I'd get used to talking to my favorite authors after so many years, but of course, that never happens. That is especially true today as I'm taking to Rachel Lynn Solomon, brilliant author and nicest human. Rachel has been one of my favorite authors almost as long as I've been a blogger. Her first book came out about 7 months after I first started my blog, and almost four years later, I finally get to chat with her. I can't believe this didn't happen sooner, but I think I was always intimidated.  There's a lot to cover in this quick chat, so Rachel and I talk about keeping up with writing on a quick release schedule, wading into the romance world with The Ex Talk , working in public radio, plotting Today, Tonight Tomorrow , and what's next (luckily, there's quite a bit coming soon). I hope you enjoy our conversation.   1. You’ve been releasing books steadily since your debut in 2018, and this year

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas: YA Book Review

Concrete Rose  by Angie Thomas Overview: Maverick Carter is stuck in a big mess. Or two different big messes considering he's close to having two kids at 17. Maverick starts the book finding out he's actually the father of a baby with a girl he can't stand. To make matters worse, she gives him the baby and disappears after finding out he's the real father. Navigating school, his relationship with his girlfriend, Lisa, his new baby, and the politics of the gang he's in makes for a chaotic life. Maverick feels like the rug just keeps getting pulled out from under him, and he has to decide how he's going to cope with oncoming adulthood with far more responsibility than his classmates. Overall: 3.5  Characters: 3 I didn't feel like the character development here was as stellar as Angie's past books. Her last two were five star reads for me, and I was immediately immersed in them. This time, I struggled even though I already knew a little bit about who these

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le: YA Book Review

  A Pho Love Story  by Loan Le Overview: Cue up "Love Story (Taylor's Version)" because this book centers around a Romeo + Juliet like relationship- only this time the feud is based in rival pho restaurants across the street from one another. When Bao and Linh have a chance encounter, they start realizing the child of the "enemy" is actually... nice? As they get to know each other better, Bad finds a passion for the first time through writing and Linh gains confidence in her art. They bond over their shared life experience, both having Vietnamese parents who ran parallel restaurants. Over time, they unearth the painful past the feud is built upon, and both families have to reckon with the past to move on in the present. Overall: 4 Characters: 4 In the book, Linh and Bao are both POV characters in the book. Bao is clearly so kind hearted from the beginning. He's very empathetic and careful. He starts the book feeling quite lost. He doesn't know what he wa

Fear of Missing Out

Fear of Missing Out  by Kate McGovern  Overview: Astrid has a form of brain cancer called astrocytoma that causes a star shaped tumor to form near her brainstem. Though she was in remission, two years later, the cancer comes back, and Astrid becomes convinced that she won't beat the disease. She starts to pursue options that will allow her to have a life in the future, namely, cryopreservation. After essentially freezing her body, she hopes to wake up when there's a cure for her cancer so she can rejoin the world and see some of the milestones she fears missing. On the road trip to tour the Arizona facility, though, Astrid makes other realizations about her life and eventual death that alters how she sees her original plan. Overall: 4  Characters: 4 Astrid is relatable. She has a touch of dry, witty humor that makes her relatable. She loves her friends and family deeply, but she also has a conviction to follow what feels best for her. I appreciated how she always tried t

Blog Tour Stop: Like Home by Louisa Onomé

  Today, I want to shine the spotlight on Like Home by Louisa Onomé, which came out this week. That means you don't even have to wait to pick up a copy of your very own. Thank you to Turn the Pages Tours and Penguin/Delacorte Press for arranging this. So let's get into what this latest YA is all about! Synopsis: Fans of Netflix’s On My Block, In the Heights, and readers of Elizabeth Acevedo and Ibi Zoboi will love this debut novel about a girl whose life is turned upside down after one local act of vandalism throws her relationships and even her neighborhood into turmoil. Chinelo, or Nelo as her best friend Kate calls her, is all about her neighborhood Ginger East. She loves its chill vibe, ride-or-die sense of community, and her memories of growing up there. Ginger East isn’t what it used to be, though. After a deadly incident at the local arcade, all her closest friends moved away, except for Kate. But as long as they have each other, Nelo’s good. Only, Kate’s parents’ corne

The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon: Romance Review

  The Ex Talk  by Rachel Lynn Solomon Overview: Shay Goldstein was born to be on public radio. She used to pretend to host a radio show with her dad when she was a little kid, and she was crushed when he passed away. Now that she's getting ready for her first hosting gig, Shay feels like she's making him proud. Well... mostly proud. He always loved the truth that radio brought out and her new show is built on a little white lie- the idea that she used to date her co-host Dominic Yun. Though they bicker like exes, they never actually dated (though they might be currently?). As the popularity of the show takes off, all of Shay's dreams are coming true, and she might actually have found her dream guy too. And then everything falls apart. But it's a romance, so I think we all know how this ends. Overall: 5 Perfect for: enemies to lovers fans  Characters: 5 I love Shay and Dominic and their show producer, Ruthie. They're all just great. Shay is super relatable. She's