YA You Need to Read: June 2021
It's almost June which means summer time! For those of us in school, we're finally looking at a break and maybe some more time to read, or at least add to our TBRs. I've actually managed to get some real reading done since I finished my spring semester at the very start of May, and I'm excited to have another summer of reading like I did when I was 14.
Here's five books coming out in June that have made it onto my radar. Let me know in the comments which June release you're looking forward to most.
by Jasper Sanchez
Mark decides to run for student body president even though he promised his dad he'd keep a low profile. With his dad being a notable politician, he doesn't want anyone digging into Mark's past or discovering he's trans, especially when Mark's father isn't particularly accepting either. But after a slew of homophobic events at the school, Mark decides to run and assemble a team to help him glide to victory. But with all eyes on him and a journalist digging into his past, everything is poised to unravel quickly.
I'm not totally sure if YA books about school politics are totally my thing, but I've wound up reading a lot of them. I did see in one review that the book has trans, bi, pan, ace, aro, lesbian, and nonbinary representation, so it seems to be super inclusive and celebratory across the LGBTQIA spectrum. Learn more on Sanchez's website.
Speak for Yourself
by Lana Wood Johnson
Skylar has goals. She needs to get her app and coding talent noticed, so she's going to win the giant Scholastic competition. The only issue is that she needs a team to compete. She convinces her best friend, but Joey has a request to make up for her time. Joey convinces Skylar to get her crush to join the team. Skylar winds up doing more mediating of Joey and Zane's relationship than coding, it turns out, and she even starts developing feelings for Zane. Having a crush on your best friend's crush breaks alllll the rules. This might not be a problem she can code her way out of.
This book was recommended to me on Twitter, so I'm super intrigued to see what it's like. More information on Johnson's website.
Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous
by Suzanne Park
Sunny has a list of summer to-dos that include getting to 100,000 followers, getting a boyfriend, and enjoying her last high school summer. But when Sunny accidentally goes viral with a video her parents don't approve of, she gets shipped off to a social media detox camp in Iowa. With no reliable wifi, her summer goals are falling apart until a friendship with one of the boys on the farm makes the detox a little less awful.
I'm always intrigued by books with a large social media or influencer component, so I'm excited to see how this one takes shape. Learn more at Park's website.
Love and Other Natural Disasters
by Misa Sugiura
Like fake dating? This one's for you. Nozomi starts falling for Willow just as Willow needs a helping hand- and a fake girlfriend. While an ideal summer romance for Nozomi wouldn't include the fake part, she takes the role of stand-in girlfriend as a chance to prove to Willow that they're really meant to be. But, as with all fake dating tropes, when the lies pile up, everything starts to fall apart. Will the happy couple get their genuine happy ending or was it all actually a mistake?
I'm actually not really a fan of the trope, but something about the cover and the way the premise is set up intrigues me. You can learn more on Sugiura's website.
We Can't Keep Meeting Like This
by Rachel Lynn Solomon
So this one isn't on my TBR because I've already read it (and reviewed it!), but I wanted to add it here because I can't recommend it enough. I've been a huge fan of Rachel's for a while, but I think I loved this one even a little more. The book has incredible OCD representation that breaks down so many stigmas, and it focuses on the anxiety of heading to college and the realities of being in it as the love interest is back from his freshman year and the main character just graduated high school. In the background of many wedding disasters, Quinn is left to navigate separating her wants from her parents.
I'm still head over heels for this book. Learn more on Solomon's website.
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