Can you believe that it is almost 2017? 2016 feels like it just started! We’re getting ready to welcome in the new year and here is a list of books that we think will get 2017 off to a good start.
Whenever I’m With You by Lydia Sharp
Release Date: January 3
When Gabi’s parent’s got divorced she is exiled to Alaska with her father. Life in Alaska feels like a punishment until she meets Kai. A boy who welcomes her and helps her build a new life. Then Kai disappears and Gabi must team up with his brother Hunter to follow Kai into the wilderness of Alaska. This book promises to be chocked full of family drama, cool settings, and a maybe a little romance. I’ve never read anything by Lydia Sharp but I will definitely adding”Whenever I’m with You” to the top of my to-be-read list.
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
Release Date: January 3rd
This book sounds similar to Nicola Yoon’s Everything Everything, in that the main character can’t interact with the outside world in a typical way. Norah is dealing with agoraphobia and OCD. She has items delivered to her house and does not go out into the world. She begins reconsidering her interactions with the world when she meets Luke. I imagine him to be the cute boy who could turn a girl’s head. Norah doesn’t believe that she is good enough for Luke, but I don’t think she gets to make decisions for him.
I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski
I expect some seriously cheesy fluff from this book. I loved Mlynowski’s Magic in Manhattan series, which was like a tween fantasy in the vein of Judy Blume. I believe the quirky funny character is going to come through this novel. Sydney and her best friend are traveling to France for the summer. Even though the two go on vacation, real life doesn’t stop. Romantic entanglements, parental issues, and personal growth all appear to be a critical part of this novel. I can’t wait to kick my feet up and take a trip to another country.
The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins
I have a complicated relationship with Ellen Hopkins. While I am interested in the topics her books are about, I just can’t get into her writing. I can totally get down with novels written in verse and can have some serious appreciation for them. Ellen Hopkins has just never grabbed me. I will give her another try. The summary of this novel sounds completely compelling. Arielle thought her mother left her and has been dealing with some serious issues of abandonment, which are compounded by the fact that her and her father move from place to place. Finally, when the two are seeming to settle down Arielle uncovers the shocking truth that her mother didn’t leave her but her father kidnapped her. Grab some popcorn, I expect some seriously dramatic things to occur.