Here are 16 of the new books for teens that are being released in June and are getting lots of buzz:
Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams
All the Things We Never Knew by Liara Tamani
Burn by Patrick Ness
The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell
Girl, Unframed by Deb Caletti
Hood by Jenny Elder Moke
I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee
The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae
My Eyes Are Up Here by Laura Zimmermann
Sarah Bernhardt: The Divine and Dazzling Life of the World’s First Superstar by Catherine Reef
Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross
Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
The State of Us by Shaun David Hutchinson
You Say It First by Katie Cotugno
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
Parachutes by Kelly Yang (9780062941084)
Claire and Dani could not be more different from one another. Claire comes from Chinese wealth in Shanghai. When her father decides that she should go to school in the United States, she is quickly moved to California and into Dani’s house. Dani lives there with just her mother. She attends the same school as Claire, but as a scholarship student. Dani loves to debate and enjoys the attention her debate coach shows her. As the two girls navigate high school in parallel but separate social spheres, they both encounter sexual harassment and assault. Both of them shut down, lose sight of themselves, and tell almost no one what has happened. But as they get angry and refuse to be silenced, the two discover that they may just be the person the other one has needed to be their champion.
Yang tells the story of Chinese parachute students who come to the United States for high school. Their experience is fascinating and unique. Sent to a foreign country alone as a teenager, often from very wealthy families, these teens must learn in a new language and figure out a different society. There is so much to envy here, from the clothing to the handbags to the cars. The expectations for someone like Claire are huge, the pressure form her family immense, and the situations very adult.
Against that wealth and shimmer, Dani’s story is set. She is Filipino, she and her mother work as cleaners in the large homes. She goes to school with wealthy kids, but is known as a scholarship student. She is bright and ferocious, defending her friends along the way. Yet when her teacher sexually harasses her, Dani loses her voice and must regain her passion and anger to find a way forward.
The pairing of these two different girls is phenomenal, their journeys linked but separate in many ways. Powerful, wrenching and insistent, this novel is a rallying cry. Appropriate for ages 14-18.
Reviewed from e-galley provided by Katherine Tegen Books.