In Robin Talley’s Lies We Tell Ourselves, Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend all-white Jefferson High School in 1959 Virgina. There, she meets Linda Hairston, who she is forced to work with on a school project.
Emily M. Danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post takes place in the 1990s, where Cameron Post moves in with her conservative aunt. After Cameron falls for her best friend, her aunt sends her away to a conversion camp.
Louisa Cosgrove is sent to a Victorian asylum in Jane Eagland’s Wildthorn, where she is labeled a lunatic and stripped of everything she loves.
The first in the At Somerton series, Leila Rasheed’s Cinder & Sapphires follows Rose Cliffe, who has never met somebody like Ada Averly. Back at the Averly’s Somerton estate, Ada is struggling as scandal followers her father all the way from India and she falls for somebody her father would never accept.
Shannon L.C. Cate’s Jack is an indie YA novel that follows Jack, who is posing as a boy during the Civil War. Jack meets Lucy, who has been trapped in a boring life with her widowed mother – but Lucy is forced to move away from Jack’s New York to far away Arizona.
Molly Beth Griffin’s Silhouette of a Sparrow takes place in 1926, where Garnet Richardson is sent to a lake resort to escape the polio epidemic in the city. Under the supervision of boring, oppressive guardians, Garnet finds freedom in a hat shop and a relationship with a beautiful flapper.
When Nani moves to California in Lisa Freeman’s Honey Girl, she’s a fish-out-of-water with her own secrets to keep. But when she meets up with Rox, the leader of the mean girls who rule State Beach, her secrets may not her own.
In Danny M. Cohen’s Train, six teenagers are trying to escape the Nazi round-ups in 1943 Berlin. Alex has been arrested by the Gestapo, and Marko won’t leave him behind – never mind that his cousin is missing, and he might be the one to blame.
Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe takes place in 1987 follows Aristotle and Dante, two boys who meet at a swimming pool and find a connection between them.
A queer classic, Nancy Garden’s Annie On My Mind takes place in the 1980s and follows two girls who fall in love, despite the outside pressure.
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