8 YA books to watch out for in May 2016


Maybe you don’t want to cull through our giant lists of weekly releases and just want to know the best things to snag this month. So here’s a list of 8 YA books to watch out for in May 2016!

ask me how i got here christine heppermannAsk Me How I Got Here
by Christine Heppermann
Publisher: Greenwillow
Release date: May 3rd
Addie has always known what she was running toward. In cross-country, in life, in love. Until she and her boyfriend—her sensitive, good-guy boyfriend—are careless one night and she ends up pregnant. Addie makes the difficult choice to have an abortion. And after that—even though she knows it was the right decision for her—nothing is the same anymore. She can’t bring herself to be excited about anything. Until she reconnects with Juliana, a former teammate who’s going through her own dark places.

if i was your girl meredith russoIf I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release date: May 3rd
Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. When she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, she finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself–including her past. But Amanda’s terrified that once she tells him the truth, he won’t be able to see past it. Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that she used to be Andrew. Will the truth cost Amanda her new life – and her new love?

traitor angels anne blankmanTraitor Angels by Anne Blankman
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: May 3rd
The daughter of notorious poet John Milton, Elizabeth has never known her place in this shifting world—except by her father’s side. By day she helps transcribe his latest masterpiece, the epic poem Paradise Lost, and by night she learns languages and sword fighting. Although she does not dare object, she suspects that he’s training her for a mission whose purpose she cannot fathom.


even if the sky falls mia garciaEven if the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: May 10th
Julie is desperate for a change. In a moment of daring, she ditches her work clothes for DIY fairy wings and heads straight into the heart of Mid-Summer Mardi Gras, where she locks eyes with Miles, an utterly irresistible guy with a complicated story of his own. But their adventure takes an unexpected turn when an oncoming hurricane changes course. As the storm gains power and Julie is pulled back into chaos she finds pretending everything is fine is no longer an option.

perfect liars kimberly reidPerfect Liars by Kimberly Reid
Publisher: Tu Books
Release date: May 15th
Drea and her new associates could not be more different. She s rich and privileged; they’re broke and, well, criminal. But Drea s got a secret: she has more in common with the juvie kids than they d ever suspect. When it turns out they share a common enemy, Drea suggests they join forces to set things right. Sometimes, to save the day, a good girl s gotta be bad.


gena finn hannah moskowitz kat helgesonGena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz & Kat Helgeson
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Release date: May 17th
Gena and Finn have little in common. Gena is preparing to leave her posh boarding school for college; down-to-earth Finn is a twenty-something struggling to make ends meet in the big city. But they share a passion for Up Below, a buddy cop TV show with a cult fan following. The pair spark an unlikely online friendship that deepens quickly (so quickly it scares them both), and as their individual “real” lives begin to fall apart, they increasingly seek shelter with each other.

9780399175411_OutrunTheMoon_BOM.inddOutrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Release date: May 24th
San Francisco, 1906: Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes. On April 18, an historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the Army to bring help. But what can one teenaged girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?

the inside of out jenn marie thorneThe Inside of Out by Jenn Marie Thorne
Publisher: Dial
Release date: May 31st
Every story needs a hero. Sometimes it’s just not you. When her best friend Hannah comes out the day before junior year, Daisy is so ready to let her ally flag fly that even a second confession can’t derail her smiling determination to fight for gay rights. But when the story spins out of control, Hannah is left in the dust of Daisy’s good intentions, Daisy’s mad attraction to Adam feels like an inconvenient truth, and Daisy finds herself caught between her bold plans, her bad decisions, and her big fat mouth.

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Lucy Nisbet

Lucy is an English teacher-in-training and a self-confessed book nerd. She often buys more books than she can reasonably afford or possibly have time to read. Her Hogwarts letter is now several years too late, but she’s sure it’s just gotten lost in the post.

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