8 YA books to watch out for in May 2017

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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 May YA books to watch for!

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
Publisher: Abrams/Amulet
Release date: May 2nd
It’s the start of Jordan Sun’s junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts. Unfortunately, she’s an Alto 2, so it’s no surprise when she gets shut out of the fall musical for the third year straight. Then the school gets a mass email: A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite all male a cappella octet. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.

The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Release date: May 4th
When fifteen-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart wakes up in the hospital, she knows the lazy summer break she’d imagined won’t be exactly like she anticipated. And once she returns to her grandfather’s estate, a bit banged up but alive, she begins to realize that her injury might not have been an accident. When a body is discovered, Julie must get to the bottom of the mystery in order to keep her new friends, a Traveller family caught in the crosshairs of long-held biases against them, from being framed for the crime.

Release by Patrick Ness
Publisher: Walker Books
Release date: May 4th
Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It’s a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won’t come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.

 

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: May 9th
Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home. The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction, but her feelings for Freddie begin to shift, which is the last thing she expected. With her affection for Freddie making her question her sexual identity, Ramona begins to wonder if perhaps she likes girls and guys or if this new attraction is just a fluke. Either way, Ramona will discover that life and love are more fluid than they seem.

That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: May 9th
Shabnam Qureshi is a funny, imaginative Pakistani-American teen attending a tony private school in suburban New Jersey. When her feisty best friend, Farah, starts wearing the headscarf without even consulting her, it begins to unravel their friendship. Everything changes when she meets Jamie. Shabnam finds herself falling in love, but Farah finds Jamie worrying. As she rebuilds her friendship with Farah and grows closer to her parents, Shabnam learns powerful lessons about the importance of love, in all of its forms.

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release date: May 16th
There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets. Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

I Believe In a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Release date: May 30th
Desi Lee knows she’s going to Stanford, but she’s a disaster in romance. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years.Armed with her “K Drama Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: May 30th
Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. But if they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right? Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board.

What book are you most excited for? Sound off in the comments below!

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Lucy Nisbet

Lucy is a part-time swimming teacher and full-time 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.

1 Comment

  1. But…but…Thick As Thieves?!?

    Really, there’s a bunch of great books coming out this month. But there’s only one we’ve all been waiting for for seven years now.