Guest Blogger: Jennie May names her most anticipated February releases

jennie mayJennie May is an avid book blogger, obsessive coffee drinker and a Gryffindor. We here at MaximumPop! Books asked her what her most anticipated February YA releases are, and here’s what she told us:

We’re just a few weeks into 2016 and it’s already apparent that this is going to be a jolly excellent year for books indeed. Here are five books being published in February that absolutely deserve a place on your TBR list…

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin – Feb 2

symtomsWhen an unknown commenter threatens to expose everything, Riley must choose between stepping away from the blog and all the good things that have come from having a safe space to detail what it’s really like to be a gender fluid teenager, or coming out and facing everything head on. Riley’s is a voice that deserves to be heard in this moving coming of age novel.

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard – Feb 11


Caddy and Rosie are inseparable but when Suzanne enters their lives, everything becomes a little bit more complicated. In Sara Barnard’s own words, this is a love story without the romance. A love story exploring the minutiae of teenage female friendships, the beauty, deep hurt, intense joy, strength, fragility and everything in between.

Kill The Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky – Feb 23 in US (we’ll have to wait until May 19th here in the UK!


Four friends find themselves in a bit of a kidnap situation, and when I say a bit of a kidnap situation what I really mean is that a member (unfortunately their least favourite) of their very favourite boy band is tied up in their hotel room. Darkly hilarious and bitingly witty, this is a look at the power of fandoms and how they, very often, are exactly the right kind of madness.

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock – Feb 23


It’s 1970 in Alaska. Ruth has a secret, Dora wonders if she will ever escape, Alyce tries to merge her love for dance with her very different life and Hank feels that it’s safer to run than to stay at home. As their lives intertwine, The Smell of Other People’s Houses explores what happens when people try to save each other and also, in turn, save themselves. Powerful and authentic, this is one not to be missed. And what a title, right?!

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro – March 1


Okay, technically not a February release but I’m almost certain you’ll forgive me when I tell you it’s an intriguing twist on the classic Sherlock Holmes stories. Does it have the potential to maybe be a bit chancy? Absolutely. But with a boarding school setting (adventurous possibilities galore), the great-great Grandson of John Watson, the great-great Granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes, a tense energy between the two and a murder mystery to solve, nothing will be able to stop me diving in as soon as possible. Sign me up immediately – it’s sure to be an absolute scream!

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