Ah, June. The sun (should be) coming out, the summer holidays are on the horizon and summer reading is on our minds.
Not sure what’s going to be on your TBR this summer? Probs all of these books coming out this month, actually.
‘You Know Me Well’ by David Levithan and Nina LaCour (2nd, My Kinda Book)
Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken.
That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. In a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.
‘London Belongs to Us’ by Sarra Manning (2nd, Hot Key Books)
Seventeen-year-old Sunny’s always been a little bit of a pushover. But when she’s sent a picture of her boyfriend kissing another girl, she knows she’s got to act. What follows is a mad, twelve-hour dash around London – starting at 8pm in Crystal Palace, then sweeping through Camden, Shoreditch, Soho, Kensington, Notting Hill . . . and ending up at 8am in Alexandra Palace.
This love-letter to London shows, a city is only a sum of its parts, and really it’s the people living there who make up its life and soul.
‘Girl Out of Water’ by Nat Luurtsema (2nd, Walker)
A thoroughly British teen comedy starring a hilariously flawed heroine with a quip for every occasion – perfect for fans of Holly Smale, Holly Bourne, Caitlin Moran and Sophie Kinsella. Lou Brown’s life is going down the pan. Best friend Hannah sailed through the Olympic time trials and is off to her fancy-pants new swim training school, while Lou’s own failure to qualify leaves her without a hobby – or a friend. As Lou tries to navigate her post-swim world, a chance encounter with three boys with stars in their eyes takes her life in a surprising new direction.
‘Nightwanderers’ by CJ Flood (2nd, Simon & Schuster)
A stunning, sad and darkly funny story about intense female friendship.
Rosie and Titania are as close as sisters – closer, in fact. While Rosie is shy, red-faced and passive, Ti is big, tough and daring. They shouldn’t be friends, but they are. Creeping out at night, the girls love to secretly wander through their coastal town, exploring empty streets and sharing their frustrations about school and their different families. But when Rosie betrays Ti, the two girls run in different directions – making decisions that could do irreparable damage to both of their lives. As Rosie confronts harsh truths, she must find a way back to Ti, and to herself.
‘My Favourite Manson Girl’ by Alison Umminger (7th, Atom)
Anna has had a miserable year. And rather than stay and face the mess, she steals a credit card and books herself a seat on the first flight to Los Angeles, to crash with her sister. But soon after she lands, cold reality soon dawns on her: she is trapped in a town full of lost souls and wannabes, with no friends, no cash and no return ticket.
When she’s offered a job researching the murderous Manson girls for a dubious film, she reluctantly accepts – she needs the money. But soon enough, among the fake smiles and glitter-fuelled parties, things turn from strange, to dark, to dangerous . . . A chilling story about being young, lost and female. This is a story about how girls disappear.
‘The Boy Most Likely To’ by Huntley Fitzpatrick (9th, Electric Monkey)
Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the drinks cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house. Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.
For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard . . .
‘Notes on Being Teenage’ by Rosalind Jana (9th, Wayland)
Enter Rosalind Jana, who’s crammed more into her 20-odd years than most (including winning the Vogue Talent Contest for Young Writers AND ‘Well Dressed’ at the Observer Ethical Awards, but don’t tell her we told you that…). ‘Notes on Being Teenage’ covers all aspects of teenhood, from the serious (mental health issues, bullying, staying safe online), to the slightly-less-so (dating, style, fashion, starting a blog) and everything in between. Rooted in her own experiences as a blogger, part-time model and eco-fashion-expert, but also as a teen who struggled with scoliosis, bullying and her dad’s depression, Rosalind is well-placed to offer advice and guidance to anyone navigating their teenage years.
‘Paper Butterflies’ by Lisa Heathfield (30th, Electric Monkey)
June’s life at home with her stepmother and stepsister is a dark one – and a secret one. Not even her father knows about it.
But then she meets Blister. And in him, June recognises the tiniest glimmer of hope because every creature in this world deserves their freedom . . . but at what price?
‘Paper Butterflies’ is an unforgettable read, perfect for fans of Lisa Williamson’s ‘The Art of Being Normal’, Jandy Nelson, Sarah Crossan and Louise O’Neill.
June 2nd is going to be a seriously good day. And an expensive one…
What’s your most anticipated read of June? Let us know at @maximumpopbooks!
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