Friday, October 11, 2019

New Fiction

Cursed by Karol Ruth Silverstein
“As if her parents' divorce and sister's departure for college weren't bad enough, fourteen-year-old Ricky Bloom has just been diagnosed with a life-changing chronic illness. Her days consist of cursing everyone out, skipping school--which has become a nightmare--daydreaming about her crush, Julio, and trying to keep her parents from realizing just how bad things are. But she can't keep her ruse up forever. Lured out of her funk by a quirky classmate, Oliver, who's been there too, Ricky's porcupine exterior begins to shed some spines. Maybe asking for help isn't the worst thing in the world. Maybe accepting circumstances doesn't mean giving up.” –Amazon

Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman.
“A lengthy California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, turning Alyssa's quiet suburban street into a war zone, and she is forced to make impossible choices if she and her brother are to survive.” –Publisher

Frankly In Love by David Yoon
“High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo-his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents' traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance-"Date Korean"-which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful-and white. Fellow Limbo Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and so they make a pact: they'll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks it's the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy's fake-dating maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love-or himself-at all.” –WorldCat

Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller
"On the very night Camille learns she got into a prestigious theater program, she also finds out she's pregnant. At her most vulnerable, Camille reaches out to Annabelle, a girl she only barely knows from the theater. Annabelle agrees to drive her wherever she needs to go; best friend Bea doesn't agree with Camille's decision, but decides to come with. Over the course of a thousand miles, friendships will be tested and dreams will be challenged.” –Publisher

King, Queens and In–Betweens by Tanya Boteju
“After a bewildering encounter at her small town's annual summer festival, seventeen-year-old biracial, queer Nima plunges into the world of drag, where she has the chance to explore questions of identity, acceptance, self-expression, and love.” –WorldCat

The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason
“On one terrible night, 17-year-old Harley Langston's life changes forever. At a party she discovers her younger sister, Audrey, hooking up with her boyfriend, Mike-and she abandons them both in a rage. When Mike drunkenly attempts to drive Audrey home, he crashes and Audrey ends up in a coma. Now Harley is left with guilt, grief, pain and the undeniable truth that her ex-boyfriend (who is relatively unscathed) has a drinking problem. So it's a surprise that she finds herself reconnecting with Raf, a neighbor and childhood friend who's recently out of rehab and still wrestling with his own demons. At first Harley doesn't want to get too close to him. But as Audrey awakens and slowly recovers, Raf starts to show Harley a path forward that she never would have believed possible-one guided by honesty, forgiveness, and redemption.” –WorldCat

The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena
“Seventeen-year-old Susan Thomas's future is set. Or so everyone else says. No one knows that her parents are on the verge of a divorce in Canada after years of a happy marriage in Saudi Arabia. Or that Susan wants to be an artist and not a doctor or engineer. Susan has no intention of letting them know. She can't afford to lose focus, not at a new school in a different country, when so much of her future is already at stake.” –WorldCat

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
“At the Castellana Hilton in 1957 Madrid, eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson connects with Ana Moreno through photography and fate as Daniel discovers the incredibly dark side of the city under Generalissimo Franco's rule.” –Publisher

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
“Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can't yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much. Together, they'll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.” –WorldCat

Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan
“Jasmine and Chelsea are best friends on a mission. Sick of the way that young women are treated even at their 'progressive' New York City high school, they decide to start a Women's Rights Club. One problem - no one shows up. That hardly stops them. They start posting everything from videos of Chelsea performing her poetry to Jasmine's response to being reduced to a racist and sexist stereotype in the school's theatre department. And soon, they've gone viral, creating a platform they never could've predicted. With such positive support, the Women's Rights Club is also targeted by trolls. But Jasmine and Chelsea won't let their voices - or those of the other young women in their city - be silenced. They'll risk everything to be heard and effect change ... but at what cost?” –WorldCat