1.) Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera: Juliet is a self-described “scared Puerto Rican baby dyke” from the Bronx. She just came out as Queer to her family and is on her way to Portland for an internship with Harlowe Brisbane. A white Feminist who wrote “Raging Flower”. A revolutionary book on Feminism and the power and connection of sisterhood and Feminism as and how it’s not limited to anatomy. A great book that helps make sense of the broader queer and feminist communities.
2.) Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard: Set in Depression Era Virginia, fourteen year old Amelia’s mother dies leaving her in charge of a struggling gas station and her two younger siblings. With Harvey Blevins, owner of the Standard Oil monopoly, hot on Amelia’s heels trying to buy the gas station, she is desperate to come up with a plan fast. When a bum rolls off a coal truck Melia sees opportunity. Can she convince the town and her family that Hiram Watts the drifter is really their father come back to reunite the family and save the station?
Lionhearted Amelia’s spirit is relentless and full of moxie as she struggles to keep the gas station afloat and family together. Her rich Virginia dialect adds context creating a wildly absorbing read that perfectly complements the era and setting. All characters are well developed and reflective of the time creating a stunning tale.
3.) Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley: Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him.
Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she’s being realistic). But is ambition alone enough to get her in?
Enter Lisa. (taken from Goodreads)
John Corey Whaley has done it again with a completely breathtaking and original story different from his previous. I loved this story, all characters, but particularly Solomon and Lisa, their relationship, and Solomon’s relationship with his family.
4.) Cure for the Common Universe by Christian McKay Heidicker: Sixteen-year-old Jaxon is being committed to video game rehab . . . ten minutes after he met a girl. A living, breathing girl named Serena, who not only laughed at his jokes but actually kinda sorta seemed excited when she agreed to go out with him. Jaxon’s first date. Ever.
In rehab, he can’t blast his way through galaxies to reach her. He can’t slash through armies to kiss her sweet lips. Instead, he has just four days to earn one million points by learning real-life skills. And he’ll do whatever it takes—lie, cheat, steal, even learn how to cross-stitch—in order to make it to his date. (taken from Goodreads)
So funny, lots of geekery, and solid, well developed characters. Loved this book and would recommend to just about everyone.