Hey everyone, so today I thought that I would do something similar to my previous “books you should anticipate” post and talk about books I’ve recently read that I think you should anticipate + books that I am anticipating and/or are on my immediate radar.
What happens when you take three self-destructive, morally grey people and force them to interact with each other? A high stakes psychological thriller from Stephanie Kuehn, potentially her best work yet.
Books that are not coming out soon but that are SUPER GOOD and look for ARCs or PRE-ORDER NOW!
So, when I was in high school and saw the title "The Designated Ugly Fat Friend" while browsing my local Borders, I was reluctantly curious. I didn't know what the book was about and yet I had a feeling that I would just click with it. When I read The DUFF, I had the sense that Kody Keplinger had seen all my insecurities and I had read a book that put a name to something I hadn't always realized that I was feeling. Yes, I had felt like the DUFF multiple times. That sort of realization -- a book making you more aware of societal norms/constrictions -- is exactly the sort of feeling I got from Dumplin'. Julie Murphy not only understands female friendship particularly well but she also excels at portraying how we treat female bodies and socialize females to look at their own bodies. If you're a fan of the DUFF, definitely check out Dumplin' this fall.
Also not in video but: I just read a fairly popular YA contemporary romance that essentially does what this book is fighting: fat-shaming. So, yeah, Dumplin’ is a really important read to have on your radar.
This book is like Oregon Trail meets In a Handful of Dust (California is the Promised Land; road trip with girls carrying guns and being self-sufficient; harsh land and evocative writing styles about these dystopic atmospheres; water is a hugely valuable resource, etc.), with a large character cast. Rae Carson writes with as much historical detail as someone like Diana Gabaldon, and her story is reminiscent, to me at least, of the older fantasy tales where daily actions made for a large part of the narrative, which gives us a distinct sense of atmosphere (and the danger inherent to the terrain and other outlaws). Her world very much comes to life. There's less romance than I expected (and a little less fantastical elements too - I think that'll get expanded on in the future), but strong, well developed heroine, wonderful sense of the world and atmosphere, a fully developed cast of characters to root for and hate: I’m definitely returning for more!
Both are September releases, back to back weeks. The 15th & the 22nd so keep them marked on your calendars!
I think that it’s fairly easy to tell whether or not you’d like this book. I saw the premise and knew that I would love it, as it reminds me of one of my favorite personal essays (“Your Life as a Girl” by Curtis Sittenfeld). But, as she did with We Were Liars and The Boyfriend List, E. Lockhart changes narrative styles, so that might not jive with other readers as it did with me. My advice: read an excerpt. Does the premise appeal to you? Are you okay with the narrative style? Then I think that you’ll be good.
I now have an ARC of this thanks to my good friend, Ameriie, at the YT channel, Books Beauty Ameriie. Y’all should definitely follow her; she’s an EXCELLENT booktuber.
All of the below books may or may not be at BEA. I officially suck at looking up which ones will be there along with the authors but oh well! If they’re not there, they’re definitely on my radar for later!