- Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin. (February 2nd, Balzer & Bray) It's been a while now since I first heard of this book. I really like what it is about and I think it is full of potential. I really believe this book could change lives, since it talks about a very sensitive topic that affects people and isn't really discussed in literature. I hope this book gives me what I am expecting, if not more, because it really sounds like something I would never forget.
Goodreads synopsis: The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?
Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is . . . Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.
On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender-fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.
- The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander. (April 26th, HMH). I love the premise of this book. I generally enjoy stories that involve siblings, and this one does. Love stories that help the characters get over something traumatic and move one are something I definitely love, and this one has it. But, overall, I am drawn to the free diving aspect of the novel. I think it is what makes this story different and unique, so I can not wait to go free diving with the characters.
Goodreads synopsis: Since her twin brother, Eddie, drowned five years ago, sixteen-year-old Elsie Main has tried to remember what really happened that fateful day on the beach. One minute Eddie was there, and the next he was gone. Seventeen-year-old Tay McKenzie is a cute and mysterious boy that Elsie meets in her favorite boathouse hangout. When Tay introduces Elsie to the world of freediving, she vows to find the answers she seeks at the bottom of the sea.
- Love Blind by Christa Desir and Jolene Perry. (May 2016, Simon Pulse). This book cover is beautiful enough to make it to this list, honestly. But the synopsis makes it even better and more fantastic. I love how the charactaers' issues are what bring them together and make them strong and fearless. I am really looking forward to this one.
Goodreads synopsis: It starts with a list of fears. Stupid things really. Things that Hailey shouldn't worry about, wouldn’t worry about if she didn’t wake up every morning with the world a little more blurry. Unable to see her two moms clearly. Unable to read the music for her guitar. One step closer to losing the things she cares about the most.
For a while, the only thing that keeps Hailey moving forward is the feeling she gets when she crosses something off the list.
Then she meets Kyle. He mumbles—when he talks at all—and listens to music to drown out his thoughts. He’s loaded down with fears, too. So Hailey talks him into making his own list.
Together, they stumble into an odd friendship, helping each other tackle one after another of their biggest fears. But fate and timing can change everything. And sometimes facing your worst fear makes you realize you had nothing to lose after all.
- Identity Crisis by Melissa Schorr. (January 18th, Merit Press). I have loved the idea of this book from the first moment I laid my eyes on it, which was when the cover was revealed. I am very lucky that I own a copy of it, which was sent for review, so it won't take long for me to dive into it. I think the topic this novel covers is a very current one, which is cyber-bullying. It makes me very happy, because I think it is a topic to be concerned about, since a lot of people are victims of that kind of abuse. I think the best way to make people aware of that situation is creating a novel.
Goodreads synopsis: When curvaceous Annalise Bradley’s scandalous freshman year hookup sparks the anger of her female classmates, three of them decide to get her back by "catfishing" her, creating a fake online profile of the perfect boy to toy with her affections.
Against her better nature, introverted Noelle Spiers, goes along with her friends’ plan, hoping to distract Annalise from dreamy Cooper Franklin, her lifelong crush who has fallen for Annalise instead.
As Annalise discovers she is being played and seeks revenge, Noelle increasingly regrets her role in the cruel hoax and tries to salvage their relationship.