Influence by Sara Shepard and Lilia BuckinghamFeaturing: viral video star Delilah, ambitious YouTuber Fiona, former child actress Jasmine, and Instagram celebrity Scarlet.
What happens: A murder only complicates the swirling rumors, fierce competition, and shocking betrayals the girls face online and in person.
About the authors: In this gossipy mystery, Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepard teams up with 17-year-old internet personality Lilia Buckingham to take readers inside the merciless world of influencers.
Sometimes You Have to Laugh
The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene GooStarring: troublemaker Clara Shin, who thinks everything's a joke.
What happens: Forced to spend the summer working in her dad's Korean Brazilian food truck alongside her overachieving nemesis, Rose, Clara finds unexpected friendship, as well as hesitant romance with a super-sincere guy named Hamlet. Maybe some things are worth taking seriously?
You might also like: Julie Murphy's Puddin', another funny, angsty, and ultimately upbeat story about bonding with a former enemy.
Heretics Anonymous by Katie HenryWhat it's about: After mouthing off to a nun on his first day at Catholic school, new student (and avowed atheist) Michael is welcomed into Heretics Anonymous, a group for misfits such as Eden (pagan), Avi (Jewish, gay), Max (fashion outlaw), and Lucy (feminist, aspiring priest).
What happens: As Michael and Lucy grow closer, the Heretics decide to quit complaining about their school and take action.
Why you might like it: Believers and nonbelievers of all kinds can appreciate the witty dialogue and non-judgmental tone of this debut novel.
Layoverland by Gabby NooneWelcome to: the Memory Experience Department in Layoverland, an airport-like purgatory where recently deceased souls can unpack their emotional baggage and try to catch a flight to heaven.
What happens: Cynical, sharp-tongued Bea learns that in order to get to heaven, she’ll have to help 5,000 other souls get there first, starting with Caleb, the guy who caused her fatal accident.
For fans of: TV’s The Good Place, and other snarky yet heartfelt stories about second chances in the afterlife.
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben PhilippeStarring: smart, sarcastic, hockey-loving Montreal transplant Norris Kaplan, who's sweating through eleventh grade in Austin, Texas, as the only Haitian French Canadian person in his class.
Read it for: Norris' fish-out-of-water observations and sitcom-based stereotypes about Americans (which might just make you question your own assumptions about the people around you).
Book buzz: This 1st book by Canadian author Ben Phillipe won the 2020 William C. Morris Award for a debut novel; if you like this one, don't miss Philippe's equally funny follow-up, Charming As a Verb.
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