YA Best Books of the Month: May 2016

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The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)
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There can only be one Imperial Enchanter. Star-crossed magicians Vika and Nikolai must duel to the death to win the Russian czar's favor as threats from the Ottoman Empire escalate in this epic fantasy for teens. Cait says, "The worldbuilding is absolutely phenomenal and easily one of the most detailed, imaginative versions of Russia I've seen. And I really love books based in fantasy Russia." There can only be one Imperial Enchanter. Star-crossed magicians Vika and Nikolai must duel to the death to win the Russian czar's favor as threats from the Ottoman Empire escalate in this epic fantasy for teens. Cait says, "The worldbuilding is absolutely phenomenal and easily one of the most detailed, imaginative versions of Russia I've seen. And I really love books based in fantasy Russia."
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The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson The Unexpected Everything
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When ambitious superscheduler Andi loses her dream internship, she faces a big empty summer of uncertainty—and dog walking. But dashed plans could be just the shake-up Andi needs to revisit the critical relationships in her life. Alexandria says, “Matson's writing…can make you laugh, make you smile inside, and even make your heart beat wildly because of the fricking adorable romance.” When ambitious superscheduler Andi loses her dream internship, she faces a big empty summer of uncertainty—and dog walking. But dashed plans could be just the shake-up Andi needs to revisit the critical relationships in her life. Alexandria says, “Matson's writing…can make you laugh, make you smile inside, and even make your heart beat wildly because of the fricking adorable romance.”
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Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley Highly Illogical Behavior
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Solomon is 16 and a housebound agoraphobic. Aspiring psychologist Lisa thinks "fixing" him will secure her dream college spot. Friendship and family anchor this funny, moving coming-of-age story about facing our fears and flaws. Lelia says, “A charming, heartwarming, and profound affirmation of the importance of connection. John Corey Whaley strikes the perfect balance between humor and heart…” Solomon is 16 and a housebound agoraphobic. Aspiring psychologist Lisa thinks "fixing" him will secure her dream college spot. Friendship and family anchor this funny, moving coming-of-age story about facing our fears and flaws. Lelia says, “A charming, heartwarming, and profound affirmation of the importance of connection. John Corey Whaley strikes the perfect balance between humor and heart…”
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Jerkbait by Mia Siegert Jerkbait
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A powerful debut about a gay hockey star’s struggle to come out to his father and to his team. His allies are an online stranger known only as “Jimmy2416” and Tristan, the twin brother living in his shadow. Caleb says, "Siegert has an incredible handle on the kind of everyday psychological brutality that teens endure at the hands of fickle friends and oblivious parents.... Even when I was cringing and sweating...I could. Not. Stop. Reading. A powerful debut about a gay hockey star’s struggle to come out to his father and to his team. His allies are an online stranger known only as “Jimmy2416” and Tristan, the twin brother living in his shadow. Caleb says, "Siegert has an incredible handle on the kind of everyday psychological brutality that teens endure at the hands of fickle friends and oblivious parents.... Even when I was cringing and sweating...I could. Not. Stop. Reading.
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Outrun the Moon by Stacey  Lee Outrun the Moon
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It is San Francisco, 1906, and Mercy Wong is determined to lift her family out of poverty, even if she has to pose as a Chinese heiress to do so. Then the devastating earthquake strikes and Mercy must rise to a whole new set of challenges. Dahlia says, “It feels like such a classic already. It bolsters my heart to know there are still people writing like this, and that they're doing it with racially diverse characters—something the books I loved as a kid didn't really have—makes them that much more importan ...more It is San Francisco, 1906, and Mercy Wong is determined to lift her family out of poverty, even if she has to pose as a Chinese heiress to do so. Then the devastating earthquake strikes and Mercy must rise to a whole new set of challenges. Dahlia says, “It feels like such a classic already. It bolsters my heart to know there are still people writing like this, and that they're doing it with racially diverse characters—something the books I loved as a kid didn't really have—makes them that much more important and welcome.”
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Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake Suffer Love
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Told from the perspective of two teenagers, Hadley and Sam, this rich and poignant love story explores the ramifications of parents' extramarital affairs, of hurt and heartbreak and the powers of connection. Emily says, “The characters absolutely glittered in my mind; they were vivid and real and compelling.... In short, this book is an emotion-packed delight.”
Told from the perspective of two teenagers, Hadley and Sam, this rich and poignant love story explores the ramifications of parents' extramarital affairs, of hurt and heartbreak and the powers of connection. Emily says, “The characters absolutely glittered in my mind; they were vivid and real and compelling.... In short, this book is an emotion-packed delight.”
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