Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by Noniequ Ramos
Fifteen-year-old Macy, officially labeled “disturbed” by her school, records her impressions of her rough neighborhood and home life as she tries to rescue her brother from Child Protective Services, win back her overachieving best friend after a fight, and figure out whether to tell her incarcerated father about her mother’s cheating.
All We Can Do is Wait by Richard Lawson
In the hours after a bridge collapse rocks their city, four teens are forced to face their pasts and the prospect of very different futures as they wait at Boston General Hospital for news of their loved ones.
American Panda by Gloria Chao
A freshman at MIT, seventeen-year-old Mei Lu tries to live up to her Taiwanese parents’ expectations, but no amount of tradition, obligation, or guilt prevent her from hiding several truths–that she is a germaphobe who cannot become a doctor, she prefers dancing to biology, she decides to reconnect with her estranged older brother, and she is dating a Japanese boy.
Last to Let Go by Amber Smith
When her mother is arrested for killing Brooke’s abusive father, Brooke must confront the shadow of her family’s violence and dysfunction.
Winner Take All by Laurie Devore
Attracted to Jackson by their rivalry to be the top student at their private high school, Nell falls into an intense relationship with him, but victory in their new private game may have a higher cost than she anticipates.
Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis
Seventeen-year-old Evan struggles to deal with his mother’s abuse and his new feelings for his friend Henry.
This is Not a Love Letter by Kim Purcell
Jessie and Chris are taking a one-week break to get some perspective before graduation and the big, scary decisions about their future. Then, Chris vanishes; the police think he’s run away. He was about to head off to college on a full-ride baseball scholarship. And he disappeared on a run along the river– where some boys from the rival high school beat him up just three weeks ago. As Jessie searches for answers, she must face her fears, her guilt, and a past more complicated than she would like to admit.
Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare (Ink, Iron, and Glass #1)
A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation by her mother a noted scriptologist.
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton (Belles #1)
In a world where Beauty is a commodity only a few control, one Belle will learn the dark secrets behind her powers, and rise up to change the world.
Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross (Queen’s Rising #1)
When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron. Growing up in the southern kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her. While some are born with a talent for one of the five passions – art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge – Brienna struggled to find hers until she chose knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true: she is left without a patron. Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, she reluctantly accepts. But there is much more to his story, for there is a dangerous plot to overthrow the king of Maevana – the rival kingdom of Valenia – and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved, some closer to Brienna than she realizes. With war brewing, Brienna must choose which side she will remain loyal to – passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. Who will be that queen?