Covers are the first impression a reader gets of a book, thus it must be relevant to the topic but also attractive enough to be picked up at a library or looked at Goodreads. Like I’ve mentioned earlier, I usually browse through the Goodreads YA New Releases to add some books to my to-read-bookcase.
Author: Donna Cooner
Torrey Grey is famous. At least, on the internet. Thousands of people watch her popular videos on fashion and beauty. But when Torrey’s sister is killed in an accident — maybe because of Torrey and her videos — Torrey’s perfect world implodes.
Now, strangers online are bashing Torrey. And at her new school, she doesn’t know who to trust. Is queen bee Blair only being sweet because of Torrey’s internet infamy? What about Raylene, who is decidedly unpopular, but seems accepts Torrey for who she is? And then there’s Luis, with his brooding dark eyes, whose family runs the local funeral home. Torrey finds herself drawn to Luis, and his fascinating stories about El día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.
As the Day of the Dead draws near, Torrey will have to really look at her own feelings about death, and life, and everything in between. Can she learn to mourn her sister out of the public eye?
I like the idea of the protagonist being a youtuber (a beauty guru – it’s implied). To be quite honest, I follow a lot of beauty gurus on youtube, I don’t watch their videos as often as before, but I still check on some of them. Also, I’m interested in reading about what the author has to say about “El día de los Muertos”. Added to my to-read list.
Author: Justina Chen
Shana has always had a blind spot for boys. Can she trust the one who’s right in front of her? Sixteen-year-old Shana Wilde is officially on a Boy Moratorium. After a devastating breakup, she decides it’s time to end the plague of Mr. Wrong, Wrong, and More Wrong.
Enter Quattro, the undeniably cute lacrosse player who slams into Shana one morning in Seattle. Sparks don’t just fly; they ignite. And so does Shana’s interest. Right as she’s about to rethink her ban on boys, she receives crushing news: Her dad is going blind. Quattro is quickly forgotten, and Shana and her parents vow to make the most of the time her father has left to see. So they travel to Machu Picchu, and as they begin their trek, they run into none other than Quattro himself. But even as the trip unites them, Quattro pulls away mysteriously… Love and loss, humor and heartbreak collide in this new novel from acclaimed author Justina Chen.
The main reason I’m going to read this book is because of the mention of Machu Picchu, which is located in Peru (where I’m from!). Apart from that, I get quite emotional when reading about families and how they cope with different aspects of life. This kind-of reminds me of Second Chance Summer. Added to my to-read list.
Author: Sandy Hall
The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out. But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.
Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together….
“What’s meant to be will always find a way”. I actually really like the idea of this book: everybody has those two friends that you can sense are made for each other, but somehow things just don’t go as planned, and they are never able to be together. Added to my to-read list.