This month was a Teen Fiction month by far. I had just finished my stint as a judge for middle grade fiction for the Cybils, so I was ready to take a break from books for that age group--and even read a couple of books for adults, which is rare for me.
The stand-out titles from this month's reads are The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas for a serious title and When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon for a light-hearted romantic comedy.
Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry is a novel in verse about a girl who is new to town and struggling to make friends.
Mindy's Thoughts: The fact that this is an #ownvoices portrayal of Tourette Syndrome is what makes this book worth remembering.
Mindy's Thoughts: These books ranged from "pretty good" to "possibly going on the best of the year list." As mentioned at the outset of the report, The Hate U Give is well worth reading. This Black Lives Matter themed novel makes the headlines real in a way that really makes a difference. If you read one YA novel this year, it should probably be this one.
The Passion of Dolssa and When We Collided were catch-up reads from the 2017 awards. I was surprised at how much I liked Dolssa. I wasn't sure what to expect from it, but the unreliable narrator and strong characters drew me in and kept me reading. When We Collided is an #ownvoices portrayal of bipolar disorder.
As for the rest, When Dimple Met Rishi wins as best romantic comedy. Since You've Been Gone is a solid runner up in that category. Crazy Messy Beautiful is an unconventional romance with an art theme and a guy's perspective, which I liked. The Other F-Word sounds like an edgy title, but actually it is nice story about family and not what I would call edgy. You're Welcome Universe features a Deaf graffiti artist as the protagonist and tells familiar story of complicated friendships and expressing yourself.