Summer is coming. So is exams. The next few days might not have many posts like I explained the other day but you never know. I’m so ready for school to be finished and then I have the summer to read and do nothing. But because it is the first day of the month, let’s introduce to you the 5 books that are releasing in June that I want to read!
Title: Once and For All
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Release: June 6, 2017
Pages: 400 (Hardback)
As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.
Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.
Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.
About the Author: Sarah Dessen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews. Her books have been published in over thirty countries and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for outstanding contribution to young adult literature for her novels: Keeping the Moon, Dreamland, This Lullaby, The Truth about Forever, Just Listen, Along for the Ride, and What Happened to Goodbye. Her newest novel, Once and for All, will be released in June 2017. An NC native, she currently lives in Chapel Hill with her family.
Why I Want to Read This Book: I love Sarah Dessen. Sarah Dessen writes these amazing books and now she is writing something about a topic I was addicted to. When I was in fifth grade, I went through a period of time where I thought that I was going to be a wedding planner. Yep. I watched all the wedding shows on TV and I would always try to pretend I was organizing someone’s wedding with my two sisters. I’m really excited for this book!
Title: We Come Apart
Author: Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children
Release: June 13, 2017
Pages: 320 (Hardback)
From two acclaimed authors comes an emotional story told in verse about friendship, love, and overcoming unbeatable odds.
Authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan have joined forces to tell the story of Nicu and Jess, two troubled teens whose paths cross in the unlikeliest of places.
Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?
For fans of Una LaMarche’s Like No Other, this illuminating story told in dual points of view through vibrant verse will stay with readers long after they’ve turned the last page.
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Why I Want to Read This Book: I don’t read that many books in verse. I don’t really like the flow and structure of them. This book is written in verse and I am really interested in reading this one. Firstly, I was drawn to the cover because the color combination on it was beautiful. Secondly, that synopsis. I love the whole thing where two unlike people go and meet up with love and friendship as the theme as most of the verses. I really want to get my hands on this book!
Title: I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons
Author: Kevin Hart
Publisher: Atria/37 INK
Release: June 6, 2017
Pages: 400 (Hardback)
Superstar comedian and Hollywood box office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.
The question you’re probably asking yourself right now is: What does Kevin Hart have that a book also has?
According to the three people who have seen Kevin Hart and a book in the same room, the answer is clear:
A book is compact. Kevin Hart is compact.
A book has a spine that holds it together. Kevin Hart has a spine that holds him together.
A book has a beginning. Kevin Hart’s life uniquely qualifies him to write this book by also having a beginning.
It begins in North Philadelphia. He was born an accident, unwanted by his parents. His father was a drug addict who was in and out of jail. His brother was a crack dealer and petty thief. And his mother was overwhelmingly strict, beating him with belts, frying pans, and his own toys.
The odds, in short, were stacked against our young hero, just like the odds that are stacked against the release of a new book in this era of social media (where Hart has a following of over 100 million, by the way).
But Kevin Hart, like Ernest Hemingway, JK Rowling, and Chocolate Droppa before him, was able to defy the odds and turn it around. In his literary debut, he takes the reader on a journey through what his life was, what it is today, and how he’s overcome each challenge to become the man he is today.
And that man happens to be the biggest comedian in the world, with tours that sell out football stadiums and films that have collectively grossed over $3.5 billion.
He achieved this not just through hard work, determination, and talent: It was through his unique way of looking at the world. Because just like a book has chapters, Hart sees life as a collection of chapters that each person gets to write for himself or herself.
“Not only do you get to choose how you interpret each chapter, but your interpretation writes the next chapter,” he says. “So why not choose the interpretation that serves your life the best?”
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Why I Want to Read This Book: When I ordered Ian Harding’s book a few months ago, I saw that Kevin Hart had a signed copy preorder of the book, which I almost did. But I think Kevin Hart is hilarious. His book should be the same way. Plus, the puppies on the cover makes the whole book. I saw that there is something like 99 chapters in the book but I think they are going to be 99 hilarious chapters.
Title: Trusting You & Other Lies
Author: Nicole Williams
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Release: June 20, 2017
Pages: 304 (Hardback)
USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Nicole Williams delivers a seductive summer romance worth swooning over. Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Stephanie Perkins.
Phoenix can’t imagine anything worse than being shipped off to family summer camp. Her parents have been fighting for the past two years—do they seriously think being crammed in a cabin with Phoenix and her little brother, Harry, will make things better?
On top of that, Phoenix is stuck training with Callum—the head counselor who is seriously cute but a complete know-it-all. His hot-cold attitude means he’s impossible to figure out—and even harder to rely on. But despite her better judgment, Phoenix is attracted to Callum. And he’s promising Phoenix a summer she’ll never forget. Can she trust him? Or is this just another lie?
About the Author: Biographies are impossible for me to write without landing somewhere in the realm of lame. Which is ironic since I’m a writer attempting to, you know, do what I do and write. For whatever reason though, trying, to sum up who I am is enough to make me rock myself into a psychiatric-something in a dark corner. I could try explaining what I love: books, writing, adventures, the outdoors, animals, my family, my friends. I could list what I don’t love: hate, needles, narrow-mindedness, pantyhose, celery. I could go into my background and my sources of inspiration, sprinkling throughout witty bits of commentary and the expected author-fare of a few words that make a person scratch their head and reach for a dictionary. But the true biography of who I am is penned on the pages of my books, hidden between the words. Where I’ve been, who I am, where I’m going—it’s all there. At the end of the day, I’m an open book.
Why I Want to Read This Book: Sometimes when I make these post, I go to Barnes and Noble or Goodreads to find these books. I sometimes know some of the books off the top of my head but others I don’t know. This was one of them. When I saw this one, I was drawn to the title and then Callum. I know that I will be in love with him. The book talked about how this will be a great book for fans of Sarah Dessen and Stephanie Perkins, which both of them I love. This seems like a perfect book to take to the beach, or even on vacation!
Title: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow
Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release: June 6, 2017
Pages: 352 (Hardback)
Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi’s dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth’s corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth’s Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi’s the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And she’s convinced he’s been taken to the ice-planet.
Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.
For Miguel, Earth’s charming young playboy, the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight’s bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he’s a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford.
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Why I Want to Read This Book: I really don’t know what makes me want to read this book. I just think the cover looks really cool. The concept of the whole book seems really cool with the whole alien topic because I am sort of fascinated with them. I also really want to see how Mary Weber combined the government, aliens and online gaming into one book.
What books are you looking forward to reading this month? What makes you so excited to read them? If you are in school, when do you or when did you get out for school? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!