There's something exciting about seeing an author's first book come out. The BFF Bucket List is the first book from the uber-talented Dee Romito and it hits shelves tomorrow. YAY! We'll be seeing lots more of her work in the future.
One of the most tragic things that can happen in middle school is the loss of a friendship. Yet that age seems to come with so much growth, it's easy for best friends to drift apart. In The BFF Bucket List, ultra-organized Ella desperately tries to save her friendship with her outgoing best friend Skyler. Skyler is making new friends, though, and the more Ella tries to get her to stick to this "bucket list," the stickier things seem to get. The story is heartbreaking in parts as the girls try to hold onto what they once had, but it also has a positive outcome.
You all know how much I love mysteries...and what can be more fun than a mystery that pairs a tween with adorable elderly ladies? Alison Cherry is a talented young adult and middle grade author and when I saw this cover, I couldn't resist:
In The Classy Crooks Club, a 12-year-old girl named AJ has to spend the summer living with her super-uptight grandmother, who is desperate to turn her into a well-mannered young lady. Soon into her stay, she starts to notice something is up with her grandmother's so-called "bridge club." They're actually a team of crooks, planning heists to liberate birds and other species from captivity. I have to say there's something adorable about a bunch of criminal grannies, dressed in black, trying to sneak into houses. In the end, AJ is the one who is the adult of the group. This book has humor, adventure, and a great message...you won't be able to put it down!
The next book is one that will jump out at every tween who sees it on the shelves. Hillary Homzie has captured the social media-obsessed tween audience with Queen of Likes.
Karma has a problem that will sound all too familiar to many readers. She spends far too much time on her phone. Her happiness is dictated by how many likes her social media photos get. When her parents take her phone away as punishment, she has to find new ways to validate herself. I loved this book. It has an important message disguised in an entertaining story, which is the best thing a middle grade book can do!
I read Kristin Rae's first book, Wish You Were Italian, and had so much fun going on an Italian adventure with her character. When I saw she had a new book, What You Always Wanted, I couldn't wait to read it.
My knowledge of Gene Kelly is mostly limited to his appearance alongside Olivia Newton-John in Xanadu. But the main character in What You Always Wanted knows all of his movies by heart. In her world, no guy can live up to her perception of Gene Kelly. Then she meets Jesse, a hunky baseball player who has hidden talents. Kristin nails the sexual tension between Maddie and Jesse and creates two characters you can't help but fall in love with.
My final read of the month is this steamy romance from Christine Rains.
In Big Yearning, a couple finds romance while on a team searching for Big Foot. When they become trapped in a cave, they find themselves in a race to get out before it's too late. This sexy, quick read will have you riveted from start to finish.
What are you reading?