The Upside of Unrequited, by Becky Albertalli. Avoiding relationships to protect her sensitive heart, plus-sized Molly supports her once-cynical twin, Cassie, when the latter has her own bout of lovesickness, a situation that is complicated by sibling dynamics and an unexpected romantic triangle. Read National Public Radio (NPR) review here.
Tell Me Three Things, by Julie Buxbaum. Struggling to acclimate after moving from Chicago to Los Angeles, high school junior Jessie receives an offer of assistance from an anonymous person through email who becomes her confidante and ally and who Jessie wishes she could meet in person. Read the Kirkus review here.
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers, by Deborah Heiligman. Examines the relationship between brothers Theo and Vincent van Gogh, showing how Theo supported the painter throughout his creative and interpersonal struggles. Read the starred School Library Journal review here.
Mars One, by Jonathan Maberry. When his family is chosen for a first mission to colonize Mars, 16-year-old Tristan reluctantly says goodbye to his girlfriend before the sabotaging acts of a terrorist group make him question the mission’s purpose. Read the Kirkus review here.
Geekerella, by Ashley Poston.
Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.
Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first. Read Publishers Weekly review here.
Love & Gelato, by Jenna Evans Welch. Reluctantly spending the summer in Tuscany in order to fulfill her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her absent father, Lina is inspired to follow in her mother’s footsteps after reading her journal and, in the process, uncovers a long-hidden secret. Read the Kirkus review here.