May’s stellar young adult lineup is full of two-timing, family secrets, mysterious letters, and girls in trouble of their own design. Here are the YA books we’ll be reading on park benches and picnic blankets all month long:
We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart
First things first: read this gorgeous psychological suspense novel nowrightnow, before someone tells you too much. It’s a definite two-book read—go ahead and grab an extra copy now, because you’ll want to send one to your favorite fellow reader as soon as you’re done with it. 17-year-old Cadence can’t remember the accident that happened at her rich family’s oceanfront home two summers ago, leaving her physically and mentally broken, telling herself fractured fairy tales in an effort to extricate the truth behind her last happy season. When she and her mother return at last to the seaside, she falls back in with her fellow “liars”—her two cousins and her first love, Gat—but the truth of what happened to her is closing in.
Everything Leads to You, by Nina LaCour
Budding set designer Emi is juggling a fickle ex-girlfriend and her internship on a film set in Los Angeles when the discovery of an unsent letter at a legendary actor’s estate sale sends her and best friend Charlotte on a quest. They track down the deceased actor’s granddaughter, Ava, and soon find their lives becoming increasingly entwined. In between solving the mellow mystery of Ava’s past, the girls work on film sets, make each other laugh, eat tacos on the beach. It’s a pleasure to hang out with them, and this is a must-read for anyone who wants an inside look at both the way movies are made and the way a creative mind works.
The Break-Up Artist, by Philip Siegel
After seeing her sister destroyed by a broken engagement, Becca reinvents herself as the Break-Up Artist, a vigilante-for-hire who specializes in ending high-school romances at the behest of worried parents, disgruntled friends, and vengeful exes. Then, she’s hired to break up her school’s very own Jay Z and Beyoncé—one half of which is her former best friend, Huxley, who dropped her in favor of popularity and Luv 4ever with boyfriend Steve. A crush on a friend’s boyfriend, and the tentative rekindling of her friendship with Huxley, thicken the plot.
We Are the Goldens, by Dana Reinhardt
Written in the form of a love letter from Nell Golden to her beautiful, reckless older sister, Layla, We Are the Goldens captures all the heady power of being made a glamorous elder sibling’s confidante. It charts the painful choice Nell must make—to keep her sister’s secrets or save her from herself—while also telling her own romantic coming-of-age, filled with first love and first heartbreak.
Life by Committee, by Corey Ann Haydu
Tabitha might be her own worst enemy, but her ex–best friends could give her a run for her money. After being shunned by her former crowd because of the way she’s “changed” (mainly, she’s gotten hotter), Tabitha becomes entangled with a taken guy. Then she discovers Life By Committee, a website allowing people in search of self-empowerment to trade secrets for “assignments”: scary goals that must be met in order to keep the secrets safe. Things get worse for Tabitha before they get better, as she becomes more and more involved with both her two-timing crush and the increasingly demanding forces behind LBC.
What new releases are you reading this month?