If I’m Being Honest, by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka
Once again heavily inspired both implicitly and explicitly by Shakespeare (in this case, The Taming of the Shrew), this duo’s sophomore novel focuses on Cameron, a girl whose beauty makes her popular and whose bluntness makes her…occasionally a little less so. When the guy she wants decides the ugly side of her might be a little too ugly for him to tolerate, Cameron decides to take on a project to prove to him that underneath her prickly shell beats a heart of gold. But when she starts off her apology whirlwind tour with Brendan, whose life she kinda ruined with a terrible nickname, she’s stunned to find there may be someone who’s capable of liking her for exactly who she is.
The Tiger at Midnight, by Swati Teerdhala
In this trilogy starter inspired by Hindu mythology and Indian history, the fates of a soldier and a rebel collide, changing the course of their world. Kunal is a duty-bound soldier and nephew to the dangerous General Hotha, who ruthlessly enforces Kunal’s obedience. Esha is the infamous Viper, committing acts of revenge on the wicked and the powerful—and her next target is the general.
How Not to Ask a Boy to Prom, by S.J. Goslee
It’s only junior year, but Nolan’s already given up on finding romantic happiness in high school; Pine Valley is just not the place where gay boys find their happily ever after. But his sister refuses to let Nolan’s cynicism reign, and when she nabs him a junior-senior prom ticket, he has no choice but to play along. Is love in the cards for him after all?
You Must Not Miss, by Katrina Leno
Six months ago, Magpie’s life—her family, her friends, her sense of self—blew apart. Utterly alone, she pours herself into her yellow notebook, creating a world that becomes her sanctuary—a world she writes into true existence. She’s able to access this haven, which she names Near, through her family’s garden shed. Inside Near, her family is together, and her life seems perfect—almost too perfect. Because Near can give her anything she wants. And when her greatest desire is revenge, the costs of the realm’s peculiar magic may be too high.
All We Could Have Been, by TE Carter
Finding herself assailed by public scrutiny following a horrific crime her brother committed, Lexi lives a wanderer’s life. In an effort to escape public scorn and outrun what happened, she constantly changes her location and her name. But as her senior year begins, she finds herself putting out fragile roots, connecting with a new network of friends in ways that terrify her. She must decide whether to run again, or to risk letting down her walls.