2017 Books I Am Dying For: Contemporary Edition

Friday, January 20, 2017

   It's been so long since I've posted that I miss blogging. My reading slump got worse for the second half of last year that I sort of just crashed and didn't really read. Though I tried picking up books and that's my main reason for not posting anything.

   But it's a brand new year and I feel like I can just start all over.


   There's so many debuts, sequels, and last books in a series that I'm completely excited for. I want them now! But there were so many so I've separated them into two categories: contemporary and fantasy.  

   Without further ado, here are my most anticipated contemporaries for 2017...



Releases May 2
Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word. 
    Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves.

    • I preordered it as soon as it was up on Amazon!!
    • I've heard the love interest Lincoln is so swoon worthy. I'm all here for that ;)
    • I've seen nothing but positive things about it.



    Releases May 30
    A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

    Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

    Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

    The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

    Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

    • This is seriously high on my most wanted TBR list.
    • It just sounds like it will be cute fluffy contemporary read!!



    Releases February 14

    On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

    But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

    Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?


    • I keep hearing this has a cute romance in it and that's what I always look forward to!!
    • The cover is so gorgeous.



    Releases February 28

    Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice. Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star.

    • I read the excerpt when the cover was revealed and I almost cried so that speaks volume just how amazing and emotional this book is going to be.
    • The acronym. I love it!!
    • This will probably be one of the most important books of this year (MUST READ).
    • It's already being turned into a film!!



    Releases February 21

    Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted—from debut author Lilliam Rivera.

    THINGS/PEOPLE MARGOT HATES:

    Mami, for destroying my social life
    Papi, for allowing Junior to become a Neanderthal
    Junior, for becoming a Neanderthal
    This supermarket
    Everyone else

    After “borrowing” her father's credit card to finance a more stylish wardrobe, Margot 
    Sanchez suddenly finds herself grounded. And by grounded, she means working as an indentured servant in her family’s struggling grocery store to pay off her debts. 

    With each order of deli meat she slices, Margot can feel her carefully cultivated prep school reputation slipping through her fingers, and she’s willing to do anything to get out of this punishment. Lie, cheat, and maybe even steal…

    Margot’s invitation to the ultimate beach party is within reach and she has no intention of letting her family’s drama or Moises—the admittedly good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood—keep her from her goal.

    • I'm all here for this!!!!! Give it to me now!!
    • I'm not even kidding O.o



    Releases February 21

    Pamela L. Laskin’s beautiful and lyrical novel in verse delivers a fresh and captivating retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that transports the star-crossed lovers to the modern-day Israel-Palestine conflict.

    Ronit, an Israeli girl, lives on one side of the fence. Jamil, a Palestinian boy, lives on the other side. Only miles apart but separated by generations of conflict—much more than just the concrete blockade between them. Their fathers, however, work in a distrusting but mutually beneficial business arrangement, a relationship that brings Ronit and Jamil together. And lightning strikes. The kind of lightning that transcends barrier fences, war, and hatred.

    The teenage lovers fall desperately into the throes of forbidden love, one that would create an irreparable rift between their families if it were discovered. But a love this big can only be kept secret for so long. Ronit and Jamil must face the fateful choice to save their lives or their loves, as it may not be possible to save both.
    • This book is written in verse which I've never tried before but we all need short books in our lives!!
    • Also that cover is so cute.




    What are some of your most anticipated contemporary books this year? Have you added any of these to you TBR?







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