Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood
Published May 3, 2017, by Sourcebooks Fire.
YA > Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance
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The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden; all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child?
But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past….
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Yesterday, I Read YA Week came to a close. This year’s theme was #YAStandsFor, celebrating all of the great things that YA has come to be a symbol of for its readers.
If you missed out on the fun, I encourage you to share the YA love! Post your own reasons why you love YA, and share what you think #YAStandsFor on your social media accounts! Check out I Read YA’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see their exclusive videos and posts for the week!
Since I posted almost all of my daily challenges on Instagram or Twitter, I thought I’d recap them here on the blog for you to see as well!
Day 1: Kickoff & What I believe YA stands for
Day 2: A book that helped me find my voice
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Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
Published May 2, 2017, by Delacorte Press.
YA > Contemporary, Romance
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Let luck find you.
Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.
At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.
As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined…and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.
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Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave
Published July 11, 2017, by Simon & Schuster.
Adult > Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
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From Laura Dave—the author of the “addictive” (Us Weekly), “winning” (Publishers Weekly) and critically acclaimed bestseller Eight Hundred Grapes—comes a new novel about the secrets we keep…even from ourselves.
Sunshine Mackenzie truly is living the dream. A lifestyle guru for the modern age, Sunshine is beloved by millions of people who tune into her YouTube cooking show, and millions more scour her website for recipes, wisdom, and her enticing suggestions for how to curate a perfect life. She boasts a series of #1 New York Times bestselling cookbooks, a devoted architect husband, and a reputation for sincerity and kindness—Sunshine seems to have it all. But she’s hiding who she really is. And when her secret is revealed, her fall from grace is catastrophic. What Sunshine does in the ashes of destruction will save her in more ways than she can imagine.
In our modern world, where celebrity is a careful construct, Laura Dave’s compelling, enticing novel explores the devastating effect of the secrets we keep in public…and in private. Hello, Sunshine is a fresh, provocative look at a woman teetering between a scrupulously assembled life and the redemptive power of revealing the truth.
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Not too long ago I got a very exciting email from Scholastic, letting me know all about the return of their I Read YA festivities again for a week this summer! It’s a week of fun challenges for us YA-lovers to celebrate the books we adore, taking place July 10th-17th. This year’s theme is #YAStandsFor, and they’re asking what YA means to us!
To kick off the week, today I’m discussing what I feel YA stands for, and what YA has meant to me throughout my time reading YA books!
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