A mini book haul. You guys don’t know a lot about what happens in my life when I’m not being a hopeless book devotee, but I am near constantly busy with other work–my main work–and just needed a little break from life today to walk around Barnes & Noble and exist without really needed to exist at all, if that makes sense.
Keep in mind when you read through my growing library that I almost NEVER buy books with GoodReads ratings under four stars. So my growing library is always a great place to look for your next read.
- Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
Ugh, what a generation-appropriate cover. It just does it for me.
Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. But now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, a powerful judge is pressuring the district attorney to open up a criminal investigation.
Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a “goodbye day” together to share their memories and say a proper farewell.
Soon the other families are asking for their own goodbye day with Carver—but he’s unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these goodbye days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown or—even worse—prison?
- Hold Still by Nina LaCour
Doesn’t this cover give you the feels? Like, what wonders exist inside? And will they make us feel as free?
In the wake of her best friend Ingrid’s suicide, Caitlin is left alone, struggling to find hope and answers. When she finds the journal Ingrid left behind for her, she begins a journey of understanding and broadening her horizons that leads her to new friendships and first love. Nina LaCour brings the changing seasons of Caitlin’s first year without Ingrid to life with emotion, honesty, and captivating writing.
- You Were Here by Cori McCarthy
As well as this cover being the absolute coolest, there are graphics inside!!!!! Yussss.
Jaycee is about to accomplish what her older brother Jake couldn’t: live past graduation.
Jaycee is dealing with her brother’s death the only way she can — by re-creating Jake’s daredevil stunts. The ones that got him killed. She’s not crazy, okay? She just doesn’t have a whole lot of respect for staying alive.
Jaycee doesn’t expect to have help on her insane quest to remember Jake. But she’s joined by a group of unlikely friends — all with their own reasons for completing the dares and their own brand of dysfunction: the uptight, ex-best friend, the heartbroken poet, the slacker with Peter Pan syndrome, and… Mik. He doesn’t talk, but somehow still challenges Jayce to do the unthinkable-reveal the parts of herself that she buried with her brother.