July 2018 YA Picks

July YA PicksLooking for some good summer reading? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Check out these 5 picks for interesting books coming out in July!

the pride guideThe Pride Guide: A Guide to Sexual & Social Health for LGBTQ Youth by Jo Langford (out 7/8)
A complete guide to sexual and social development, safety, and health for LGBTQ youth and those who love and support them. Written from a practical perspective, the author explores the realities of teen sexuality, particularly that of trans teens, and provides guidance and understanding for parents and kids alike.

im not missingI’m Not Missing by Carrie Fountain (out 7/10)
It’s senior year, and Miranda Black’s best friend, Syd, has run away, leaving behind nothing but a pink leopard print cell phone with a text message from the mysterious HIM. Everyone wants to know why Syd left, but the truth is, Miranda has no idea. When Miranda’s mother abandoned her as a child, Miranda had found shelter in her friendship with Syd, who wore her own motherlessness like a badge of honor. Now Miranda’s been left behind again, left to untangle the questions of why Syd left, where she is, and if she’s even a friend worth saving, all while stumbling into first love with the most unlikely boy in school. How do you take on the future when it feels like so much of your past wasn’t even real?

price of dutyPrice of Duty by Todd Strasser (out 7/17)
A decorated young military hero returns home to recover from an injury and finds himself struggling with debilitating PTSD, an anti-recruitment activist’s agenda and his grandfather’s views about duty.

girl you thought i wasThe Girl You Thought I Was by Rebecca Phillips (out 7/31)
No one looking at Morgan Kemper would think she had a secret—at least not one that she’s deeply ashamed of. For over a year, she’s shoplifted countless pieces of clothing and makeup. Each time, she tells herself it will be the last, and each time, it never is. But when she’s caught and sentenced to thirty hours of community service, the image Morgan has carefully constructed starts to crumble. She’s determined to complete her punishment without her friends discovering the truth about her sticky fingers, but that’s easier said than done…especially once she meets Eli, the charming, handsome nephew of the owner of the charity shop where Morgan is volunteering. Soon Morgan is faced with an impossible decision: continue to conceal the truth or admit that she’s lied to everyone in her life, including the boy she’s falling for.

lovely dark and deepLovely, Dark, and Deep by Justina Chen (out 7/31)
Developing an extreme photosensitivity that forces her to avoid all hint of light, Viola Li struggles to maintain a normal life while pursuing a relationship with the mysteriously sad Josh, until an act of rebellion dangerously backfires.