The Boy Who Steals Houses | Be Kind (Be Your Best Self ) | There’s Something About Sweetie | Free To Be Me (LGBTQ+ Journal ) | The Princess And The Fangirl | This Book Is Not Yet Rated | The Meaning of Birds | How Not To Ask A Boy To Prom | Love From A -Z | Scripted Unscripted
Look at all the pretty books!! There are so many Spring 2019 book releases that I am looking forward to so much! It seems like I’m in a romantic mood from the look of the books I’ve chosen to chat about but I’m also so happy for the LGBTQ+ coming out this Spring! I’m still pretty new to these kinds of posts so bear with me and no judging! Haha!
The Boy Who Steals Houses (C.G Drews – 2nd April 2019)
To be honest, the front cover was interesting but didn’t get my attention. It wasn’t until I read the synopsis that I knew I needed this book!
Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he’s ever known. Now Sam’s trying to build a new life for them. He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he’s caught out when a family returns home. To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing – each teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling. Sam finds himself inextricably caught up in their life, and falling for the beautiful Moxie.
But Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him.
The word ‘autistic’ drew me in because of the obvious! I love that more books are having characters with a form of autism. We don’t know where on the spectrum Avery is but it’s still cool! The plot seems really interesting and reminds ever so slightly of Oliver Twist but I’ll let you know what I think about it!
Be Kind: Be Your Best Self Every Day (Teen Breathe – 7th May 2019)
With supportive, unpatronising and gender-neutral editorial, the ‘Be You’ series offers conceptual and delicate illustrations that invite readers to reflect on the many changes and challenges affecting them. This innovative, informative and engaging approach, makes these books an empowering tool that will be welcomed by teenagers and praised by parents and teachers alike.
It’s been a long time since I was a teen but this still really sounded like it could help me! Apparently this is a guide to help you treat yourself and others with respect with fun illustrations to go along with the advice. If the front cover is anything to go by, the drawings are going to be stunning! This sounds like a great book to have in school libraries!
There’s Something About Sweetie (Sandhya Menon – 14th May 2019)
You know when a book is going to be brilliant just by what the cover is? This is one of those books! I literally grinned whenever I saw Sweetie and immediately put on this list! I’m going to be doing a faux pas and possibly read this first before I read ‘When Dimple Met Rishi’ purely because this plot got me first! Haha!
Free To Be Me: An LGBTQ+ Journal (Dom&Ink – 30th May 2019)
Every rainbow-coloured page is packed with LGBTQ+ activities, advice and attitude.
With spreads to colour, scribble, design and glitter, you’ll meet dancing drag queens, rainbow donuts and the world’s sassiest LGBTQ+ dinosaur: Brett the Sassysaurus!
Read quotes from real-life rainbow icons, find out how to throw your own Pride Party, and learn about the history of gay rights. Most importantly: celebrate being yourself and what makes YOU amazing!
Warm, hilarious, caring and insightful, Free To Be Me will fill every reader with self-esteem, confidence, colour and pride.
Rainbows?! LGBTQ+ love? A freaking sassy dino? Where has this journal been all my little bi life?! I adore the blast of colours, the fact that I can relive amazing childhood memories of covering everything head-to-toe with glitter and learn some really incredible things! If any of my LGBTQ+ friends are reading this post, stick this on your TBR!
The Princess and the Fangirl (Ashley Poston – 2nd April 2019)
From the acclaimed author of Geekerella, this geeky spin on The Prince and the Pauper is a perfect story for geek girls of every fandom.
As soon as I saw the word fangirl, I knew this book was for me!! I absolutely loved Geekerella and the plot for this sounds just as nerdy! You can never go wrong with TV royalty and a fangirl at a convention! Maybe one day that will happen to me? You never! Haha!
This Book Is Not Yet Rated (Peter Bognanni – 9th April 2019)
Movies have always helped Ethan Ashby make sense of the world. So when developers swoop in and say the classic Green Street Cinema is going to be destroyed to make room for luxury condos, Ethan is ready for battle. And so a motley crew of cinema employees comes together to save the place they love.
I really wanted to try out more books by male authors and this one was all about a boy who loved films and was fighting to save the cinema he loved the most! Characters who are fighting for something are always the most fun especially when they’re joined by a bunch of amazing supporting characters! I’ve never read any of Peter’s books before so I can’t wait to see how he writes!
The Meaning of Birds (Jaye Robin Brown – 30th May 2019)
Before: Jess has always struggled with the fire inside her. But when she meets Vivi, everything changes. As they fall for each other, Vivi helps Jess deal with her anger and pain and encourages her to embrace her artistic talent. And suddenly Jess’s future is a blank canvas, filled with possibilities.
After: When Vivi unexpectedly dies, Jess’s perfect world is erased. As she spirals out of control, Jess pushes away everyone around her and throws out her plans for art school…
So many books coming out on this day including this one! I don’t know why I keep getting drawn to books that has someone dying in it. Maybe I love making myself suffer and cry quietly into my blanket! I do that a lot! I should invest in more tissues to go along with these! I know what it’s like to lose someone unexpectedly and to lose interest in what you loved so I’m ready to heavily relate to Jess!
How Not To Ask a Boy to Prom (S.J Goslee – 23rd April 2019)
Nolan Grant is sixteen, gay, and very, very single.
He’s never had a boyfriend, or even been kissed. It’s not like Penn Valley is exactly brimming with prospects. Nolan plans to ride out the rest of his junior year drawing narwhals, working at the greenhouse, and avoiding anything that involves an ounce of school spirit.
Unfortunately for him, his adoptive big sister has other ideas. Ideas that involve too-tight pants, a baggie full of purple glitter, and worst of all: a Junior-Senior prom ticket.
Is it really a surprise that I have a book of beautiful gay characters? Nope! I had to have this on my list purely because I need to read more books that are stupidly funny and awkward at the same time! Don’t worry, Nolan! I’ll be ready to wave my pride flag all the way through!
Love From A to Z (S.K Ali – 16th May 2019)
Another heartbreaker with fiesty characters and a definite plot to break me! We have Zayneb, the only Muslim in her class, who is being subjected to her teacher’s racist comments about how Muslims are ‘bad’ and Adam who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I’m already in love with these two as a couple and need May to come quickly! Hurry up!
Scripted Unscripted (Kristina Miranda – 15th May 2019)
Ellie Quinn has spent most of her sixteen years behind the scenes, helping her father manage a crew of four-legged movie stars. Although she longs to be acknowledged as an animal trainer in her own right, she often gets stuck babysitting actors’ personal pets and is known around the studio as “the dog sitter for the stars.”
Books about Hollywood always seem to be focused on the stars and their fame, but this book has Ellie who is an animal trainer which is so cool!! I am constantly in awe with how these animals are trained to do certain things and to go to specific marks! I mean…the owls and Fang in Harry Potter!! Love it! My actor self is really interested about behind the scenes on a set and I know I won’t be able to put this book down!
What Spring 2019 book releases are you excited for?