Anticipated Releases | February 2017

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Happy official month of love, everyone! February is a short month I always associate with romance and love for obvious reasons. I'm hoping to have a romance recommendations up before the month is over and until then here are the books I'm excited for being released in February.

As always, let me know which books you're excited for this month!


YOUNG ADULT

We Are Okay - Nina LaCour

Release Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Penguin Young Reads Group
Genre: Contemporary, LGBT 
Thoughts:
I've been hearing about this book from so many different platforms but I also have no idea what it's about but I'm very excited. Anything young adult contemporary, I love to read. I've loved reading YA contemporary since I've started reading. It's my favourite genre to read.  
Synopsis:
"You go through life thinking there’s so much you need. . . . Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother."Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart. 


The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas


Release Date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Contemporary 
Thoughts:
Need there be an explanation? Fine. This book was inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement. The MC struggles with witness. I think this book will be very powerful and an important read.
Synopsis:
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.

American Street - Ibi Zoboi

Release Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Contemporary 
Thoughts:
I haven't heard anything about this novel but I want to read it. Just read the synopsis! It's a story I've never read about and I want too.
Synopsis:
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?
 




The Education of Margot Shachez -Lilliam Rivera

Release Date: February 21, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Contemporary 
Thoughts:
I love Pretty in Pink! I love reading about dysfunctional families. I love coming-of-age stories. I love drama. And from the cover, it looks like the MC is hispanic (As am I. #relatable)!!
Synopsis:
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.
 


FICTION

All Our Wrong Todays - Elan Mastai

Release Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Genre: Science Fiction
Thoughts:
Sweet and simple. All Our Wrong Todays was pitched to reader who enjoyed The Martian and I LOVED reading The Martian. That's all I know and need to know about this book. I'm already sold.
Synopsis:
You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we'd have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren's 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed . . . because it wasn't necessary.

Except Tom just can't seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that's before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland.

But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and—maybe, just maybe—his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom’s search for the answer takes him across countries, continents, and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future—our future—is supposed to be.
 

MYSTERY

I See You - Clare Mackintosh

Release Date: February 21, 2017
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Genre: Thriller
Thoughts:
I've been wanting to read Clare Macintosh since I Let You Go last year and since I haven't I'm really excited to read I See You. It's a mystery, thriller, crime novel and I absolutely love reading this genre. YA contemporary and Mystery are my favourite and people tell me all the time it's a weird combination but it's what I like and enjoy reading.
Synopsis:
Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her...

It all starts with a classified ad. During her commute home one night, while glancing through her local paper, Zoe sees her own face staring back at her; a grainy photo along with a phone number and a listing for a website called FindTheOne.com. 

Other women begin appearing in the same ad, a different one every day, and Zoe realizes they’ve become the victims of increasingly violent crimes—including murder. With the help of a determined cop, she uncovers the ad’s twisted purpose...A discovery that turns her paranoia into full-blown panic. Zoe is sure that someone close to her has set her up as the next target. 

And now that man on the train—the one smiling at Zoe from across the car—could be more than just a friendly stranger. He could be someone who has deliberately chosen her and is ready to make his next move…

NONFICTION

All the Lives I Want - Alana Massey


Release Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Essay Collections
Thoughts:
I honestly don't know much about this book other than it's a nonfiction essay collection about pop culture. It seem to be a collection of essays about the author and her famous best friends. I love insider/reality TV so this seems perfect. 
Synopsis:
"Alana Massey's prose is to brutal honesty what a mandolin is to a butter knife: she's sharper; she slices thinner; she shows the cross-section of a truth so deftly--so powerfully and cannily--it's hard to look away, and hard not to feel that something has shifted in you for having read her."--Leslie Jamison, New York Times bestselling author of The Empathy Exams 
From columnist and critic Alana Massey, a collection of essays examining the intersection of the personal with pop culture through the lives of pivotal female figures--from Sylvia Plath to Britney Spears--in the spirit of Chuck Klosterman, with the heart of a true fan. 

Mixing Didion's affected cool with moments of giddy celebrity worship, Massey examines the lives of the women who reflect our greatest aspirations and darkest fears back onto us. These essays are personal without being confessional and clever in a way that invites readers into the joke. A cultural critique and a finely wrought fan letter, interwoven with stories that are achingly personal, ALL THE LIVES I WANT is also an exploration of mental illness, the sex industry, and the dangers of loving too hard. But it is, above all, a paean to the celebrities who have shaped a generation of women--from Scarlett Johansson to Amber Rose, Lil' Kim, Anjelica Huston, Lana Del Rey, Anna Nicole Smith and many more. These reflections aim to reimagine these women's legacies, and in the process, teach us new ways of forgiving ourselves.
 

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