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5 Young Adult Contemporary Books Featuring #OwnVoices Asian-American Rep.

Today on The Booked Shelf I’m recommending 5 YA Books featuring #OwnVoices rep. from Asian-American authors, featuring recent and upcoming Contemporary titles!

This list is to celebrate the release of Anna K.: A Love Story by Jenny Lee, which releases tomorrow! Anna K. is a modern-day retelling of Anna Karenina featuring #OwnVoices Korean-American rep.!

1. Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

“Our cousins have done this program,” Sophie whispers. “Best kept secret. Zerosupervision.

And just like that, Ever Wong’s summer takes an unexpected turn. Gone is Chien Tan, the strict educational program in Taiwan that Ever was expecting. In its place, she finds Loveboat: a summer-long free-for-all where hookups abound, adults turn a blind eye, snake-blood sake flows abundantly, and the nightlife runs nonstop.

But not every student is quite what they seem:

Ever is working toward becoming a doctor but nurses a secret passion for dance.

Rick Woo is the Yale-bound child prodigy bane of Ever’s existence whose perfection hides a secret.

Boy-crazy, fashion-obsessed Sophie Ha turns out to have more to her than meets the eye.

And under sexy Xavier Yeh’s shell is buried a shameful truth he’ll never admit.

When these students’ lives collide, it’s guaranteed to be a summer Ever will never forget.

2. Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state senate candidate—as long as he’s behind the scenes. When it comes to speaking to strangers (or, let’s face it, speaking at all to almost anyone), Jamie’s a choke artist. There’s no way he’d ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes…until he meets Maya.

Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is canceled, and now her parents are separating. Why her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing—with some awkward dude she hardly knows—is beyond her.

Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybeit’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer—and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural romance of the century is another thing entirely.

3. Anna K.: A Love Story by Jenny Lee

Every happy teenage girl is the same, while every unhappy teenage girl is miserable in her own special way.

Meet Anna K. At seventeen, she is at the top of Manhattan and Greenwich society (even if she prefers the company of her horses and Newfoundland dogs); she has the perfect (if perfectly boring) boyfriend, Alexander W.; and she has always made her Korean-American father proud (even if he can be a little controlling). Meanwhile, Anna’s brother, Steven, and his girlfriend, Lolly, are trying to weather an sexting scandal; Lolly’s little sister, Kimmie, is struggling to recalibrate to normal life after an injury derails her ice dancing career; and Steven’s best friend, Dustin, is madly (and one-sidedly) in love with Kimmie.

As her friends struggle with the pitfalls of ordinary teenage life, Anna always seems to be able to sail gracefully above it all. That is…until the night she meets Alexia “Count” Vronsky at Grand Central. A notorious playboy who has bounced around boarding schools and who lives for his own pleasure, Alexia is everything Anna is not. But he has never been in love until he meets Anna, and maybe she hasn’t, either. As Alexia and Anna are pulled irresistibly together, she has to decide how much of her life she is willing to let go for the chance to be with him. And when a shocking revelation threatens to shatter their relationship, she is forced to question if she has ever known herself at all.

4. Harley In The Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Harley Milano has dreamed of becoming a trapeze artist for as long as she can remember. With parents who run a famous circus in Las Vegas, she spends almost every night in the big top watching their lead aerialist perform, wishing with all her heart and soul that she would be up there herself one day.

After a huge fight with her parents, who continue to insist she go to school instead, Harley leaves home, betrays her family, and joins the rival traveling circus Maison du Mystère. There, she is thrust into a world that is both brutal and beautiful, where she learns the value of hard work, passion, and collaboration. At the same time, Harley must come to terms with the truth of her family and her past—and reckon with the sacrifices she made and the people she hurt in order to follow her dreams.

5. The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park

Nate Jae-Woo Kim wants to be rich. When one of his classmates offers Nate a ridiculous amount of money to commit grade fraud, he knows that taking the windfall would help support his prideful Korean family, but is compromising his integrity worth it?

Luck comes in the form of Kate Anderson, Nate’s colleague at the zombie-themed escape room where he works. She approaches Nate with a plan: a local tech company is hosting a weekend-long survivalist competition with a huge cash prize. It could solve all of Nate’s problems, and Kate needs the money too.

If the two of them team up, Nate has a true shot at winning the grand prize. But the real challenge? Making through the weekend with his heart intact…

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Young Adult Book Cover Reveals For September 2019!

Throughout the month of September there have been some fantastic cover reveals! Check out these amazing covers for upcoming Young Adult titles!

1.Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova

Revealed exclusively via the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog on September 9, was the cover for Córdova’s upcoming “action-packed epic fantasyIncendiary!

Alongside the cover reveal was also an excerpt of the prologue and chapter one.

Incendiary follows “Renata Convida, a child who’s magical abilities to steal memories wrought the wrath of the King and took thousands of lives with it. Now, she’s part of the Whispers, an alliance of rebel spies working against the crown, though they can’t quite trust and accept her abilities either. When rebel leader and Renata’s love Dez is captured, she must complete his secret mission himself. But will that mean burning down the kingdom and everyone in it?”

Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova is set to be released April 28, 2020!

2. The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park

Through a Book Riot exclusive, both a cover and excerpt were revealed for Park’s #OwnVoices contemporary debut, The Perfect Escape!

This upcoming Young Adult contemporary has been pitched as a “hysterically funny rom-com debut, perfect for fans of Jenny Han!”

Here’s the full summary:

Nate Jae-Woo Kim wants to be rich, just like everyone else at the elite private school where he’s a scholarship student. When one of the wealthiest kids at school offers Nate a huge sum of money to commit grade fraud, he knows that taking the windfall would help support his prideful Korean family―and they need the money, since Nate’s dad just lost his job. But is compromising his integrity worth it?

Kate Anderson wants a fresh start. Her high-powered CEO father oppressively controls over her life, demanding she follow the life plan he’s laid out for her. She fantasizes about escaping to New York, where she can pursue her dreams of being an actress. But how can Kate get there when she can’t even buy dinner without his approval?

Nate and Kate’s worlds collide at their job at a zombie-themed escape room. As sparks fly, fate steps in: a local tech company is hosting a weekend-long survivalist competition with a huge cash prize that could solve all their problems. And thanks to the survival skills they picked up watching hours of zombie movies, the two think they might just have a shot. But the real challenge will be making it through the weekend with their hearts intact…

The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park is set to be released April 7, 2020!

3. Mad, Bad & Dangerous To Know by Samira Ahmed

Teen Vogue revealed the cover and excerpt for Ahmed’s Mad, Bad & Dangerous To Know on September 10. Ahmed’s upcoming contemporary novel, according to the article, features “Paris, relatable college admission struggles, and an intriguing literary mystery…”

The novel is told from two alternating points of view following “17-year-old Khayyam Maquet—who is American, French, Indian, and Muslim—as she spends a summer trip in the famed City of Lights” and Leila from the 1800’s who “is struggling to survive and keep her true love hidden from the Pasha who has “gifted” her with favored status in his harem…”

Told from alternating stories that span centuries, we follow two young women who are trying “to write their own stories and escape the pressure of familial burdens and cultural expectations in worlds too long defined by men…”

Mad, Bad And Dangerous To Know by Samira Ahmed is set to be released April 7, 2020!

4. Write Yourself A Lantern (The Poet X Journal) by Elizabeth Acevedo

On September 24, Elizabeth Acevedo shared via her Twitter, the cover and sneak peek into an upcoming journal, inspired by her debut The Poet X!

This writing journal will also feature quotes from Acevedo’s novel and here’s a full summary:

This journal is for the dreamers.

The poets.

The writers who don’t yet know that they are writers, but know that they have plenty to say.

Featuring lines from Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X among its lined pages, this full-color, beautifully designed journal is perfect for readers, long-time writers, those trying their hand at poetry, or anyone with a voice all their own.

Let Xiomara’s verses spark your own inspiration, as you pour your own thoughts and feelings onto the pages—and write the words you need most.

Write Yourself A Lantern by Elizabeth Acevedo is set to be released April 7, 2020!