Friday Finds [Jan. 6th]

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Random Quote of the Day: “If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.” – Albert Einstein

Hello sunshines! 🔆 It is our first Friday Finds of the year! Surprisingly, I’ve found quite a few books since December, so let’s start the list, shall we? 🙂

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Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically…

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Sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara has too many secrets. Some are small, like how it bothers her when her friends don’t invite her to parties. Some are big, like that fact that her father may be having an affair. And then there’s the one that she can barely even admit to herself—the one about how she might have a crush on her best friend…

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In this modern-day love story, Girl likes Boy, Girl takes photo of Boy and posts it online, Boy becomes accidentally insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent joke spirals into a whirlwind adventure that could change both their lives—and their hearts—forever. But are fame and love worth the price? Told in alternating points of view, #famous captures the out-of-control thrill ride of falling for someone in front of everyone.

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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…

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Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited a reality television crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth—which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle—and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school. Nothing is ever going to change…

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Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say. Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen. Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder. Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him…

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Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a church-going black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say…

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Fifteen-year-old Aki Hunter knows she’s bisexual, but up until now she’s only dated guys—and her best friend, Lori, is the only person she’s out to. When she and Lori set off on a four-week youth-group mission trip in a small Mexican town, it never crosses Aki’s mind that there might be anyone in the group she’d be interested in dating. But that all goes out the window when Aki meets Christa…

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“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…

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And that’s my Friday Finds list of this week! Lots of these novels are diverse reads, so please take the time to definitely check those ones out! Most are not released yet as well, but that just adds to the anticipation! 😀

Have you heard of some of these novels? Can you recommend some other Diverse Reads? Chat with me in the comments! 💬

Thanks for reading & I’ll see you next time…

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9 responses to “Friday Finds [Jan. 6th]

  1. These books sound amazing and I find Once and For All pretty interesting (and I have never read any books by Sarah Dessen!). Lovely post! 🙂

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  2. These books all sound really good. I’ve heard some problematic things about Its Not Like Its A Secret, about racism being present in the book. Apparently they’ve been removed since the arc but I thought Id let you know
    -Yasmin

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  3. Thanks for liking my latest Flip the Script post. What did you think of it? Any thoughts? Leave a comment!

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  4. I’ve heard of a few of these before, and they all sound awesome! Thanks for some new additions to my tbr 🙂

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