Confession: Julie just wants to plaster “We Were Liars” all over this post because of her deep love for E. Lockhart’s books. But believe it or not, other awesome-sounding books come out this month as well! (In fact, several come out tomorrow.) So here’s a select handful of books we’re looking forward to this month…
As usual, publication dates and summaries are courtesy of Edelweiss.
Author: Padma Venkatraman
Publisher & Release Date: Nancy Paulsen Books, May 1
The Hook: “Veda lives for dance, so her dreams are shattered when she’s injured in an accident. For a girl who’s used to receiving applause for her dance prowess and flexibility, adjusting to a prosthetic leg is humbling. But Veda refuses to give up her dreams, and she starts over with the youngest dancers. Then she meets Govinda, a young man who approaches dance as a spiritual pursuit. As their relationship deepens, Veda rediscovers the world around her, allowing herself time for friendship and romance. She begins to discover who she is, what dance truly means to her, and to see herself and the world with compassion.”
Author: Rebecca Hahn
Publisher & Release Date: HMH Books for Young Readers, May 6
The Hook: “As the only heir to the throne, Marni should have been surrounded by wealth and privilege, not living in exile-but now the time has come when she must choose between claiming her birthright as princess of a realm whose king wants her dead, and life with the father she has never known: a wild dragon who is sending his magical woods to capture her.”
Title: Since You’ve Been Gone
Publisher & Release Date: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, May 6
The Hook: “Before Sloane, Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—someone who yanks you out of your shell.
But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane?
Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.
Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?
Kiss a stranger? Wait…what?
Getting through Sloane’s list will mean a lot of firsts, and with a whole summer ahead of her—and with the unexpected help of the handsome Frank Porter—who knows what she’ll find.
Go Skinny Dipping? Um… ”
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher & Release Date: Delacorte Press, May 13
The Hook: “A beautiful and distinguished family.
“A private island.
“A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
“A group of four friends-the Liars-whose friendship turns destructive.
“A revolution. An accident. A secret.
“Lies upon lies.
“We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
“And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.”