I’ve decided recently that I’m going to start cutting these down to two books per post, largely because I just don’t have the time to sit and write blurbs for five books in a row for one post, but also so I can include the synopsis for you guys to peruse instead of just a link to the Goodreads page. I feel like there’s a lot of benefit to having that information available to you all anyhow, and it leaves me open to having a lot more weeks with which to discuss these books. As for now, welcome to August, part 2 of last years YA releases on my TBR.
Hello guilty pleasure read! It’s nice to see you. It’s also nice to see a book with a title that comes from Shakespeare. I’m a little giddy over that. Let Me List the Ways by Sarah White is basically the number two guilty pleasure read I’ll pick up, right behind the hate to love trope. In this one, the main character has fallen in love with her best friend. Well, I’m pretty much a massive sucker for these sort of plots so there’s no questioning the fact that this book found its way to my TBR. I know I say constantly that I don’t love contemporary (and it is true), but for some reason I just can’t help picking up these books. It’s a real problem.
Mackenzie Clark has been best friends with Nolan Walker for as long as she can remember. She’s shared everything with him, from adventures with their families and days lounging at the beach, to long talks about their friends and her journey with type 1 diabetes. The only thing she hasn’t shared is the fact that she is in love with him.
Now in their senior year of high school, Mackenzie and Nolan know that in a few short months everything will change as they head off to different colleges. Determined to make the most of the time they still have left, they come up with a list of things they want to do together before graduation. But as they make their way through everything from toilet papering the school bully’s house to having a backyard camp-out like the ones they had when they were kids, Mackenzie can’t help feeling that she’s left the most important thing off the list: telling Nolan how she feels. But when confessing her love could jeopardize the incredible relationship they already have, is honesty really the best policy?
Oh my skies, for shame. I cannot believe that this book is still on my TBR. Guys, Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry is literally sitting on my shelf right now! I could slam my head against the keyboard. I’ve been looking forward to this book for ages and I haven’t read it. Nevermind that I pre-ordered this book, nevermind that I got it the day it came out. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. This is an egregious mistake and I feel ashamed. I cannot stress enough the fact that I have too many damn books to read. Excuse me while I go sob a bit and take a few minutes to read the synopsis.
Michael is an atheist. So as he walks through the doors at St. Clare’s—a strict Catholic school—sporting a plaid tie, things can’t get much worse. His dad has just made the family move again, and Michael needs a friend. When a girl challenges their teacher in class, Michael thinks he might have found one, and a fellow nonbeliever at that. Only this girl, Lucy, is not just Catholic . . . she wants to be a priest.
But Lucy introduces Michael to other St. Clare’s outcasts, and he officially joins Heretics Anonymous, where he can be an atheist, Lucy can be an outspoken feminist, Avi can be Jewish and gay, Max can wear whatever he wants, and Eden can practice paganism. After an incident in theology class, Michael encourages the Heretics to go from secret society to rebels intent on exposing the school’s hypocrisies. When Michael takes one mission too far—putting the other Heretics at risk—he must decide whether to fight for his own freedom, or rely on faith, whatever that means, in God, his friends, or himself.
And that’s all for today. I hope that at least one of these books is one that you might be interested in. Until next time! Happy reading!