Review: You Have a Match by Emma Lord

Book cover for You Have a Match by Emma Lord. Illustrated cover of a teenage girl and teenage boy each in their own kayak on a lake. In the distance are islands with trees on them and a pink sunny sky.

Title: You Have a Match
Author: Emma Lord
Genre: YA Contemporary | Romance
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: January 12, 2021
Format / source: eBook / ARC from publisher
Purchase: Macmillan
Content warnings: grief, anxiety, HP references
Rating: ★★★★☆

Thanks to Raincoast Books for an e-ARC of this one! This book has solidified Emma Lord as a must-read author for me as everything I loved about her debut, Tweet Cute, is on display here too. Very heartwarming read about family and first loves!

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Review: Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds

Book cover for Early Departures by Justin A Reynolds. The cover has an illustration of a Black teenage boy facing the reader as other people walk in front and behind him. The other people are all drawn in shades of pink and purple.

Title: Early Departures
Author: Justin A. Reynolds
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: September 22, 2020
Format / source: eBook / ARC from publisher
Purchase: HarperCollins
Own Voices: Black
Content warnings: death, drowning, car accident, grief
Rating: ★★★★★

This incredibly sad book hit so hard and though it made me feel like crying I also loved getting to know this family and group of friends and the humour and love they shared. Such powerful writing from Reynolds. I’m so grateful he pulled from such personal experiences to share this story.

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Review: Under Shifting Stars by Alexandra Latos

Book cover for Under Shifting Stars by Alexandra Latos. Illustration of two people with their backs to each other. Both are standing outside under a starry sky with several constellations traced out.

Title: Under Shifting Stars
Author: Alexandra Latos
Genre: LGBTQIA | YA Contemporary
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: September 29, 2020
Format / source: Ebook / ARC from publisher
Purchase: HMH
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Making a dent in my ARCs! Thanks to Raincoast Books for this upcoming release that tackles grief, gender identity, and middle/high school drama!

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