Books of Thanks: YA Must-Reads for Fall

This time of year when the air becomes crisper and the leaves ride the wind I like to stop and give some time to gratitude. In the season of thanksgiving, I thought it would be great to highlight recent and fall 2019 YA releases that made me thankful and might just make you thankful, too.

1. I'm Not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones
I had the opportunity to preview a chapter of this book in a Net Galley compilation and was immediately pulled in to the story of two very different girls who must survive during a riot by learning to trust each other. This story is about learning to appreciate real friends and surviving by getting to understand yourself.

2. Most Ardently by Susan Mesler-Evans
I was an early beta reader for some chapters of this debut, which is an LGBTQ retelling of Pride and Prejudice. This book follows a set of sisters as they learn more about who they are and what they want from their lives. The voice is this book is something to be thankful for in and of itself-- you will laugh, groan and connect with these characters.

3. Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
I've been looking forward to this release from Rainbow Rowell. A sequel to Carry On, which was inspired by a fanfic Cath, a character in Fangirl was writing, this book explores what happens after the hero wins the battle. What is there to be grateful for in the long life that follows the big battle? Fangirl is one of my favorite books and the beauty of Rowell's Carry On and Wayward Son is that they are fantasy worlds set with real-life characters that could be your friends. I'm grateful for this next installment of Simon Snow's journey from fanfic to hero to whatever comes after hero!

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