Have you heard aboutThe Contemps yet? If not, here's some info about them straight from their website:
We're the Contemps, a group of YA authors with contemporary novels releasing over the course of a year. We are passionate about realistic fiction because these are the books that remind us we're not alone in this real world. Our mission is simple - to spotlight contemporary fiction for young adults through blog posts, author events, and (over)sharing from our teen years.Very Cool, huh?
Anyhow, I thought since they just launched their website I would spotlight a few of their releases I'm really looking forward to, and since I'm excited about all of them I decided I would only spotlight the newest ones I've heard about lately.
Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt? It sounds funny and oh so amazing! I simply can't wait!
Payton Gritas needs a focus object—something to focus her emotions on after discovering that her father’s been hiding his multiple sclerosis. Her guidance counselor suggested something inanimate but Payton chooses the thing she stares at during class: Sean Griswold’s head. They’ve been linked since third grade (Griswold-Gritas, it’s an alphabetical order thing), but she’s never really noticed him before. Payton starts stalking—er, focusing on—Sean’s big blond head, and her research quickly grows into something a little less scientific and a lot more crush-like. As Payton gets inside Sean’s head, Sean finds a way into her guarded heart. But obsessing over Sean won’t fix Payton’s fear of her dad’s illness. For that, she’ll have to focus on herself.
Back When You Were Easier to Love. Amazing cover, much? It sounds great as well, and the cover? LOVE IT! :)
WHO ZAN IS: Blow-your-mind brilliant. Stop-your-heart gorgeous. Hold-your-breath clever. WHO ZAN WAS: Joy’s boyfriend. WHY JOY NEEDS HIM BACK: So she can breathe again. WHAT THAT MEANS: An elaborate road trip involving a SAAB 900, Sprite, and Barry Manilow. Oh, and Noah, Zan’s irritating-but-almost-charming ex-best friend. Original and insightful, quirky and crushing, Joy’s story is told in surprising and artfully shifting flashbacks between her life then and her life now. Exquisite craft and wry, relatable humor signal the arrival of Emily Wing Smith as a breakout talent.Want to Go Private by Sarah Darer Littman. It dosen't have a cover, but it sounded too spectacular to skip, and since I loved Sarah's previous book Life, After, I just know I'm going to love this one as well.
Things in Delilah Hannaford's life have a tendency to fall apart. She used to be a good student, but she can't seem to keep it together anymore. Her "boyfriend" isn't much of a boyfriend. And her mother refuses to discuss the fight that divided their family eight years ago. Falling apart, it seems, is a Hannaford tradition. Over a summer of new friendships, unexpected romance, and moments that test the complex bonds between mothers and daughters, Delilah must face her family's painful past. Can even her most shattered relationships be pieced together again?
I could go on for a least ten more books but I'll stop myself for now, and tell you to head on over here to check out the Contemps' website to find out more about them and their books. And be sure to take a look at the Contemp Challange!
*All covers and summaries taken from http://www.thecontemps.com/*