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If Only by Jennifer Gilmore 
(Coming July 31, 2018!) 

A beautiful and thought-provoking nonlinear literary novel about a pregnant teen and a teen searching for her birth mother.


When Bridget imagined her life at sixteen, it didn’t look like this. She didn’t think that her boyfriend would dump her for another girl. And she certainly didn’t think that she would be pregnant. With just a few months until she gives birth, Bridget must envision an entirely new future—one for her baby. But as she sifts through the many paths and the many people who want to parent her child, she can’t help but feel that there is no right decision.


Ivy doesn’t know much about her birth mother. She knows that she is now the same age Bridget was when she placed Ivy for adoption. She knows that Bridget was the one who named her. And she knows that fifteen years ago Bridget disappeared from Ivy’s and her adoptive moms’ lives. Ivy wants to discover more about herself, but as she goes to find Bridget, she can’t help but feel that the risks might far outweigh the benefits of knowing where she comes from and why her birth mother chose to walk away.

Acclaimed novelist Jennifer Gilmore deftly explores the weight of both teenagers’ decisions on their futures and their lives in this intimate and achingly beautiful novel.
YA Contemporary books will forever be some of my favorites so it's no surprise I'm dying to read If Only. I'm curious to see how Jennifer brings together the dual POVs, and talking about that, it'll be interesting to see the story of the teen mother as well as the child.  

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By the Book by Julia Sonneborn 
(Coming February 6, 2018!)

An English professor struggling for tenure discovers that her ex-fiancé has just become the president of her college—and her new boss—in this whip-smart modern retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Persuasion.

Anne Corey is about to get schooled.

An English professor in California, she’s determined to score a position on the coveted tenure track at her college. All she’s got to do is get a book deal, snag a promotion, and boom! She’s in. But then Adam Martinez—her first love and ex-fiancé—shows up as the college’s new president.

Anne should be able to keep herself distracted. After all, she’s got a book to write, an aging father to take care of, and a new romance developing with the college’s insanely hot writer-in-residence. But no matter where she turns, there’s Adam, as smart and sexy as ever. As the school year advances and her long-buried feelings begin to resurface, Anne begins to wonder whether she just might get a second chance at love.

Funny, smart, and full of heart, this modern ode to Jane Austen’s classic explores what happens when we run into the demons of our past...and when they turn out not to be so bad, after all.
Can we just talk about how ADORABLE this cover is?! Seriously, it's what caught my eye to begin with. The story here also sounds great - an ex-fiancé as a new boss? Now that's sure to cause some real trouble! 

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  1. These both sound so good! I like the structure of If Only - it seems really interesting to have both the characters as teenagers. And yeah, totally love the cover of By The Book!

  2. Great picks! I do love books about books and If Only sound great. I hope you enjoy both of these when you get the chance to read them.


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