New YA in July

There are few things better than going into a bookstore and searching for brand new books to line your bookshelves with, and in the month to come there’s plenty of new YA to look forward to. What books do I think you should be looking out for this month? Here are my picks!

  1. Songs About A Girl by Chris Russell. This book is being highly commended on Twitter by those who have been lucky enough to read it. The author, Chris, is a musician himself and this is his debut about Charlie, who is happy to remain out of the limelight, but simply can’t turn down the chance to take backstage photos for new boy band Fire&Lights. This is definitely one to read when it lands in bookstores on the 28th July 2016.
  2. Nothing Tastes As Good by Claire Hennessy. This particular title is already out in Ireland, but doesn’t arrive in the UK until the 14th July. Written by an editor of children’s and YA fiction at Penguin Random House in Ireland, it follows Annabel, an anorexic girl who has recently passed away and is unwillingly assigned as a helper to Julia, another girl with a difficult relationship towards food. Covering really important topics, I’m looking forward to giving this book a read.
  3. Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall. I was lucky enough to read this title a while ago, and it’s definitely a book that deserves to be read. Out on the 7th July, it tells the story of Norah, who struggles with agoraphobia and other mental health disorders and can’t leave her home, but then stumbles upon Luke by chance and wants to become the girl she thinks Luke deserves. It’s a really amazing book and one of the books that, in my opinion, everyone should be reading.
  4. The Moonlight Dreamers by Siobham Curham. This is a book about four characters named Amber, Maali, Sky and Rose who aren’t ‘like everyone else and they don’t want to be,’ to quote the blurb. Out on the 7th July; it’s also not one to be missed
  5. Blame by Simon Mayo. He may be famed for radio and the Itch trilogy (which I’m a huge fan of!), but this is Simon Mayo’s first YA novel, envisaging a British society in which children are sentenced to do time in ‘family prisons’ for the crimes that their parents committed and did not serve time for. It’s a really interesting plot and definitely worth a read. Also out on the 7th July.

So those are my five picks for new YA that is out in July. There are so many more YA books out this month, so keep your eyes peeled for some debuts, some new books from writers you’ve known before and perhaps this month you’ll find a new favourite!


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