Mini YA round-up!

This month we have received some exciting new YA titles we'd like to share with you! These books deal with everything from mental health and suicide, to race and racism, to religion and the apocalypse. Recommended for young adults, and for older adults too!

Vivian Apple (Katie Coyle): In which Vivian Apple and some other stragglers are left behind after the Rapture takes all the world's believers with it (including Vivian's parents). Vivian embarks on a truth-seeking road-trip with her friend Harp and a mysterious boy named Peter. Promises to be a complex read with a smart female protagonist and insights into religion, belief, and what happens after the world ends.
For more info, check out this interview with Katie Coyle over at Flavorwire!

X: A Novel (Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon): Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X's daughter, teams up with Kekla Magoon to bring us a semi-fictionalized recounting of the formative years in the life of the African-American Muslim Minister and humans rights activist. It has already earned praise from Chris Rock and Muhammad Ali! The Huffington post calls it "gritty and glorious". Definitely worth checking out!
For more about X: A Novel, read this interview with Shabazz and Magoon at the School Library Journal.

The Darkest Part of the Forest (Holly Black): Hazel and Ben are siblings who live in Fairfold, where humans and fairies live side by side. But all is not bright and happy in the land of Faerie. As Hazel and Ben enter their teens, things take a darker turn and their semi-normal lives are shaken up in unexpected ways.
The Guardian is calling The Darkest Part of the Forest a must-read of 2015! Read the review here.

All the Bright Places (Jennifer Niven): Violet Markey and Theodore Finch meet on the ledge of the bell tower at their high school, where both are seriously contemplating suicide. They form an unlikely friendship (Violet is popular and Theodore is a loner), and they embark on a roadtrip together. Niven writes about mental heath and death, or the desire for it, with frankness and empathy.
Read more about All the Bright Places over at Bustle!

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