All of the books on my Summer 2015 list have five things in common:
- Strong Female Characters!
- Multiple starred reviews!
- They're out now!
The author of Openly Straight returns with an epic road trip involving family history, gay history, the girlfriend our hero can't have, the grandfather he never knew, and the very prickly Porcupine of Truth.
The friends: Carson Smith, Aisha Stinson
Shared traits with other books on this list: Young adult; wildlife (symbolic); road trip; mystery; Internet searches; city setting (Billings, Salt Lake, and San Francisco); family
Distinct traits: Contemplation of religion and God; improv comedy
The friends: May (a writer in glasses), Libby (a glamorous artist, until she drowns ... and then maybe after)
Shared traits: Young adult; mystery; Internet searching; street art; chase scene; fight scene; city setting (Seattle); fairy tale elements; YA debut of an adult author; ghosts; interior art; biracial main character
Distinct traits: Hackers; printed in purple
You know the hair, the tower, and the witch. But in the land of Tyme, that's just the start of the story . . .
The friends: Rapunzel, of the tower, and Jack, of beanstalk fame
Shared traits: wildlife (actual -- a frog); royalty; road trip; a chase scene; a fight scene; fairy tale elements; magic; over-the-transom submission (of sorts); big hair
Distinct traits: Middle grade; debut novel
Shared traits: wildlife (actual); fight scene; biracial main character; interior art
Distinct traits: Picture book; castles; sweaters; farting
Paint a mural. Start a battle. Change the world.
The friends: Sierra has an awesome group at her back: Bennie, Izzy, Tee, and Big Jerome
Shared traits: Young adult; street art; chase scene; city setting (Brooklyn); mystery; Internet searching; family; fight scenes; magic; YA debut of an adult author; ghosts; over-the-transom submission; big hair
Distinct traits: A completely heretofore-unseen form of magic in fantasy, deeply connected to its heroine's culture and imagination; a sweet and hot romance; tattoos