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"History is all you left me", by Adam Silvera - When Griffin's first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he's been imagining for himself has gone far off course.  And to make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson.

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"Tash hearts Tolstoy", by Kathryn Ormsbee - After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral. And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic…

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee. Literary-inspired web series, Internet fame, and asexuality.

"Release", by Patrick Ness - Adam Thorn doesn't know it yet, but today will change his life. Between his religious family, an ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam's life is falling apart. At least he has two people to keep him sane: his new boyfriend (he does love Linus, doesn't he?) and his best friend, Angela. But all day long, old memories and new heartaches come crashing together, throwing Adam's life into chaos.

Release by Patrick Ness. Today will change Adam Thorn's life. Between his religious family, unpleasant boss and his ex-boyfriend, the bindings of his world are coming undone. And way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake.

"If I was your girl", by Meredith Russo - Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.

Zoella Book Club pick If I Was Your Girl is Meredith Russo’s debut novel, released in the UK in June Like her lead character Amanda.

"The abyss surrounds us" by Emily Skrutskie - For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water.

The Abyss Surrounds Us By: Emily Skrutskie Publisher: Flux Published: Feb. 2016 Genre: GLBT YA Fantasy Rating: For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business.

"You know me well", by Nina LaCour & David Levithan - Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken.  That is, until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.

by Nina LaCour and David Levithan First sentence: “Right now, my parents think I’m sleeping on the couch at my best friend Ryan’s house, safely tucked into a suburban silence." via Book Nut

"Binge", by Tyler Oakley - For someone who made a career out of over-sharing on the internet, Tyler Oakley has a shocking number of personal mishaps and shenanigans to reveal in his first book. With millions of fans clamouring for more Tyler Oakley, he delivers his best untold moments with trademark flair.

Binge, by Tyler Oakley. Best seller November December January New York Times;

"Weird Girl and What's His Name", by Meagan Brothers - Best friends Rory and Lula share everything--sci-fi fandoms, a love of old X-Files episodes, and that feeling that they don’t quite fit in. She knows he’s gay, and he understands why she worships the mother that walked out on her.  But when Lula disappears in the middle of the night, Rory is left to survive on his own.

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"Beyond magenta: transgender teens speak out", by Susan Kuklin - Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender and non-binary young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference.

Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully.

"More than this", by Patrick Ness - A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies. Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive. How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place? As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?

More Than This- From two-time Carnegie Medal winner Patrick Ness comes an enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the life - or perhaps afterlife - of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.

"SuperMutant Magic Academy", by Jillian Tamaki - The SuperMutant Magic Academy is your average prep school for teenage mutants and witches; science experiments go awry, bake sales are upstaged, and the new kid at school is a cat who will determine the course of human destiny. Throughout it all, closeted Marsha obsesses about her unrequited crush, the cat-eared Wendy - graphic novel.

SuperMutant Magic Academy - Jillian Tamaki The SuperMutant Magic Academy is a prep school for mutants and witches, but their paranormal abilities take a backseat to everyday teen concerns.