July as we have established is all about the Young Adult Fiction for the Soul. That YA that just hits us in all the deep parts of our core to rip at our heartstrings. For July Release Roundups, I’ve chosen through books that also elevate the same sentiment. You’ll find no cute, poof pieces here. July is all about that nitty gritty.
MOST BUZZED ABOUT: The Last Time I Lied|Riley Sager
National bestselling author of Final Girls Riley Sager is back at it again with another hyped up mystery about young woman and dangerous choices. Truth corner: I am really wary of male mystery authors especially those who a) aren’t Stephen King or Walter Mosley and b) write exclusively about women who are subjected to violence. I recognized this potential bias, but it is for good reason. I don’t have a great track record with reading male mystery authors who write about women (I’m looking at you Jo Nesbo). I cannot deny however that Riley Sager does not seem like that type of mystery writer. Two Truths and a Lie seems like a thriller right after my own heart: a group of girls played the super middle school game two truths and a lie in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. It was the last time Emma or anyone else saw any of the girls alive. Now a rising star in the NYC art scene, Emma uses her trauma in her art with massive canvases of dark leaves and muddy forests. Her paintings catch the attention of a socialite and wonder of the newly reopened Camp Nightingale, Francesa Harris-White. She offers Emma a portion as a painting instructor there which Emma uses as an oppertunity to explore what really happened to her friends. Immediately it is clear that all is not right the Camp as Emma works through the drudges of her past, she realizes the closer she gets to the truth, the deadly the price. Two Truths and a Lie sounds like something I would’ve dreamed, but couldn’t execute this creepily and from all of the glowing reviews I’d say I’m right. Maybe just maybe when all the hype dies down, I’ll be convinced to give this one a try!
Two Truths and a Lie is out now and sold whenever books are sold.
PREDICTED SLEEPER HIT: No One Tells You This: A Memoir|Glynnis MacNicol
I originally heard about this book on the amazing podcast Call Your Girlfriend starring two of my best-friends-in-my-head Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, and produced by Gina Delvac. If you ever have any free-time I implore you to listen to the pod in-which they proclaimed long-distance besties discuss everything from politics to poop and feminist theory for the 21st century woman. They have coined the phrase “shine theory”, in-which woman highlight other successful women they admire. On this particular episode they discussed Summer Books for 2018 and in it they interviewed Glynnis Macnicol. In her new memoir, No One Tells You This: A Memoir she discussed her life as a single motherless woman over 40 and how to she crafted a great life without these things. Even in 2018, woman are pressured into doing things that are in gender-traditional sense: get married, have babies and live that life. Glynnis discusses how once she turned 40 she felt a great sigh of relief that she would finally be free from people asking her when she would do those traditional things. She also became increasingly angry how there were no stories showing a partnerless childless life that is also happy, fulfilling and not pitiful or spoiled. As in traditional media we often regard woman over 40 who are unmarried and without child as “crazy” or “sad.” She wanted to change that. Macinol through her passionate memoir, explains how quote “If the story doesn’t end with marriage or a child, what then?” As she works through being the primary caretaker for her mother’s medical decline as well as a big sense of financial childless independence, Glynnis bares it all. Though this book as been very buzzy with praise ranging from Buzzed naming it as one of the most “Exciting Summer Books” to Vogue putting in on the list of “13 Books to Thrill, Entertain, and Sustain You This Summer”, I really haven’t seen a lot of people in the book blogging sphere reading it. For that reason, I’ve named it the sleeper-hit as I feel like No One Tells You This, will have a big break in a couple of months!
Released just last week on July 10th No One Tells You This: A Memoir is sold whenever books are sold.
MOST ANTICIPATED: The Cheerleaders
A lot of people sleep on Kara Thomas. Kara Thomas is quite possibly one of the brightest newer mystery authors who just shine. As a frequent mystery reader and aspiring mystery writer, I admire her writing style so much. Each of her novels (especially Little Monsters), leave me thinking about them for days. So when it was announced that she was working on a new piece and it was coming out this summer I couldn’t wait. What’s even more intriguing was the plot. The Cheerleaders is about a the town Sunnybrook and why through a series of accidental (or planned) events there are no more cheerleaders. Five years ago two girls died in car accident, then two others were killed by the man next door. The police killed him and no one knew why he did it. Monica’s sister was the last to die, in an apparent suicide. They were all cheerleaders. After she died, Sunnybrook High disbanded and banned the cheer squad. Now with Monica attending Sunnybrook High the faculty and students want to create a way to remember the lost cheerleaders. It’s not that easy for Monica however, her world starts to fall apparent with new weird occurrences each day: weird notes, an-old cell phone, and a strange new friend at school. It becomes apparent that what happened five years ago isn’t over. People know ore then they let on and Monica is determined to get to the bottom of it. Tagline time: There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe. Amazing right? There’s nothing more that I love than cutesy little towns with dark secrets, murders and all. And with my girl Kara Thomas behind it, there is no way it won’t be good. I’m just gonna expose myself here: I’ve already preordered the book. It will be read sometime this year. Not this month, but very soon!
The Cheerleaders will be released on July 31st, but you can reorder from Barnes and Noble or Amazon!
There you have it! Another month! Another set of releases. If you want to read any of these books haul your butt to your local indie bookstore and if you must (because of laziness) you can always order anyone of them on Amazon/Barnes and Noble.