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Day’s YA – BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY

Beloved Uncles, Bees, and Boyfriends!

BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY by Candice Montgomery
9781624147999
Available October 8, 2019 from Page Street Kids
Ages 14 and up

When Torrey’s favorite Uncle Miles unexpectedly dies, Torrey inherits Miles’ most prized possession: his bee farm. In honor of his dear uncle, Torrey devotes himself wholeheartedly to taking care of the bees. But, as Torrey leaves L.A. to attend SFSU—the first in his family to attend college—he learns of the city’s plans to foreclose on the farm. 

While juggling demanding college professors and making new friends (including his first boyfriend!), Torrey is now fighting against the gentrification of his L.A. neighborhood to help protect the bees. Can Torrey successfully balance college life AND save the bee farm?

Torrey’s voice is among the most authentic I’ve read in YA. He is smart, funny, and reading his story feels like talking to a friend. And while his family life is complicated, and battling the city isn’t easy, Torrey remains unapologetically himself—Black, gay, and incredibly passionate about bees. 

The novel’s secondary characters are well developed and as enjoyable to get to know as Torrey. There’s Torrey’s roommate, the loyal Desh, and their suitemates, the four Black STEM-focused “no nonsense on every level” young women.There aren’t many college-set YA novels, and BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY is a beautifully diverse addition to this nascent sub-genre. 

This book is a brilliant and important exploration of college life, the impact of gentrification, cultural identity, and community. I’d recommend it to everyone, but especially to fans of Nic Stone, Elizabeth Acevedo, Angie Thomas, and Nicola Yoon.

Happy reading!
<3 Emily

Day’s YA Archives:

PLEASE SEND HELP by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin (posted 9/13/2019)

THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett (posted 8/30/2019)

THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK by Adrienne Young (posted 8/16/2019)

THE LAST HOPE by Krista and Becca Ritchie (posted 8/2/2019)

HIS HIDEOUS HEART ed. by Dahlia Adler (posted 7/12/2019)

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston (posted 6/28/2019)

FINALE by Stephanie Garber (posted 6/14/2019)

ASK ME ANYTHING by Molly E. Lee (posted 5/17/2019)

AGAIN, BUT BETTER by Christine Riccio (posted 5/3/2019)

BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo (posted 4/19/2019)

THIS IS NOT A LOVE SCENE by S.C. Megale (posted 4/5/2019)

WICKED SAINTS by Emily A. Duncan (posted 3/22/2019)

ECHO NORTH by Joanna Ruth Meyer (posted 3/8/2019)

YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn (posted 2/22/2019)

TIN HEART by Shivaun Plozza (posted 1/18/2019)

CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell (posted 1/4/2019)

ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease (posted 12/13/2018)

THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi (posted 11/30/2018)

ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell (posted 11/8/2018)

IN PARIS WITH YOU by Clémentine Beauvais (posted (10/26/2018)

WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS by Sara Lövestam (posted 10/11/2018)

TEEN TRAILBLAZERS by Jennifer Calvert, illus. by Vesna Asanovic (posted 9/26/2018)

AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS by Bonnie Pipkin (posted 9/14/2018)

FLIGHT SEASON by Marie Marquardt (posted 8/23/2018)

UNSTOPPABLE MOSES by Tyler James Smith (posted 8/9/2018)

I DO NOT TRUST YOU by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz (posted 7/25/2018)

SADIE by Courtney Summers (posted 7/12/2018)

MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud (posted 6/28/2018)

LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber (posted 6/15/2018)

THE RAGING ONES by Krista & Becca Ritchie (posted 5/17/2018)

DEAR READER by Mary O’Connell (posted 5/9/2018)

FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell (posted 4/26/2018)

THIS HEART OF MINE by C.C. Hunter (posted 4/13/2018)

I’M NOT MISSING by Carrie Fountain (posted 3/30/2018)

CHOOSE WONDER OVER WORRY by Amber Rae (posted 3/15/2018)

GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust (posted 3/1/2018)

IN SIGHT OF STARS by Gae Polisner (posted 2/15/2018)

BRING ME THEIR HEARTS by Sara Wolf (posted 2/1/2018)

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber (posted 1/18/2018)

HOW I RESIST by Maureen Johnson (posted 1/4/2018)

13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough (posted 12/21/2017)

I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin (posted 12/6/2017)

SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young (posted 11/28/2017)

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert (posted 11/13/2017)

Day’s YA – FLIGHT SEASON

Hi friends!

Happy end of summer! This delightful and summery (but also heartbreaking) novel is the perfect book to wrap up these last few days of August.

FLIGHT SEASON by Marie Marquardt
9781250107015
Available now from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 19

FLIGHT SEASON follows Vivi, a Yale student grappling with her father’s death; TJ, a nursing student paying his way by working at his family’s Brazilian restaurant; and Ángel, a patient at TJ’s hospital. To make up for her poor grades, Vivi spends the summer as a hospital aide, which is where the lives of our three main characters collide. As the trio grow closer, they learn more from each other than they ever believed possible.

If you are in NYC and saw someone crying on the R train while reading this book a few weeks ago, there’s a pretty good chance it was me. This beautiful novel tore my heart into pieces. The characters in this story are among the the most engaging I’ve ever encountered. They are each forced to navigate tough situations—financial difficulties, illness, death, and immigration laws—and they do it all with relatable humanity. They each have their own unique story to tell, but the ways in which their stories intertwine are unexpected and lovely. This novel is perfect for fans of heartrending tales, such as those by Anna-Marie McLemore and Nicola Yoon. readmoreremove

Our #LibFaves17 Picks

We enjoyed seeing so many of you participate in #LibFaves17 (thanks for making Jane Harper’s THE DRY an official 2017 Top Ten pick!).

Now here are OUR #LibFaves17 picks (aka our 2017 “Recommended Reads” from the newsletter):

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THE MAP THAT LEADS TO YOU by J.P. Monninger
Also available in audio
Finally, a book version of that romantic trilogy of films that Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy collaborated on… And most especially reminiscent of BEFORE SUNRISE. I’m also fondly reminded of the first boy that I ever fell in love with, his name was Lenny Grant, we were both sixteen and attending a summer writing program in Boston. It may as well have been Europe…

THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo
THE STANDARD GRAND is reminiscent of Frank Bill’s CRIMES IN SOUTHERN INDIANA in terms of its grittiness and the ragtag group of misfit anti-heroes trying to survive in the wilderness. And I’ve always loved reading novels that were written in a sort of rushed exuberance—as if the author just had to share his or her story…

KNIFE CREEK by Paul Doiron
Also available in audio
Paul Doiron’s Mike Bowditch (my favorite bad-ass—does everything on his own terms—Maine game warden) is back for more! In KNIFE CREEK, Mike and his girlfriend Stacy (a bit of a rogue operator herself) are hunting wild rampaging boars that are destroying their beautiful town and surrounding environs. During the hunt, the couple discovers a dead infant in a shallow grave. Mike is a game warden but he’s got the instincts of a seasoned detective and must find out who committed such a gruesome deed. He just can’t help himself. And I love him for that. A home explosion that nearly kills him, an encounter with two very strange “sisters” wearing matching red wigs—one of whom may or may not be a long-dead co-ed (or was she kidnapped?), and a small town that’s full of suspects… Mike’s clearly on to something here, but what?

FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
Also available in audio
I’ve always loved short story collections (see Shobha Rao’s AN UNRESTORED WOMAN, Tom Perrotta’s NINE INCHES, David Bezmozgis’ NATASHA, Helen Ellis’ AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, Lauren Holmes’ BARBARA THE SLUT, James Franco’s PALO ALTO). The intensity of dipping into a life, briefly, and popping right out of it again… Of meeting someone at a particularly vulnerable and strangely fascinating moment in their lives… Of sharing that moment with them but never fully knowing when it began or where it ends is particularly exciting to me. And in Jeffrey Eugenides’ new short story collection FRESH COMPLAINT, meditations abound on life at every stage and at its most banally bizarre moments. Readers are thrown into a period of post-college idealism (and dysentery), mid-life pregnancies (and an ensuing tragicomedy), rebuilding after failure, sex studies in the jungle (and leaving one’s inhibitions behind), the worshiping of a musical instrument, a green card marriage and finally death. And we are treated to it all with a healthy dose of slightly off-beat characters.

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Also available in audio
There’s a marketing specialist at Macmillan whose taste in books I trust completely. I will not name names, because she is my secret “book Santa” and I refuse to share her. Since 2004, she has very occasionally sent me manuscripts to read. She has always chosen a book that I end up loving, hating deeply, or at the very least ends up inciting an incredibly visceral reaction. I won’t list the favorites she’s sent, because her identity will most certainly be revealed. And now let’s talk about her latest manuscript, THE WIFE BETWEEN US. There is no train. There is no girl. There is drinking (all good stories need alcohol, right?). There is an unreliable narrator (but those are the most intriguing, aren’t they?). There is a handsome husband (marriages are always fascinating to dissect, good or bad!). There is “another” woman (a thriller always needs a mysterious “other,” right?). And that’s all I can tell you. Read it. And let’s talk about that ending.

INDECENT by Corinne Sullivan
An insecure shy teacher’s apprentice barely out of college at an all boys boarding school is tempted by the popular boy… He’s brash, he’s arrogant, he’s the leader of the pack… But, will she do what’s right? I can’t help but think of the only younger man that I ever dated. During the summer before I went off to college I dated a rising senior. He wore Polo cologne, had long hair and we spent most of that summer in hidden corners and behind closed doors. But it’s not the same, is it? readmoreremove

Day’s YA – THE HAZEL WOOD

Yay! It’s YA Day!

Welcome to Day’s YA, where I, Emily Day, share some of my thoughts on an upcoming title from Wednesday Books or Flatiron Books YA. If you’d like to learn a little more about me, check out this post, where I introduce myself and tell you all my deep, dark secrets (just kidding . . . or am I?)

What you are about to read is my very first Day’s YA review (which can also be found in the Books for Teens 2018 post), so dive in and enjoy!

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
9781250147905
Available January 30, 2018
Also available in audio

Many fairy tales begin with “once upon a time” and end with “happily ever after.” Melissa Albert’s debut novel is not one of those fairy tales. Albert expertly weaves a story that is magically creepy and mesmerizing. THE HAZEL WOOD begins with Alice, a seventeen-year-old girl who, along with her mother, Ella, is constantly running from bad luck that seems to follow them wherever they go. Alice is the granddaughter of Althea Proserpine, the mysterious author of a beloved, but rare, book of fairy tales set in the sinister world of the Hinterland. When Althea dies suddenly Alice and her mother expect their luck to improve, but instead, their ill fortune takes a turn for the worse. Ella is taken away by someone who claims to be from the Hinterland, and Alice must find her way there, despite Ella’s one command that she stay away. Alice seeks out the Hinterland to find her mother, but she may uncover much more along the way. readmoreremove

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