Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Summary: Simon has been emailing [read: flirting] a guy who goes by the pseudonym Blue. Simon forgets to log out of his email one day in the library resulting in Martin finding said emails and using them to blackmail Simon (who is closeted) into helping him start dating Abby (one of Simon’s friends).
Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens
Genre: YA, contemporary
Summary: Billie McCaffrey doesn’t fit in the box of what a preacher’s daughter should be. She’s a tomboy who is potentially not straight, and struggling with her faith. Also she’s part of the hexagon, the name given to her group of troublemaking friends who manage time and time again to get into trouble.
Summary: Xiomara has always been the silent type. She defends herself and her brother with her fists and doesn’t talk back to her mom. However, when she is introduced the wonders of poetry, she discovers that she has a special way with words. With her newfound talent, she is able to finally voice her doubts and beliefs to her mother and her church. Xiomara slowly starts sharing her feelings more and more, and when there is a poetry slam coming up, she must decide whether or not she is ready to show her talent to the world.
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Genre: Sci-fi, western
Summary: “Aon, a solid core planet made from the priceless and most dense element in the galaxy, caladium, is under silent attack. Plans are made by off-worlders to dissolve the unbreakable core using crude oil obtained from 19th-century earth. Once the oil is refined, the byproduct, gasoline, will soften the caladium, allowing it to be collected. It is soon discovered the core is made from living beings created from caladium itself. The off-worlders employ a band of corrupt inhabitants to carry on this work. They find themselves in a constant struggle with a small coalition of Aonians bent on saving their homeworld. Both factions clash with the indestructible core creatures. With horrendous beasts one step behind and deadly pitfalls ahead, the coalition struggles to finish its journey, hoping to ensure their races’ survival.”