June 5, 2018 Young Adult Releases

Happy release week to these young adult books making their rounds through our reviewers!

Thank you to @kidlitexchange for providing the free review copies of these books.

THE HISTORY OF JANE DOE by Michael Belanger

(Dial Books ~ June 5, 2018)

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This one is making its way to our reviewers – stay tuned to #kidlitexchange for our reviews!


History buff Ray knows everything about the peculiar legends and lore of his rural Connecticut hometown. Burgerville’s past is riddled with green cow sightings and human groundhogs, but the most interesting thing about the present is the new girl–we’ll call her Jane Doe.

Inscrutable, cool, and above all mysterious, Jane seems as determined to hide her past as Ray is to uncover it. As fascination turns to friendship and then to something more, Ray is certain he knows Jane’s darkest, most painful secrets and Jane herself–from past to present. But when the unthinkable happens, Ray is forced to acknowledge that perhaps history can only tell us so much.

Mixing humor with heartache, this is an unmissable coming-of-age story from an exciting new voice in YA.

THE OPPOSITE OF HERE by Tara Altebrando

(Bloomsbury YA ~ June 5, 2018)

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Photo by Christina ~ @mycornerforbooksand on Instagram

Review by Shannon ~ @shannanigansworld on Instagram

This book was an easy young adult read and definitely kept you wondering. Natalie, the main character, is a teenager who has already dealt with the death of her boyfriend at a young age. To try and help her get over it and out of her funk, her parents plan a cruise for her birthday. Her 3 best friends join them and during their “sail-a-bration” as they cleverly called it, secrets were revealed, new love interests come into play, and crazy mysteries get revealed. The end was a twist I did not see coming but ties it all together like a bow. I will admit, not being a teenager and reading this was a bit crazy with all the “likes” in the dialogue of all the teenagers but the author nailed it in regard to it being so realistic. I suggest this book to young adult readers in high school – I think they will really enjoy it. And now, I want to go on a cruise ❤




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