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April 2014 young adult book releases: Contemporary Part 3

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These books are being released in April 2014. For other April releases, please see the links at the bottom of the article. Stay tuned for more April releases.

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The Summer I Wasn't Me
The Summer I Wasn't Me Sourcebooks Fire

The Summer I Wasn't Me

Title: The Summer I Wasn't Me
Author: Jessica Verdi
Release date: April 1, 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Lexi has a secret.

She never meant for her mom to find out. And now she's afraid that what's left of her family is going to fall apart for good.

Lexi knows she can fix everything. She can change. She can learn to like boys. New Horizons summer camp has promised to transform her life, and there's nothing she wants more than to start over.

But sometimes love has its own path...

Summer State of Mind
Summer State of Mind Poppy

Summer State of Mind

Title: Summer State of Mind (Whispering Pines #2)
Author: Jen Calonita
Release date: April 22, 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Publisher: Poppy
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Summer has finally arrived and fifteen-year-old Harper McCallister intends to spend her days at the mall shopping or by the pool at her country club. But after receiving her latest heart-stopping credit card bill, Harper's parents makes other plans, and ship her off to camp.

Suddenly, the clueless yet ever-popular Harper is the new girl at the bottom of a social ladder she can't climb in wedge sandals and expensive clothes. She seems to be winning over super-cute camp "Lifer" Ethan, though, and if she can manage to make a few friends--and stay out of trouble--she just might find a whole new summer state of mind.

Tease
Tease Balzer + Bray

Tease

Title: Tease
Author: Amanda Maciel
Release date: April 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Emma Putnam is dead, and it's all Sara Wharton's fault.

At least, that's what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma's shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who's ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media.

During the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment—and ultimately consider her role in an undeniable tragedy. And she'll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.

In this powerful debut novel inspired by real-life events, Amanda Maciel weaves a narrative of high school life as complex and heartbreaking as it is familiar: a story of everyday jealousies and resentments, misunderstandings and desires. Tease is a thought-provoking must-read that will haunt readers long after the last page.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before
To All the Boys I've Loved Before Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Title: To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1)
Author: Jenny Han
Release date: April 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them — all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren't love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she's written. One for every boy she's ever loved— five in all.

When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy
The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy Knopf Books for Young Readers

The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy

Title: The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy
Author: Kate Hattemer
Release date: April 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Witty, sarcastic Ethan and his three friends decide to take down the reality TV show, For Art's Sake, that is being filmed at their high school, the esteemed Selwyn Arts Academy, where each student is more talented than the next. While studying Ezra Pound in English class, the friends are inspired to write a vigilante long poem and distribute it to the student body, detailing the evils of For Art's Sake. But then Luke—the creative force behind the poem and leader of the anti-show movement—becomes a contestant on the nefarious show. It's up to Ethan, his two remaining best friends, and a heroic gerbil named Baconnaise to save their school. Along the way, they'll discover a web of secrets and corruption involving the principal, vice principal, and even their favorite teacher.

What I Thought Was True
What I Thought Was True Dial Books for Young Readers

What I Thought Was True

Title: What I Thought Was True
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Release date: April 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Gwen Castle's Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her Nantucket-esque island this summer. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen's dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.

The World Outside
The World Outside Tundra Books

The World Outside

Title: The World Outside
Author: Eva Wiseman
Release date: April , 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Publisher: Tundra Books
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Seventeen-year-old Chanie Altman lives the protected life of a Lubavitcher Hasidic girl in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York, in 1991. Religion is the most important aspect of her life, and, like other Lubavitcher girls, she is expected to attend a seminary and to marry as soon as she graduates from high school. But Chanie has a beautiful voice and dreams of becoming an opera singer - a profession forbidden to a Hasidic girl. When she meets David, a non-Hasidic Jewish boy, he opens the portals to the world outside her fundamentalist community. The Crown Heights riots break out, and the Lubavitchers are put under siege by their African-American neighbors. A tragedy occurs. Will Chanie stay in the fundamentalist community she has always known in a life that has been prescribed for her, or will she leave it behind to follow her dreams?

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