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NYPL Recommends: New YA for May


Great reads for young adults are blossoming like crazy this spring. Check out some of the reads — fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels — that our YA librarians are buzzing about. 


The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

From the author of the Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda comes a sweet-but-not-corny romance set in the leafy D.C. suburb of Takoma Park. Two twins — one who dates other girls and one self-described chubby girl — approach their moms, their futures, and their romantic lives with humor, honesty, and insight. 

This book is: character-driven, romantic, seriously good writing, sweet.





Alex and Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz

Young Hamilton fans will have a great time picking apart this historical romance, comparing and contrasting with the hit musical.

This book is: engaging, historical, romantic.






Bull by David Elliott

A modern-day retelling of the Greek myth of the minotaur and Theseus, the king of Athens. It's written in modern verse, like: "the things you mortals do: / Ridicule. / Follow orders. / Stay passive. / Betray. / What a pity! / It could have gone another way."

This book is: engaging, historical, stylistically complex.



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The Other F Word by Natasha Friend

When Milo begins his search for his biological father, he has no idea that he'll wind up finding multiple other kids born from the same sperm donor.

This book is: character-driven, engaging, offbeat.






We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

A quietly lovely book about grief, love, and leaving home.

This book is: character-driven, emotionally intense, spare.







Survivor’s Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz by Michael Bornstein

The author -- born in 1940, in a Jewish ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland -- describes his survival in the concentration camp, his family's life-or-death struggle, and his eventual immigration to New York City.

This book is: fast-paced, moving, a true story.




Black Ships: Illustrated Japanese History by Sean Michael Wilson, illus. by Akiko Shimojima

Compelling nonfiction in graphic novel format! This comic tells the story of the Commodore Perry and American fleet that arrived on Japanese shores in 1853 to force Japan open for trade.

This book is: compelling, historical, visually complex.





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