High school senior Emoni Santiago is magic in the kitchen. She can make food that brings back memories. Food that can make you cry. She dreams of opening up her own restaurant, but, with a two-year-old to care for, she knows dreams are luxuries she can’t afford. But her school has new culinary arts class, complete with an opportunity to cook in Spain. And, suddenly, Emoni can’t help but think of what could be. A story of finding the strength to dream. Told in effortlessly beautiful prose.
Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert
Yyonne dreams of attending a conservatory and, when she meets a charming street musician, she begins to think she’s finally found someone who understands her. Then she becomes unexpectedly pregnant. And Yvonne isn’t sure what to do.
Gwen Castle is hoping to erase her reputation. After sleeping with several boys on the swim team, she worries others think she’s “loose.” But now one of those boys keeps popping up everywhere she goes. Is their romance meant to be? A beautiful story of love, loss, and redefining yourself.
Tess has given up everything to see her twin sister married, so perhaps it’s not surprising she loses it at the wedding. With her family determined to send her to a nunnery, Tess takes off. Her quigutl friend, a subspecies of dragon, gives her a mission, but Tess is walking simply to survive. A quiet, carefully crafted story that focuses on the inner thoughts of the protagonist and her hard-won growth from bitter alcoholic to a self-assured woman.
Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks
Veronica becomes pregnant when her boyfriend stars poking holes in his condoms, hoping to prevent her from leaving for college. Now Veronica is on a road trip with her ex-best friend Bailey, travelling over a hundred miles to get an abortion. But Veronica forgot how wild Bailey can make things and suddenly their road trip involves stolen cars, crazy ex-boyfriends, and more.
Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
Mary was accused of murdering a white baby when she was nine. Now, six years later, Mary is out of jail and living in a group home. But when the adults in her life decide that they are going to take away her unborn baby for adoption, Mary must find the strength to fight back.
Fifteen-year-old Mari Pujols believes that her unborn baby will be the one person in her life who finally loves her. Her mother is gone, her father is in jail, her abuela never liked her, and Bertie? Well, Mari’s not dumb enough to think Bertie will stick around. But then Mari discovers that her baby has a heart condition and will need several surgeries to survive. Everyone around her thinks she should abort the baby. But Mari isn’t quite sure she wants to give up on him yet. A book that challenges stereotypes about single mothers, Water in May presents Mari as a fighter, strong, determined, and wanting the best for her child.
Odette used to spin stories for Tru of their mother’s monster-slaying days. Tru isn’t sure she believes them. Her own life is pretty tame, especially after she had childhood polio. Then, one day, Od shows up with a case of weapons, saying monsters are on the way. But what is Od really running from? An electrifying yet heartwarming story of two sisters who team together to hunt monsters in early twentieth-century America.