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New Book Releases Featuring Jasmine Guillory, Emily Henry, and Casey McQuiston

by Jen Moyers (@jen.loves.books)


There are SO many books coming out today! I had a hard time narrowing it down, but here are just three of the books coming out today that I'm excited to read!


Book cover of Jasmine Guillory's By the Book

Jasmine Guillory's By the Book (Bookshop.org | Libro.fm)


Description from Publisher:


"Sometimes to truly know a person, you have to read between the lines.


"Isabelle is completely lost. When she first began her career in publishing after college, she did not expect to be twenty-five, still living at home, and one of the few Black employees at her publishing house. Overworked and underpaid, constantly torn between speaking up or stifling herself, Izzy thinks there must be more to this publishing life. So when she overhears her boss complaining about a beastly high-profile author who has failed to deliver his long-awaited manuscript, Isabelle sees an opportunity to finally get the promotion she deserves.


"All she has to do is go to the author's Santa Barbara mansion and give him a pep talk or three. How hard could it be?


"But Izzy quickly finds out she is in over her head. Beau Towers is not some celebrity lightweight writing a tell-all memoir. He is jaded and withdrawn and--it turns out--just as lost as Izzy. But despite his standoffishness, Izzy needs Beau to deliver, and with her encouragement, his story begins to spill onto the page. They soon discover they have more in common than either of them expected, and as their deadline nears, Izzy and Beau begin to realize there may be something there that wasn't there before."


Why I want to read it:

This new release checks several boxes for me:


Jasmine Guillory is an auto-read author. Check.


I love a fairytale retelling. Check.


And I love a book about books! Check.


 

Book cover of Emily Henry's Book Lovers

Emily Henry's Book Lovers (Bookshop.org | Libro.fm)


Description from Publisher:


"One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn't see coming...


"Nora Stephens' life is books--she's read them all--and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.


"Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters' trip away--with visions of a small town transformation for Nora, who she's convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they've met many times and it's never been cute.


"If Nora knows she's not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he's nobody's hero, but as they are thrown together again and again--in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow--what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they've written about themselves."


Why I want to read it:

Emily Henry is another auto-read author. While I'm still working on her backlist, post-Beach Read, I'm ready to read any adult romance (or anything, really) that she writes. And this one is about books, too! I sense a May romance trend.


 

Casey McQuiston's I Kissed Shara Wheeler (Bookshop.org | Libro.fm)


Description from Publisher:


"Chloe Green is so close to winning. After her moms moved her from SoCal to Alabama for high school, she's spent the past four years dodging gossipy classmates and the puritanical administration of Willowgrove Christian Academy. The thing that's kept her going: winning valedictorian. Her only rival: prom queen Shara Wheeler, the principal's perfect progeny.


"But a month before graduation, Shara kisses Chloe and vanishes.


"On a furious hunt for answers, Chloe discovers she's not the only one Shara kissed. There's also Smith, Shara's longtime quarterback sweetheart, and Rory, Shara's bad boy neighbor with a crush. The three have nothing in common except Shara and the annoyingly cryptic notes she left behind, but together they must untangle Shara's trail of clues and find her. It'll be worth it, if Chloe can drag Shara back before graduation to beat her fair and square.


"Thrown into an unlikely alliance, chasing a ghost through parties, break-ins, puzzles, and secrets revealed on monogrammed stationery, Chloe starts to suspect there might be more to this small town than she thought. And maybe--probably not, but maybe--more to Shara, too.


"Fierce, funny, and frank, Casey McQuiston's I Kissed Shara Wheeler is about breaking the rules, getting messy, and finding love in unexpected places."


Why I want to read it:

I'm cheating on this one a little bit: I already listened to it thanks to partner Libro.fm, and I absolutely loved it! This YA romance is fun and challenging and quirky. Chloe Green, the protagonist, is a fabulously complex character, and I enjoyed it from minute one. (I highly recommend the audio, read by Natalie Naudus.)

 

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