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Pub Day Shout-Outs for May 25, 2021, featuring Bellefleur, Williams-Garcia, and Yoon

by Jen Moyers (@jen.loves.books)


Here are three books coming out today that I'm excited to read! And be sure to check out our review of Remy Lai's Pawcasso (Amazon | Bookshop.org) later today @unabridgedpod—this sweet graphic novel is also being published today!


Book cover of Alexandria Bellefleur's Hang the Moon

Alexandria Bellefleur's Hang the Moon (Amazon | Bookshop.org)


Description from Publisher:

"Brendon Lowell loves love. It’s why he created a dating app to help people find their one true pairing and why he’s convinced 'the one' is out there, even if he hasn’t met her yet. Or... has he? When his sister's best friend turns up in Seattle unexpectedly, Brendon jumps at the chance to hang out with her. He’s crushed on Annie since they were kids, and the stars have finally aligned, putting them in the same city at the same time.


"Annie booked a spur-of-the-moment trip to Seattle to spend time with friends before moving across the globe. She’s not looking for love, especially with her best friend’s brother. Annie remembers Brendon as a sweet, dorky kid. Except, the 6-foot-4 man who shows up at her door is a certified Hot Nerd and Annie... wants him? Oh yes.


"Getting involved would be a terrible idea—her stay is temporary and he wants forever—but when Brendon learns Annie has given up on dating, he’s determined to prove that romance is real. Taking cues from his favorite rom-coms, Brendon plans to woo her with elaborate dates straight out of Nora Ephron’s playbook. The clock is ticking on Annie’s time in Seattle, and Brendon’s starting to realize romance isn’t just flowers and chocolate. But maybe real love doesn’t need to be as perfect as the movies... as long as you think your partner hung the moon."


Why I want to read it:

This is the second book in Bellefleur's Written in the Stars (Amazon | Bookshop.org) series (book one was a fabulous, LGBTQIA retelling of Pride and Prejudice!), so I can't wait to read this companion novel featuring two secondary characters I loved from book one.

Book cover of Rita Williams-Garcia's A Sitting in St. James

Rita Williams-Garcia's A Sitting in St. James (Amazon | Bookshop.org)


Description from Publisher:

"A tour-de-force from three-time National Book Award finalist Rita Williams-Garcia, this story of an antebellum plantation—and the enduring legacies of slavery upon every person who lives there—is essential reading for both teens and adults grappling with the long history of American racism.

"1860, Louisiana. After serving as mistress of Le Petit Cottage for more than six decades, Madame Sylvie Guilbert has decided, in spite of her family’s objections, to sit for a portrait.

"While Madame plots her last hurrah, stories that span generations—from the big house to out in the fields—of routine horrors, secrets buried as deep as the family fortune, and the tangled bonds of descendants and enslaved.

"This astonishing novel from award-winning author Rita Williams-Garcia about the interwoven lives of those bound to a plantation in antebellum America is an epic masterwork—empathetic, brutal, and entirely human."


Why I want to read it:

Rita Williams-Garcia is an author to rely on, so this YA take on an important part of U.S. history sounds like a vital addition to my classroom library.

Book cover of David Yoon's Version Zero

David Yoon's Version Zero (Amazon | Bookshop.org)


Description from Publisher:

"Max, a data whiz at the social media company Wren, has gotten a firsthand glimpse of the dark side of big tech. When he questions what his company does with the data they collect, he's fired...then black-balled across Silicon Valley.


"With time on his hands and revenge on his mind, Max and his longtime friend (and secretly the love of his life) Akiko, decide to get even by rebooting the internet. After all, in order to fix things, sometimes you have to break them. But when Max and Akiko join forces with a reclusive tech baron, they learn that breaking things can have unintended--and catastrophic--consequences."


Why I want to read it:

David Yoon's YA books Frankly in Love (Amazon | Bookshop.org) and Super Fake Love Song (Amazon | Bookshop.org) were excellent, so I'm all-in for his first foray into writing for adults!

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