Starring: 16-year-old Samantha Kang, who doesn’t understand the "all-American" dreams her first-generation Korean American mother Priscilla has for her.
History repeats itself: Desperate to get away from her mom, Samantha uses a rideshare app that magically transports her to the 1990s, where she meets Priscilla as a 17-year-old. And falls for a football player!?
Why you might like it: This heartfelt novel explores inherited trauma and the immigrant experience within a sparkling romantic comedy.
What it is: a suspenseful, romantic adventure pairing Winter Young, a Chinese American pop star, with Sydney Cossette, a 19-year-old spy hiding her fatal lung condition.
What happens: To gather intelligence on a notorious crime boss, Winter performs at a private party while Sydney plays bodyguard. As their mission unfolds, Winter and Sydney's grudging respect turns into something deeper.
Author alert: Fans of author Marie Lu's action-packed Skyhunter, Legend, and Warcross series will enjoy this glamorous and thrilling series opener.
The set-up: The Sullivans adopt Manny and Elena, ending the siblings' years in foster care. But after Manny is sent to -- and kicked out of -- a manipulative religious leader's camp called Reconciliation, he's alone in the wilderness.
The journey: Manny connects with the kind Varela family to solve the mystery surrounding the body found outside Reconciliation. Is it Elena?
How it's told: This compelling thriller's nonlinear structure, offering shifting points of view and flashbacks, mimics Manny's disorienting experiences.
Welcome to: Eucalyptus, the school for gifted artists where Bitter lives. After many difficult years in foster care, Bitter simply wants to find safety in her art.
Creative power: Outside Eucalyptus, the city of Lucille is ravaged by monsters, inequality, and violence. When Bitter's art conjures a magical creature who could end injustice, Bitter can no longer avoid the conflict.
Prequel alert: This emotionally intense and thought-provoking novel about generating hope is a companion to author Akwaeke Emezi's acclaimed Pet.
Lockdown: When a fictional virus shuts down society, the isolation forces besties Parisa and Gabriela to reevaluate their whole lives.
Under pressure: The pandemic intensifies already simmering issues. High-achieving Iranian American Parisa's anxiety spikes; Mexican American Gabriela feels the distance between her two moms and her extended family acutely. Is there hope in all this uncertainty?
How it's told: with alternating perspectives, including texts and emails reminiscent of the communication breakdowns and time warps many experienced in the early COVID-19 pandemic.
Summer plans: The summer before senior year marks the first time four best friends, all gay, will be apart since preschool.
Their destinations: Gabriel is working for an environmental nonprofit in Boston, and Sal has a congressional internship in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, Reese is studying fashion in Paris, and Heath is working at his aunt's arcade in Florida. These life-changing experiences might change their friendships, too.
Sequel alert: The other half of this angsty duology, Afterglow, is already available.