It’s hard to believe the hustle and bustle of the holiday season will all too quickly be behind us. It is my hope that your holiday season is filled with joy. And, as we look toward the new year, I want to share some of the exciting titles Blink has in store for you. So, find that cozy reading spot by the fireplace and get ready to lose yourself in new adventures that will take you on journeys of nostalgia, self-discovery, and romance.
Whether you’re a fan of the 80s or love a good John Hughes movie, we have a really fun read for you! Pretty in Punxsutawney, by Laurie Boyle Crompton, is the perfect Groundhog Daymeets Pretty in Pinkmashup. Andie, a senior in high school, finds herself in an endless loop of her first day at her new school. She’s convinced true love will break this curse. As she seeks out this love, she begins to look beneath the surface to see people for who they really are, realizing we all share similar hopes, dreams, and hang-ups. It releases on January 15. Your inner 80s child will thank you for reading this book. #TodayIsWhatYouMakeIt
If historical fiction piques your interest, be sure to pre-order a copy of Between Before & After from Maureen Doyle McQuerry. This beautifully written story explores the nature of family secrets, resiliency, and redemption. It’s told in dual narratives between 1918 New York City and 1955 San Jose, California. The author’s personal connection to this story is just as intriguing as her book. In 1918, the Spanish influenza, the largest flu pandemic the world has seen, arrived. Maureen’s grandmother died in the third wave of the epidemic, leaving behind three children; the oldest was her father.Between Before & After, which releases February 5, 2019, tells a story of hope and the bonds of family.
Within These Lines from Stephanie Morrill explores war, love, and racism. Although historical fiction, as this novel is set in 1941 San Francisco, the themes woven throughout are issues still relevant today. Within These Linesfollows the inner-racial love story of an Italian-American girl and a Japanese-American boy torn apart by racism during World War II. The moving story is powerful, thought-provoking, and a book you don’t want to miss. It releases on March 5, 2019, and is available for pre-order now.
We hope these titles will find a place on your bookshelf or in your classroom. At Blink, not only do we want to provide readers with clean YA choices, we believe in providing thought-provoking stories that help each of us grow as individuals in our world.