December 2021 New Releases

 

Undated
Fools in Love by Various YA Authors (Running Press Kids) 
Lambda Literary Award-winning author Rebecca Podos and Stonewall honoree Ashley Herring Blake's FOOLS IN LOVE, a YA romance anthology offering up fresh takes on classic romance tropes in multiple genres, featuring Rebecca Barrow, Gloria Chao, Sara Farizan, Claire Kann, Hannah Moskowitz, Lilliam Rivera, Laura Silverman, Amy Spalding, Rebecca Kim Wells, Julian Winters, and more, to Britny Brooks at Running Press Kids, for publication in December 2021.  
 
December 1st
You'll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus (Delacorte) 
Krista Marino at Delacorte has acquired North American rights to You'll Be the Death of Me and a second untitled YA novel by Karen M. McManus, author of the bestselling One of Us Is Lying. Pitched as Ferris Bueller's Day Off meets a murder mystery, and told in alternating POVs, You'll Be the Death of Me tells the story of three friends who skip school and witness a crime they can only solve by facing what they've been hiding from one another—and themselves. The two titles are slated for fall 2021 and fall 2022, respectively; Rosemary Stimola and Allison Remcheck of the Stimola Literary Studio did the deal.


December 7th
The Midnight Girls by Alicia Jasinska (Sourcebooks Fire)
It's Karnawał season in the snow-cloaked Kingdom of Lechija and from now until midnight when the church bells ring an end to Devil's Tuesday time will be marked with wintry balls and glittery disguises, cavalcades of nightly torch-lit "kuligi" sleigh-parties.

Unbeknownst to the oblivious merrymakers, two monsters join the fun, descending upon the royal city of Warszów in the guise of two innocent girls. Newfound friends and polar opposites, Zosia and Marynka seem destined to have a friendship that's stronger even than magic. But that's put to the test when they realize they both have their sights set on Lechija's pure-hearted prince. A pure heart contains immeasurable power and Marynka plans to bring the prince's back to her grandmother in order to prove herself. While Zosia is determined to take his heart and its power for her own.

When neither will sacrifice their ambitions for the other, the festivities spiral into a wild contest with both girls vying to keep the hapless prince out of the other's wicked grasp. But this isn't some remote forest village, where a hint of stray magic might go unnoticed, Warszów is the icy capital of a kingdom that enjoys watching monsters burn, and if Zosia and Marynka's innocent disguises continue to slip, their escalating rivalry might cost them not just the love they have for each other, but both their lives.

If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonazles and Cale Dietrich (Wednesday Books)  - initially titled Off the Record.
Eighteen-year-olds Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America. Along with their bandmates, Angel Phan and Jon Braxton, the four are teen heartbreakers in front of the cameras and best friends backstage. But privately, cracks are starting to form: their once-easy rapport is straining under the pressures of fame, and Ruben confides in Zach that he’s feeling smothered by management’s pressure to stay in the closet.

On a whirlwind tour through Europe, with both an unrelenting schedule and minimal supervision, Ruben and Zach come to rely on each other more and more, and their already close friendship evolves into a romance. But when they decide they’re ready to tell their fans and live freely, Zach and Ruben start to truly realize that they will never have the support of their management. How can they hold tight to each other when the whole world seems to want to come between them?


In this dark, historical YA debut, two young men—one scarred and dutiful, the other wickedly magnetic—fall for the same young woman. But is it safe for her to love either of them back?

Ilona Csáki has no desire to marry the voivode's eldest son, but love and marriage are the least of her worries.

The royal family's enemies have already tried to put an arrow through her back—and if anyone discovers her blossoming feelings for her betrothed's cousin Andrei, and younger brother, Vlad, she may just wish they'd succeeded.

Beneath the shadow of impending war, the only battle that will be deadlier than the one for Ilona’s life will be the one for her heart.

Alexander Delacroix's darkly romantic debut is perfect for fans of Kiersten White's And I Darken and Emily A. Duncan's Wicked Saints.

 
A dazzling YA novel about a girl who isn't afraid to be big and sexy and dance her heart out, and a discussion-provoking exploration of the mixed messages our society gives young women about their bodies and sexuality.

Addie is a talented dancer, a true-blue friend, fat, fierce, and driven. When she's accepted into the prestigious dance program of her dreams, she thinks nothing can bring her down—until she realizes she doesn't have enough money to go. Refusing to give up, Addie and her friends decide to put on a top-secret, invitation-only burlesque show to raise funds. But word soon gets out, and the slut- and body-shaming begin. Has Addie been resisting the patriarchy, or playing right into its hands?

Perfect for fans of Jennifer Mathieu and E. Lockhart, The Big Reveal asks hard-hitting feminist questions while reveling in some of life's greatest joys: chasing your passions, falling in love, and embracing yourself exactly as you are.

The Excalibur Curse by Kiersten White (Delacorte)
 
December 21st
How Not To Fall In Love by Jaqueline Firkins (HMH)
A cynical wedding shop worker tries to “cure” a hopelessly romantic LARPer by teaching him the harsh realities of modern dating, only to realize he was the one teaching her in this YA contemporary romance for fans of Tweet Cute and The Upside of Falling.

Harper works in her mom’s wedding shop, altering dresses for petulant and picky brides who are more focused on hemlines than love. After years of watching squabbles break out over wedding plans, Harper thinks romance is a marketing tool. Nothing more. Her best friend, Theo, is her opposite. One date and he’s already dreaming of happily ever afters. He also plays the accordion, makes chain mail for Ren-festers, and takes his word-of-the-day calendar very seriously.
 
When Theo’s shocked to find himself nursing his umpteenth heartbreak, Harper offers to teach him how not to fall in love. In return, he’ll help her get a stronger score when she retakes the SAT in the fall. As the lessons progress and Theo takes them to heart, Harper notices a few changes in her own heart. She’s also checking out her window to see if Theo’s home from his latest date yet. If she confesses her feelings, she’ll undermine everything she’s taught him. Or was he the one teaching her?

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