Hello everyone, hope you are doing well and keeping safe! I’m back again with another post full of new books being released soon! I love being able to find out about new books that are going to be released within the next month and it always gets me excited about new books to read. There are so many incredible books coming out in the August and I cannot wait to read them all! Here are the August 2020 releases I am excited about!
The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
“Los Angeles, 1992
Ashley Bennett and her friends are living the charmed life. It’s the end of high school and they’re spending more time at the beach than in the classroom. They can already feel the sunny days and endless possibilities of summer.
But everything changes one afternoon in April, when four police officers are acquitted after beating a black man named Rodney King half to death. Suddenly, Ashley’s not just one of the girls. She’s one of the black kids.
As violent protests engulf LA and the city burns, Ashley tries to continue on as if life were normal. Even as her self-destructive sister gets dangerously involved in the riots. Even as the model black family façade her wealthy and prominent parents have built starts to crumble. Even as her best friends help spread a rumor that could completely derail the future of her classmate and fellow black kid, LaShawn Johnson.
With her world splintering around her, Ashley, along with the rest of LA, is left to question who is the us? And who is the them?“
I have this book on pre-order and I am so excited to finally read it. I’ve hardly heard anything about this book, so I am excited to see what I think. It has themes of race, growing up, privilege and identity and I am sure I will enjoy this one.
Kind of a Big Deal by Shannon Hale
“There’s nothing worse than peaking in high school. Nobody knows that better than Josie Pie. She was kind of a big deal—she dropped out of high school to be a star! But the bigger you are, the harder you fall. And Josie fell. Hard. Ouch. Broadway dream: dead.
Meanwhile, her life keeps imploding. Best friend: distant. Boyfriend: busy. Mom: not playing with a full deck? Desperate to escape, Josie gets into reading.
Literally. She reads a book and suddenly she’s inside it. And with each book, she’s a different character: a post-apocalyptic heroine, the lead in a YA rom-com, a 17th century wench in a corset. It’s alarming. But also . . . kind of amazing?”
I saw this book a few months ago on Twitter and it has been on my wishlist ever since. It sounds like a lot of fun and something that is right up my street. This is another that I haven’t heard much about in terms of reviews but I really want to give it a try. On top of that it has an absolutely gorgeous cover that I would love to add to my collection.
Heartbreak Boys by Simon James Green
“Faking the best summer ever is a lot harder than it looks…
At the start of summer, Jack and Nate find themselves dumped as their respective exes, Dylan and Tariq, start up a new relationship together. Not only that, their exes start posting pics on social media, showing the whole world how fabulous their new life together is!
Jack and Nate are reeling. Not to be outdone, they decide to create their own ‘highlights reel’ and show their exes that they’re having an even better time.
But between the depressing motorway service station motels, damp campsites, and an ultimate showdown with the exes, something epic really is happening: Jack and Nate are learning to get over their heartache and open themselves up to new possibilities for love.”
Any Simon James Green book is a book I am sure to love. This one is one I’ve been excited about for so long now. Simon has said recently this book is the 2020 summer we all wish we had and we can view it as an alternative universe. Right now that is exactly what I’d like to do, so I am very excited to read this one.
What August releases are you excited about? Let me know in the comments!