Fun fact: it’s taken me so long to write this blog post two of the books I originally planned to feature have already been published. Oops.
As there are so many amazing books being published in 2018, I thought I would create a new series on my blog to regularly share the books I’m looking forward to. The idea behind this series is to make sure I don’t miss out on a book I’m excited for, as well as (hopefully!) put a new book on to your radar too.
Tender by Eve Ainsworth
Publication Date: 1st March 2018
Synopsis: For Marty and Daisy, life is about pretending. Pretending means everything’s fine. Pretending means not thinking about what’s really going on. But the thing about pretending is, at some point, it has to stop. And then what? Written by the stellar Eve Ainsworth, TENDER is an important, insightful and real look into the lives of young carers.
I was happy to see that a new Eve Ainsworth novel was on the horizon for 2018, as I think Eve has her finger on the pulse of the issues that affect today’s teenagers. Her previous books have featured topics such as self-harm, abusive relationships and bullying, and Tender tackles another relevant topic, young carers. This isn’t a topic I have read about before (if you have, let me know!), and I can’t wait to see how Eve brings the stories of Marty and Daisy to life.
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
Publication Date: 8th March 2018
Synopsis: Izzy O’Neill here! Impoverished orphan, aspiring comedian and Slut Extraordinaire, if the gossip sites are anything to go by… Izzy never expected to be eighteen and internationally reviled. But when explicit photos involving her, a politician’s son and a garden bench are published online, the trolls set out to take her apart. Armed with best friend Ajita and a metric ton of nachos, she tries to laugh it off – but as the daily slut-shaming intensifies, she soon learns the way the world treats teenage girls is not okay. It’s the Exact Opposite of Okay.
It feels like I cannot escape The Exact Opposite of Okay; it has been all over my social media for months. To be honest, this was a book that I wasn’t that fussed about initially. However, after reading the Electric Monkey 2018 releases teaser, I now definitely want a copy of it. When explicit photos of her appear online, Izzy O’Neill takes on the trolls. With topics such as slut-shaming and social media, this book sounds like its right up my feminist street.
How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne
Publication Date: 14th June 2018
Synopsis: ‘Turning thirty is like playing musical chairs. The music stops, and everyone just marries whoever they happen to be sitting on.’ Who the f*ck is Tori Bailey? There’s no doubt that Tori is winning the game of life. A straight-talking, bestselling author, she’s inspired millions of women around the world with her self-help memoir. And she has the perfect relationship to boot. But Tori Bailey has been living a lie. Her long-term boyfriend won’t even talk about marriage, but everyone around her is getting engaged and having babies. And when her best friend Dee – her plus one, the only person who understands the madness – falls in love, suddenly Tori’s in terrifying danger of being left behind. When the world tells you to be one thing and turning thirty brings with it a loud ticking clock, it takes courage to walk your own path. It’s time for Tori to practice what she’s preached, but the question is: is she brave enough?
It’s no secret that I LOVE Holly Bourne’s YA novels, so you can imagine my excitement when Holly announced a debut adult novel. Holly’s novels have the ability to make me laugh, cry and cheer all in a sitting, so I have such high hopes for How Do You Like Me Now? I’m gobbling up all the pre-publication reviews I can, and each one just makes me even more excited for release day.
What books are you looking forward to?