When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney: Ok, so this book isn't out until June but I had the opportunity to borrow it. AMAZING. Please pre-order this book now if you like YA contemps. Danny, the protag, has just graduated high school two weeks after his mother has passed away from cancer and sets off to Japan, where his family had a second home, for answers to questions about his mom during her last months and how to keep living himself. There's some romance, great meanderings through Japanese streets and soul shaking self discovery. I ugly cried like no other for obvious reasons and for some not so obvious reasons. Don't dismiss this as "just another grief book" because there's so much to this one! Read my initial thoughts on When You Were Here!
The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith: Le swoon! If you like cute contemporary YA romances, this one is sure to fit the bill! It's seriously adorable and I read it mostly in a day. I can't believe it took me this long to actually get to it but LOVE! Definitely reading more from Jennifer E. Smith soon! You can read my full review of The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight!
Just One Day by Gayle Forman: You know I'm a Gayle Forman fangirl if you read my reviews of If I Stay & Where She Went (so amazing!) so I was super excited to get this for review. I was really nervous because she's a FAVE AUTHOR and so she has so much to live up to in my eyes. LUCKILY, for me, Just One Day was incredible and exactly what I needed to read! I love self discovery stories (oh ok and swoony moments and romance) and I really connected to the main character and some of the things she was struggling with. Love when a book speaks to what I'm going through ATM! Sidenote: love that the main character was in college! Read my full review of Just One Day here.
I realized after writing this that all my latest 5 star reads are contemporary YA! OOOPS! My bad! I swear I really do have variety in my reading, you guys!