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A Gag Gift Gone Not-So-Gag and More YA Book Talk and News: February 15, 2024

Hey, YA Readers!

I hope you enjoyed your Valentine’s Day, whether that meant going out on a date with friends or your beloved or hanging out with you and yourself.

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Let’s dive into all things new YA paperbacks this week, as well as all of the YA news you can use.

Bookish Goods

stayed up all night reading glass mug

Stayed Up All Night Reading Mug by AriellaSkyDesigns

I love a glass mug, and I love a glass mug that identifies why I need the caffeinated contents held within said mug. This is a fun one for your stash or to gift to a fellow book lover. $21.

New Releases

It’s paperback time! We’ve got a bunch of great paperback YA titles out this week, and below are just two of them. You can grab the entire list right here.

the noh family book cover

The Noh Family by Grace K. Shim

This one is for the K-drama fans out there!

High school senior Chloe Chang got a 23andMe test as a gag gift from her friends. Chloe has always just lived with her mom in Oklahoma following the death of her dad in Seoul before she was even born. Even though she knows the test is a gag and doesn’t believe anything will come from it, Chloe takes it anyway.

She’s shocked to learn that she is part of a wealthy family in Seoul, thanks to her father. Chloe wants to meet them, and even though her mom is hesitant to let her teen daughter go meet the family she never knew about, Chloe goes.

But what she discovers about the Nohs will change her life in ways she could have never suspected.

serendipity book cover

Serendipity: Ten Romantic Tropes, Transformed edited by Marissa Meyer

This anthology got a fresh cover in paperback, and even though illustrated covers are not my favorite, this one is more eye-catching than the hardcover.

Looking for a collection of short stories by some rad YA authors that explore your favorite romance tropes? Grab this book ASAP. Some of the tropes include the fake relationship, the secret admirer, and more. Stories in the collection include work by Elise Bryant, Elizabeth Eulberg, Leah Johnson, Anna-Marie McLemore, Marissa Meyer, Sandhya Menon, Julie Murphy, Caleb Roehrig, Sarah Winifred Searle, and Abigail Hing Wen.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

YA Book News

I know I made it sound like there was an abundance of YA book news to cover earlier in the newsletter, but there isn’t. Just a handful of stories this week, all of which are about adaptations.

Thanks for hanging out, and we’ll see you on Saturday for your YA ebook deals.

Until then, happy reading!

–Kelly Jensen