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The Music of What Happens

Bill Konigsberg

Konigsberg, (Honestly Ben, 2017) one of the major voices in LGBTQ literature, tells the story of a summer romance between two teens who are forced to face their biggest fears during a blistering Arizona summer. Max is a popular high school athlete who spends most of his free time playing video games with his friends. Jordan is looking for Mr. Right while working at an organic food truck with his emotionally fragile mother. After a chance encounter, he hires Max to work the food truck's grill and the two boys, who thought they had nothing in common, prove that opposites really do attract.

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Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee

Jeff Zentner

Zentner, the award-winning author of The Serpent King (2016) expertly channels the voices of best friends Josie and Delia as they're forced to make tough decisions about their futures. Every week the two host a campy cable access show Midnite Matinee which screens low-budget horror films. For Delia, the show is her only connection to her dad who left the videos behind when he abandoned her family years ago. Josie however, is being pressured by her parents to leave town to purse a television career with the Food Network. With graduation fast approaching, Josie and Delia face an uncertain future as their friendship is tested by the tug-of-war between growing up and growing apart.

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We Set the Dark on Fire

Tehlor Kay Mejia

In Mejia's daring and romantic fantasy debut, on the island of Medio tradition dictates that upper-class women marry out of duty and that every man has two wives. Selected young women are educated to become the Primera, their husband's partner in work and business, or the Segunda the passionate nurturer of the family. Daniela Vargas has trained for years to be the perfect Primera while her foe, Carmen Santos, was born to be a Segunda. The husband they share Mateo Garcia, is cold, secretive and domineering. When a rebel group uncovers Dani’s secret, she’s blackmailed into spying on the Garcia family. Will she cling to her privileged lifestyle or will Dani fight for a free Medio and a chance at a forbidden love?

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