Kim

Kim, bookseller, Brooklyn

Most recent staff pick: The Strange Fascinations Of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold

Before I start talking about the amazing story inside, can we please take a moment to obsess over this cover? Yes? Cool. Moving on, this book's use of magical realism is a bit of a departure from Arnold's other more contemporary works but the risk pays off. I loved how off-kilter things become for Noah. This book is overflowing with great references and entertaining moments, so much so that you'll wind up just binge-reading it. Perfect for YA fans who enjoyed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind!

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The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780425288870
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Published: Penguin Books - May 21st, 2019

Before I start talking about the amazing story inside, can we please take a moment to obsess over this cover? Yes? Cool. Moving on, this book's use of magical realism is a bit of a departure from Arnold's other more contemporary works but the risk pays off. I loved how off-kilter things become for Noah. This book is overflowing with great references and entertaining moments, so much so that you'll wind up just binge-reading it. Perfect for YA fans who enjoyed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind!


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Like a Love Story Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062839367
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 4th, 2019

Just in time for Pride, we're given such a sweeping book that explores the AIDS epidemic through the eyes of three teens in the late 80's. This book takes an incredible look self-exploration, intersectionality, and identity in a way that is so precise it left me stunned for a bit. I highly encourage people to read this to learn and grow.


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Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250027436
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Published: Square Fish - May 7th, 2013

If you haven't heard of this series before, allow me to welcome you to the Grisha verse. Bardugo has managed to create one of the most immersive worlds in fantasy that I've ever come across in YA. This triology kicks off such a detailed realm that readers will find themselves getting sucked in right from the start. Check it out and see why Netflix has pegged it for an upcoming series!


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Kids of Appetite Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147513663
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Published: Speak - September 5th, 2017

David is just one of those writers that knows how to perfectly capture the highs and lows of life. Just like in his other books, he manages to tap into something so honest that this gang of friends practially breathe on the page. Insightful and geniune, Kids of Appetite is one of my all-time favorite YA books. Get your tabs and highlighters ready when reading this book. There are so many stunning quotes you'll want to hold close for years to come.


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On the Come Up Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498564
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 5th, 2019

Unless you've been off the grid for the last two years, the name Angie Thomas should ring a bell in your head. Or maybe even a blaring siren. Thomas is back with her sophmore book and she definitely isn't in a slump. We're introduced this time around to Bri, another young girl who calls Garden Heights home. Bri's journey from start to finish is every bit as captivating as Angie's first novel. The strong themes we all came to love and appreciate in THUG are back with an added bonus of an ode to hip hop and its power to help a person find their voice and reclaim their narrative.


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The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481498579
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Published: Simon Pulse - February 19th, 2019

Come for the great title, stay for the novel that shows the lengths we would go to in order to salvage a friendship. What would you do if you had a second chance to resolve a bond that ended prematurely with someone who died? Hutchinson tackles this question head on in a unique way that is consistent with his speculative roots.


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Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524720209
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - February 26th, 2019

Third times the charm for Zentner who just can't seem to write a bad book. As a result, we all are gifted to another fantasic look at a close knit friendship between teens hurtling towards their futures. I loved the humor and heart inside this book. I wished so badly that Delia and Josie were actual people with a late night creature feature series that I could tune in to. Zentner excels, as always, in capturing the beauty and pain of growing up.


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The Serpent King Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780553524055
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Published: Ember - June 6th, 2017

If I could force everyone in the world to read one book, it would be this one right here. You cannot go wrong with a book by Zentner, but his debut, The Serpent King, is one of the most stunning novels I've ever read. Lyrical, insightful, and simply gorgeous, this book has something for everyone. Told through the eyes of three best friends in their senior year of high school, Zentner seamlessly voices these different perspectives: one of being afraid to leave the only place you've ever known, one of longing for something greater than your surroundings, and one of being perfectly content where you are. I own this book in every format for a reason!


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Tradition Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481480345
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - May 2018

Kiely is back, once more shedding light on difficult topics that may be uncomfortable to talk about but are necessary for that very same reason. In Tradition, Kiely deftly discusses rape culture, privilege and feminism in a way that is accessible to teens and adults alike.


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The Dangerous Art of Blending In Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062659002
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 30th, 2018

In this coming of age story, debut author Surmelis asserts himself as a writer on the rise. Following Evan's journey from the very first page, it would be impossible not to instantly fall in love with his character and admire his strength. With the pressure of being a first-generation American living a closeted life, Evan's experiences will resonate with those who can identify with him and encourage compassion in all.


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Darius the Great Is Not Okay Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525552963
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Published: Dial Books - August 28th, 2018

There's something to be said about a quiet book that can sneak up on you and leave you breathless. In his debut novel, Khorram manages to explore serious topics like depression and mental health, complicated familial bonds, and one's search to figure oneself out in virtually every sense.


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What If It's Us Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062795250
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Published: HarperTeen - October 9th, 2018

Is there anything more adorable than a meet cute in New York City? You would think not, but when the story is the brainchild of two YA heavy hitters, you get a pitch perfect novel about second chances. Author besties Becky and Adam create such relatable, lovable characters that will have you so wrapped up in their individual and shared experiences over one summer in the city that never sleeps.


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Opposite of Always Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062748379
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 5th, 2019

In this debut novel, Reynolds treats us to a not-so typical love story. Jack King is a protagonist that you cannot help but root for. Finding himself in a seemingly never-ending cycle of reliving the past and trying to save the life of the girl he loves, Jack's saga through alternate realities is so heartfelt and sincere that his quest to save Kate becomes a tangible thing. I'm excited to see what's in store for Reynolds because this was a terrific debut!


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The Beauty That Remains Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781524715908
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Published: Ember - March 12th, 2019

Three tales of loss. Three tales of growth. This book does a wonderful job at showing the different ways in which people grieve and heal after the passing of someone close to them. It's a tough subject matter but Woodfolk handles it with the care it deserves.