July 4th was yesterday, so it seems like a good time to think about the books from the US I’ve loved so far in 2021. I will admit, not a lot of the authors I’ve read this year were American. But, I still have a great selection for you to check out.
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
I really enjoy books about teenage pregnancy and teen motherhood, and I loved this story of Emoni, her daughter, and her grandmother who all live together.
Emoni also has aspirations of becoming a chef, and the descriptions of food in this book are gorgeous. Definitely not one to read on an empty stomach.
The Roommate by Rosie Danan
I love a good steamy romance, and this is a GOOD stamy romance. I loved the balance between Clara’s slight naivité and Josh’s slightly more worldly views on sex. It’s also a wholly sex positive narrative, and treats sex workers fantastically.
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
I’m three books deep in Christina Lauren’s back catalogue right now, and I really enjoyed this one. I loved the banter-filled friendship between Josh and Hazel, and following them on ill-fated date after date with other people was such an entertaining read.
I didn’t particularly love the ending of this book, which felt a little out of place. But the rest of the book really grabbed me.
Majesty by Katharine McGee
I loved American Royals, so I was really hyped for the sequel. It was so interesting to watch Beatrice juggle being a young girl, falling in love, finding another love story, grieving her father, AND running a country.
A lot of relationships had changed since the first book’s ending, and while I didn’t love that it did feel realistic in that not many people marry their first love, and many people go through difficult break ups.
THUG by Angie Thomas
This was a re-read for me, but I felt it much deeper this time. Considering what’s happening in the US at the moment, it would be difficult not to be moved by the story of Starr, who is the only witness to her friend Khalil’s murder at the hands of the police.
You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry
Beach Read was one of my 2020 favourites, so I had high hopes for Emily Henry’s next book. I don’t think I loved it as much, but I did still love the story of Poppy and Alex’s holiday flashbacks, and waiting to find out why they fell out of contact two years before the book began.
This Time Will be Different by Misa Sugiura
This YA book was one I thought would just be a relatively light read but this book has so much packed into it. It opens with a discussion of the meanings behind several types of flowers. There’s also discussions of topics such as single parenthood, teenage pregnance, abortion, and the treatment of Japanese prisoners of war in WWII concentration camps. Considering I read it with very few expectations, I was so blown away by this book.