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"In New Mexico, a grief-stricken family grapples with the sudden loss of their matriarch. Marisol Martin is a sophomore when her Filipina immigrant mom dies in a car accident after one of their many screaming fights—they were constantly, painfully at odds with one another. Marisol’s final condescending question, “Why don’t you understand anything?” reverberates in her guilty conscience; she believes the accident was her fault..."

"Get ready, book lovers, and prepare to go on an emotional ride that digs into the depths of the Fil-Am experience. A talented Filipina American author, Shannon C.F. Rogers has launched her debut YA fiction, “I’d Rather Burn than Bloom.” This is a coming-of-age tale of a Filipino American teenager Marisol Martin. She embarks on the complexities of self-discovery and grief... "

"The young adult genre is always…let’s just call it eclectic. I mean, where else besides YA can you find fluffy romantic comedies, high-tension thrillers, contemporary explorations of emotion, and something pretty close to body horror, all on the same shelf?  Truly, it’s a world with something for everyone, and whether you as a reader are looking for a fast-paced page-turner, an uncomfortable scare or a good cry, it’s a safe bet you’ll find something worth checking out this month. Here are our picks for the best YA books hitting shelves this July... "

"Welcome to July, where we find ourselves in the midst of summer, marking the halfway point of the year. It’s hard to believe how quickly 2023 is passing by, but I take solace in the knowledge that there are some incredible new books coming our way later this year. While July may be a quieter time for book releases, there’s still a wealth of amazing reads to dive into..."

Publishers Weekly Roundup: New Kids' and YA Books

"Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles including a YA debut about a queer Indian American artist, a picture book about a nervous backpack on the first day of school, a picture about learning to love one’s name, a picture book series addition with a spooky twist, and more..."

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