Happy Monday! Wondering what reading adventures are in store for you this week on Riveted? Wonder no more!
Our new featured reads this week all revolve around high school life, though they alternate between light and heavy subject matter. First up is an extended excerpt of Confessions of a High School Disaster, the debut novel from Emma Chastain (On sale tomorrow, March 7!). Whether you’re currently navigating the social intricacies of high school, trying to forget it entirely, or remembering it fondly, you’re bound to recognize some part of yourself in this warm and funny YA written in the tradition of Bridget Jones’s Diary. In stark contrast to Confessions, if you’re a fan of the diary-style format but prefer your reads on the opposite end of the spectrum from warm and funny, you may want to give Letting Ana Go a read. This harrowing account of anorexia and addiction written in the style of Go Ask Alice was one of our most popular reads on Pulseit prior to our Riveted relaunch. Back on the lighter side, we thought featuring a full read of Rhonda Helms’s Promposal would be a nice compliment to Confessions of a High School Disaster. Plus—as you’re all no doubt aware—March 11 is National Promposal Day! Finally, Amber Smith’s The Way I Used to Be shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault. We wanted to feature an extended excerpt of this powerful and extraordinary debut novel in case you missed it last year and if you want more, it will be on sale in paperback this week!
Not interested in high school? We’ve got you covered! Read the extended excerpt of Nicole Castroman’s Blackhearts, a debut novel that reimagines the origins of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard (This one landed on several of our recent book boyfriend lists!). For something a little spookier, you might try the excerpt of Peternelle van Arsdale’s recently released debut novel The Beast is an Animal. For a “transcendent love story” (Stephen Chbosky, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower), give the extended excerpt of Siobhan Vivian’s The Last Boy and Girl in the World a read. Or if you want to escape our reality altogether, travel to the floating city of Internment in Lauren DeStefano’s Perfect Ruin.