We’ve made it to May! And since May is Mental Health Awareness Month as well as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month we wanted to offer a variety of Free Reads that either beautifully address the topic of mental health or feature amazing asian protagonists.
Since many of us are stuck at home right now and don’t have access to books as easily as before, we’ve also added a some additional Free Reads to ensure that you don’t run out of things to read this month.
Every Book That You Can Read For Free on Riveted by Simon Teen in May 2020!
1. Obsessed by Allison Britz
In her powerful and inspiring memoir, Allison Britz recounts her struggles in high school before she was diagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder.
2. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Do you miss hanging out with your friends right now? So does Emily. But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. There’s just a random to-do list with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane?
3. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
A half-Japanese teen grapples with social anxiety and her narcissist mother in the wake of a crushing rejection from art school.
4. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.
5. Want by Cindy Pon
Set in a near-future Taipei plagued by pollution, Jason Zhou and his friends will do anything to save their city. Yet he finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of the corrupt Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?
6. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
This debut novel is an origin story for everyone’s favorite pirate, Blackbeard. With all the origin stories that have been coming out in the last decade, this is hands down one of the best. Everyone loves to see the human side of the villains they know and love, and learn what made them so deliciously evil.
7. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets. But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.
8. Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
Greta is a Duchess and a Crown Princess. She is also a Child of Peace, a hostage held by the de facto ruler of the world, the great Artificial Intelligence, Talis. Start a war and your hostage dies. Everything changes when Elian arrives at the Precepture and he defies the machines that control every part of their lives.
9. Tithe by Holly Black
1. Earth to Charlie by Justin Olson
A high school outcast spends his life hoping to be abducted by aliens in this funny, quirky novel about finding your footing in a world that sometimes feels like Mars.
2. Brave Face by Shaun David Hutchinson
Hutchinson was depressed. He was also an outsider because of his sexual orientation. Eventually, everything combusted leading to an attempt to take his own life. When depression starts talking, it’s hard to convince yourself it’s not telling you the truth. Hutchinson did make it out okay, though. More than okay. And his story is one of hope that everybody should read.
3. The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
A music loving teen with OCD does everything she can to find her way back to her mother during the historic race riots in 1969 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in this heart-pounding literary debut.
4. The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu
From #1 New York Times bestseller Cassandra Clare and award-winner Wesley Chu comes the first book in a new series that follows High Warlock Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood as they tour the world after the Mortal War. The Red Scrolls of Magic is a Shadowhunters novel.
Riveted by Simon Teen Exclusive Short Stories
1. As Kismet Would Have It by Sandhya Menon
Will Dimple and Rishi find their happily ever after? Find out in this funny, romantic, endlessly charming e-novella sequel to When Dimple Met Rishi!
2. The Thief by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell
A short story prequel to Sky Without Stars about the origins of fan-favorite character, Chatine!
3. These Precious Scars by Emily Suvada
A haunting short story prequel to the Mortal Coil series.