All We Have Left by Wendy Mills
This seems like the kind of book that’s gonna tear my heart out. It’s a dual-perspective story set on September 11, 2001. The dual perspectives are set in the past and in the present. In the present, we have Jesse, who lost her brother in the 9/11 attacks, and life at home has been shitty ever since. In the past, we have Alia, a Muslim girl who went to confront her father at his office and ended up in horrible danger. In her last hours, she meets a boy that changes everything. I really like it when stories weave past and present together. I really hope this book manages to do that effectively because it sounds like something I’d enjoy. Plus the cover is so pretty.
Watching Traffic by Jane Ozkowski
Not gonna lie, I kinda want to read this because it reminds me of Sarah Dessen. This book follows Emily, a girl who has just finished high school and can finally leave the small town in which she’s spent her whole life. Problem is that it’s hard to move towards the future if you have no idea what you want to do. As her friends are packing up to leave, she’s stuck wondering if she’ll be stuck working at the catering business in her town for the rest of her life. This book sounds like it would be easy to read even if it’s not technically a happy book. That’s actually why it reminds me of Sarah Dessen.