What’s In The Box!– April 2021 Predictions

Posted March 16, 2021 by stuckint in Book Subscriptions, BOTM / 14 Comments

Hello everyone and welcome back to another What’s In The Box post, where I make predictions for next month’s Book of the Month picks.

I cannot believe how fast March is going. I definitely wish I could have read more by now but that’s neither here nor there I suppose. There are some amazing books coming out in April and I’m excited to see what Book of the Month will choose.

As always, keep in mind that these are simply guesses and I could get most or all of them wrong. Be that as it may, I hope my guesses get you excited for the month and bring some under the radar titles to your attention.

Contemporary Fiction

Caul Baby by Morgan Jerkins

What’s In The Box!– April 2021 PredictionsCaul Baby by Morgan Jerkins
Published by Harper on April 6, 2021
Pages: 352
Goodreads

New York Times bestselling author Morgan Jerkins makes her fiction debut with this electrifying novel, for fans of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Jacqueline Woodson, that brings to life one powerful and enigmatic family in a tale rife with secrets, betrayal, intrigue, and magic.
Laila desperately wants to become a mother, but each of her previous pregnancies has ended in heartbreak. This time has to be different, so she turns to the Melancons, an old and powerful Harlem family known for their caul, a precious layer of skin that is the secret source of their healing power.
When a deal for Laila to acquire a piece of caul falls through, she is heartbroken, but when the child is stillborn, she is overcome with grief and rage. What she doesn’t know is that a baby will soon be delivered in her family—by her niece, Amara, an ambitious college student—and delivered to the Melancons to raise as one of their own. Hallow is special: she’s born with a caul, and their matriarch, Maman, predicts the girl will restore the family’s prosperity.
Growing up, Hallow feels that something in her life is not right. Did Josephine, the woman she calls mother, really bring her into the world? Why does her cousin Helena get to go to school and roam the streets of New York freely while she’s confined to the family’s decrepit brownstone?
As the Melancons’ thirst to maintain their status grows, Amara, now a successful lawyer running for district attorney, looks for a way to avenge her longstanding grudge against the family. When mother and daughter cross paths, Hallow will be forced to decide where she truly belongs.  
 Engrossing, unique, and page-turning, Caul Baby illuminates the search for familial connection, the enduring power of tradition, and the dark corners of the human heart.

I don’t know about you but I feel like Book of the Month- and maybe the book community as a whole– has been attracted to stories of motherhood and it’s accompanying highs and lows. From Ashley Audrain’s The Push to Melanie Golden’s Little Darling, Book of the Month is all too happy to dive into the dark side of being/becoming a mother and Caul Baby fits right in with these other reads. The story is full of women who either desire to be mothers, want anything else but to mother children, and fears a family with the magical abilities to meet the needs of both. Caul Baby is fraught with the complex issues of motherhood, family tradition and how women define themselves. Told from multiple POVs, Caul Baby is a literary page turner that demands all the trigger warnings including that of stillbirths, struggles with infertility and miscarriages.

Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

What’s In The Box!– April 2021 PredictionsDial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Published by Berkley Books on April 27, 2021
Pages: 320
Goodreads

A hilariously quirky novel that is equal parts murder mystery, rom-com, and a celebration of mothers and daughters as well as a deep dive into Chinese-Indonesian culture, by debut author Jesse Q Sutanto.

I included Dial A for Aunties last month but I definitely think there’s a higher probability of it being a pick in April with it’s late April release date. This is certainly a lighter read compared to some of the other books on this list. Essentially, Dial A for Aunties tells the story of four asian aunties determined to hide the body of a murder that threatens to ruin a family wedding. Full of humor, chaos and delightful hijinks, Dial A for auntie is a wonderfully diverse contemporary that examines the complexities of big families, how past life choice change our futures, and what it truly means to belong. While this one isn’t blurbed by any previous BOTM authors, it definitely sounds likes it’s right up Book of the Month’s alley thematically.

Historical Fiction

Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge

What’s In The Box!– April 2021 PredictionsLibertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge
Published by Algonquin Books on March 30, 2021
Pages: 336
Goodreads

The critically acclaimed and Whiting Award–winning author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman returns with an unforgettable story about the meaning of freedom.   Coming of age as a free-born Black girl in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson was all too aware that her purposeful mother, a practicing physician, had a vision for their future together: Libertie would go to medical school and practice alongside her. But Libertie, drawn more to music than science, feels stifled by her mother’s choices and is hungry for something else—is there really only one way to have an autonomous life? And she is constantly reminded that, unlike her mother, who can pass, Libertie has skin that is too dark.
When a young man from Haiti proposes to Libertie and promises she will be his equal on the island, she accepts, only to discover that she is still subordinate to him and all men. As she tries to parse what freedom actually means for a Black woman, Libertie struggles with where she might find it—for herself and for generations to come.   Inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States and rich with historical detail, Kaitlyn Greenidge’s new novel resonates in our times and is perfect for readers of Brit Bennett, Min Jin Lee, and Yaa Gyasi.

Inspired by true events surrounding one of the first black female doctors, Libertie should be on everyone’s TBRS. It follows Libertie, the daughter of one of the first black female physician, weighed down by the expectation is medical school while Libertie’s heart lies in music and the arts. When Libertie tries to forge her own path and marries a Haitian man, she discovers a new kind of subservience. It will be a pick for Roxane Gay’s book club and is blurbed by well known authors like Jaqueline Woodson and Brandon Taylor. This coming of age tale asks hard questions about what it means to be a black woman in white spaces and what true freedom looks like.

When Stars Rain Down by Angela Jackson Brown

What’s In The Box!– April 2021 PredictionsWhen Stars Rain Down by Angela Jackson-Brown
Published by Thomas Nelson on April 13, 2021
Pages: 368
Goodreads

This summer has the potential to change everything.
The summer of 1936 in Parsons, Georgia, is unseasonably hot, and Opal Pruitt can sense a nameless storm coming. She hopes this foreboding feeling won’t overshadow her upcoming eighteenth birthday or the annual Founder’s Day celebration in just a few weeks. As hard as she works in the home of the widow Miss Peggy, Opal enjoys having something to look forward to.
But when the Ku Klux Klan descends on Opal’s neighborhood of Colored Town, the tight-knit community is shaken in every way. Parsons’s residents—both Black and white—are forced to acknowledge the unspoken codes of conduct in their post-Reconstruction era town. To complicate matters, Opal finds herself torn between two unexpected romantic interests, awakening many new emotions. She never thought that becoming a woman would bring with it such complicated decisions about what type of person she wants to be.
In When Stars Rain Down, Angela Jackson-Brown introduces us to a small Southern town grappling with haunting questions still relevant today—and to a young woman whose search for meaning resonates across the ages.

Set in 1936 Georgia, When Stars Rain Down grapples with issues of race and identity both individually and within a community. Our main character is Opal, a young black girl who ends up spending the summer working for the wealthy white widow Miss Peggy. When the Klu Klux Klan comes to Opal’s neighborhood chaos ensures and each member of the community, regardless of skin color, must reckon with the post Reconstruction era and the systemic racism that is embedded in their community. While the book is not blurbed by any previous Book of the Month author, the premise is reminiscent of past Book of the Month selections like What’s Mine and Yours and The Vanishing Half.

Literary Fiction

Folklorn by Angela Mi Young Hur

What’s In The Box!– April 2021 PredictionsFolklorn by Angela Mi Young Hur
Published by Erewhon on April 27, 2021
Pages: 416
Goodreads

A genre-defying, continents-spanning saga of Korean myth, scientific discovery, and the abiding love that binds even the most broken of families.
Elsa Park is a particle physicist at the top of her game, stationed at a neutrino observatory in the Antarctic, confident she's put enough distance between her ambitions and the family ghosts she's run from all her life. But it isn't long before her childhood imaginary friend—an achingly familiar, spectral woman in the snow—comes to claim her at last.
Years ago, Elsa's now-catatonic mother had warned her that the women of their line were doomed to repeat the narrative lives of their ancestors from Korean myth and legend. But beyond these ghosts, Elsa also faces a more earthly fate: the mental illness and generational trauma that run in her immigrant family, a sickness no less ravenous than the ancestral curse hunting her.
When her mother breaks her decade-long silence and tragedy strikes, Elsa must return to her childhood home in California. There, among family wrestling with their own demons, she unravels the secrets hidden in the handwritten pages of her mother’s dark stories: of women’s desire and fury; of magic suppressed, stolen, or punished; of the hunger for vengeance.
From Sparks Fellow, Tin House alumna, and Harvard graduate Angela Mi Young Hur, Folklorn is a wondrous and necessary exploration of the myths we inherit and those we fashion for ourselves.

This epic novel that spans generations– a favorite style for Book of the Month– draws on Korean myth and folklore as our main character Elsa grapples with mental illness and the generational trauma that permeates her family. It has been described as a ghost story,. A family drama, a prescient parable and myth retold. Folklorn is high literary fiction at its peak featuring a scientifically minded protagonist grappling with philosophical ideas- think Transcendent Kingdom and Lost and Wanted. Beyond shared themes, it’s also blurbed by Celeste Ng and is getting tons of pre-publication buzz!

Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

What’s In The Box!– April 2021 PredictionsGood Company by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Published by Ecco on April 6, 2021
Pages: 320
Goodreads

A warm, incisive new novel about the enduring bonds of marriage and friendship from Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, author of the instant New York Times bestseller The Nest
Flora Mancini has been happily married for more than twenty years. But everything she thought she knew about herself, her marriage, and her relationship with her best friend, Margot, is upended when she stumbles upon an envelope containing her husband’s wedding ring—the one he claimed he lost one summer when their daughter, Ruby, was five.
Flora and Julian struggled for years, scraping together just enough acting work to raise Ruby in Manhattan and keep Julian’s small theater company—Good Company—afloat. A move to Los Angeles brought their first real career successes, a chance to breathe easier, and a reunion with Margot, now a bona fide television star. But has their new life been built on lies? What happened that summer all those years ago? And what happens now?
With Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s signature tenderness, humor, and insight, Good Company tells a bighearted story of the lifelong relationships that both wound and heal us. 

A repeat Book of the Month author, Sweeney spins a tale of the enduring bonds of friendship and family in her latest novel. Our main character is middle aged Flora, whose world is rocked when she discovers secrets about her husband and their perpetually struggling marriage. As Flora tries to define herself beyond simply being a wife and mother the novel examines issues of identity, obligation and compassion. If that’s not enough, all the blurbs on this book are by previous Book of the Month authors which I think ups it’s chances of being a selection. Many are already gushing about what O Magazine is calling an “instant classic”. Among those singing it’s praises are Ruman Alan (Leave the World Behind), Elin Hildebrand (28 Summers), Maria Semple (Where’d You Go Burnadette), Lori Gottlieb (Maybe You Should Talk To Someone), and Jade Chang (The Wangs vs The World).

Mystery/Thrillers

The Drowning Kind by Jennifer Mcmahon

What’s In The Box!– April 2021 PredictionsThe Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon
Published by Gallery/Scout Press on April 6, 2021
Pages: 336
Goodreads

Be careful what you wish for.
When social worker Jax receives nine missed calls from her older sister, Lexie, she assumes that it’s just another one of her sister’s episodes. Manic and increasingly out of touch with reality, Lexie has pushed Jax away for over a year. But the next day, Lexie is dead: drowned in the pool at their grandmother’s estate. When Jax arrives at the house to go through her sister’s things, she learns that Lexie was researching the history of their family and the property. And as she dives deeper into the research herself, she discovers that the land holds a far darker past than she could have ever imagined.
In 1929, thirty-seven-year-old newlywed Ethel Monroe hopes desperately for a baby. In an effort to distract her, her husband whisks her away on a trip to Vermont, where a natural spring is showcased by the newest and most modern hotel in the Northeast. Once there, Ethel learns that the water is rumored to grant wishes, never suspecting that the spring takes in equal measure to what it gives.

The Drowning Kind might be wishful thinking but I love McMahon and think her literary approach to ghost stories would be a perfect fit for Book of the Month and their audience. The story is told in two alternating POVs. One timeline follows Jax who becomes embroiled in the mystery of her sister’s property when her sister is found drowned. The second timeline focuses on recently wed Ethel living on the same property nearly one hundred years earlier. It’s a literary ghost story that examines how the past influences the present and explores the importance of being remembered. It is also blurbed by previous Book of the Month authors Simone St. James (The Broken Girls, The Sundown Motel) and Jess Kids (Things In Jars).

Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone

What’s In The Box!– April 2021 PredictionsMirrorland by Carole Johnstone
Published by Scribner on April 20, 2021
Pages: 320
Goodreads

With the startling twists of Gone Girl and the haunting emotional power of Room, Mirrorland is a thrilling work of psychological suspense about twin sisters, the man they both love, and the dark childhood they can’t leave behind.
Cat lives in Los Angeles, far away from 36 Westeryk Road, the imposing gothic house in Edinburgh where she and her estranged twin sister, El, grew up. As girls, they invented Mirrorland, a dark, imaginary place under the pantry stairs full of pirates, witches, and clowns. These days Cat rarely thinks about their childhood home, or the fact that El now lives there with her husband Ross.
But when El mysteriously disappears after going out on her sailboat, Cat is forced to return to 36 Westeryk Road, which has scarcely changed in twenty years. The grand old house is still full of shadowy corners, and at every turn Cat finds herself stumbling on long-held secrets and terrifying ghosts from the past. Because someone—El?—has left Cat clues in almost every room: a treasure hunt that leads right back to Mirrorland, where she knows the truth lies crouched and waiting...
A twisty, dark, and brilliantly crafted thriller about love and betrayal, redemption and revenge, Mirrorland is a propulsive, page-turning debut about the power of imagination and the price of freedom.

I mentioned my level certainty regarding this one as a pick last month, and I have to admit that I remain unwavering. Mirrorland is a thriller/psychological suspense novel coming out in mid April and beyond the synopsis seeling it as a likely BOTM choice it is blurbed by so many previous BOTM authors including: Ruth Ware, Greer Hendricks, Anna Pitoniak (Necessary People), and Sarah Pinborough (Behind Her Eyes). It’s a dark compulsively readable mystery that explores the power of imagination and the price of independence.

When The Stars Go Dark by Paula McClain

What’s In The Box!– April 2021 PredictionsWhen the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain
Published by Ballantine Books on April 13, 2021
Pages: 384
Goodreads

A detective hiding away from the world. A series of disappearances that reach into her past. Can solving them help her heal?
Anna Hart is a seasoned missing persons detective in San Francisco with far too much knowledge of the darkest side of human nature. When overwhelming tragedy strikes her personal life, Anna, desperate and numb, flees to the Northern California village of Mendocino to grieve. She lived there as a child with her beloved foster parents, and now she believes it might be the only place left for her. Yet the day she arrives, she learns a local teenage girl has gone missing. The crime feels frighteningly reminiscent of the most crucial time in Anna's childhood, when the unsolved murder of a young girl touched Mendocino and changed the community forever. As past and present collide, Anna realizes that she has been led to this moment. The most difficult lessons of her life have given her insight into how victims come into contact with violent predators. As Anna becomes obsessed with the missing girl, she must accept that true courage means getting out of her own way and learning to let others in.
Weaving together actual cases of missing persons, trauma theory, and a hint of the metaphysical, this propulsive and deeply affecting novel tells a story of fate, necessary redemption, and what it takes, when the worst happens, to reclaim our lives--and our faith in one another.

It’s been a while since Book of the Month has featured a police procedural but I definitely think When The Stars Go Dark is a viable option. It essentially follows a detective who flees to a rural village in California to try and escape the darker side of her job. Off the grid, she becomes obsessed with solving a missing persons case that reminds her eerily of her past. Additionally, this would fit with other Book of the Month titles featuring female detectives like Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna, Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker and The Broken Girls by Simone St. James. And last, but certainly not least, is the fact that When the Stars Go Dark is blurbed by previous Book of the Month authors like Kristin Hannah and Aimee Molloy- an interesting combination but I’ll take it. When the Stars Go Dark is a mystery that dives into trauma theory and includes touch of the metaphysical. It’s definitely a must read for anyone looking for a gritty mystery.

Nonfiction

Leaving Isn’t the Hardest Thing by Lauren Hough

What’s In The Box!– April 2021 PredictionsLeaving Isn't the Hardest Thing: Essays by Lauren Hough
Published by Vintage on April 13, 2021
Pages: 320
Goodreads

Searing and extremely personal essays from the heart of working-class America, shot through with the darkest elements the country can manifest--cults, homelessness, and hunger--while discovering light and humor in unexpected corners. A VINTAGE ORIGINAL.
As an adult, Lauren Hough has had many identities: an airman in the U.S. Air Force, a cable guy, a bouncer at a gay club. As a child, however, she had none. Growing up as a member of the infamous cult The Children of God, Hough had her own self robbed from her. The cult took her all over the globe--to Germany, Japan, Texas, Ecuador--but it wasn't until her mother finally walked away that Lauren understood she could have a life beyond "The Family."
Along the way, she's loaded up her car and started over, trading one life for the next. She's taken pilgrimages to the sights of her youth, been kept in solitary confinement, dated a lot of women, dabbled in drugs, and eventually found herself as what she always wanted to be: a writer. Here, as she sweeps through the underbelly of America--relying on friends, family, and strangers alike--she begins to excavate a new identity even as her past continues to trail her and color her world, relationships, and perceptions of self.
At once razor-sharp, profoundly brave, and often very, very funny, the essays in Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing interrogate our notions of ecstasy, queerness, and what it means to live freely. Each piece is a reckoning: of survival, identity, and how to reclaim one's past when carving out a future.

Okay everyone, I am here to say I heard you and so I looked at a bunch of nonfiction titles and settled on Leaving Isn’t The Hardest Thing. While Book of the Month has definitely backed off of regular nonfiction picks- which is rather tragic in my opinion- I do think you should have Hough forthcoming title on your radar regardless. Lauren Hough grew up in the Children of God cult and the essays in this collection follow Lauren from her leaving the cult to discovering herself. In some ways, it reminds me of books like Leaving The Witness by Amber Scorah. It’s also blurbed by previous Book of the Month author Roxanne Gay.

Romance

To Love and To Loathe by Martha Waters

What’s In The Box!– April 2021 PredictionsTo Love and to Loathe (The Regency Vows, #2) by Martha Waters
Published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster (New York) on April 6, 2021
Pages: 384
Goodreads

The widowed Diana, Lady Templeton and Jeremy, Marquess of Willingham are infamous among English high society as much for their sharp-tongued bickering as their flirtation. One evening, an argument at a ball turns into a serious wager: Jeremy will marry within the year or Diana will forfeit one hundred pounds. So shortly after, just before a fortnight-long house party at Elderwild, Jeremy’s country estate, Diana is shocked when Jeremy appears at her home with a very different kind of proposition.
After his latest mistress unfavorably criticized his skills in the bedroom, Jeremy is looking for reassurance, so he has gone to the only woman he trusts to be totally truthful. He suggests that they embark on a brief affair while at the house party—Jeremy can receive an honest critique of his bedroom skills and widowed Diana can use the gossip to signal to other gentlemen that she is interested in taking a lover.
Diana thinks taking him up on his counter-proposal can only help her win her wager. With her in the bedroom and Jeremy’s marriage-minded grandmother, the formidable Dowager Marchioness of Willingham, helping to find suitable matches among the eligible ladies at Elderwild, Diana is confident her victory is assured. But while they’re focused on winning wagers, they stand to lose their own hearts.
With Martha Waters’s signature “cheeky charm and wonderfully wry wit” (Booklist, starred review), To Love and to Loathe is another clever and delightful historical rom-com that is perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Evie Dunmore.

While this is technically the second in Waters’ Regency Vows series, the next installment can easily be read as a standalone. I think there is a possibility this is a pick since Book of the Month has been selecting a handful of historical romance novels like Evie Dunmore’s series and The Heiress Gets A Duke by Harper St. George. This enemies to lovers romance features the recently widowed Diana Templeton and her societal arch-nemesis Jermery. With Jeremy wanting to hone his skills in the bedroom, a plot that is rather reminiscent of The Kiss Quotient, but with a regency twist. It’s also blurbed by past Book of the Month authors Emily Henry (Beach Read) and Hannah Orenstein (Head Over Heels). I know I will be reading this one whether it’s a pick or not.

The People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

What’s In The Box!– April 2021 PredictionsPeople We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
Published by Berkley Books on May 11, 2021
Pages: 384
Goodreads

With one week to win back the best friend she might just be in love with, a travel writer plans the trip of a lifetime in this sparkling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read.
Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She's a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart--she's in New York City, and he's in their small hometown--but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together.
Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven't spoken since.
Poppy has everything she should want, but she's stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together--lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees.
Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?

Some might not realize that Emily Henry has had her books picked by Book of the Month three different times. Her titles Beach Read, A Million Junes and When The Sky Fell On Splendor have all been selections making Henry’s second adult romance a probable pick. The People We Meet On Vacation features best friends Alex and Poppy, polar opposites who used to be best friends, until one fateful vacation two years ago. But this book is all about second chances and Poppy and Alex have one last vacation to make things right. Not only does The People We Meet On Vacation have popular themes of best friends to lovers, a summary setting, and a romantic pair that could not be more different; its blurbed by recent Book of the Month author Sophie Cousens (This Time Next Year).

Sci Fi/Fantasy

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

What’s In The Box!– April 2021 PredictionsProject Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Published by Ballantine Books on May 4, 2021
Pages: 496
Goodreads

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission--and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.
Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.
All he knows is that he's been asleep for a very, very long time. And he's just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.
His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, he realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship that's been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it's up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.
And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance.
Part scientific mystery, part dazzling interstellar journey, Project Hail Mary is a tale of discovery, speculation, and survival to rival The Martian--while taking us to places it never dreamed of going.

While this one does not come out until the beginning of May, Weir’s other two novels have been featured by Book of the Month in some form. Weir’s latest is another survival story set in space where one astronaut wakes up with no memory of where he is or what he must do, only to realize he has the seemingly impossible task of saving the world. I definitely think this one sounds more like The Martian than Artemis and it’s blurbed by previous Book of the Month authors Ernest Cline and Blake Crouch.

Young Adult

Anna K Away by Jenny Lee

What’s In The Box!– April 2021 PredictionsAnna K: Away (Anna K, #2) by Jenny Lee
Published by Flatiron Books on April 27, 2021
Pages: 304
Goodreads

The sequel to Anna K, set over the course of the next summer, as the characters come to terms with Vronsky’s tragic death
How the mighty have fallen. Anna K, once the golden girl of Greenwich, CT, and New York City, has been brought low by a scandalous sex tape and the tragic death of her first love, Alexia Vronsky. At the beginning of the summer, her father takes her to the other side of the world, to connect with his family in South Korea and hide her away. Is Anna in exile? Or could this be her chance to figure out who she really is?
Back in the U.S., Lolly has forgiven Steven for cheating on her, and their relationship feels stronger than ever. But when Lolly meets a boy at her beloved theater camp, she has to ask herself how well Steven will ever really know her. Meanwhile, in Manhattan, everything between Kimmie and her new boyfriend, Dustin, is easy—except when it comes to finally having sex. And Bea escapes to LA, running away from her grief at her beloved cousin’s death, until a beautiful stranger steals her heart. Is Bea ready to finally forgive Anna, and let herself truly fall in love for the very first time?
Set over the course of one unforgettable summer, Jenny Lee's Anna K Away is full of the risk, joy, heartbreak, and adventure that mark the three months between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next.

Book of the Month doesn’t do much YA anymore but perhaps they will make an exception for the sequel to Anna K. I don’t want to get to in the plot here for those who have not read the first book but it sounds like more of what readers loved from the first novel and then some. Anna K was a grittier contemporary with romance and it appears that Anna K will be similar. I’m not super confident in this guess honestly but we will just have to see.

What About You?

What do you think of my predictions? If any of these are picks what will you be adding to your box? Let me know in the comments!

14 responses to “What’s In The Box!– April 2021 Predictions

  1. Tonya

    Both To Love and to Loathe and People we meet on Vacation have been on my upcoming want to read list so I hope one of those show up in BOTM!! ?

    Such a great list – When the Stars go Dark looks like a good one also…*quickly adds to the ever growing want to read list.

  2. Jamie L.

    I have been checking this website out for predictions over the last few months. I really love trying to get a feel over what I want to pick. Type A personality here…
    Thanks!!!!

  3. Cassandra Henken

    Libertie really sticks out to me because of the cover (I’m a sucker for a pretty cover). I hope to see that one on the BotM list!

    • stuckint

      I actually guessed four correctly. Caul Baby sounds so good and I will definitely be purchasing it elsewhere.

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