Fall Paperbacks to Love

We know there isn't that much time for leisure reading in the fall, and yet... good books will not be ignored. Here are a few paperback releases, out this autumn, that are well worth your time:

 Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan. At her private school, Leila stands out enough for being Iranian-American. She can't admit that she also likes girls. That is, until Saskia arrives. A starred review in Publishers Weekly called this debut "funny, heartwarming and wise" — and we agree.

 Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira. What starts as an English assignment (write a letter to a dead person), becomes a confessional and cathartic series of letters to the likes of Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Amelia Earhart and more as Laurel contemplates her own life and the death of her beloved older sister. This moving tale of forgiveness and fractured, loving families is way powerful. (And: Movie buzz.)

 Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer. After her boyfriend's death, Jam attends a therapeutic boarding school where an English class focused on Sylvia Plath leads her on a dream-like journey to face reality. Haunting and lovely and full of truth.

 A Big Dose of Lucky by Marthe Jocelyn. Malou, 16, was left at an orphanage and doesn't know what her background is, but in small-town Parry Sound, she finds a lot of familiar faces and begins to piece together the surprising history of her parents. Note: This is one of seven Secrets novels, genealogical mystery books set in 1964 that are linked together but can be read in any order (the full box set looks awesome).