I really enjoyed getting to experience many of the debut books that released this year, and I look forward to reading future books by many of these authors, since many of them were so amazing.
The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes - I really loved this survival story in the woods. The stakes in this were high, since they needed to get out of the woods to survive since they didn't have much to eat or drink. I loved how the book dealt with the Christian faith, as well as enjoying the friendships that the characters forged while lost in the woods.
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga - This was an interesting book that dealt with tough topics of depression and suicide. Despite how it had sad parts, it was also hopeful overall, which I really liked. I also liked the development of the relationship between Roman and Aysel.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli - This book was one of the most cute and adorable books. I liked how it dealt with Simon being gay, but was overall pretty light and fluffy. And the ship was wonderful, though I can't reveal who I shipped Simon with, because spoilers.
None of the Above by IW Gregorio - This is the first book I've ever read with an intersex main character, and it was really a learning experience for me. It was also a good book and story. I liked Kristin's character, and getting to read about her struggles, and the good parts of her life as well.
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera - This book was a brutal and heartbreaking one, but I loved it so much. You don't really realize how brilliant this book is until you get to what I believe is the third part, and then there's a twist, and you're like, wow, this is seriously brilliant. So if you aren't into it as much at first, stick with it to that point.
The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi - This was a fun summer read, that was pretty light overall, but wasn't light all the time. It was interesting to see the relationships of the characters between the two different nights, and to see the romance between Matt and Ella develop twice. The relationship between the entire friend group was really cool to read about.
Damage Done by Amanda Panitch - This is a brilliant, twisty mystery thriller. I didn't see the ending coming, but it was great and I loved it.
Not After Everything by Michelle Levy - This isn't necessarily an easy read, since Tyler has a really rough life with a dad who is abusive. I loved the hate to love romance in the book since that's a trope that I love. I loved how this never shyed away from the tougher topics that were in it.
George by Alex Gino - This is a really important middle grade. I think it will help young kids to be more empathetic to their peers, and it will also be great for the children who will find themselves in the pages and identify with Melissa.
The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis - I loved this book so much, and especially its characters. They really wrapped themselves around my heart and didn't let go.