When you hear April, what do you think?  Spring showers?  The coming May flowers?  What if I told you there was a more nefarious undertones to the month of April in recent contemporary YA?  That hope is lost and ALL the bad things happen in April.  What if in YA, April is the cruelest month?  Here are some books that make the case against the month of April.

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

Book Summary:  Told through a series of interviews of various characters and flashbacks, this is the story of a police investigation, a murder, a group of friends, a mission.

What’s April got to do with it?  The month of April is particularly cruel to Vic, one of our main characters.  Both of his grandparents die in April, and, subsequently, set off the chain of events that allow him to become part of the Kids of Appetite.

Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake

Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake

Book summary:  Sam Bennett falls for Hadley St. Clair before he knows her last name. When Sam finds out she is” that “St. Clair, daughter of the man who destroyed Sam’s family, he has a choice: follow his heart or tell the truth about the scandal that links their families. Funny and passionate, “Suffer Love” is a story about first love, family dysfunction, and the fickle hand of fate.

What’s April done this time?  I don’t want to say too much except to say that April is the month that the events that are the catalyst to this story are uncovered and publicized in a dramatic fashion.

The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs

The Light Fantastic  by Sarah Combs

Book Summary:  April 19th.  Delaware.  Senior Skip Day.  April Donovan’s 18th birthday.  It’s four days after the Boston Marathon bombing.  April has a rare memory condition.  She’s recounting all the tragedies that have cursed her birth month.

This premise of this entire novel is that APRIL IS CURSED.  At least for April. And maybe the world. Or is it?

We’re barely halfway through this month. Get outside and smell the roses before April has its way with you!  What are your thoughts on the month of April? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

~Carmen

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