On the Radar: Five Books to Check Out in March

by vkovenmatasy

Get your library card handy and reserve your place in line for these new March releases! If you place a hold now, they can be in your hands before they even hit the shelf.

Please note: all summaries are taken from the Boston Public Library catalog unless otherwise noted. They may have been edited for length and clarity.


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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Summary: A story set on the American border with Mexico, about family and friendship, life and death, and one teen struggling to understand what his adoption does and doesn’t mean about who he is.

Why We’re Excited: FINALLY, a new book from Benjamin Alire Sáenz! Dante and Aristotle Discover the Secrets of the Universe, which came out five years ago, is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. While this is not, sadly, a sequel (you promised more about Dante and Ari and I’m holding you to it, Mr. Alire Sáenz! *shakes fist*), everything I’ve heard about The Inexplicable Logic of My Life sounds both gorgeous and thoughtful, and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on it. I’ve only been jealously eyeing the advance readers copy on my coworker’s desk for the past six months, it’s cool, I’m a patient human being and I can wait. (GIMME ALREADY.)


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The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Summary: Tea’s gift for death magic means that she is a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community, but when an older bone witch trains her to become an asha–one who can wield elemental magic–Tea will have to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice in the face of danger as dark forces approach.

Why We’re Excited: Buckle up, horror fans, your girl Rin Chupeco has a new book out! The Bone Witch sounds like it leans more toward fantasy than The Girl From the Well and The Suffering, but let’s be honest: we’re all going to show up for accidental necromancy.


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Dead Little Mean Girl by Eva Darrows

Summary: A proud geek girl, Emma loves her quiet life on the outskirts, playing video games and staying off the radar. When her nightmare of a new stepsister moves into the bedroom next door, her world is turned upside down. Quinn is a queen bee with a nasty streak who destroys anyone who gets in her way. Teachers, football players, her fellow cheerleaders–no one is safe. Emma wants nothing more than to get this girl out of her life, but when Quinn dies suddenly, Emma realizes there was more to her stepsister than anyone ever realized.

Why We’re Excited: I loved Darrows’ genre-bending debut, The Awesome (is it horror? fantasy? humor? contemporary romance? who cares, it’s amazing!), and her sophomore effort promises even more category-defying mash-up greatness. Bring It On meets Stand By Me? I mean, hey, why not?


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Overturned by Lamar Giles

Summary: Nikki Tate’s father has been on death row for killing his best friend in a gambling dispute, but he has always maintained his innocence. Now his conviction has been overturned and he is back at the casino, where high school junior Nikki has been operating illegal poker games in the hopes of saving enough money to get out of Vegas after graduation–and now he is determined to find the real killer, and Nikki is inevitably drawn into his dangerous search for the truth.

Why We’re Excited: Lamar Giles knows how to write an exciting mystery — check out Fake ID and Endangered if you haven’t already — and he’s also a founding member of We Need Diverse Books. Need I say more? You’re in for a fabulous, authentic read.


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Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg

Summary: Ben Carver returns for the spring semester at the exclusive Natick School in Massachusetts determined to put his relationship with Rafe Goldberg behind him and concentrate on his grades and the award that will mean a full scholarship–but Rafe is still there, there is a girl named Hannah whom he meets in the library, and behind it all is his relationship with his distant, but demanding father.

Why We’re Excited: Ok, first of all, if you haven’t read Openly Straight yet, close the browser window, acquire a copy, and don’t come back to this page until you’re done so I don’t spoil the ending for you. Cool? Cool.
We safe from spoilers now? Great. The ending of Openly Straight made me actively furious. It gave a happy ending to our blithe protagonist Rafe (who was, let’s face it, abnormally well-adjusted and was going to be fine no matter what) but threw his best friend and erstwhile love interest Ben under the bus. I can’t even think about the book — which I really enjoyed reading, up to the end! — without getting angry about how Ben’s storyline just cut off in the middle of what should have been his narrative arc, zero resolution to be found. I should probably apologize in retrospect for cussing out Bill Konigsberg so much in my head, because as it turns out Ben is getting his own book and (hopefully!) a whole bunch of resolution is waiting at the end of it. Fingers crossed!


icon of VeronicaDid I get you interested in reading one of these books? Just click the title of the one you want and the link will take you to the relevant page in the catalog. From there you can click the green “Place a Hold” button and you’re all set!

Need a library card? Wondering how long you can borrow a book? Borrowing and Circulation information can be found here.


*”On the Radar” features book previews by Veronica, the Teen Librarian at the Dudley Branch, on the last Tuesday or Friday of every month.