If there’s one book that I have absolutely loved in 2020, it’s Akemi Dawn Bowman’s Harley in the Sky! This YA contemporary follows Harley’s dream of becoming a trapeze artist after growing up in her family’s Las Vegas circus. Within its circus setting, Harley in the Sky explores so much surrounding family, friendship, identity, belonging and mental health.
Since my review won’t be coming until closer to its March 10th release, I couldn’t help but share my love for this book by doing the Harley in the Sky Book Tag! I saw this tag completed by Lili of Utopia State of Mind, who is a member of Harley in the Sky’s Street Team. The Harley in the Sky Book Tag was created by Jemma of Fantastic Books.
Ring Master: What book introduced you to your favorite genre?
I started reading YA contemporary back in fifth or sixth grade, but I can’t remember a specific that got me into the genre. It was definitely a blend of Sarah Dessen, Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries, & Ann Brashares’ The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Acrobatics: A fast-paced read
The last book I read that I would consider fast paced is Christina Lauren’s The Unhoneymooners. Olive and Ethan are thrown into a hate-to-love relationship when everyone at a wedding gets food poisoning and the two must claim the married couple’s paid honeymoon.
Clowns: A book that made you laugh
My favorite contemporary romances tend to make me laugh out loud, which includes Alexa Martin’s Fumbled. There is so much humor between Poppy and her nine year old son, her best girl friends, and of course her romantic interest, TK.
Knife Thrower: A book that had you on the edge of your seat
The best thrillers always keep me on my toes and Sara Faring’s The Tenth Girl is no exception. I highly recommend going into this one without knowing anything.
Tightrope Walker: A book you just couldn’t put down
Kasie West’s Maybe This Time was one of my fastest binge reads ever last summer because I loved the setting and plot that much!
Ventriloquist: A book with a great twist
I think because I read so many books, I can often see when a twist is coming. That being said, I recent read of mine that had at least two twists I did not see coming was Chanel Cleeton’s Next Year in Havana. I had seen so many reviews for this one before picking it up, so I’m glad I avoided any spoilers!
Magician: A book with a magic system you love
The magic system in Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House is so intricate, complex, and unique. I am already looking forward to rereading it before the next book in the Alex Stern series comes out.
Static Trapeze: Best or Worst cliff hanger
I’m going with the best AND worst cliff hanger, which is Katharine McGee’s American Royals. Such a good ending, such big cliffhangers, such a huge book hangover as soon as I read the last line.
What book have you read lately that you weren’t able to put down. Is Harley on the Sky on your TBR? What other YA contemporaries are you looking forward to in 2020? Share in the comments!