25 March

Spring Essentials: Good Books, Flip-Flops, and Sunglasses

As snow melts and warm breezes fill the air, don’t forget to grab a good book (or two!) as you head out with-flip flops and sunglasses. Spring Break reads? We’ve got the perfect line up! Since January, we’ve released two incredible YA historical fiction novels: Between Before and After and Within These Lines. Each novel is a page-turner filled with intrigue and angst. If historical isn’t your thing, you’ll adore the laugh-out-loud contemporary romance Pretty in Punxsutawneya Pretty in Pink meets Groundhog Day mash-up that reads like a movie.

While you’re on Spring Break (or maybe heading home), keep an eye out for our spring releases We Were Beautiful and No Place Like Here. These contemporary reads are a little more serious, exploring relatable characters and reminding each of us how to find our way back home. Both titles are perfect for the pool, the beach, a lounge chair, or even cozy bedtime reading.

From acclaimed author Heather Hepler comes We Were Beautiful. Mia is a teenager whose severely scarred face is a reminder of the car crash that killed her older sister. When Mia moves to New York City for the summer, she meets a group of friends who understand her grief and guilt and who want her to find a new beginning. This captivating story will help readers heal from scars in their own lives, and Mia’s beautiful, uplifting journey of discovery and learning to push through difficult moments will leave you inspired. We Were Beautiful releases on April 2, 2019.

No Place Like Here from Christina June is a modern twist on Hansel and Gretel. This book is a stand-alone novel, but those who have read previous Blink titles from Christina will recognize the protagonist, Ashlyn Zanotti. When school is out and summer plans look bleak, she must come to terms with her strained relationship with her dad and her own personal demons to find her way back home. No Place Like Here is a gripping story that reminds readers to believe in the power of second chances, even when life leads to unexpected places. No Place Like Here releases on May 21, 2019.

We hope these books find a place on your bookshelf or in your classroom—Educator’s Guides are available for every book mentioned! You can find a book’s Educator’s Guide on the Blink website as soon as it goes on sale (

Whether reading is just for fun or is a supplement to classroom reading, Blink strives to meet readers where they’re at with clean YA books that are thought-provoking and entertaining. We hope you’ll get to know our list and our authors. Happy spring, and happy reading!


Annette Bourland
Publisher, Blink