Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2024) Featured Review of Rain Rising by Courtne Comrie

  • Rain Rising
  • by Courtne Comrie
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Release Date: September 27, 2022
  • ISBN: 9780063159730

Rain is struggling to find happiness in her world. This sadness is leading her to bad thoughts and self-harm. She cannot express her feelings to her mom or her older brother. These feelings are intensified when her brother is attacked at a party during a campus tour weekend. Xander’s normal positive personality is shaken, and now Rain must learn where she fits in his healing as well as in her own.

Readers interested in family dynamics, intense social issues, the need for self-love and healing will appreciate this novel. This book will appeal to readers of Starfish by Lisa Fipps, Cut by Patricia McCormick, Speak by Laure Halse Anderson, and books by Kathleen Glasgow. Powerfully emotional, this middle grade verse novel deals with intense topics such as mental health, racism and dysfunctional families.

-Melissa Palmer

Other Potential Nominees

Release Date: January 3, 2023
The Secrets We Keep by Cassie Gustafson
Release Date: November 8, 2022

The Selected Lists teams read throughout the year in search of the best titles published in their respective categories. Once a book is suggested (either internally or through the title suggestion form), it must pass through a review process to be designated an official nomination.

Each week, the teams feature a review of one of the officially nominated titles. Additional titles to receive this designation are listed as well. At year’s end, the team will curate a final list from all nominated titles and select a Top Ten.
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