Hi, Should-Heads! Today, we are so excited to share our conversation with Alena Dillon! Her second novel, The Happiest Girl in the World, was one of Julia's most anticipated books for April and for good reason. It's a ripped-from-the-headlines story that's infuriating and devastating in equal measure.
Julia: Tokyo Ever After (Emiko Jean), What Comes After (JoAnne Tompkins) and The Galaxy and the Ground Within (Becky Chambers)
Kelly: In the Event of Contact (Ethel Rohan), The Anthropocene Reviewed (John Green)
Rachael: It's Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake (Claire Christian), One Two Three (Laurie Frankel)
Happy book birthday:
Paper Heart by Cat Patrick! It's a companion novel to Tornado Brain and is out now wherever you buy books. https://bookshop.org/books/paper-heart-9781984815347/9781984815347
Julia: How Lucky (Will Leitch), Ariadne (Jennifer Saint), Imposter Syndrome (Kathy Wang) and Record of a Spaceborn Few (Becky Chambers).
Kelly: Concrete Rose (Angie Thomas), Secret Windows (Stephen King), The Last Thing He Told Me (Laura Dave), The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes (Xio Axelrod), How Lucky (Will Leitch), Project Hail Mary (Andy Weir), Ariadne (Jennifer Saint) and Last Summer at the Golden Hotel (Elyssa Friedland)
Rachael: Ariadne (Jennifer Saint), Last Summer at the Golden Hotel (Elyssa Friedland) and Project Hail Mary (Andy Weir)
Alena Dillon recommends Valentine (Elizabeth Wetmore) and The Most Fun We Ever Had (Claire Lombardo)