*As per usual, this list will be updated as more covers are revealed
Always and Forever, Lara Jeanby Jenny Han - Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for.But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.
Allegedlyby Tiffany D. Jackson - 15-year-old Mary B. Addison, once accused of murdering a baby when she was nine, finds herself pregnant after release to a group home - and the only way to keep the baby is to tell the truth about what really happened six years ago.
American Street by Ibi Zobi - On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own. Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?
The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian -
Daria Esfandyar is Iranian-American and proud of her heritage. Daria and her friends call themselves the Authentics, because they pride themselves on always keeping it real. But in the course of researching a school project, Daria learns something shocking about her past, which launches her on a journey of self-discovery. With infighting among the Authentics, her mother planning an over-the-top sweet sixteen party, and a romance that should be totally off limits, Daria doesn’t have time for this identity crisis. As everything in her life is spinning out of control—can she figure out how to stay true to herself?
Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez - 17-year-old Dani struggles with how to process the ambiguous grief she feels in the aftermath of her mother’s death after moving to New Mexico with an aunt she never met.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco - 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.
Because not everyone can afford to spend a ridiculous amount of money on one high school dance, but that absolutely does not mean that you can’t enjoy your evening to the fullest.
Your prom dress definitely does not have to cost several hundred dollars. Amazon.com has some really nice formal dresses, and most of them are in the $50-100 range! (I know there are other websites specifically for discount prom dresses, but in my experience Amazon has better quality and lower prices. Plus prime shipping can be a lifesaver if you’re in a rush.)
And if fifty bucks is still out of your price range (and I know that it is for a lot of people), check your local thrift stores. Second-hand prom dresses sell for a fraction of their original price, and they’ve usually only been worn once or twice. Seriously, I got my first prom dress at a thrift store; it was a very pretty, very well-made dress, and I payed $15 for it. Check. Thrift. Stores.
Or, if you just don’t like second-hand clothes or if you couldn’t find anything good in the thrift stores, check Ross or a similar store. (Ross is just what we have in my hometown.) They usually stock some formal dresses around prom season, and they’re almost all in the $20-30 range. I’ve gone to formal events in dresses from Ross before, and they hold up really well and look great in pictures.
All of the stores I just mentioned are also really good places to get shoes, jewelry, ect. to go with your dress. Even stores like Walmart and Target might be good places to look for shoes, bags, and other accessories. And definitely check your own wardrobe – you might already own stuff that will look good with your dress. (I’ve worn the same pair of heels to, like, three different proms at this point tbh.)
Get a dress that fits you well without alterations. Seriously, tailors are so pricey – you’ll probably end up paying several times more for alterations than you did for the dress itself. You’ll save yourself a lot of money if you just buy a dress that already fits and looks good.
Do your own hair and makeup. There are approximately two billion “prom hair and makeup” tutorials on YouTube – find one that you like and practice it a couple of times before the big night.
And if you aren’t confident enough to do it yourself, call in a friend for help. I’m totally useless when it comes to hair, but my best friend is a hair genius. We would always get ready for dances together, and we’d do a trade-off; she’d do my hair for me, and I’d help her with her makeup, and then we’d both go to the dance looking amazing. It’s a good system, and makes getting ready a lot more fun.
Or, if you don’t want to do your own makeup and don’t have a friend you can ask, a lot of department stores that have makeup counters (Macy’s, Belk, ect.) will do free makeovers, even if you don’t buy any of the products! I had a friend in high school who always got her makeup done at Belk for school dances. I don’t like trusting a stranger to do my makeup, but it is an option if you want to get it done professionally without spending a lot of money. (MAC and Sephora both do “free” makeovers, but only if you make a $50 purchase first, so probably not the best option if you’re trying to save money. Always make sure that the makeover service really is free before you sit down in the makeup chair.)
Also, you absolutely do not have to wear dramatic makeup or complicated hairstyles to prom if you don’t want to. If bold makeup isn’t your thing, you can just do mascara and a little bit of lip gloss. If you don’t want to spend two hours on your hair, just wear it down, or pin it up in a really simple bun, or whatever works for you. You don’t even have to wear a dress if you don’t want to – if renting a tux is more your speed, then rent a tux. Feeling comfortable and confident in how you look is more important than following trends.
A/N: Got them Jae feels, his aMAZING BLONDE HAIR DIDN’T HELP ISTG HE IS A WORK OF ART
Is a senior
Every girl has had their eyes on him and some point during high school
He’s aware of this but doesn’t abuse the fact that practically every girl worships the ground he walks on
He’s got himself straight A’s in every class
From maths to P.E
He excels in everything
Is really calm and collected even tho it’s near finals
Always spends his free periods in the quad
Sometimes he’ll be reading, or he’ll sit there and lose himself in his favourite music
He started to notice an unfamiliar face sitting across from him on the opposite bench
You had no where to relax in your free periods as the library started to become crammed with seniors doing last minute studying over the past few days
You were a junior so you needn’t worry
He kept seeing you more and more often, always sitting opposite him as you read your book
Started to find you alluring but couldn’t pin point exactly what it was
One day he was late to your unorganised free period together and found you already sitting in your usual spot
He decided to be bold and take a seat next to you
U almost died
1. He scared you. You didn’t think he was in and 2. His shy smile and prominent dimples had your heart racing Them goddamn dimples istg
Tbh you were also surprised that he actually noticed you, he was deemed untouchable for you as you weren’t up there on the school pecking order you weren’t low either, kinda just average
He noticed the book in your hand and started to give his insight on it
Seems as he has basically read nearly all the books the school has to offer
And you were taken aback About his knowledge on your most favourite book
After spending the entire hour of your free talking to him about literature and his passion for music he offered to buy you a coffee after school so that you could finish your discussion on what you both deem ‘classics’
After that day you still spent every free period with him just now you actually speak to each other
Those free periods together started to extend into lunch
Then after school
Then at the weekend
Basically you were joined at the hip with each other
One couldn’t function without the other
It was a Friday night
He had come over to your place to run over study notes for the first exam that was going to be on the following Monday
For the first time, you were seeing him slightly worried
The cool calm and collected Jaehyun was withering away
He started to contemplate his future, he had no idea where it was going
“Y/N, what if I fail? I won’t be accepted by SNU! If I fuck up, my plan for the past 13 years will go down the drain!”
“Jae, stop it! You’ll do great!”
“How do you know?”
BAM U KISS HIM
POOR BOY’S HEART IS RACING
“I’ll make sure of it…”
That kiss honestly boosted his confidence up 110%
He realised that you were his new source of energy after that
I finally got some time to work on this blog because finals is starting to punch me in the face so I might as well share my AU before finals. If you ever found my FFN, then you would find out that I’m a slut for this type of AU…
Moon: She is the jock of the whole school and is so strong that it makes people feel really weak when she passes by the hallways. She likes to be intimidating and would just act scary tough in the halls. She wants to have a position for the football team and works hard to earn it. She meets a girl in senior year and gets really gay because “holy crap that girl is so damn cute and i have to protect her.”
Lillie: She is the book nerd who is afraid of being near people. And I really mean that this girl is a stereotypical nerd with huge glasses and people would say that this poor girl needs help. She tends to be afraid of people, but would not back down when someone threatens/bullies her because Gladion taught the girl some self-defense and she’s kinda okay with it enough to just run away from the bully or attacker. She shows no interest in Moon in the beginning, but soon gets feelings when Moon helps her in a tight situation and lets go of her tough jock persona.
Hau: He is the pure, goody two-shoes of the school and everybody calls him a sweetheart and girls swoon how much of a kind prince he is. But he likes to be an average joe and prefers to be treated normally and gets gifts on a daily basis. And soon he meets the bad boy of the school who is rude to everyone and even ruder to him. This is like obviously Gladion. Hau tries to bring out the good in Gladion because he doesn’t view Gladion to be as mean as he seems.
Gladion: Here is the “bad boy” of the school and girls swoon over him because he has the edgy cool kid looks. He tends to insult people and skip classes for some odd reason. It is because he volunteers at a local animal shelter in that time and likes dogs over humans. Sometimes he would protect Lillie when she gets bullied and ends up getting bruises and hides them under his “edgy clothes.” He tends to be rude to Hau because of his sweet personality and believes that all people will hurt/betray him. So Gladion would have more trust in dogs than Hau.
Sun: He is the best character of this AU guys. He is the teenage dirtbag and is known to be “The Best Friend.” He likes to be a skater boi and breaks his bones often (not really on purpose). He is the guy who probably gets high at the party and doesn’t have regrets about doing anything. If you just gave him $20 to wear lingerie he would do it for fun anyways. He is the best wingman. Is known for eating french fries out of Moon’s bra and drinks a lot sodas to do all-nighters. He is the dude who spies on his friends dates and hiding behind the plant or being a fake waiter. He plays the matchmaker and loves doing this as a job. Moon likes to say he’s a wimp, but she knows that he is really smart and shouldn’t underestimate his brain because he is Moon’s therapist and gives good life advice.
I don’t know if any of you guys would do fanart for this AU, but I would really cry happily because high school stereotypes is the best AU and I want to write this as a story with the plot and everything.
High School Survival Guide
(some advice I wish I had freshman year)
-sit in the front couple of rows on your first day. By the end of the semester/year, you’ll see how much more you understand compared to those who sat in the back
-don’t play on your phone the whole time. The guy you’re texting, the clash of clans battle, or the friend drama you’re dealing with on your phone can wait for lunch and after school (I wish I realized this last year)
-don’t slack off!!!! If you give yourself the time you need to do your homework without distractions, it will pay off. You can deal with not using your phone for an hour while you finish your math homework
-start your projects the week they’re assigned. Don’t wait until the last minute, the stress isn’t worth it
-it’s not the end of the world if you get one (or a couple) bad grades. I’ve cried and felt awful about getting some grades, but in the grand scheme of things, it won’t bring your average down as much as you think it will
-extracurriculars are fun and worthwhile, but only if you can manage them on top of your school work. Don’t pick up a club or sport if you’re already maxed out with schoolwork. Don’t sacrifice your sleep or your happiness just to put something on a college application
-smile when you walk down the hall! Trust me, no one else wants to be spending eight hours of their day in school, so seeing someone smile makes if more bearable, and makes you seem approachable
-be nice to everyone. High school is the best time in some peoples’ lives, and the worst in others. You don’t know what anyone is going through, and you never know how complimenting someone on their shirt could help them out
-the teachers are people too. Don’t be an ass to the teacher who “gave you” a bad grade. You earned what you got on it, even if you don’t feel like it. Teachers teach because they want to influence the next generation of adults, they want to help students in their most influenced time of life. They picked this job, despite the lesser salaries and verbal abuse from students, so you can handle going one class without being mean to them
-being nice to teachers will help you out a lot. Not only does it make them more willing to help you if you’re struggling, but sometimes they’ll bump your grade up from a .4 to a .5, bringing it up a point. Also, I’m sure they like seeing a friendly, smiling face in the sea of vaguely pissed off high school faces.
-boys are NOT as important as you think they are (or girls!!! This was written by a straight girl so from my perspective it’s boys!). That guy you’ve been dating for a while probably won’t be in your life two years down the road.
-If you have any doubts about a person, trust your gut. That first argument you get in with you friend or significant other, pay attention to how they treat you. If they call you any names or treat you as any less than you deserve, break it off. This is coming from someone who stayed in a relationship for five months after the first fight happened, and it just got downhill from there, with more names and more arguments. Don’t let it become that.
-okay last one: have fun sometimes. It’s okay to hang out with friends and make a few mistakes every once in a while. Don’t let your schoolwork or drama consume you, you’re only a kid once, so it’s okay for you to use this time to make your mistakes and learn from them.
This is what I’ve figured out so far, I’m not quite done with high school but I wish I would’ve seen something like this before I started! Hope this helps any struggling high schooler or future high schooler!