12 must-read August YA book releases to close out your summer

The Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman. Image Courtesy Penguin Random House
The Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman. Image Courtesy Penguin Random House /
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Now That I’ve Found You – Kristina Forest

Author Kristina Forest’s upcoming second book, Now That I’ve Found You, is a quirky, YA rom-com about a disgraced starlet named Evie who enlists the help of a cute delivery boy when her eccentric grandma goes missing in New York City. It’s a story of adventure, discovering your self-worth and, of course, finding love along the way.

Forest’s book is another that was originally intended for an early summer 2020 release, only to see its publish date pushed back thanks to the raging coronavirus pandemic.

She describes Now That I’ve Found You as Where’d You Go, Bernadette? meets Don’t Tell Mom, The Babysitter’s Dead, and if that combination sounds like it might hook you too, we’ve actually got an exclusive excerpt from the story that you can read right here.

The official synopsis describes the story as follows.

"Following in the footsteps of her überfamous grandma, eighteen-year-old Evie Jones is poised to be Hollywood’s next big star. That is until a close friend’s betrayal leads to her being blacklisted . . . Fortunately, Evie knows just the thing to save her floundering career: a public appearance with America’s most beloved actress—her grandma Gigi, aka the Evelyn Conaway. The only problem? Gigi is a recluse who’s been out of the limelight for almost twenty years. Days before Evie plans to present her grandma with an honorary award in front of Hollywood’s elite, Gigi does the unthinkable: she disappears. With time running out and her comeback on the line, Evie reluctantly enlists the help of the last person to see Gigi before she vanished: Milo Williams, a cute musician Evie isn’t sure she can trust. As Evie and Milo conduct a wild manhunt across New York City, romance and adventure abound while Evie makes some surprising discoveries about her grandma—and herself."

Now That I’ve Found You is available on August 25.