10 YA book releases we’re feeling thankful for this November

Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer. Image courtesy Macmillan Publishing Group
Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer. Image courtesy Macmillan Publishing Group /
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Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

The author who brought us American Panda is coming out with a new story this month, and it’s one that fans of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before are bound to take interest in. Gloria Chao’s Rent a Boyfriend tells the comical story of a girl who must introduce her made-up boyfriend to her parents — meaning she has to “rent a boyfriend” to make the whole thing seem legit.

Luckily, Chloe Wang knows just the company to find a stand-in boyfriend to impress her “traditional Asian parents.” That’s how she comes across Drew Chan, a struggling artist who joined Rent for Your ’Rents to make ends meet. Per the novel’s synopsis:

"“When Chloe rents Drew, the mission is simple: convince her parents fake Drew is worthy of their approval so they’ll stop pressuring her to accept a proposal from Hongbo, the wealthiest (and slimiest) young bachelor in their tight-knit Asian American community.”"

As you might have already guessed, it isn’t long before Chloe and Drew’s charade turns into something deeper than that. Unfortunately, that means they’ll have to contend with the fact that Drew is nothing like the person he’s put forth in front of her parents. If he becomes a permanent fixture in Chloe’s life, she’ll have to find a way to fit him into her polished world even if he’s different than what she’s used to. Can she manage it?

Rent a Boyfriend is available in print, ebook, and audiobook formats beginning November 10.