Welcome to Colsten Can’t Wait, which is my verison of Waiting on Wednesday! Every week, my cat and pick out an upcoming book to highlight! I accidentatly got a really awesome picture, so we picked a book we thought would go well with it, which is If It Makes You Happy.
High school finally behind her, Winnie is all set to attend college in the fall. But first she’s spending her summer days working at her granny’s diner and begins spending her midnights with Dallas—the boy she loves to hate and hates that she likes. Winnie lives in Misty Haven, a small town where secrets are impossible to keep—like when Winnie allegedly snaps on Dr. Skinner, which results in everyone feeling compelled to give her weight loss advice for her own good. Because they care that’s she’s “too fat.” Winnie dreams of someday inheriting the diner—but it’ll go away if they can’t make money, and fast. Winnie has a solution—win a televised cooking competition and make bank. But Granny doesn’t want her to enter—so Winnie has to find a way around her formidable grandmother. Can she come out on top?
Honestly, when I saw this cover my brain just started screaming. And then when I read the summary the screaming just got louder. There is a happy, fat, Black girl on the cover of a mainstream YA book. I just, I don’t know how to express how happy that makes me. And then she’s in a queerplatonic relationship? And it’s about falling in romantic love for the first time? It’s so amazing and I seriously think it’s going to live up to everything it’s planning to be. I know Let’s Talk About Love hit the mark for a lot of people, so I’m really looking forward to reading this one! On top of all the rep, it sounds like a really amazing story. I think its going to have deep, meaningful themes, while also being light and fluffy and happy. I think it’s going to be amazing.
If It Makes You Happy comes out June 4th, 2019! You can add it on Goodreads and pre-order a copy in the meantime!
Thank you for reading!