cover image I Hope This Doesn’t Find You

I Hope This Doesn’t Find You

Ann Liang. Scholastic Press, $19.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-338-82715-6

An Aussie teen’s perfect facade crumbles when her private emails are leaked to the whole school in this sardonic love story by Liang (This Time It’s Real). Seventeen-year-old Sadie Wen is a model student: she’s a school captain, has stellar grades, and is an active volunteer. But while she’s friendly on the outside, she secretly pours her frustrations into email drafts ripping into fellow students’ work ethics and unfair teacher assessments. Sadie’s most heated vexations are channeled toward her co-captain, irksome childhood rival Julius Gong. When the emails are accidentally sent, Sadie must face the music. Not only has she raised the ire of her fellow students and teachers, but she’s also expected to work with Julius on various activities around the school in a show of camaraderie. The snarky duo’s forced proximity allows them to open up, be vulnerable, and learn to appreciate each other for the first time. Underlying themes of parental abandonment, bullying, and academic stress add depth to the teens’ developing relationship in this well-paced, banter-filled rivals-to-lovers romance. Sadie and Julius are Chinese Australian. Ages 12–up. (Feb.)