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Title: The Cost of Knowing
Author: Brittney Morris
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 6, 2021
Synopsis: “Sixteen-year-old Alex Rufus is trying his best. He tries to be the best employee he can be at the local ice cream shop; the best boyfriend he can be to his amazing girlfriend, Talia; the best protector he can be over his little brother, Isaiah. But as much as Alex tries, he often comes up short.
It’s hard to for him to be present when every time he touches an object or person, Alex sees into its future. When he touches a scoop, he has a vision of him using it to scoop ice cream. When he touches his car, he sees it years from now, totaled and underwater. When he touches Talia, he sees them at the precipice of breaking up, and that terrifies him. Alex feels these visions are a curse, distracting him, making him anxious and unable to live an ordinary life.
And when Alex touches a photo that gives him a vision of his brother’s imminent death, everything changes.
With Alex now in a race against time, death, and circumstances, he and Isaiah must grapple with their past, their future, and what it means to be a young Black man in America in the present.”
- The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum
- Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
- The Voice in My Head by Dana L. Davis
- When You Look Like Us by Pamela N. Harris
- Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson
- Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
- Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
- I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi
- Invisible Ghosts by Robyn Schneider
- They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
- The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante
- The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk
Have you read The Cost of Knowing? What else would you add to this list?