The Books You’ve Wanted to Read All Year (and Finally Can Now That it’s Summer!)

We’ve all been there—you’re out with friends, and everyone starts talking about a cool new book or the trendiest show.

You nod along enthusiastically and laugh when everyone laughs, but internally you’re freaking out because you have NO IDEA what they’re talking about. Fortunately, summer’s here, which hopefully means having a lot more time to catch up on shows, movies, and of course reading.

We put together this list of 14 of the most-hyped YA books of 2017 (so far) that you might finally get the chance to read (and be able to discuss with whatever group you find yourself in).

1. For Anyone Who’s Had Trouble Letting Go:

Goodbye Days

Goodbye Days

By Jeff Zentner

After sending a life-changing text, Carver Briggs is left to deal with the heartbreaking loss of three friends who died in a car accident. Carver struggles with whether or not his text was the cause of their accident. With the help of some unexpected allies, Carver must learn to forgive himself and say goodbye.

2. For Anyone Who’s Experienced a Major Loss:

Because of the Sun

Because of the Sun

By Jenny Torres Sanchez

When Dani Falls’s mother is unexpectedly killed, she must not only learn to cope with the sudden death but she must also move in with her long-lost aunt whom she barely knows. The change sends Dani into a whirlwind of emotions until she meets Paulo. The life-changing relationship rocks Dani’s world and helps her begin to heal.

3. For the ’90s Boy Band Lover:

Fireworks

Fireworks

By Katie Cotugno

If you’re obsessed with the boy band era, Fireworks by Katie Cotugno is a must-read. Take a trip back in time in this hit novel set in Orlando during the ’90s, and follow competitive best friends Olivia and Dana on their quest for pop-music stardom.

4. For Those Who Want a Good Cry:

History Is All You Left Me

History Is All You Left Me

By Adam Silvera

Griffin is in the midst of dealing with heartbreak after his first love, Theo, tragically drowned in an accident. Hiding from the world is the easy thing to do, until he finds comfort in Jackson. This tear-jerking novel by Adam Silvera will make you cry, smile, and question life as you know it.

5. For the Hamilton Fanatic:

Alex and Eliza: A Love Story

Alex and Eliza: A Love Story

By Melissa de la Cruz

Fans of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton will want to check out this YA spin-off. It features young Elizabeth Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton as a twist of fate brings them together in this colonial romance novel.

6. For Topical Conversations:

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give introduces readers to Starr Carter, who witnesses the shooting of her best friend by a police officer. As the nation drags her friend’s name through the mud, only Starr can shine a light on what really went down that night.

7. For the Nonfiction Lover:

Girl Rising

Girl Rising

By Tanya Lee Stone

Inspired by the idea of changing the world one girl at a time, Girl Rising is a must-read for its eye-opening take on communities around the world. Expanding on the film of the same name, this valuable nonfiction work dives into the hardships that girls face every day, including discrimination, poverty, and slavery.

8. For the Dreamers:

North of Happy

North of Happy

By Adi Alsaid

Once known for being the perfect son, Carlos Portillo goes against his parents’ wishes and leaves everything behind in order to work alongside a celebrity chef.

9. For the Performance Fan:

Caraval

Caraval

By Stephanie Garber

After finally scoring an invitation to see the epic Caraval, Scarlett can’t wait to witness the exciting performance. But when her sister, Tella, gets kidnapped as part of the act, Scarlett is left to distinguish between what’s real and what’s just for show as she works to rescue her sister.

10. For the Beauty and the Beast Fans:

Hunted

Hunted

By Meagan Spooner

There’s more than meets the eye in this spin on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast. While braving the mysterious forest of the Beast, Yeva hunts the monster in his own territory. With fairy-tale creatures and unexpected twists at every turn, this story makes for an epic retelling.

11. For the YA Series Enthusiast:

Blood Rose Rebellion

Blood Rose Rebellion

By Rosalyn Eves

In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, sixteen-year-old Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s native land, Hungary after she accidentally breaks her sister’s spell. In Hungary, Anna can’t seem to help herself from breaking spells. As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romani, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.

12. For the Hopeless Romantic:

Words in Deep Blue

Words in Deep Blue

By Cath Crowley

Rachel and Henry, two former best friends who could have been more, find their way back to each other in a bookstore full of secrets and crushes, grief and hope—and letters hidden between the pages.

13. For the Movie Buff:

Alex, Approximately

Alex, Approximately

By Jenn Bennett

Brought together by their love of films, Bailey and Alex instantly form a mutual attraction after meeting online. But when Bailey unexpectedly moves closer to Alex, she’s hesitant about meeting him IRL.

14. For the Pretty Little Liars Binge-Watcher:

 

One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying

By Karen M. McManus

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention:

  • Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
  • Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
  • Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
  • Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
  • And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Which one will you read first? Tag us @GetUnderlined and tell us what book you’ve been dying to read this year!


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