Ah, summer! Is there anything better than warm weather, long days, and relaxing afternoons with a book? We’ll give you a hint: the answer is no, there’s not.
Of all the great things that summer brings, tank tops, iced tea, and YA books are at the top of our list. And since YA is our specialty, we’ve created this list of must-read books you’ll want to add to your TBR pile.
So grab your favorite drink and settle in. You’re about to discover some of the best YA books this season has to offer!
Must-Have YA Romance
Get ready to feel happy! These YA romance novels are just what we need right now. They’re warm, sunny, and guaranteed to make you smile!
Oscar wants just one thing—to run a food truck with his grandfather after he graduates high school. But when Lou, an overachieving girl, ropes him into helping her reduce food waste at school, everything changes. Family, identity, love, and grief come together in this heartwarming novel.
Get ready to cry, laugh, and feel all the feels! The author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star is back with her third novel. And believe me, it was worth the wait! This book is heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time, so keep a box of tissues nearby as you read. It’s about a girl who can see every breakup coming a mile away and a boy who believes in saying yes to everything—even love.
We can’t get enough of Elle and Noah! They’re one of the cutest YA couples ever, and we can’t wait to read the third book in their epic love story. Sunny summer days at the beach, friendship drama, and steamy make-out sessions await! And don’t miss the movie adaptation coming to Netflix!
Have you ever seen Dirty Dancing? If not, go watch that movie. It’s a classic, and you’ll love it. Then grab a copy of Radha and Jai’s Recipe for Romance and fall in love with every page of this heartfelt book. Dance, food, culture, and romance combine in a sweet and dramatic novel you’ll adore.
When you need a lighthearted book that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, Kasie West delivers. Her newest YA romance is what you need this summer. It’s sweet, funny, romantic, and deliciously readable. Spend a happy afternoon or two with this delightful novel, and you’ll find yourself grinning from ear to ear!
Even if travel is out of the question right now, you can still visit Italy with this romantic retelling of Much Ado About Nothing. After a disastrous dinner party, Bea’s parents send her to Italy to spend the summer with her Bohemian uncle. There, she meets a charming artist named Ben, and the two of them decide to create the perfect summer romance together—without actually falling in love.
Séances, necromancy, and a girl clawing her way out of poverty—what more could you want? To support herself and her family, Katrell calls on the deceased loved ones of her clients. When she accidentally raises someone from the dead, she stumbles across a lucrative new business model. But magic doesn’t come free, and Katrell’s actions have a hefty price tag that she might not be able to pay.
If you loved Spin the Dawn, don’t miss Elizabeth Lim’s breathtaking new fantasy novel! When Shiori loses control of her magic during her betrothal ceremony, her stepmother turns her brothers into cranes, banishes her, and curses her with silence. On her own, with no money and no voice, Shiori searches for her brothers—and discovers a twisted plot to take over the empire.
If you like your fantasy to come with a side of chills, this spooky new YA novel from the author of House of Salt and Sorrows is a must-have! Ellerie lives in a remote town in the mountains that rarely sees visitors. When strange things start happening, the townspeople fear the return of mythical creatures that can grant your greatest wishes—for a price.
While you’re waiting for season 4 of Stranger Things to hit Netflix, you can ease your suffering by reading Robin’s backstory! With all her friends coupling up and setting their sights on college, Robin once again feels like the odd girl out. Tired of trying to fit in, Robin is determined to become her true self, once and for all. With easter eggs, a nostalgic ’80s setting, and a fan-favorite main character, this novel is the perfect thing to satisfy your craving for more Stanger Things!
It’s a good day when the sequel to one of your favorite YA fantasy novels comes out. Venture into a world of magic, adventure, romance, sword fights, and rivalries. With their kingdom divided and held hostage by corrupt mages, Ren and Chiara must work together to save it. You won’t be able to get enough of this action-packed fantasy!
Boarding school, witchcraft, and a spooky mystery? Sign me up! If you loved Wilder Girls, add this book to your summer reading stack ASAP! You don’t want to miss out on this chilling novel about two girls delving into their school’s macabre history and waking the long-dormant darkness.
Thrillers and Slashers to Keep You Up All Night
If you love reading under the covers with a flashlight, add these books to your TBR pile! From wild weekends gone wrong to prep-school page-turners, these thrillers and slashers will keep you glued to the page!
Travel back to the glittering days of 1940s Hollywood with this captivating mystery novel. When she stumbles across the dead body of a famous actress, Clara gets pulled into the investigation. With rumors, accusations, and conspiracies swirling, Clara discovers the dark side of the movie business.
Raise your hand if you’re ready for Kara Thomas’s next thriller! From the author of The Cheerleaders and Little Monsters comes a story about three friends and a weekend getaway that ends in disaster. Everyone wants to know what happened, but Claire doesn’t remember anything except waking up alone and covered in blood. Now, her two best friends are missing, and everyone is looking to her for answers.
Calling all dark academia book nerds! Here is your next favorite YA thriller. At the prestigious Clifton Academy, five girls will do whatever it takes to get into the colleges of their dreams—including murder. This dark, perfectly paced novel is smart, chilling, and addictive. You won’t be able to put it down!
If boarding school thrillers are your jam, you’ll love this haunting mystery novel! It’s about a girl named Haley, her dead ex–best friend, a ghost in the dorms, and a killer on the loose. This chilling book will give you goose bumps from beginning to end!
When you want to escape into someone else’s life for a while, pick up one of these contemporary YA novels. Whether you’re into reading stories about social justice or finding your purpose in life, these books are just what you need.
While all her friends are getting ready for college, Miho’s world falls apart. She finds passion and purpose when she decides to do a triathlon. Her friends help her train, and as she pushes herself each day, Miho learns that she is capable of more than she thought. Inspiring and hopeful, this novel will capture your heart!
We’ll read anything that Jeff Zentner writes—including his to-do list! Thankfully, we don’t have to resort to that because he has a new book coming out in August. Friendship, family, grief, and loyalty play out in this heartfelt novel. When Cash’s best friend secures both of them full-ride scholarships to an elite prep school, he will have to decide if he wants to follow her to Connecticut and leave behind the only home he has ever known.
Josie wins a contest to write the profile of an up-and-coming movie star. As she wades into the glamorous world of celebrities and film-making, she starts to hear whispers of terrible things happening to women. If you’re interested in the #metoo movement, especially in Hollywood, you’ll love this thought-provoking book.
Breaking Bad goes YA in this novel about a girl who starts growing marijuana to help her family. When her father’s VA benefits shrink, Honor’s family faces financial and medical challenges. To make ends meet and help her father, Honor starts growing weed in their family garden. If you’re in the mood for a book filled with drug dealers, betrayal, bribery, and felons, look no further!
Get ready for a feel-good book that will make you laugh out loud and cringe at the same time! Wilbur has never lived down his most embarrassing moment and has resigned himself to be a dork until he graduates high school. When his school band hosts some exchange students, Wilbur thinks he might have a shot with a cute French girl named Charlie. She doesn’t return his feelings, but with a little help from his friends, Wilbur might be able to change her mind.
When Brazilian pop star Natalie gets dumped on live TV, her popularity and career take a nosedive. To help her get back on top, her PR team hires an Instagram-perfect fake boyfriend. But when Natalie starts to fall for William for real, she risks getting her heart broken. It’s a feel-good YA romance destined for rom-com stardom!
Have you ever played the game Murder in the Dark? If not, don’t worry—just read this book. Ten teens share a beach house for an after-prom weekend party. Each of them is hiding a dark secret, but nobody expects the party guests to start dropping dead. This fast-paced whodunnit will keep you reading well past your bedtime!
Four friends, a fancy hotel, and a birthday bash gone wrong—this fast-paced YA thriller is a must-read! If you’re obsessed with suspenseful books that keep you guessing through every twist and turn, look no further!
Religious diversity, female scientists, and romance set in historical Colorado? Yes, please! There aren’t many YA books with Mormon protagonists, but this beautifully written book features a teen girl struggling with faith, family, and career ambitions. This novel by an own voices author tackles issues like growing up and finding your place in the world—even when life and loyalty pull you in different directions.
Nonfiction lovers, this one is for you! This book offers firsthand accounts of Russian children separated from their parents during World War II. Their stories are harrowing and eye-opening. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the innocent victims of war, this book will keep you captivated from cover to cover.
Our heroes are back . . . kind of. From the bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic Aurora Cycle series about a squad of misfits, losers, and discipline cases who just might be the galaxy's best hope for survival.
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Adapted from the adult memoir, this gripping and acclaimed story follows one boy's journey into young adulthood, against the backdrop of civil war and his ultimate immigration to America in search of a better life.
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Fans of Monday's Not Coming and Girl in Pieces will love this award-winning novel about a girl on the verge of losing herself and her unlikely journey to recovery after she is removed from anything and everyone she knows to be home.
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Surviving a few weeks at the world's most lethal boarding school was one thing. But now comes the real test: Can November Adley find her missing father before her enemies find her? Subterfuge is the name of the game in this thrilling sequel to Killing November, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Hang ...
Perfect for fans of Morgan Matson and Netflix/Hallmark Channel rom-coms, this is the story of a girl who decides to give in to the universe and just say yes to everything, bringing her friendship, new experiences, and, if she lets her guard down, true love.
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For fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Furyborn comes a thrilling new fantasy about a kingdom ravaged by war, and the princess who might be the key to saving not only those closest to her, but the kingdom itself, if she reveals the very secret that could destroy her.
The kingdom of Hálendi is in trouble. It's losing th...
Fans went wild for this gripping, emotional addition to the Stranger Things' universe after its successful launch! Fall into the never-before-told backstory of the beloved Dig Dug maven, Max Mayfield, written by New York Times bestselling author Brenna Yovanoff.
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Six Crimson Cranes comes a fantasy filled with courtly intrigue, deceitful demons, and breathtaking gowns ... the stakes are higher than ever in this thrilling sequel to Spin the Dawn!
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