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Must-Read YA Books to Devour This Summer

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!

Donuts and Other Proclamations of Love

Donuts and Other Proclamations of Love

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.

Instructions for Dancing

Instructions for Dancing

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.

The Kissing Booth

The Kissing Booth

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!

Radha & Jai's Recipe for Romance

Radha & Jai's Recipe for Romance

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.

Sunkissed

Sunkissed

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!

Under a Dancing Star

Under a Dancing Star

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.

YA Fantasy and Sci-Fi Novels to Help You Escape Reality

There’s no better way to escape real life than with an immersive YA fantasy novel! Whether you want dragons or monsters, these books will give you the retreat from reality you crave.

Bad Witch Burning

Bad Witch Burning

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.

Six Crimson Cranes

Six Crimson Cranes

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.

Small Favors

Small Favors

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.

Stranger Things: Rebel Robin

Stranger Things: Rebel Robin

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!

Untethered

Untethered

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!

A Lesson in Vengeance

A Lesson in Vengeance

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!

The Silver Blonde

The Silver Blonde

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.

That Weekend

That Weekend

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.

The Ivies

The Ivies

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!

When All the Girls Are Sleeping

When All the Girls Are Sleeping

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!

Contemporary YA Books You’ll Love

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.

Fierce as the Wind

Fierce as the Wind

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!

In the Wild Light

In the Wild Light

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.

Off the Record

Off the Record

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.

Smoke

Smoke

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!

Tremendous Things

Tremendous Things

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.

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They’re paperback, they’re original, and they’re all yours! When you need YA romances and thrillers, you’ll find them right here.

Like a Love Song

Like a Love Song

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!

Prom House

Prom House

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!

Room Service

Room Service

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!

Historical Fiction and Nonfiction to Escape Into

History rocks! At least, that’s how you’ll feel after you’ve devoured these historical and nonfiction books.

Beyond the Mapped Stars

Beyond the Mapped Stars

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.

Last Witnesses (Adapted for Young Adults)

Last Witnesses (Adapted for Young Adults)

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.

New in Paperback

Paperbacks are coming! We love paperbacks, and we know you do too. Here are the must-read books coming out in paperback this summer.

Again Again

Again Again

This twisty novel from the New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud asks: What if there were infinite universes and infinite ways to fall in love?

If you could live your life again, what would you do differently?

After a near-fatal family catastrophe and an unexpect...

The Assignment

The Assignment

Inspired by a real-life incident, this riveting novel explores the dangerous impact discrimination and antisemitism have on one community when a school assignment goes terribly wrong.

Would you defend the indefensible?

That's what seniors Logan March and Cade Crawford are asked to do when a favorite teacher instructs a g...

Aurora Burning

Aurora Burning

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.

First, the bad news: Anancient evil--your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy...

Burn Our Bodies Down

Burn Our Bodies Down

"[A] deliriously creepy tale...that'll keep your nightmares up at night." --Melissa Albert, New York Times bestselling author of The Hazel Wood

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Wilder Girls comes a feverishly twisty thriller about a girl whose past has always been a mystery--until she dec...

Call Me American (Adapted for Young Adults)

Call Me American (Adapted for Young Adults)

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.

Abdi Nor Iftin grew up amidst a blend of cultures, far from the United States. At home in Somalia, his mother entertained...

The Court of Miracles

The Court of Miracles

Les Misérables meets Six of Crows in this page-turning adventure as a young thief finds herself going head to head with leaders of Paris's criminal underground in the wake of the French Revolution.

In the violent urban jungle of an alternate 1828 Paris, the French Revolution has failed and the city is divi...

Date Me, Bryson Keller

Date Me, Bryson Keller

"One of the most adorable, big-hearted, charming books in existence." --Becky Albertalli, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

What If It's Us meets To All the Boys I've Loved Before in this upbeat and heartfelt boy-meets-boy romance that feels like a modern twist on a ...

Home Home

Home Home

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.

Moving from Trinidad to Canada wasn't her idea. But after being hospitalized for depressi...

Hunting November

Hunting November

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 ...

Say Yes Summer

Say Yes Summer

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.

"I would say yes to this adorable love story again and again. It is an instant dos...

Shielded

Shielded

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...

A Sky Painted Gold

A Sky Painted Gold

"I Capture the Castle meets Gatsby. It's absolutely delicious!"--Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author

A gorgeously dreamy coming-of-age romance perfect for fans of A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue.

It is the summer of 1929. Lou Trevelyan is a small-town girl with big dreams of becomi...

Some Kind of Animal

Some Kind of Animal

"Sharp and unyielding. I loved every page." --Rory Power, New York Times bestselling author of Wilder Girls

For fans of Sadie comes a heart-pounding thriller about two girls with a secret no one would ever believe, and the wild, desperate lengths they will go to protect each other from the outside world.


Jo...

Stranger Things: Runaway Max

Stranger Things: Runaway Max

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.

Meet Max. She's from California. She skateboards. Her fami...

Unravel the Dusk

Unravel the Dusk

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!

Maia Tamarin's journey to sew the dresses of the sun, the moon, and the stars has ta...

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