While 2020 has been an unpredictable year so far, there’s one thing we’ve all been looking forward to— the amazing lineup of new fall YA books! Whether it’s a paperback original, a sequel in your fave series, or a buzz-worthy new release, these books will keep you up all night! Here are the most-anticipated YA books (and new in paperback) we’ll be reading and talking about this fall.
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You’re going to love everything these paperback originals have in store for you. From thrills and chills to heartwarming romances, get ready to have the time of your life with these page-turning reads!
If you devoured R. L. Stine books when you were younger, you’ll love Fright Night. A group of friends decide to attend a spooky event in the woods and get far more terror than they bargained for. Filled with twists, turns, and plenty of bone-chilling moments, this book will give you the gooseflesh you’ve been craving!
When Katelyn creates an online dating profile for her widowed mom, she never expects her entire world to unravel. Now she and her mother are in danger. She goes looking for answers, but her mother isn’t talking. On top of everything else, the arrival of a mysterious new boy makes Katelyn question everything she thought she knew. This exciting paperback thriller will keep you turning pages all night long!
Is there anything better than a cute YA Christmas romance? Bailey loves everything about Christmas, from the lights to the food. This year, she has just one wish—to kiss someone under the mistletoe. This feel-good holiday romance is the perfect escape from reality.
We can’t think of a better book to read after all the craziness of 2020. It’s a story of new beginnings and making the most of every moment. When Tess meets Christopher at a resort in Vermont, she decides to get started on her New Year’s resolutions a little early. With his help, Tess gets out of her comfort zone and has some fun. But Christopher is keeping a secret that could destroy their budding romance before the new year even starts.
You’ve been waiting for them, and here they are! The sequels to your favorite new series are hitting bookstores this fall and begging for you to read them. Here are the can’t-miss sequels of the season!
We know you’re as excited about this sequel to American Royals as we are. Royalty, romance, and politics—what’s not to love? Welcome back to the royal drama everyone’s obsessing about. Find out what happens as Beatrice gets ready to take the crown and America gets ready for its very first queen. If you love keeping up with royalty IRL, this book is a must-read!
Nic Stone tore our hearts out with her novel Dear Martin. If you’re ready for round two, pick up the gut-wrenching sequel, Dear Justyce. It’s about a boy named Quan who grew up a block away from Justyce but now sits in a juvenile detention center. He writes letters to Justyce and reflects on the series of events that ended with him behind bars.
Return to a world of ancient magic, royal marriages, romance, betrayal, and friendship in this sequel to The Guinevere Deception. Everything is going well in Camelot, but Guinevere is still struggling to find her place in the kingdom. And when the real Guinevere’s younger sister shows up, her deception and true identity could be exposed.
Don’t miss the hilarious and action-packed sequel to The Babysitters Coven, which is about two teenage witches tasked with saving the innocent from doom. When the governing body of witches calls a Summit, Esme hopes she’ll be able to get answers to some burning questions. But as the Summit draws closer, strange things start happening, and Esme fears that the convention will turn deadly.
In Gravemaidens, we were introduced to Kammani and her younger sister Nanaea, who was selected to accompany the emperor to his grave. Now, a few months later, the maidens have found refuge away from the palace. But a deadly case of mistaken identity reveals that their past has caught up to them. Once again, Kammani and the other maidens must outsmart their enemies to save their kingdom and their lives.
Who’s really to blame in a college admissions scandal? Eighteen-year-old Chloe has it all—money, privilege, and an acceptance letter to a prestigious university. But her picture-perfect life crumbles when the FBI accuses her mother of bribing the university to admit Chloe. This highly readable and timely novel about a wealthy, entitled family will keep you glued to the page.
We’re anxiously awaiting Karen M. McManus’s newest book about the most terrifying thing in the world—family. You won’t want to put down this suspenseful mystery about a beach town, family secrets, and money. Three cousins are invited to spend the summer at the estate of their estranged and uber-rich grandmother. There, the cousins uncover a dark past and disturbing secrets that have been hidden for decades.
Obsessed with His Dark Materials? If you’ve devoured every book in the series and are craving more, pick up this new story about Lyra and Pan venturing to the far North once again. This novella is set between the events of The Amber Spyglass and The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth. It’s just the thing to tide you over until the next full-length book!
A dark fantasy adventure inspired by a Jewish folk tradition? Yes, please! When the Angel of Death saunters through their town, two teens set out on a quest to save their demon-infested home. They’ll need all their courage and wits to make it back alive. Set in an Eastern European town, this book will take you on an unforgettable journey.
When you’re in the mood for a quick and satisfying read, grab this collection of YA fantasy stories by #ownvoices authors. Get lost in fast-paced tales of magic, love, monsters, and royalty from some of the most popular YA authors. You won’t be able to stop at just one!
You won’t be able to set down the latest origin story in the DC Icons series! Gotham City is under the control of the Court of Owls, an organization that keeps girls and women silenced and submissive. But Dinah Lance can’t forget the time she heard a girl singing—an offense punishable by death—and wants her own voice liberated. To do that, she’ll need to defeat the Court of Owls.
Want to feel inspired and hopeful? Pick up this autobiography, which tells the story of Ger Duany’s journey from a child soldier in Sudan to a Hollywood actor and peace activist in the United States. His story is full of grit, resilience, and quiet strength as he overcomes tremendous obstacles and finds his voice.
Nobody can give you the feels like Jennifer Niven. If you adored All the Bright Places, then Breathless needs to be on your TBR this fall! It’s about a girl named Claude who moves with her newly divorced mom to a small island off the coast of Georgia. There, she meets a boy with a mysterious past. As her summer heats up, Claude hopes to have sex for the first time. You’ll cry, laugh, and fall in love as you read this book!
You’ll love this graphic novel about a boy named Tiến who wants to tell his parents he’s gay. Tiến’s Vietnamese parents struggle with English, so communication isn’t always easy, but they love reading library books with him. This heartfelt book about family, identity, and acceptance will have you cheering for Tiến until the last page.
Give your feels a boost of happiness with this collection of stories about teens who found love during lockdown. In this book, you’ll find sweet stories of teens falling in love over takeout, TikTok, and music. It’s the feel-good book we all need right now.
You won’t want to come up for air while you’re reading this opposites-attract YA romance! Hadley isn’t looking for heartbreak, so she’s avoiding boys until she graduates and heads off to art school. But when the athletic and gorgeous Braden walks into her life, Hadley finds herself in a whirlwind romance and she can’t get enough. When things take an unexpected turn, Hadley will have to decide what she truly wants.
What’s better than a YA romance? A YA romance written by the author of Dear Martin! Rico sells a winning lottery ticket, but the prize is never claimed. With the help of a handsome and rich boy named Zan, Rico tries to locate the winner. Their investigation will bring them closer together, but it will also expose the glaring differences between them.
Escape to the magical land of Camelot with this fantasy retelling of the legend of King Arthur. When magic threatens to invade Camelot, the exiled wizard Merlin sends his daughter to marry King Arthur and protect him. Princess Guinevere will have to navigate the tricky politics of court while fending off threats to Arthur, Camelot, and herself.
Don’t miss the stunning second installment in the Book of Dust series! Lyra is in college and thinks her childhood adventures are a thing of the past. But when a dying man entrusts Lyra and her dæmon with his secrets, they get pulled into a mystery that demands answers. Lyra and Malcolm set off on perilous journeys across Europe as they each search for clues.
This one’s for all the gamer geeks out there. The heart-pounding conclusion to the Last Reality series is in paperback, and we couldn’t be more excited. On the run from the powerful VR company poised to dominate the future, Simon and his friends are determined to thwart them. Simon ventures into the newest game, OtherLife, and faces his biggest challenge yet.
Discover the gritty world of boxing in this captivating YA novel about a young Olympic hopeful. Life isn’t easy for Gravity, but boxing gives her the confidence and opportunities she can’t find anywhere else. In a sport dominated by boys, Gravity learns to fight for what she wants and never give up on her dreams.
Escape to a world of magic, royalty, and corruption in the first book in an epic fantasy series. Blamed for the murder of her father, the emperor, Anastacya flees the palace and teams up with a crime lord to uncover the conspiracy at work in her kingdom.
Simone is getting a fresh start with a new school, new friends, and an exciting new boyfriend. As things between her and Miles heat up, Simone knows she has to tell him she’s HIV positive. When she finds a threatening note in her locker, Simone is faced with the choice of protecting her secret or coming clean—and possibly losing Miles as a result.
Fall in love again and again with this collection of romantic stories from the author of Every Day and Two Boys Kissing. Each year, David Levithan wrote a story for his friends and family on Valentine’s Day. He collected those stories into this personal and heartfelt book.