13 YA Books to Read Over Spring Break

This school year has been like no other! And while you probably won’t be traveling for spring break, that’s no reason to miss out on an adventure. You can stay socially distanced from other people and have an epic spring break right at home by reading these YA books!

Whether you want to spend your break reading thrillers, romance, or fantasy, we’ve got you covered. Get your (socially distanced) spring break on with these fantastic YA books!

11 Paper Hearts

11 Paper Hearts

By Kelsey Hartwell

The cutest YA rom-com since To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before will melt your heart. After a terrible accident, Ella’s memories have been wiped away. A year later, a mysterious person leaves her a trail of paper hearts along with clues about her former life. This adorable book will keep you smiling to the end!

Breathless

Breathless

By Jennifer Niven

Get a head start on summer with this novel from the author of All the Bright Places! When Claude’s parents split up, she and her mom move to an island off the coast of Georgia for the summer. There, Claude meets a cute boy and hopes to have sex for the first time. As things heat up, she’ll have to decide how much of her heart she’s willing to give to a boy she plans on leaving at the end of the summer.

Dear Justyce

Dear Justyce

By Nic Stone

Take a look inside the American justice system with the sequel to Dear Martin. While Justyce is attending college, he starts communicating with an incarcerated teen named Quan. Through letters and flashbacks, Justyce learns about the events that led to Quan’s arrest. This heartbreaking story will keep you captivated from beginning to end.

The Gilded Ones

The Gilded Ones

By Namina Forna

Spring break is the perfect time to dive into this epic fantasy novel about a nearly immortal girl. When she’s labeled impure at a village ceremony, Deka has to choose whether to stay in her village and accept her death sentence or leave and join an army of female warriors like herself. You won’t be able to walk away from this action-packed novel!

Good Girl, Bad Blood

Good Girl, Bad Blood

By Holly Jackson

We can’t think of a better way to spend spring break than with the sequel to A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. When her friend goes missing and the police won’t investigate, Pip dusts off her detective skills. She’ll dig up even more dirty secrets on her small town—and this time, everyone is watching.

Influence

Influence

By Lilia Buckingham

Spend your spring break exploring the dark side of the social media influencer business. Four girls in LA have Instagram-perfect lives—at least, that’s what their followers think. But each girl is hiding a shadowy past that could ruin her. They’ll do anything to keep their secrets hidden.

Kisses and Croissants

Kisses and Croissants

By Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau

Take a trip to France this spring break with this fun and flirty YA rom-com! Food, ballet, and romance combine into the perfect Parisian getaway that will leave you feeling satisfied. Grab a beret and a croissant and get reading!

The Lake

The Lake

By Natasha Preston

If you loved The Twin, then this bone-chilling thriller needs to be in your spring break reading stack! Esme and Kayla did something terrible at camp when they were younger. Now they’re returning to the same lakeside camp as counselors. They’ve moved on from that horrible night, but the lake remembers what they did—and it won’t let them forget.

My Epic Spring Break (Up)

My Epic Spring Break (Up)

By Kristin Rockaway

Is there anything more fitting than reading a book about spring break during your spring break? When her summer plans go up in smoke, Ashley decides to make the most of her spring holiday. She explores NYC, meets a boy (or two), falls in love, and gets her heart broken. Pick up a copy of this YA novel to make your staycation complete!

Red Tigress

Red Tigress

By Amélie Wen Zhao

If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to catch up on your favorite fantasy series, spring break is it! Jump back into the world of Cyrilia and follow Ana as she searches for a way to take back the throne. Once again, she’ll have to team up with Ransom Quicktongue if she wants to survive, while steering clear of the new empress and raising an army.

We Were Liars Deluxe Edition

We Were Liars Deluxe Edition

By E. Lockhart

Four friends on a private island, family secrets, and an unreliable narrator—this novel has everything to make your spring break at home memorable! Take the opportunity to read this modern classic for the first (or tenth) time. You’ll devour every page of this twisty thriller.

The Wild

The Wild

By Owen Laukkanen

As long as we’re on the topic of summer camps, we need to discuss The Wild. This spooky thriller will keep you up all night, turning pages as fast as you can read them. It’s about a girl named Dawn who gets shipped off to a survivalist wilderness camp. But once she’s out in the woods, things don’t go as planned, and Dawn finds herself fighting for her life.

Wilder Girls

Wilder Girls

By Rory Power

Would you prefer to spend spring break covered in goose bumps? Wilder Girls is the book for you! You’ll discover an island cursed with a terrible disease and the girls who struggle to survive there. With monsters, secrets, and conspiracies, this spooky novel will make your spring break unforgettable!

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