Just about all of us have hit at least one “pandemic wall,” but luckily, there are some incredible YA novels available right now that are sure to take you out of that dreaded reading slump you’ve been experiencing.
In this timely thriller, five girls at Claflin Academy share the same goal: to get into the Ivy League at any cost. You could say their desire is deadly. Nothing is off-limits in this smart, addictive book about a group of twisted yet fascinating boarding school girls and the hypercompetitive world of college admissions. It is a classic whodunit mystery that promises to keep the pages turning.
Seventeen-year-old aspiring journalist Josie Wright has always found solace in writing. When she wins a coveted contest to write a celebrity profile for Deep Focus magazine, she is whisked away on a multi-city tour full of handlers, stylists, producers, and all manner of the Hollywood elite, including the dazzling newcomer she’ll be interviewing: Marius Canet. After a young actress lets her in on a terrible and disturbing secret, more women began to come forward. Josie feels compelled to speak up, but grapples with whether it’s her story to tell.
For ten unlucky high school seniors, what was meant to be the best night of their lives turns out to be their worst nightmare. All ten are staying at a shared prom house on the Jersey Shore to celebrate the major event, but an after-party turns deadly when one of them is murdered. Panic ensues, and suspicion and paranoia reach a boiling point as everyone tries to determine which one of them is the killer. Time is running out, though, because they’re dying one by one, and everyone has a secret.
Everyone in their small Appalachian town knows what happened to Jo’s mom, who vanished into thin air fifteen years ago. She was known as a wild woman, and now people are beginning to talk about Jo. In class, she can barely keep her eyes open and she’s always falling asleep at her desk, but it’s not because she’s up all night partying. Jo has a dangerous secret: a twin sister, a wild girl who lives in the woods and catches rabbits with her bare hands and eats them raw. Each night, Jo slips out of her bedroom window to visit her, and no one is the wiser. But when her sister attacks a boy from town, everyone thinks it was Jo, putting her in the desperate position of choosing to expose her sister to the world . . . or running away with her forever.
In this dreamlike, gorgeous coming-of-age romance set against a Gatsby-esque backdrop, seventeen-year-old Lou has spent her whole life in a small Cornish village, dreaming of being a writer and wondering about the grand Cardew house that has stood empty for years. Then its owners arrive for the summer—a handsome brother and sister pair—and Lou finds herself swept into a world of moonlit cocktail parties and extravagant dinners. As Lou grows closer to the mysterious Cardews, she begins to suspect something darker is lurking beneath the shiny facade of this family, and the deeper she gets in with them, the more she may be losing herself.
On his first day of middle school, Wilbur made a blunder that ended up following him for years: he shared a private letter with the entire student body. The letter revealed some of his innermost thoughts and feelings, and now, at the start of ninth grade, he hasn’t gotten over that searing humiliation. Most friends haven’t stuck by his side, so Wil confides in his elderly neighbor Sal. That’s where he meets Charlie, a tall, chic young woman who plays the ukulele and burps with abandon. In an attempt to pair them off, Wil’s pals host a Queer Eye–style intervention to get him ready for when his band travels to Paris, hopefully giving him a shot at love.