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A good plot, something that makes you feel, a relatable life lesson: there’s just something about Young Adult lit that keeps drawing me in, even though I’m well beyond the age of the typical YA reader. But I’ve found that this is true of so many women. Whether it’s because these stories remind us of a different time in our lives or because they tend to hold universal truths, we keep looking for new YA books to read.
I always find more time to read in the summer — there’s a reason people talk about beach reads. Here are some of the best YA book I’ve read recently.
10 YA Books to Read This Summer
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1. They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
On the day you will die, you receive a call from Death-Cast, letting you know. How long do you really have and how will you go? A fascinating look at how to spend your last day on earth. If you’re like me, you’ll keep wondering if Death-Cast got it wrong.
2. People Like Us by Dana Mele
A girl’s body is found in the lake at an all-girls’ school. Everyone has something to hide and those secrets have to come out. Accurately described as a cross between Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars.
3. A List of Cages by Robin Roe
One of the very best books I’ve ever read. You will need tissues for this one. I don’t want to say more and spoil anything.
4. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Five kids in detention but one of them doesn’t make it out alive. If you pay careful attention, you can solve the mystery from the start. (I did not, though I thought I had.)
5. Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer
Fishkill has had to develop a tough exterior. She hasn’t had the easiest life. Just when she makes a friend who helps make her life better, her mother reappears and changes everything.
6. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Eliza is two totally different people: the creator of a highly-successful webcomic and an awkward high school girl. She prefers her online life, but her two worlds will collide.
7. Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
Carver sends a simple text to his three best friends- shortly before they die in a car crash. He blames himself and has to figure out how to say goodbye to his friends. This book ends up being surprisingly a celebration of life.
8. Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
This is one of those authors whose books I will always pick up. The Voss family has a lot of secrets and Merit decides to bring them all out into the open and then has to deal with the consequences.
9. Cracked Kingdom by Erin Watt
If you haven’t been reading The Royals series, you need to catch up. It’s such a delicious guilty pleasure read about a family with way too much money and power, which you know has to end up corrupting.
10. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Much more serious than any of the others on this list; it’s an important read. Starr witnesses the death of a childhood friend at the hands of a police officer and realizes just how different the two worlds she lives in really are.
That’s it! My suggestions for 10 YA books to read this summer. Do you have a book you would add to this list? Leave it in the comments. I’m always looking for something new to read!
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