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5 YA Summer Reads 

Graduation (and summer) are upon us! The best part is, of course, that I now have time to read for fun. I have complied a list of newly-released YA books that look like compelling summer reads. Although, with everything graduation-related going on, I haven’t had time to read these books yet, so I am merely basing my judgement on book cover and synopsis (despite what I’ve been told about not making judgement on appearances…)

If you’re looking for a book, also check out my post of 13 YA Novels for Older Readers.


With her latest novel, Ruth Sepetys once again delves into a little-known corner of history: the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff. A shockingly unsung casualty of World War II, this is the single greatest maritime disaster in history — far deadlier than the tragedies of the Titanic and the Lusitania combined — but remains largely unfamiliar in our collective consciousness. Oh, and there’s a love story, so it’s like the YA book version of Titanic.

(Source: Teen Vogue)


Harriet Reuter Hapgood’s debut novel is described as “a contemporary YA romance with a time-travel twist.” It’s been anticipated since last March, when eight (!) publishers fought over the manuscript, which follows a physics prodigy trying to make sense of her life as her past, present, and future collide when her seaside town plays host to a cluster of black holes.

(Source: Teen Vogue)


Early reviews on this one are glowing… Recommended for fans of YA powerhouses Rainbow Rowell and E. Lockhart, Buxbaum’s debut mingles the comic and the tragic in a story about fish-out-of-water Jessie, navigating a complicated new life in Los Angeles with only a mysterious email entity named Somebody/Nobody to guide her.



The premise is John Hughes-ian. A girl named Denver sneaks into a Malibu beach party attended by her enemies (but also her tempting crush, who has finally asked her out) when a tsunami hits the California coast. She escapes death only to be stuck in a lifeboat with the very people she’s dying to avoid. The darkly comic story is picking up every superlative — weirdest, wittiest, you get the idea — and though the premise is surreal, word is the characters feel very real.


In her long-awaited sequel to last year’s #1 New York Times-bestselling Red Queen, 26-year-old author Victoria Aveyard gives us the next chapter of Mare’s story as she recruits an army of Red-and-Silver fighters. Check our interview with Victoria here and be sure to pick up a copy of Glass Sword, because if it’s anything like Red Queen, it’s going to be life-changing.

(Source: Teen Vogue)

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