5 YA Books to Include in Your Reading List This Summer

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Whether you’re looking for a relatable character, crazy plot twists, or just want a classic love story, there’s always a YA novel that will suit your taste.

We’ve picked the best YA books that you won’t dare put down once you get your hands on them.

American Girls - YA books to read

American Girls
By Alison Umminger

Anna, fifteen, feels worn out after her parents’ divorce which leaves her feeling like a cast-off. Eager to run away, she borrows money from her stepmother and escapes to Los Angeles.

To re-pay her, Anna starts a job as a researcher of the Manson-girls murder—which helps her realize that the lost girls are not at all different from herself.

Why you’ll like it:

Anna’s life mirrors the lost and fragile American girls. Umminger kicks hard on sensitive themes—violence, sex, and relationships. This book is definitely edgy and worth your time.

Unbecoming - YA Books to read

By Jenny Downham

Katie is in love with the wrong one, and she is controlled by her mother, Caroline. Little does Katie know the secrets that are about to unfold will change her life and her entire family once Mary, her grandmother, reappears in her life.

Why you’ll like it:

A must-read, coming-of-age story that luminously opens the untouched beauty of a mother-and-daughter relationship. The novel offers a delicate rumination on family secrets, sexual identity, and familial tenderness rendered in a most honest portrayal. If you’re into a complex yet idyllic family drama, this is your book.

A Good Idea

Still Life with Tornado
By A.S. King

Sarah believes that her existential crisis looms from deep inside her. As a sixteen-year-old artist, she thinks she can’t draw even though she has “done the art.” She wanders into her past and questions whether it’s her family’s issues or the memory of her beloved brother that leaves her feeling sadly devastated.

Why you’ll like it:

A dark portrait of family abuse and issues, the book can work for readers of this age category. It will not only take you by surprise but will also comfort through all of its layered interpretations of pain and suffering.

We Are Okay

We Are Okay
By Nina LaCour

Marin leaves her old life behind and begins anew. She’s now miles away at a college in New York but still feels the misery and tragedy of the life she had tried to elude. Months after, Mabel, her best friend, visits her. To ease her pain and loneliness, she realizes she has to share everything she’s been through.

Why you’ll like it:

It’s a captivating work that shows the feeling of absence than presence, bewilderment than comfort, and grief than joy.

A Good Idea

A Good Idea
By Cristina Moracho

At the end of Finley’s senior year in high school, she returns to her hometown convinced that the death of her best friend, Maine, is actually a murder. She tries to connect the dots, and eventually untangles the conspiracy. She meets Calder, the son of the mayor, who has already confessed to the murder but wasn’t convicted as the killer.

Why you’ll like it:

A stunning piece of young adult literature that disturbs readers through its pages. Moracho has crafted a thrilling book gripped with dark edges and deep mysteries—a title that will appeal to teenagers who love twisted stories and breathless misadventures.

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