When the school year gets started, books to read–like, for pleasure–are probably the last thing on your mind. Like, you have enough to deal with! There’s your homework, and your new teachers, and your locker, and all of the books you’re going to have to read (not for pleasure). Which, to be fair, is quite a lot.
But, all the same, I would like to say that reading is something you should…consider. Reading books can reduce one’s stress by up to 68 percent, after all, which is going to be pretty necessary once your school year gets started. Also, for what it’s worth, there are a bunch of YA books coming out this year that you basically won’t be able to resist reading once they come out. It’s a win-win for you either way! Check out what they are here:
1. Adultleoscence by Gabbie Hanna
Buy this for $15.32 from Barnes & Noble, available September 19
If you’re a fan of The Gabbie Show on Youtube, you have to read Gabbie Hanna’s forthcoming poetry collection, in which she discusses the “essence of what it means to come of age in today’s world.”
2. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
Buy this for $18.04 from Amazon, available September 5
YA powerhouse E. Lockhart is at it again with her new novel about a “diabolically smart” girl who uses her wiles to trick her way into a charmed life. But this cycle of reinvention is, unsurprisingly, not exactly sustainable.
3. Girls Made Of Snow And Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
Buy this for $11.60 from Amazon, available September 5
Girls Made Of Snow And Glass is a fairy tale about two teenage girls, one whose cruel magician father cut out her heart and replaced it with ice, and another who was created in her dead mother’s exact image out of snow. They are doomed to be rivals, but throughout the book, reshape themselves and their story
4. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
Buy this for $13.88 from Barnes & Noble, available October 17
This is the “poignant but often laugh-out-loud funny” YA book about a girl, Julia, whose sister, Olga, dies in a tragic car crash. Julia had always thought of her sister as perfect, but begins to question it after the crash.
5. I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
Buy this for $12.22 from Barnes & Noble
Two best friends, Ava and Gen, are heading off to their first semesters of college on opposite sides of the country. They communicate through emails and texts, but the distance is tough–will their friendship be able to withstand the year? This is the perfect book to read if you’re going to college this year, next year, or have a bestie going to college soon.
6. Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
Buy this for $6.88 from Barnes & Noble, available September 5
This book technically came out last year, but it’s being released as a paperback this September. And, honestly? The book, which is a tragicomedy about love and loss, is definitely worth a read.
7. There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Buy this for $12.36 from Amazon, available September 26
In need of a creepy page-turner? Look no farther than There’s Someone Inside Your House, which is coming out just in time for Halloween. Critics are describing it as “Scream meets YA” with an “outstanding cast of characters, a deliciously creepy setting, and an absolutely merciless body count.”
8. They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
Buy this for $12.36 from Amazon, available September 5
Love a good cry? Just read They Both Die At The End, which is about two people who get a call from Death-Cast saying that they’re going to die that day. So, they decide to become friends. For the day.
9. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
Buy this for $10.99 from Amazon, available October 10
Say what you will about John Green–and I have–but his forthcoming book, Turtles All The Way Down (about a sixteen-year-old-girl who decides to “pursue the mystery” of a fugitive billionaire) is likely to be a big deal. So, you might as well read it to know what everyone is talking about.
10. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
Buy this for $12.59 from Amazon, available October 3
For almost a hundred years, the Nomeolvides women have cared for grounds of La Pradera, the gardens that draw in guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.
11. You Bring The Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
Buy this for $12.59 from Amazon
This novel, told in alternating teen voices across three generations of an Indian-American family, You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture.
Are you excited about any of these books? Which ones are you going to read? Let us know in the comments!