2021 has been a phenomenal year for bookworms, especially for fans of young adult fiction and thrillers—but what about YA thrillers? Young adult thrillers are some of the most immersive stories that bring you back to your teen years, combining elements of your favorite chilling stories. Here are some of the best and most Bookstagram-worthy YA thrillers of 2021!
No Beauties or Monsters by Tara Goedjen
Rylie hasn’t been back to the Twentynine Palms military base since her father dies, but with her mom’s new job, their family has returned but nothing is the same as she remembers it. Her old friends are there to welcome her home though, except Lily who has vanished into the desert. The whispers about a serial killer on the loose aren’t the only terrifying thing, Rylie’s vision of horrendous monsters are just as frightening. Somehow, it all seems to be tied to her grandfather and the family cabin he left behind. Are the monsters she’s seeing real, or is Rylie the most dangerous thing to be frightened of?
Ski Weekend by Rektok Ross
Sam is stuck in a car with her brother, some classmates, a dog, and her brother’s handsome friend, Gavin, on their way to their senior ski weekend. When the SUV crashes, Sam and her friends are stranded with no cell service and battling the winter weather. When trying to venture out for help, Sam’s brother ends up injured with a fever that is only getting worse. As the situation begins claiming the lives of the group of friends one by one, Sam battles the elements to keep her brother and herself alive.
Nightbooks by J.A. White
Alex loves making up scary stories and oddly enough, they might just be what keeps him alive. When he finds himself trapped in a witch named Natacha’s apartment, a sinister relationship forms between the two. The catch? Natacha will keep Alex alive for every night that he tells her one of his made-up scary stories. Now, Alex must find a way out of the apartment before his imagination runs out of tales to tell.
This Is Why We Lie by Gabriella Lepore
Jenna and Adam find themselves in a nightmare when they discover Colleen O’Dell’s body floating off the shore of the coast. The small community of Gardiners Bay is shocked when they find out the police are treating Colleen’s death as a homicide and Jenna’s best friend is the key suspect. To help clear her friend’s name and find out who is responsible for Colleen’s death, Jenna and Adam team up and both dig up long-buried secrets from Jenna’s prep school and Adam’s reform school.
That Weekend by Kara Thomas
Claire and her two best friends decide to skip out on prom and head to a lake house for a weekend getaway. After waking up one morning on a hiking trail covered in blood and with no memory of what happened the night before, Claire is thrust into the spotlight as the police investigate the disappearance of her two friends. Between the investigation and fighting to regain her memories of what happened, Claire knows she must get to the bottom of what happened that weekend she lost her two best friends.
Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide
The school year is starting off great for Devon and Chiamaka when they are selected to be part of their elite school’s senior class prefects. After the announcement has been made, the two students’ lives take a turn for the worse when an anonymous person named Aces begins to reveal their deepest and darkest secrets. Devon and Chiamaka must race against the clock to stop Aces before they lose more than just their chances of a good-looking college application.
The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky
Rachel is a high school student who uses her love of horror movies to escape her past. As the new kid at school, she is quickly recruited into the Mary Shelley Club, a secret club that watches scary movies and pulls pranks called Fear Tests. Things quickly escalate as the pranks become more elaborate, more terrifying, and lives are quickly in danger.
She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard
Feeling bored and uninspired, Veronica is not having a great summer in San Diego. All of that is about to change when her best friend Nico and Veronica’s dream girl, Mick, come on the scene. As Veronica and Mick have a whirlwind romance and the heat of the summer makes falling in love impossible for the two, the heat turns deadly. Soon, Veronica finds herself in a situation involving a fire, two murders, three drowned bodies, and a deadly stalker. This is sure to be a summer Veronica will never forget… if she can survive.