Fans of YA have some exciting months ahead, with a thrilling line-up of 2018 releases sure to fill those long summer days. Here are some of year’s best young adult novels to read this season!
These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
The first book in a new fantasy series, These Rebel Waves follows young soldier Adeluna and her quest to find a missing Argridian delegate. Teaming up with pirate Devereux, Luna begins her mission for the truth but when the two stumble upon what’s really happening on their island, they’ll begin thinking that the truth was best kept hidden all along.
The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk
In this beautifully haunting must-read told from three different perspectives, a group of music-loving friends experience life, love and loss. Despite the odds and emotional obstacles, it is their love for music that keeps them strong and proves that beyond tragedy, there is still so much to live for.
Layover by Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer
Blended families make things complicated. So do our hearts. When a missed flight and layover in Los Angeles force Flynn and Amos to make unruly new plans, an adventure ignites — one that neither of them saw coming. Together they must navigate their feelings for their parents, for one another and for the things they want out of life.
Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
Maya Aziz has dreams of going to film school and living in New York City. Then there’s her Indian family’s plan for her: attend a college close to home and marry an older Muslim boy. As if that weren’t enough, Islamophobia is growing rapidly across the nation as tensions heat overseas and horrific crimes are committed hundreds of miles away. While Maya searches to find her place in the world, she must also find her place in her community… and in her family.
The Evolution of Claire by Tess Sharpe
This prequel to the Jurassic World movies reveals the backstory of beloved heroine Claire Dearing, beginning with the opportunity of a lifetime — an internship at the Jurassic World theme park. As Claire works tirelessly to prep the park for its grand opening, she begins to suspect something sinister at work. As rumors thicken among those on the island, she is determined to excavate the truth.
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
Jule can be anyone. She’s smart (maybe too smart) and knows what people want to hear. So when the situation calls for it, she can be whoever she needs to be to get what she wants. When an intense friendship is forged between her and Imogen, she’ll go to great lengths to protect her. Murder, romance, friendship, and lies are at the heart of this compelling psychological thriller, now in paperback.
*Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner
Always Never Yours by Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberly
It Just. Keeps. Happening. Every time one of Megan’s relationships end, she’s left with heartache while her exes find “the one.” But instead of dwelling on it, she’s looking ahead — focusing on school and directing theater. When she’s unexpectedly cast as Juliet in her high school’s production, things go wonderfully wrong. Owen, a quirky, aspiring playwright is at her side helping her snag the new stagehand in exchange for her help with his new script when she begins to see Owen in a whole new light.
Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi
Filled with ‘90s pop culture references, an informative narrative about immigration and lots of humor, this true story of one teen’s experience growing up in America as an undocumented immigrant from the Middle East follows Sara through her pursuit of a green card. Along the way, she must navigate her parents’ secret divorce, find a date to the prom, stay afloat in school and land an after-school job.