Can you believe that it’s already almost time to start planning your summer reading list? I am lining up my TBR pile as we speak! Read on to find out which young adult books I can’t wait to read!

Can you believe that it's already almost time to start planning your summer reading list? I am lining up my TBR pile as we speak! Read on to find out which young adult books I can't wait to read!

There’s just something about summer that entices you to stay up past your bedtime lost in a good book, isn’t there? Whether you need a stack of great reads for your vacation or just one or two picks for a lazy weekend, if you love YA and teen books, you’ll want to add these to your summer reading list!

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YA Books for Your Summer Reading List

Some of these books are part of a series (actually, most of them probably are, since series are where it’s at these days) and they may not be the first one in it. I’ve noted the series name, though, so you can start from the beginning.

The majority of these books either came out in the last 90 days or are coming out before the end of the summer. I’m breaking this up into chunks of 5, with a preview of my top pick in each group. That should keep it from getting too overwhelming.

  1. The Sun is Also a Starir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=ba41b817dde43d25d9c5a9163dd46c41& cb=1555682553345 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Nicola Yoon
  2. Defy Me (Shatter Me Book 5)ir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=990a1ca6e7f8ff60039edbaeeedfd156& cb=1555682609815 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Tahereh Mafi
  3. The Fall of Crazy Houseir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=67dceca7050e020de7824abf9f9ec7c0& cb=1555682708713 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List (sequel to Crazy House) by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
  4. Five Feet Apartir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=3ad9a2ef375fcacd3dc1c640f987502e& cb=1555682760351 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Rachael Lippincott
  5. Wicked Saints: A Novelir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=1249d4665b70f08106054d807011a7bd& cb=1555682817375 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List (Something Dark and Holy Book 1) by Emily A. Duncan

It’s tough to choose just one of these to feature, but I’m going with Wicked Saints because it’s probably the one that the fewest people have heard of at this point. The Yoon and the Lippincott books are becoming movies, and just about everyone knows who James Patterson.

Since this is Duncan’s first book, I feel like she needs the extra support the most. Plus, Wicked Saints sounds absolutely, well, wicked!

  1. Long Way Downir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=53ad543310c08ebc392bea573ba54a90& cb=1555683367864 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Jason Reynolds
  2. The Lostir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=0581bb654570026d9ef29e5ce0fc6587& cb=1555683385676 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Natasha Preston
  3. The Night Olivia Fellir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=c2438dccfc9d5b033b8a89b9f80793d8& cb=1555683414606 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Christina McDonald
  4. The Near Witchir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=ad0261a9dcf2df03e5f818be725e9dad& cb=1555683535080 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by V. E. Schwab
  5. A Curse So Dark and Lonelyir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=2b421fa1eb4a9b968c55eeb7009f43df& cb=1555683594378 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Brigid Kemmerer

The Lost by Natasha Preston is first on my TBR pile out of the group above. While I usually lean more towards YA paranormal or fantasy, the premise of this thriller intrigues me. It’s about two teens trying to find out why other teens in their town keep vanishing. The search leads them to a creepy house with a very “escape room” vibe. I haven’t read a good mystery in a while, so I’m looking forward to this one.

If you want a classic, The Near Witch is a republication of a book that’s been OOP for a while, making it both new and old!

  1. A Question of Holmes (Charlotte Holmes Novel)ir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=2895321e9863216ead19e07c2fbe7da1& cb=1555685064302 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Brittany Cavallaro
  2. The Shadowglass (The Bone Witch Book 3)ir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=b2a677493e9c86d935d9fcae3ebc7990& cb=1555685068963 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Rin Chupeco
  3. Lady Smoke (Ash Princess Book 2)ir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=42f237fec0b05e07f356a1fa877e4e81& cb=1555685075263 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Laura Sebastian
  4. Once & Future ir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=98e5bf7e19cd918b4845dc01543cf708& cb=1555685082103 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading Listby Cori McCarthy
  5. The Last Voyage of Poe Blytheir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=01325431e452933b25e77cdf4c3a822c& cb=1555685087359 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Ally Condie

Another hard group to choose a favorite from, but I am definitely reading A Question of Holmes! I love Cavallaro’s wry and witty version of Sherlock Holmes (this time Holmes is a teenage girl).

The Last Voyage of Blythe Poe is also high on my list! I loved Ally Conde’s Matched series, so I can’t wait to see where her talents take her this time.

  1. Immortal Prophecy Seriesir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=c77a8c21a91a021e982fa127a403a75c& cb=1556370504475 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Sela Croft
  2. The Devouring Grayir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=8bcec69e25d164f7a04c077fdd23efd6& cb=1556370764378 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by  Christine Lynn Herman
  3. Serious Moonlightir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=ad53c9fbb399f329ad35fc83a0293a0f& cb=1556371134219 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Jenn Bennett
  4. White Roseir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=f4f04369827f7bfdf00e3d87f51090d2& cb=1556371226112 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Kip Wilson
  5. Monday’s Not Comingir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=91c48301e0022bcf27ccd8df38b31f8d& cb=1556371359356 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Tiffany D. Jackson

The Immortal Prophecy series is waiting for me at the post office as we speak, thanks to the author. I’m really looking forward to reading it because I love anything that has to do with Greek mythology, and I’m especially fond of the Persephone myth.

If you like poetry, White Rose is a good choice. It’s a poetic chronicle of teens and other young people standing together against brutality in a nonviolent way. It’s supposed to be very touching.

  1. We Rule the Nightir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=d963befac9ac177d4823aef94259de85& cb=1556371426763 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Claire Eliza Bartlett
  2. Emergency Contactir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=01aeb97ad58e0f58de16611ce5bb9533& cb=1556371705241 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Mary H. K. Choi
  3. Girls on the Vergeir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=7ab85b7b3cdf09bb530e19e3ba851541& cb=1556371903596 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Sharon Biggs Waller
  4. Since We Last Spokeir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=030f3e1662a5b77614084f9b25fcb491& cb=1556371910736 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Brenda Rufener
  5. Starworldir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=00c93617c9435d5d6d023b05f848c4da& cb=1556371934743 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Audrey Coulthurst

Although it’s out of my usual genre, I’m really looking forward to checking out Emergency Contact. It’s sort of the opposite of a meet-cute story, with two college Freshmen finding love in each other without actually ever seeing each other face-to-face. It sounds like a fun beach read!

Girls on the Verge also sounds intriguing. On the surface, it’s a story about teenage pregnancy. At its heart, though, it’s about girls taking care of each other. Fans of books like Boys on the Side will like it, I think, even though it’s more about teenage girls than adult women.

  1. Sky in the Deepir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=e35a464f43f3a0fe11f07e7353ea7c78& cb=1556372488087 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Adrienne Young
  2. Every Moment Afterir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=3ecd3ab047ff5ac3d1332c3041a6d872& cb=1556372494027 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Joseph Moldover
  3. Finale: A Caraval Novelir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=5927add5f23e92f9f3f1501a379b6f3b& cb=1556372602822 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Stephanie Garber (May 7th)
  4. Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collectionir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=0e2f76b1c325364eba0927d66d83afb7& cb=1556372669207 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Victoria Aveyard  (May 7th)
  5. The Rest of the Storyir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=f90edca1a3d072cc929a8728d10234d8& cb=1556372895012 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Sarah Dessen (June 4th)

I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of the Caraval series. I really wanted to love it. I even preordered the first book and was so disappointed when I couldn’t even get halfway through it. The writing style just didn’t do it for me. Still, I know that my opinion isn’t the popular one, so if you loved the series, you’ll want to grab this one.

As for me, I’ll be reading Sky in the Deep. It’s being hailed as “part Wonder Woman part Vikings.” It sounds like a great read!

  1. Shadowspell Academy: The Culling Trialsir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=4b524a767ccaeaf000a487e3e29c8442& cb=1556372847538 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Shannon Mayer
  2. One Word Killir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=2c11ed03ba8de661c37c35d7f365e953& cb=1556373564103 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Mark Lawrence (May 1st)
  3. Again, But Betterir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=8d503f6d1bc9ebfa671c63388127ca9b& cb=1556373730049 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Christine Riccio (May 7th)
  4. Romanovir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=94e077484e6097f5f111c2bc096b5e1f& cb=1556373789238 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Nadine Brandes (May 7th)
  5. The Odd Sisters: A Villains Novelir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=560789a23ce6c6a9971bfa5f494304ad& cb=1556373828455 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Serena Valentino (July 2nd)

On the fantasy front, I’m adding Shadowspell Academy to my own TBR list. It’s hailed as a cross between Harry Potter and the Hunger Games. I don’t think the premise sounds anything like Harry Potter. I mean, just because a character goes to a magic school doesn’t make it a Potter-like tale. Still, the premise sounds interesting: a girl disguises herself as her brother and takes his place in a mandatory magic academy to keep her family from getting killed.

One Word Kill sounds like something my son would really like. It’s supposed to be Stranger Things meets Ready, Player One, with a strong mystery angle.

  1. Killing Novemberir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=8af7f88f962269cc54108d7c2f559ade& cb=1556373956558 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Adriana Mather
  2. Sorcery of Thornsir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=e0eecc16a46837bb2224178bb32c4b74& cb=1556374134774 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Margaret Rogerson (June 4th)
  3. Hot Dog Girlir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=1cd497ccb5f96531e153196788710e15& cb=1556374166333 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Jennifer Dugan
  4. Dark Shores ir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=a26931203ef65356a982d5a5e80fdccf& cb=1556374985926 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading Listby Danielle L. Jensen (May 7th)
  5. The Modern Faerie Tales: Tithe; Valiant; Ironsideir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=8506d0571733edf4a4415457c46399e9& cb=1556375027632 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Holly Black (June 4th)

At the top of my list, Killing November is a thriller centered around an elite boarding school where teens are trained to become assassins, spies, and master manipulators. The problem? November doesn’t exactly feel like she fits in. When another student is murdered, eyes turn to November, and she has to prove her innocence AND keep herself from becoming the next victim.

For Holly Black fans, you’ll want to grab The Modern Faerie Tales collection. The special edition includes all three of the series’ books in one fantastic set. 

  1. Enchantéeir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=13cf9469c1e72a885316246cd5b0e22c& cb=1556374246203 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Gita Trelease
  2. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki
  3. Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly (May 14th)
  4. Nocturnair?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=e069b564ca416e674703b1e2ebf6f194& cb=1556375351797 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Maya Motayne (May 7th)
  5. Have You Seen Luis Velez?ir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=0560fbf53466b48a76fd095646e5dd8e& cb=1556375410455 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Catherine Ryan Hyde (May 21st)

If you’re looking for a historical fiction book that takes a lot of liberties with history, Enchantee is a good choice. It takes place during the time of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, so it has the historical angle. At the same time, it’s filled with magic, making it a good fit for those who like fantasy.

Have You Seen Luis Velez? is one I’m recommending to my teen son. In an age of unbridled hatred that seems to be getting worse every day, it feels like a very important read. The story follow Raymond Jaffe, a boy who feels like he doesn’t belong anywhere. His only friends are a feral cat and an elderly woman who survived the Holocaust and finds herself alone after her caretaker vanishes. In a neighborhood filled with hate and bigotry, Raymond helps her see that there’s still plenty of good in the world.

  1. Opposite of Alwaysir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=2c7e4e0e021e2978e4bda3ecd786f09c& cb=1556374760424 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Justin A. Reynolds
  2. Hope and Other Punchlinesir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=f187e791394614d9765499e94a1f1ea7& cb=1556375658279 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Julie Buxbaum (May 7th)
  3. Wilder Girlsir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=bd54d9fb426131aa4dd535c399525ac8& cb=1556375769637 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Rory Power (July 9th)
  4. Four Dead Queensir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=54862d4b9d9075a57311cc73a1b086b1& cb=1556376066342 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Astrid Scholte
  5. Girls with Sharp Sticksir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=bd8aed8dd1986a48a62f6c4493faebca& cb=1556376103207 50 Brilliant YA Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List by Suzanne Young

Every YA summer reading list needs a fabulous love story, and Opposite of Always sounds perfect for filling that need. It’s your typical love story: boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, girl dies, boy finds himself back in time at the moment they met and tries to prevent her death. Okay, not so typical, and that’s what I love about it!

Wilder Girls also sounds brilliant. It’s supposed to be a feminist Lord of the Flies type novel about three boarding school girls stuck in quarantine, and the things they’ll do to find out exactly why they’re being confined.

With everything from fantasy and sci-fi to mysteries and coming-of-age stories, you shouldn’t have a problem filling your own summer reading list out with these fantastic YA reads!

What’s on your 2019 summer reading list? I’d love to hear your recommendations!

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