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40 Perfect YA Paperbacks for Summer Reading - Recommended by Epic Reads

Hardcovers may be the untouched museum pieces on our bookshelves, but it’s paperbacks that we truly love to read. Before we recommend some delicious YA paperbacks for your summer reading roster, let us first give you a few reasons why you should come to the dark side read paperbacks over hardcovers this summer!

Hardcover Cons / Paperback Pros

  • PRICE: In the USA, young adult hardcovers cost around $18 but paperbacks come in at a sweet price of $10.
  • PACKABILITY: It’s so much easier to pack several paperbacks in your suitcase for vacation versus one or two hardcovers. Plus, hardcovers weigh so much more and do you really want to lug around extra weight when you’re trying to relax?
  • STRESS-FREE: Hardcovers are like beautiful works of art that you never want to break or ruin. There is so much less stress involved when reading a paperback. You can bend it, dog-ear the pages, get it wet, etc etc. Hardcovers are better protected with their hard cases and jackets, but that just means with paperbacks you are free to actively love them. A book that is worn and torn is a sign of a book that has been well-loved!
  • EASIER TO READ: We’ve heard there’s sunshine during the summer months which means there will be plenty of opportunities to get your read on outside. You know what’s hard to do? Read a hardcover when you’re lying down. No joke. Those books get so heavy after awhile. You know what’s totally light and easy to read even if you don’t have sculpted book arms? PAPERBACKS. BOOM.

Okay now that we’ve totally convinced you to read paperbacks this summer, we are going to hit you with 40 recommendations! By all means, please read all of these YA books, but we’ll be thrilled if you just get around to checking off one of these from your TBR pile!

About This List

On this visual reading list you will find 40 new(ish) paperbacks for your reading pleasure! Below the graphic you will find the list of all the books plus links to add them to your Goodreads and links to $buy$. But below that list, you will find the same books just re-organized by genre!

All of the paperbacks on this list are either standalone novels or the first in a series, so you can feel free to pick up any of these and dive right in to a new story!

Click on the image below to view it at a larger size!

40 Perfect YA Paperbacks for Summer Reading - Recommended by Epic Reads

Paperbacks by Row

Row 1

Wanderlost by Jen Malone | Goodreads
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby | Goodreads
The Summer of Everything by Catherine Clark | Goodreads
99 Days by Katie Cotugno | Goodreads
Emancipated by MG Reyes | Goodreads
Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer | Goodreads
How to Be Bad by E. Lockhart | Goodreads
One Perfect Summer by Rachel Hawthorne | Goodreads

Row 2

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West | Goodreads
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Goodreads
The Islanders by Katherine Applegate | Goodreads
Heat of the Moment by Lauren Barnholdt | Goodreads
Unforgettable Summer by Catherine Clark | Goodreads
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver | Goodreads
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray | Goodreads
Wrong About the Guy by Claire LaZebnik | Goodreads

Row 3

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver | Goodreads
Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes | Goodreads
Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby | Goodreads
The Cage by Megan Shepherd | Goodreads
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider | Goodreads
The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine | Goodreads
The Heir by Kiera Cass | Goodreads
Invincible by Amy Reed | Goodreads

Row 4

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli | Goodreads
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows | Goodreads
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson | Goodreads
City Love by Susane Colasanti | Goodreads
Kissing in America by Margo Rabb | Goodreads
The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer | Goodreads
The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard | Goodreads
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman | Goodreads

Row 5

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley | Goodreads
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton | Goodreads
The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi | Goodreads
The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen | Goodreads
Get Even by Gretchen McNeil | Goodreads
Wicked Games by Sean Olin | Goodreads
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi | Goodreads
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson | Goodreads

 

Paperbacks by Genre

Contemporary Romance

Wanderlost by Jen Malone | Goodreads
The Summer of Everything by Catherine Clark | Goodreads
99 Days by Katie Cotugno | Goodreads
One Perfect Summer by Rachel Hawthorne | Goodreads
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West | Goodreads
The Islanders by Katherine Applegate | Goodreads
Heat of the Moment by Lauren Barnholdt | Goodreads
Unforgettable Summer by Catherine Clark | Goodreads
Wrong About the Guy by Claire LaZebnik | Goodreads
Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby | Goodreads
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider | Goodreads
The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine | Goodreads
Invincible by Amy Reed | Goodreads
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli | Goodreads
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson | Goodreads
City Love by Susane Colasanti | Goodreads
Kissing in America by Margo Rabb | Goodreads
The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi | Goodreads
The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen | Goodreads
Wicked Games by Sean Olin | Goodreads

Realistic Fiction

aka contemporary books set that focus on relationships that aren’t romantic (friendships, family, etc)

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby | Goodreads
Emancipated by MG Reyes | Goodreads
Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer | Goodreads
How to Be Bad by E. Lockhart | Goodreads
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver | Goodreads
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver | Goodreads
Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes | Goodreads
The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer | Goodreads
The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard | Goodreads
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman | Goodreads
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton | Goodreads
Get Even by Gretchen McNeil | Goodreads

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Goodreads
The Heir by Kiera Cass | Goodreads
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows | Goodreads
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley | Goodreads
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi | Goodreads
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson | Goodreads
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray | Goodreads
The Cage by Megan Shepherd | Goodreads


 

What paperbacks are you planning on reading this summer? For more curated reading lists, click here! Or check out all of our visual reading lists on our Pinterest board!

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