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15 New YA Books To Kick Off Your Summer Vacation

It’s SUMMER!  And according to Phineas and Ferb, all of you Book Nerds have 104 days to read as much YA as possible.  Are you excited?  Elated?  Confused?  What do you read?  Where do you start?  Will you even have enough time??

Fret not my fellow bookworms for we have 15 brand new (YES, BRAND SPANKING NEW) YA books to kick start your summer.  So you can either add them to the growing list or admire from afar, but either way, let’s hit the ground running.

 

I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

Who says you need thousands of dollars to go to Europe?

Nineteen-year-old Sydney has the perfect summer mapped out. She’s spending the next four and a half weeks travelling through Europe with her childhood best friend Leela. Their plans include Eiffel Tower selfies, eating cocco gelato, and making out with très hot strangers.

Her plans do not include Leela’s cheating ex-boyfriend showing up on the flight to London, falling for the cheating ex-boyfriend’s très hot friend, monitoring her mother’s spiraling mental health via texts, or feeling like the rope in a friendship tug of war.

In this hilarious and unforgettable adventure, New York Times bestselling author Sarah Mlynowski tells the story of a girl learning to navigate secret romances, thorny relationships, and the London Tube. As Sydney zigzags through Amsterdam, Switzerland, Italy, and France, she must learn when to hold on, when to keep moving, and when to jump into the Riviera…wearing only her polka dot underpants.

 

Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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Europe still not enough of a getaway?  Give time-traveling a try.  It’s one of those bucket list things everyone should do.

Kansas, 2065: Adri has been handpicked to live on Mars. But weeks before launch, she discovers the journal of a girl who lived in her house more than a hundred years ago and is immediately drawn into the mystery surrounding her fate.

Oklahoma, 1934: Amid the fear and uncertainty of the Dust Bowl, Catherine’s family’s situation is growing dire. She must find the courage to sacrifice everything she loves in order to save the one person she loves most.

England, 1919: In the recovery following World War I, Lenore tries to come to terms with her grief for her brother, a fallen British soldier, and plans to sail to America. But can she make it that far?

While their stories span thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri’s fates are entwined in ways both heartbreaking and hopeful. In Jodi Lynn Anderson’s signature haunting, lyrical prose, human connections spark spellbindingly to life, and a bright light shines on the small but crucial moments that determine one’s fate.

 

The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Still not enough??  Do both!  Vice, virtue, gentlemen, Europe— what more do you need?

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still, it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

 

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau

Or travel to a completely new world instead.

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

 

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

Hey friends!! So if you watched my YouTube video you likely already know this (and if you haven't you can do so by clicking the link in my bio 😉), but I'm gonna be off traveling for the next 2 weeks and the likeliness of having Internet connection is VERY low 😂. That being said, I did stock up on photos, so just like last year I'll be handing over the reins of my account to my two fantastic friends @booksthetics & @readsleepfangirl!! I'm gonna miss interacting with you all, but I'm so excited to be going on this adventure for the next couple weeks! I'll see you all soon! 😜 • • • #igreads #becauseofreading #totalbooknerd #bookstagram #book #read #bookworm #booknerd #bookphotography #bookblog #bookreview #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeatures #books #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #vscobooks #vscoreads #yalit #youngadult #yareads #bookblogger #bookish #instagram #aesthetic #onceandforall #penguinteen

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Just when you think it’s over, the queen of contemporary does it again.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

 

Generation One by Pittacus Lore

Do you miss school and classes?  Try this out.  I’m sure their curriculum is just as rigorous as Calculus.  (There are also higher stakes).

The Loric didn’t make us monsters and they didn’t make us heroes. We choose what happens next.

Taylor Cook thought of the invasion as just a bad dream. It had ended over a year ago, and none of the fighting happened anywhere near her small town. She’d heard about teens who were suddenly developing incredible abilities, but she had never really believed it. Not until the day she discovered she was one of them—a human with Legacies.

Now Taylor is being sent off to the Human Garde Academy. A place where teens from across the globe can learn to control their new powers and discover what they are truly capable of. There they will be trained by the Loric—the very same people who helped win the war and who are also responsible for unleashing the Legacies on the planet.

As part of this new generation of Garde, Taylor and the others will one day be able to use their gifts to protect mankind. But not everyone thinks that’s the best use for their talents. There are people who have different plans for the students and who will stop at nothing to get what they want.

 

Everything All at Once by Katrina Leno

No summer is complete without a scavenger hunt.

When Lottie’s beloved Aunt Helen dies of cancer, it upends her careful, quiet life.

Aunt Helen wasn’t a typical aunt. She was the world-famous author of the bestselling Alvin Hatter series. She knew a thing or two about the magic of writing, and how words have the power to make you see things differently.

In her will, Aunt Helen leaves Lottie a series of letters—each containing mysterious instructions. As Lottie sets about following them, she realizes they’re meant to make her take a risk, and, for once in her life, really live. But when the letters reveal an extraordinary secret about her aunt’s past—and the inspiration for the Alvin Hatter series—Lottie finds herself faced with an impossible choice, one that will force her to confront her greatest fears once and for all.

Part mysterious adventure, part love letter to the power of books, this is a brilliantly woven novel about loving, reading, writing, grieving, and finding the strength to take a leap.

 

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

"Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?" "Neo-maxi-zoom-dweebie" I couldn't resist some quotes from The Breakfast Club! Many have mentioned similarities between this book and John Hughes' classic 80's movie. Sure, the premise starts off sounding alike but it takes a different direction and honestly there are many books out there using similar stereotypes & situations. This was an enjoyable,quick read for me. A Whodunnit was a nice change from my usual fare. Now I'm in the mood for watching John Hughes movies. #oneofusislying #karenmcmanus #thebreakfastclub #johnhughes #moviequotes #book #books #bookaddict #booknerd #booknow #bookish #booklove #booklover #booklovers #bookaholic #bookstagram #booknerd #bookporn #bookworm #ya #youngadult #youngadultbook #youngadultbooks

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With all that sun you’ll be basking in this summer, a little darkness could do you well.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

 

Queer, There, and Everywhere by Sarah Prager

Because we could all be more enlightened on the bad asses who have changed our world.

World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals—and you’ve never heard of many of them.

Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn’t make it into your history books, these astonishing true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era.

By turns hilarious and inspiring, the beautifully illustrated Queer, There, and Everywhere is for anyone who wants the real story of the queer rights movement.

 

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

"Words do matter. They're not pointless. If they were pointless then they couldn't start revolutions and they wouldn't change history and they wouldn't be the things that you think about every night before you go to sleep. If they were just words we wouldn't listen to songs, we wouldn't beg to be read to when we're kids. If they were just words, then they'd have no meaning and stories wouldn't have been around since before humans could write." 💙 This is the type of book that means so so so much more to you if you are a lover of the written word. 💙 It is a story about love and friendship and loss and growing up. 💙 But at the heart of this book is a love letter to the books people love and the people who love them. 💙 I absolutely adored this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever loved a book beyond reason. Which I think may be a few people in this community. 😊 💙 “We are the books we read and the things we love.” — Favorite Book of June // #allthebooksjune

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Summer is a season drenched with pools, beaches, sweat, and hydration.  Might as well add tears to that list.

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.
Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction, and the escape. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. She can’t see her future.

Henry’s future isn’t looking too promising, either. His girlfriend dumped him. The bookstore is slipping away. And his family is breaking apart.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

 

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

What’s that?  Can you hear it?  The sound of my heart violently throbbing?

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.
But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

 

Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney

Forget lifeguards.  English Princes are the new summer fling.

For the first time ever, the Weston sisters are at the same boarding school. After an administration scandal at Libby’s all-girls school threatens her chances at a top university, she decides to join Charlotte at posh and picturesque Sussex Park. Social-climbing Charlotte considers it her sisterly duty to bring Libby into her circle: Britain’s young elites, glamorous teens who vacation in Hong Kong and the South of France and are just as comfortable at a polo match as they are at a party.

It’s a social circle that just so happens to include handsome seventeen-year-old Prince Edward, heir to Britain’s throne.

If there are any rules of sisterhood, “Don’t fall for the same guy” should be one of them. But sometimes chemistry—even love—grows where you least expect it. In the end, there may be a price to pay for romancing the throne…and more than one path to happily ever after.

 

House Of Furies by Madeleine Roux

Let’s be honest there’s nothing like a summer scare.

Louisa Ditton has nowhere to go.

Alone and afraid, she has just fled a brutal English boarding school where punishment was the lesson of the day. When she meets an old woman who offers her employment as a maid at a boardinghouse, Louisa thinks she has been saved.

But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his staff are meant to execute their own brand of dark justice on those who are past being saved.

Louisa begins to fear for a young man named Lee, who is not like the other guests. He is charismatic and kind, and Louisa knows that it may be up to her to save him from an untimely judgment. But in this house of distortions and lies, how can Louisa be sure whom to trust?

 

If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak

This beachy read will NOT disappoint.

Linny has kept a journal of famous disappearances ever since her sister Grace ran away in the middle of the night. Sebastian is an aspiring astrophysicist with a working theory for everything—but the one thing he can’t figure out is the identity of his birth father.

They haven’t met—yet—but Linny and Sebastian have one thing in common: an obsession with famous novelist and filmmaker Àlvaro Herrera, who who went missing three years ago and has just reappeared. As their lives converge around the mystery of Àlvaro, they begin to uncover the answers they’ve been looking for.

With humor and heart, debut author Carlie Sorosiak weaves a story of searching for those who leave—and loving those who stay.

 

 

Little Wrecks by Meredith Miller

Your summer won’t be a wreck if you read this… get it? get it?

GOT A MATCH?

Ruth, Magda, and Isabel are on the precipice of something. They might finally escape their small town of Highbone, Long Island. They might finally be seen for who they really are—not just young, pretty things up for the taking. Or they might just set Highbone and all its lying, numb residents on fire.

Each girl reaches a breaking point—one last unwelcome touch, one last blind eye turned, one last lie told. It sparks a fire within each of them. But what incites a fury of violence and vengeance might also tear these three friends apart.

These girls can’t save each other. They might not even be able to save themselves.


What other books are you reading this summer? Tell us in the comments below! 

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