Your Ultimate YA Summer Reading Guide

Summer reading is right around the corner and best believe we hear your collective "Ugh."

Although those pesky reads on your school list can be a total snooze fest, we figure we should gift you with a list of books you'll actually want to read this season.

Scroll below for a few young adult novel picks you won't be able to put down over summer break!
Girl reading a book while leaning against a tree

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1. Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

If you love a good murder mystery, then this novel is one you won't be able to put down. Combining science fiction with a little good ol' fashioned mystery, the result is the ultimate thriller. We sense a movie will be in the works soon.

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

(via Penguin Random House)


2. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth, aka, the genius behind the Divergent series is back with a new, exciting novel. We've always admired Roth's ability to immerse us in a completely different world and this read is no different. Filled with action, adventure and magic, you'll get completely lost in the characters and story she's created once again.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

(via Amazon)


3. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

We always love a story with a strong female lead and this novel is right up our alley in that sense. This pick is filled with plenty of fantasy aspects, but what we like the most about it is how compelling the journey of Amani is as she finally learns to own her power. If that's not taking #girlpower to a new level, we don't know what is.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

(via Amazon)


4. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

This bold and quirky novel provides a different aspect of the classic hero narrative. Exploring what it's like to feel utterly ordinary in a group of extraordinary people, its message that everyone has their own insecurities is totally relatable. Sometimes, we may feel like one of many, but this is the perfect story to remind us that we always have something special and unique to offer the world.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

(via Amazon)


5. The Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The title was initially what drew us into this fantasy adventure story, but once you start reading it, you won't be able to stop. The journey of the main character Isabella is also super similar to one of our favorite Disney characters Moana. All the more reason to read it in our opinion.

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

(via Kiran Millwood Hargrave)


6. Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

This novel tells the story of Samantha and Annamae, two young women (one Chinese and the other African American) on the run along the Oregon Trail in 1849. It's a crazy survival tale as the girls try to evade the law, but it's also laced with romance, adventure and why the power of friendship is so important.

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

(via Barnes & Noble)


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