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7 Edgy YA Reads To Thrill You This Summer

Summer is meant for sleeping in late, hanging out with friends, and taking a break from all the homework you struggled through the last semester. However, sometimes this excess free time can get a little dull. These 7 edgy YA reads will give you just the right amount of thrill and mystery you’re longing for.

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1. Running for Water and Sky: A Novel by Sandra Kring

The only thing Bless Adler has ever known is betrayal. After 17 years of being tossed from families that don’t want her, the last thing on her mind is opening her heart to anyone. That is, until she meets Liam Reid. As she begins to fall more and more in love with him, her angst grows. After being convinced to see a psychic, she receives news that is far from encouraging. She has a limited amount of time to get to Liam, and if he is still alive, beg him to fight for his life. Otherwise, she will have to say goodbye to the only person that she has ever loved.

2. The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight

Wylie receives a text from Cassie saying, “Please, Wylie, I need your help,” and although they haven’t talked in a week since their last fight, Wylie will do what she always does and save her best friend from herself. Normally, Cassie will tell Wylie where she is, but this time is different. Cassie sends Jasper and cryptic clues to help Wylie find her. But as the search continues, Wylie begins to worry that this time something might actually be very, very wrong.

3. The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry

When Olivia’s mother is murdered, everyone suspects it was her father. However, his whereabouts are still unknown. Fourteen years later, new evidence arises that proves Olivia’s father was murdered on the same day as her mother. Now, Olivia must try to discover who the killer is before he tracks her down and it’s too late.

4. The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

Eleven years ago, six kindergartners disappeared without a trace. Today, five of them return. They are sixteen and they are perfectly fine. Scarlett returns home to a life that is unrecognizable to her, but she thinks she remembers Lucas and Lucas remembers Scarlett. However, neither of them remembers where they have been, what’s happened to them, or why the sixth victim, Max, hasn’t returned. Max’s sister Avery is desperate for answers and she wants to know if her brother is dead or alive. As details of the disappearance began to surface, no one is quite ready for the truth.

5. With Malice by Eileen Cook

Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron was on, what was supposed to be, the trip of a lifetime in Italy. That is, until the accident happens. When she wakes up in a hospital room with her leg in a cast, stitches in her face, and an erased memory, she is terribly frightened. She learns of her accident and that her wealthy father flew her home, in order to seek the best medial attention. However, as facts begin to surface, she begins to wonder if her accident wasn’t really an accident.

6. Wandering Wild by Jessica Taylor

Tal is a Wanderer. She a grafter whose life revolves around her brother, the customs of her camp, and her deceitful scams that fuel her life. When she meets Spencer Sway, a put-together Social Secured boy who hustles her instead of the other way around, everything changes. She finally sees a reason to stay in one place. Her obligations to her camp now begin to feel like a prison sentences and her pull to escape tradition has never been so tempting. However, Tal lives by signs, and the signs are telling her that Spencer and her will only end in a disaster. Is it worth her to risk everything for something so uncertain?

7. Signs of You by Emily France

When sixteen-year-old Riley Stout’s mother died two years ago, the only thing that kept her afloat was her grief support group she joined as a freshman. Jay, Riley, Kate, and Noah understand each other completely, they have all experience pain. Riley thinks that she has spotted her mother shopping in the grocery store and begins to worry that she is suffering from post-traumatic stress. Then Jay and Kate have similar experiences. However, Noah hasn’t had any sort of vision so he grows very skeptical of the others. When Noah goes missing, the others begin to search for him and are quickly drawn into the path of discovery of hidden secrets.

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