16 YA Books You’ll Want To Read This Spring

Time to start book budgetin’.

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1. Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

 

Release date: May 24th, 2016

What it’s about: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is trying to fit into St. Clare’s School for Girls — a pretentious school typically reserved for wealthy white girls. But when the tragic 1906 San Francisco earthquake strikes, Mercy’s home and school are destroyed. And instead of standing by waiting for help, Mercy decides to take action. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this beautiful, heartbreaking novel.

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2. The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters

Amulet Books

 

Release date: March 8th, 2016

What it’s about: This YA retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet follows Hanalee Denney, a bi-racial girl trying to survive in the 1920s Prohibition era. But when Hanalee discovers her father’s death might actually be foul play, she goes off to find answers and stumbles upon supernatural happenings along the way. It’s a gorgeously told story that’ll stay with you days after finishing the last page.

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3. The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

Putnam Juvenile

 

Release date: May 3rd, 2016

What it’s about: A sequel to The Wrath and the Dawn, Shahrzad has now fallen for the Caliph of Khorasan, someone who was known for murdering each of his brides before sunrise. But now that Shahrzad has escaped his kingdom and is back with her family, she discovers her childhood friend is out to bring down Khalid’s empire. Yet Shahrzad is still uncovering magical abilities of her own — abilities that might be able to bring her back to Khalid. Whimsical, fantasy enthusiasts are sure to adore this sequel.

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4. Please Don’t Tell by Laura Tims

HarperCollins

 

Release date: May 24th, 2016

What it’s about: When Adam Gordon is discovered dead after a party the night before, Joy knows she’s the one who murdered him. Adam did something to her twin sister, Grace, and Joy was set on revenge. But when someone starts blackmailing Joy, she must do what they say in order to avoid getting caught. Told in alternating points of view between Joy and her twin, this gripping thriller will have you intrigued until the end.

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5. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

St. Martin's Griffin

 

Release date: April 26th, 2016

What it’s about: Maya lives with a cursed horoscope that’s caused trouble among her father’s kingdom. But in an extreme turn of events lead her to marrying Amar and becoming queen of Akaran, she discovers a threat to not only her world, but other realms. Inspired by Indian mythology, this YA fantasy will immediately suck you in.

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6. The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

Philomel Books

 

Release date: March 15th, 2016

What it’s about: After spending two and a half years in a mental institution, Cassie O’Malley is finally able to check herself out after turning 18. She’s determined to try and make peace with the person who put her there in the first place — her mother — and live a normal life in college. But the more Cassie remembers her fragile past, the more her memories begin to confuse her. This raw, evocative read is one you won’t want to miss.

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7. The Haters by Jesse Andrews

Amulet Books

 

Release date: April 5th, 2016

What it’s about: After escaping a lame summer at jazz camp, Wes and his two friends, Corey and Ash, decide to form a real band. Aboard Ash’s SUV, they form The Haters Summer of Hate Tour — and encounter hiccups along the way. For YA fans who like voicey, adventure-bound novels, you’ll want to be sure to add this to your list.

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8. The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder

Simon Pulse

 

Release date: June 7th, 2016

What it’s about: Penelope Marx has curated her own personal museum of heartbreak. Whether it’s because of lost love, broken friendships, or growing apart, Penelope reveals an honest portrayal of surviving different types of heartbreak in high school. This lovely, real contemporary YA will resonate with anyone who’s been through a tough time.

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9. Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

Amulet Books

 

Release date: March 8th, 2016

What it’s about: Told in multiple points of view from students at Paloma High, each depicts one of the seven deadly sins: Pride, Greed, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Wrath, and Sloth. But when a scandal rocks the halls, we gain a raw perspective on what really happened from these seven different characters. An unforgettable, distinctive novel that’ll have you hooked until the end.

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10. Wandering Wild by Jessica Taylor

Sky Pony Press

 

Release date: May 3rd, 2016

What it’s about: A wanderer at heart, Talia was raised on the road with a traveling caravan surviving by petty swindling. Her dreams of traveling the world change when they set up camp at Cedar Falls. There she meets Spencer Sway and nearly forgets about her arranged marriage, which raises the question: is it too late to change your future? This dreamy read is one you won’t want to miss.

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11. Even if the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia

Katherine Tegen Books

 

Release date: May 10th, 2016

What it’s about: After heading to New Orleans to rebuild houses with her youth group, Julie realizes she can’t easily run away from her problems. But during a Mid-Summer Mardi Gras celebration, she meets Miles and in a period of twenty-four hours, she has a real adventure — until an unexpected hurricane changes direction. Fans of Gayle Foreman are sure to fall in love with Garcia’s story.

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12. The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

Margaret K. McElderry Books

 

Release date: March 22nd, 2016

What it’s about: In vein of Laurie Halse Anderson’s award-winning Speak, The Way I Used to Be follows the aftermath of Eden, a rape-victim by her brother’s best friend. This gripping, honest story is told throughout Eden’s high school experience. A raw novel that’ll stay with you long after you finish.

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13. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

 

Release date: May 10th, 2016

What it’s about: Lisa is determined to get into her dream psychology program, and she knows exactly who can help her get there: Solomon. A sixteen-year-old agoraphobic who hasn’t left his home in three years, Solomon accepts Lisa and her boyfriend’s friendship. But when true intentions are shown, will their friendship last? Another raw, funny, and unforgettable read from Whaley won’t leave you disappointed.

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14. Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun

Harlequin TEEN

 

Release date: April 26th, 2016

Heir to her sky kingdom, Kali is forced into marriage in order to carry on the magic of her world. But when she falls from her realm, she meets Griffin, a monster hunter, who helps her navigate this new earth…and the secrets that come with it. A gripping fantasy that’ll deliver until the very end.

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15. A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

Greenwillow Books

 

Release date: March 15th, 2016

When Anouk is selected to go on a class trip to Paris to explore an 1780’s aristocratic palace, she couldn’t be more excited. But when the group of teens find deep, sinister happenings in the depths of the underground, they realize it contains centuries of secrets. This haunting horror novel will surprise you with it’s twists and turns.

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16. Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

Dutton Books for Young Readers

 

Release date: March 15th, 2016

What it’s about: As an ambitious captain of her cheerleading team, Hermione Winters is determined to make her final year count. But when someone slips something into her drink at camp, she becomes a tragic victim of rape. With a child on the way, Hermione faces difficult decisions why trying to heal. A raw, powerful story that’ll stay with you long after it’s over.

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