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15 YA Books You'll Want To Add To Your Summer Reading List

Find your perfect poolside pick.

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1. The Way To Game The Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen

When good girl Taylor wakes up to the school's rebellious surfer boy after a party, she knows her reputation is on the line. Her plan? Persuade Evan to pretend like they're together to save face, but it's not as easy as it seems. If you enjoy light romantic stories, definitely pick this one up as an excellent summer read.

Release date: June 7, 2016

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2. Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick

The Silver Lining's Playbook author pens this YA contemporary about a rule-following girl named Nanette who ends up befriending a cult-classic novelist and falling for another fan all while discovering her own independence. If you enjoy coming-of-age stories, you'll love this summer read.

Release date: May 31, 2016

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3. Rocks Fall Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar

Aspen Quick’s family has a magical secret — a ritual keeps a cliff from collapsing onto their town. But things begin to change when Aspen, who enjoys using his abilities, begins questioning both the past and future. If you enjoy books that are family oriented and ~slightly~ paranormal, then you're sure to love this one.

Release date: June 7, 2016

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4. Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins

This collection includes fun and flirty short stories by bestselling YA authors, including Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, Jennifer E. Smith, and edited by Stephanie Perkins. If you're looking for a breezy book to read at the beach, be sure and pick up this one.

Release date: May 17, 2016

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5. The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

Grant and Roxy are best friends, but when Grant starts having feelings for Roxy, he plans to tell her in a special way: at Comic-Con. But will things turn out the way Grant hopes? Even if you aren't a fan of the Comic-Con world, this adorable story is a perfect poolside read.

Release date: June 14, 2016

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6. You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan

Set in San Francisco, Mark is in love with Ryan, who doesn’t feel the same way. Kate has never met Violet in person and although the feelings are there, she’s afraid of what might happen when they do meet in real life. But when Kate and Mark meet in the city during Pride Week, they quickly discover that friendship often shows in the right place at the right time. If you like books with whirlwind romance and adventure, this is the summer read for you.

Release date: June 7, 2016

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7. How It Ends by Catherine Lo

Told from the perspective of two BFFs, this book touches on the hardships of friendship and what happened to bring these two characters apart. If you enjoy contemporary books that have a strong friendship element, then this is the perfect summer read for you.

Release date: June 7, 2016

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8. Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana

When Tara discovers a message from an alternate Earth, she realizes there could actually be a parallel universe. And when her normal life begins to shift little by little, she begins to believe that something huge is about to happen. If you enjoy adventurous books that take you to another world, you'll love this pick.

Release date: June 21, 2016

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9. Lucky Few by Kathryn Ormsbee

Stevie and Sanger help oddball neighbor, Max, complete his “Ways to Fake My Death Without Dying” checklist, but Stevie slowly begins to realize these themes of death might just hit too close to home in her real life. If you enjoy stories with a unique premise and memorable characters, this book is for you.

Release date: June 7, 2016

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10. Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

This YA prehistoric fantasy follows Kol, a High Elder who must marry, and Mya, also seventeen but part of a different clan — who also holds a dark secret. If you love books involving adventure and excitement, then you'll want definitely pick this one up.

Release date: June 7, 2016

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11. Run by Kody Keplinger

Bo Dickinson is a rebellious rule breaker and her BFF, Agnes Atwood, lives under the roof of overprotective parents. But when Bo runs into trouble and asks Agnes to escape with her, the pair flee to the open road. Those who love character-driven, heartfelt books will surely enjoy this summer read.

Release date: June 28, 2016

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12. How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler

How to Disappear is fast-paced thriller told in alternating perspectives. This story follows a murder witnessed by Nicolette and a boy with one mission: to get rid of her. If you enjoy adventurous books with tons of twists and turns, you'll definitely want to get your hands on this one.

Release date: June 14, 2016

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13. The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

Eleven years after their mysterious disappearance, five of the missing six teenagers return. They were five when they were taken, but upon return they don’t have any recollection of what happened. Nor do they know what happened to the sixth victim, Max. This intriguing story will have you flipping pages until the very end.

Release date: June 7, 2016

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14. Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Charlie has had a rough life, experiencing loss and pain at the tender age of seventeen. When she's released from her mental hospital, she must decide if her struggles define her or if she can learn to move forward. Fans of Girl, Interrupted and dark YA will enjoy this read.

Release date: August 30, 2016

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15. Look Both Waysby Alison Cherry

Brooklyn has landed a theater apprenticeship at Allerdale and is excited for an opportunity to start fresh for a summer. But when she begins having feelings for her roommate Zoe, she must decide if they're for the right reasons. If you like contemporary YA, you'll surely enjoy this heartfelt story.

Release date: June 14, 2016

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