Put These 14 New YA Books on Your Fall Reading List
Love triangles! Zombies! Jellyfish!
In the years since Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, Young Adult fiction has become just as smart and stirring as any “adult” genre--and grown-ups need not feel ashamed to call themselves fans. Here, 14 new books to get your paws on this fall.
“EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING” BY NICOLA YOON
THE GIST: Maddy, a girl who is literally allergic to everything in the outside world (think Seinfeld’s Bubble Boy), finds herself head over heels for her new next-door neighbor. Conflict ensues.
FOR FANS OF: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
“ANOTHER DAY” BY DAVID LEVITHAN
THE GIST: A companion to Levithan’s gripping best seller Every Day, this novel tells Rhiannon’s side of the story as she slowly discovers that a mysterious being named “A” is inhabiting the bodies of her friends and boyfriend.
FOR FANS OF: All the Major Constellations by Pratima Cranse
“FANS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE LIFE” BY KATE SCELSA
THE GIST: This isn’t your typical love triangle--it’s the bittersweet story of Mira; her gay best friend, Sebby; and Jeremy, the boy who falls for both of them.
FOR FANS OF: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
“WHAT WE SAW” BY AARON HARTZLER
THE GIST: Inspired by the 2012 rape case in Steubenville, Ohio, this dark and powerful debut novel tells the story of a raucous high school party gone horribly wrong.
FOR FANS OF: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
“NOT AFTER EVERYTHING” BY MICHELLE LEVY
THE GIST: When Tyler’s seemingly perfect life falls apart after his mom commits suicide, he finds solace in an unlikely friendship with “token goth girl” Jordyn.
FOR FANS OF: The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
“CARRY ON” BY RAINBOW ROWELL
THE GIST: Well, this is crazy and amazing. In Rowell’s 2013 novel Fangirl, Cath, a teenage fan fiction writer, is obsessed with a (fake) fantasy series called Carry On. Readers must have loved it, too, because Rowell has expanded it into a real, stand-alone book.
FOR FANS OF: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
“VENGEANCE ROAD” BY ERIN BOWMAN
THE GIST: When Gold Rush-era gal Kate finds her house on fire and her father hanging from a tree, she sets off (dressed as a boy) to track down the gang of murderers who killed him.
FOR FANS OF: True Grit by Charles Portis
“BLOOD AND SALT” BY KIM LIGGETT
THE GIST: This romance-horror hybrid tells the chilling tale of Ash Larkin, who fights to track down her mother when she runs away to a spiritual commune in Quivira, Kansas.
FOR FANS OF: The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
“THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS” BY ANNA-MARIE MCLEMORE
THE GIST: Lace Paloma was raised in a tribe of traveling performers--but when Cluck, a boy from a rival troupe, saves her life, things begin to really get dangerous.
FOR FANS OF: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
“HELLO, GOODBYE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN” BY JENNIFER E. SMITH
THE GIST: YA favorite Jennifer E. Smith’s newest story centers on Clare and Aiden, a couple who spends 12 hours trying to decide if they should stay together or break up on the final night before they both leave for college.
FOR FANS OF: Three Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash
“THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE” BY PATRICK NESS
THE GIST: A contemporary YA fantasy novel about a group of misunderstood teens trying to save the world from zombies, ghosts and aliens. (As misunderstood teens are wont to do.)
FOR FANS OF: A Hero at the End of the World by Erin Claiborne
“INFINITE IN BETWEEN” BY CAROLYN MACKLER
THE GIST: The lives of five teens intertwine through four years of high school as their accomplishments, heartbreaks and joys are chronicled. Think The Breakfast Club in book form.
FOR FANS OF: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
“DROWNING IS INEVITABLE” BY SHALANDA STANLEY
THE GIST: Olivia lives in the shadow of her mother, who committed suicide on her 18th birthday, just after Olivia was born. When tragedy strikes again, Olivia and her friends drive from rural Louisiana to New Orleans and plan their escape to New York City.
FOR FANS OF: A Solitary Blue by Cynthia Voigt
“THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH” BY ALI BENJAMIN
THE GIST: When her best friend drowns, Suzy is convinced the accident was caused by a rare jellyfish sting and fights to make the world believe her theory.
FOR FANS OF: And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard