11 New YA Books We’re Putting on Our Fall Reading List
Remember in high school when your teacher Mrs. What’s-Her-Name made you read seven million books for English class? Well, now that you’re a grown-up, you get to pick the curriculum (which naturally still includes a bunch of young adult titles, because they’ve gotten so, so awesome). Presenting 11 new YA novels to put on your fall reading list—including, yay, a new one from John Green.
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland (September 2)
Esther Solar’s grandfather was once cursed by Death (yep), so everyone in her family now has a crippling fear. (Dad? Agoraphobia. Twin brother? Afraid of the dark. Mom? Scared of bad luck.) Esther doesn’t know what her fear is yet, so she makes a list and tries to avoid everything—until she reunites with Jonah Smallwood, an old classmate who unleashes them all.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera (September 5)
Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio both get a call from Death-Cast on September 5 and find out they’re going to die today. (Oooh, and that’s also the book’s release date. Great touch.) Hoping to make the day a little less lonely, the two strangers join the app Last Friend, and are paired up for one last adventure. We’re so in.
Warcross by Marie Lu (September 12)
Billed as The Hunger Games meets Minecraft, this page-turning sci-fi book tells the story of Emika Chen, an online bounty hunter who searches the popular online game Warcross to find players betting illegally in the world of the game. But when Emika goes on a mission for Warcross’s elusive creator, she finds herself whisked away to Tokyo IRL.
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart (September 5)
One of our favorite YA authors (have you read We Were Liars yet?) has a new psychological suspense novel for us to devour. Follow Imogen, a runaway heiress, and Jule, a fighter and social chameleon, as they form an intense friendship, followed by a disappearance (and oh, maybe a few murders).
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao (October 10)
Listen up, fantasy addicts: Get ready to dive headfirst into a gorgeous, dark and mysterious new world. Eighteen-year-old Xifeng grew up as a peasant in a small village barely on the map but believes she is destined to be the Empress of Feng Lu. In order to accomplish this, she must cast aside the boy who loves her and embrace the dark magic that flows within her. There’s always a catch, huh?
The Lost Causes by Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz (September 5)
OK, this book is described as The X-Files meets The Breakfast Club, so we’re already totally sold. Five social outcasts think they’re being placed into group therapy, but they leave the program with psychic powers. They’re then assigned to team up with the FBI to help solve a murder that has shocked their small town. (So badass.)
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater (October 10)
Welcome to Bicho Raro, Colorado, a mysterious town where you’ll meet the Soria clan—oh, and performing astounding miracles runs in the family. At the center of the story are three cousins longing to change their destinies. Bicho Raro may never be the same again.
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (October 10)
This is not a drill. We repeat, this is not a drill. John Green (yes, The Fault in Our Stars guy) has a new YA novel, and it sounds amazing. Sixteen-year-old Aza teams up with her fearless friend Daisy to solve the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett. Sounds like a plan.
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins (September 12)
Dual perspectives? Try five perspectives. This gorgeous novel spans three generations, detailing the immigrant experience for an Indian-American family. Get ready to explore sisterhood, friendship and first loves through this unforgettable story.
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore (October 3)
For the last 100 years, the Nomeolvides women have been tending the lush gardens of La Pradera. But there’s a catch: They can’t fall in love too deeply or their lovers will disappear. Until one day, a mysterious boy suddenly shows up in the gardens. Challenge to solve the mystery: accepted.
The Thing with Feathers by McCall Hoyle (September 5)
Emilie is all about playing it safe—her best friend is her seizure dog and she loves being homeschooled. But when her mom enrolls her in public school, she’s terrified she’s going to get a seizure in school. And when the worst happens, she must decide whether to retreat back to the safety of her old life or face the unknown.