The Most Anticipated YA Books of Fall
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Summer is coming to an end, pumpkin spice season has arrived, and it is time to get excited for fall! The autumn months will bring cooler evenings, changing leaves, and a whole list of highly-anticipated YA book releases - check out some we are looking forward to!
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1. Ski Weekend by Rektok Ross
When a ski trip with her brother and some friends goes very wrong, Sam swears she’ll do anything to keep him alive... no matter what. Sam thinks the worst of her woes over the weekend will be cramming herself into an SUV with her brother, his irritating and gorgeous friend Gavin, their three other classmates, and a dog. Then their SUV smashes into a snowbank, and the fun weekend becomes a fight for survival. As temperatures drop, food dwindles, and her brother’s leg injury from the accident worsens, Sam needs to weigh her options - fast.
2. All These Bodies by Kendare Blake
Michael Jensen is just the son of the town sheriff aspiring to be a journalist when he finds himself in the middle of the investigation of the Bloodless Murders - the most recent involving Marie, a diminutive fifteen-year-old found in the middle of dead bodies covered in blood. When Marie decides the only person she’ll recount the night to is Michael, he realizes it’s up to him to find out what really happened that night, and how Marie ended up at the crime scene.
3. It All Comes Back to You by Farah Naz Rishi
When Kiran and Deen’s respective younger siblings start dating, their reactions could not be more opposite. Deen is thrilled his younger brother has a new light in his life to distract from the darkness that Deen has felt so responsible for. But Kiran, who vowed to keep her sister close after their mother died, doesn’t trust Deen or his brother. For one, she’s unearthed some shady secrets from their family. But she and Deen used to date in secret, too - until Deen ghosted her. As Deen and Kiran feel their chemistry reigniting, they also struggle to lower their walls and let things fall as they may.
4. We Can Be Heroes by Kyrie McCauley
Sometimes it takes matters of life and death to bring two people together, and that’s exactly what happens after Beck and Vivian’s mutual best friend, Cassie, is murdered, and the town moves on too fast. When they realize it’s up to them to find vengeance, the two decide to put their differences aside and start painting murals to memorialize their late best friend. But as secrets start building, Beck and Vivian struggle to outpace law enforcement - and Cassie’s ghost - to bring their friend the peace she deserved.
5. White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson
Alright, your fall TBR has to include at least one spooky book for Halloween, and this one gives us major The Haunting of Hill House vibes. Marigold is running from her ghosts when she moves from their small California beach town to the Midwestern city of Cedarville and finds her and her family in the picture-perfect home between two crumbling old houses. But the house, which has secrets that the wary neighbors are keeping from them, is eating their things, opening doors, turning lights off, and filled with voices and shadows. As the shadows close in, Marigold realizes her “ghosts” aren’t just metaphors.
6. For All Time by Shanna Miles
Tamar and Fayard have relived their tragic love story over and over. She has been a musician, a warrior, and a survivor. He has been a pioneer, a hustler, and a hopeless romantic. Together they’ve watched the world build itself up and come crumbling down, but in each life their fight to be together never ceases. They only wonder how to break the cycle and see how their story actually ends. When they realize what it will take to solidify their story, will they have what it takes to make the ultimate sacrifice?
7. The Wild Ones by Nafiza Azad
This thrilling, feminist fantasy centers on a band of teenage girls who must harness their special powers to save the magical boy they owe everything to. The girls band together to journey the world looking for others in pain and use their magic to save them from their scars. But when the boy whose magic gave them their origin asks for help against the forces chasing him, the girls have no choice. If the boy’s powers are destroyed, so is everything they stand for.
8. How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
Moon Fuentez thinks she must resign to being the ugly sister in the background after her twin sister reaches social media fame. But after she takes a job on a tour bus full of beautiful influencers, her fate begins to change. Most notably is her new bunkmate and nemesis, Santiago, who she’s certain she hates and is also the hottest guy she’s ever seen. But in the close proximity of the tour bus, Moon begins to wonder if that’s really true. She even starts questioning if she’s really the undesirable wallflower she always imagined herself to be.
9. Bad Girls Never Say Die by Jennifer Mathieu
If you loved the classic The Outsiders, give this gender-flipped version a go. Evie and all her friends are your typical bad girls: they wear bold makeup, run around with boys, and, most importantly, protect their own. Then Evie is rescued from an unsettling situation by a good girl not from their parts, and she starts to question every rule she’s lived by. This is a story about murder, secrets, tragedy, and rethinking what you might know about loyalty.
10. The Last Beautiful Girl by Nina Laurin
Isabella is certain she’ll be miserable when she moves from NYC to a tiny town. But the gorgeous old mansion she now calls home almost changes her mind at first. Then she starts to feel wary of its quirks: whole floors are boarded up, old paintings are hidden, and, worst of all, there’s no service. When her new classmate Alexa offers to help start an Instagram with portraits of Isa in the mansion, she’s game. The account goes overwhelmingly viral, and everyone is fighting to get in, while the darkness in the house fights to take over.
11. Our Way Back to Always by Nina Moreno
Lou and Sam were once inseparable, but after middle school and the most embarrassing serenade ever they haven’t spoken in nearly four years. Lou and Sam relied on each other more than they thought, especially when Sam’s dad was diagnosed with cancer. While she’s feeling the pressure from her family to go to Princeton, Lou finds the bucket list she and Sam wrote together as kids and uses it as a distraction from the weight of her impending future. With Sam’s help, they make their way through the list - and maybe back to each other.
12. No Beauties or Monsters by Tara Goedjen
Rylie hasn’t been back to Twentynine Palms since her father died, but she finds herself in the desert again thanks to her mom’s new work assignment. It’s not the homecoming she expected and things in the desert seem to be more terrifying than ever. People in town whisper of a killer on the loose, her old friend Lily has disappeared, and Rylie is seeing visions of monstrous creatures that stalk the night. Her family’s cabin seems to hold the answers she seeks, but can she trust the monsters in her head? Is she the deadliest thing in the desert?
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