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9 Hot New Teen Novels to Read this Summer!

unexpected everything
YA MATSON, M.
Seventeen year old Andie always has a plan, but when her father suffers a political scandal, her summer med school program is taken away from her, and a new guy comes into the picture, she finds a lot of unexpected things can happen when you’re busy making other plans.

 

You Were Here
YA MCCARTHY, C.
On the anniversary of her daredevil brother’s death, Jaycee breaks into Jake’s favorite hideout, an abandoned insane asylum, where her eccentric friends challenge her to rediscover buried parts of herself.

 

YA CALETTI, D.
When Mads discovers a dead body while she’s swimming in the lake, she begins to obsess over who the woman was and what led her to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge. But when she starts to fall for Billy, the woman’s troubled son, Mads isn’t sure how much longer she can keep her obsession a secret.

 

Unbecoming
YA DOWNHAM, J.
Life has just become very complicated for seventeen-year-old Katie; her father walked out a year ago, her mother is stressed out, her brother is a “special needs” teenager, and she is caring for the maternal grandmother she has never met, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s–and Katie has a secret of her own that she cannot reveal.

 

YA ANDREWS, J.
A road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every realistic expectation, become a band.

 

When We Collided
YA LORD, E.
Can seventeen-year-old Jonah save his family restaurant from ruin, his mother from her sadness, and his danger-seeking girlfriend Vivi from herself?

 

YA SEPETYS, R.
World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom. When their paths converge in route to the ship that promises salvation, Joana, Emilia, and Florian find their strength, courage, and trust in one another tested with each step closer toward safety. When tragedy strikes the Wilhelm Gustloff, they must fight for the same thing: survival.

 

YA MY CAVALLARO, B
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson descendants, Charlotte and Jamie, students at a Connecticut boarding school, team up to solve a murder mystery.

 

YA SF HUTCHINSON, S.
Abducted by aliens periodically throughout his youth, Henry Denton is informed by his erstwhile captors that they will end the world in 144 days unless he stops them by deciding that humanity is worth saving.

12 Teen Novels about Graduation

HeatofMoment

Heat of the Moment by Lauren Barnholdt
YA BARNHOLDT, L.
“Before graduation, I promise to learn to trust” is what the email Lyla McAfee wrote to herself as a freshman, to be delivered right before graduation, says–but on the senior trip to Florida she discovers that what she now considers a silly sentiment may be a lot harder, and a lot more important, than she thinks.

KidneyHypothetical

The Kidney Hypothetical, Or, How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days by Lisa Yee
YA YEE, L.
A week before high school graduation, Harvard-bound Higgs suddenly finds his life falling apart and the other students turning against him, and somehow it all started with a hypothetical question about donating a kidney–but really it goes much deeper, all the way back to the death of his older brother.

GloryObrien

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
YA KING, A.
As her high school graduation draws near, Glory O’Brien begins having powerful and terrifying visions of the future as she struggles with her long-buried grief over her mother’s suicide.

PlayMeBackwards

Play Me Backwards by Adam Selzer
YA SELZER, A.
A promising and popular student in middle school, Leon Harris has become a committed “slacker” but with graduation approaching and his middle school girlfriend possibly returning to town, Leon’s best friend Stan, who claims to be Satan, helps him get back on the right track–for a price.

Infinite Moment of Us

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
YA MYRACLE, L.
As high school graduation nears, Wren Gray is surprised to connect with gentle Charlie Parker, a boy with a troubled past who has loved her for years, while she considers displeasing her parents for the first time and changing the plans for her future.

KissMorningStar

Kiss the Morning Star by Elissa Janine Hoole
YA HOOLE, E.
The summer after high school graduation and one year after her mother’s tragic death, Anna and her long-time best friend Kat set out on a road trip across the country, armed with camping supplies and a copy of Jack Kerouac’s Dharma Bums, determined to be open to anything that comes their way.

NewGuy

The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spalding
YA SPALDING, A.
Juggling the pressures of college applications and friendships, neurotic overachiever Jules’s plans for her senior year are thrown off track when she starts dating the new guy at school and finds herself at the center of a rivalry between her high school’s newspaper and its just-launched TV news show.

saywhatyouwill

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
YA MCGOVERN, C.
Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized. When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other’s lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.

PerfectlyGoodWhiteBoy

Perfectly Good White Boy by Carrie Mesrobian
YA MESROBIAN, C.
After losing his virginity to an older girl who dumps him at the end of summer, Sean decides to join the Marines, but first he must get through his senior year of high school.

PrincessesofIowa

The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes
YA BACKES, M.
After being involved in a drunk driving accident in the spring, Paige Sheridan spends the summer in Paris as an au-pair and then returns to her suburban Iowa existence for her senior year of high school, where she begins to wonder if she wants more out life than being popular, having a handsome boyfriend and all the latest clothes, and being a member of the social elite.

KnightsHillCountry

Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp
YA THARP, T.
In his senior year, high school star linebacker Hampton Greene finally begins to think for himself and discovers that he might be interested in more than just football.

VeganVirginValentine

Vegan Virgin Valentine by Carolyn Mackler
YA MACKLER, C.
Mara has her senior year planned out and her sights set on Yale when her niece, who is only one year younger and opposite in temperament, moves in and disrupts Mara’s life.

7 Teen Novels about Prom

PromGoers

The Prom Goer’s Interstellar Excursion by Chris McCoy
YA MCCOY, C.
Minutes after eighteen-year-old Bennett Bardo of Gordo, New Mexico, asks Sophie Gilkey, his dream girl, to prom and she says yes, she is abducted by aliens and Bennett catches a ride across the galaxy with a band of misfit musicians to find her.

Promposal

Promposal by Rhonda Helms
YA HELMS, R.
Camilla hopes her secret crush, Benjamin, might ask her to prom but feels pressured into accepting the invitation of a casual acquaintance, and Joshua has worked up the courage to ask his best friend, Ethan, to be his date when Ethan asks his help in crafting the perfect “promposal” for another boy.

Tessa

Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom by Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin
YA FRANKLIN, E.
Feeling humiliated and confused when his best friend Tessa rejects his love and reveals a long-held secret, high school senior Luke must decide if he should stand by Tessa when she invites a female date to the prom, sparking a firestorm of controversy in their small Indiana town.

PromandPrejudice

Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
YA EULBERG, E.
For Lizzie Bennett, a music scholarship student at Connecticut’s exclusive, girls-only Longbourn Academy, the furor over prom is senseless, but even more puzzling is her attraction to the pompous Will Darcy, best friend of her roommate’s boyfriend.

Its Our Prom

It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It) by Julie Anne Peters
YA PETERS, J.
Told in separate voices, Azure, who is a lesbian, and Luke, who is bisexual, help plan an inclusive senior prom while Luke is writing and producing a musical about his life, both are working through the crush they have on their friend Radhika, and all three are dealing with problems at home.

21proms

21 Proms edited by Daniel Ehrenhaft and David Levithan
YA SS TWENTY
A full spectrum of good dates, bad dates, unexpected dates, and more is covered in 21 stories from today’s best-selling and up-and-coming YA authors.

zombie queen book cover

Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby
YA ASHBY, A.
After Jack Grammar’s friends, Percy and Natalie, post a personal ad in the school newspaper for him, Jack ends up with only seven days to date all the responses before asking one special girl to the prom.

Teen Novels Set in Australia

Wildlife

Wildlife by Fiona Wood
YA WOOD, F.
Two sixteen-year-old girls in Australia come together at an outdoor semester of school, before university–one thinking about boys and growing up, the other about death and grief, but somehow they must help each other to find themselves.

Dead I Know

The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner
YA GARDNER, S.
Aaron Rowe’s new job at a funeral parlor may be his salvation from sleepwalking, dreams he can not explain and memories he can not recover, but if he does not discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up.

Razorhurst

Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier
YA LARBALASTIER, J.
In 1932, in Sydney’s deadly Razorhurst neighborhood, where crime and razor-wielding men rule, two girls with contrasting lives who share the ability to see ghosts meet over a dead body and find themselves on the run from mob bosses.

Afterlight

Afterlight by Rebecca Lim
YA LIM, R.
Since her parents died in a freak motorbike accident, Sophie Teague’s life has fallen apart. But she’s just enrolled at a new high school, hoping for a fresh start. That’s until Eve, a beautiful ghost in black, starts making terrifying nightly appearances, wanting Sophie to tie up some loose ends. But dealing with the dead might just involve he greatest sacrifice of all.

Golden Boys book cover

Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett
YA HARTNETT, S.
Rex and Tabby Jenson and their sons, Colt and Bastian, arrive in Freya Kiley’s Australian neighborhood with little fanfare, but their presence sends fissures throughout their modest community.

When We Wake

When We Wake by Karen Healey
YA SF HEALEY, K.
In 2027, sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl–playing the guitar, falling in love, and protesting the wrongs of the world with her friends. But then Tegan dies, waking up 100 years in the future as the unknowing first government guinea pig to be cryogenically frozen and successfully revived. Appalling secrets about her new world come to light, and Tegan must choose to either keep her head down or fight for a better future.

Girl Defective book cover

Girl Defective by Simmone Howell
YA HOWELL, S.
Friendship, love, and a mystery fill the life-changing summer of fifteen-year-old Sky, who lives with her unconventional family in a run-down record store in St. Kilda, a seaside suburb of Melbourne, Australia.

MidnightDress

The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee
YA FOXLEE, K.
Rose, nearly sixteen, is used to traveling around with her alcoholic father but connects with the people of a small, coastal Australian town, especially classmate Pearl and reclusive Edie, who teaches her to sew a magical dress for the Harvest Festival while a mystery unfolds around them.

Graffiti Moon

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
YA CROWLEY, C.
Told in alternating voices, an all-night adventure featuring Lucy, who is determined to find an elusive graffiti artist named Shadow, and Ed, the last person Lucy wants to spend time with, except for the fact that he may know how to find Shadow.

Love and Other

Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
YA BUZO, L.
A fifteen-year-old Australian girl gets her first job and first crush on her unattainable university-aged coworker, as both search for meaning in their lives.

Stolen

Stolen by Lucy Christopher
YA CHRISTOPHER, L.
British city-dweller Gemma is abducted while on vacation and taken to the Australian outback, where she realizes that escape attempts are futile, and in time she learns that her captor is not as despicable as she first believed.

underdogs

Underdogs: three novels by Markus Zusak
YA ZUSAK, M.
Presents three novels in which two brothers, Ruben and Cameron Wolfe, strive to overcome the limitations of their family’s poverty, taking jobs as fighters, and Cameron, the younger brother, tries to find love with his brother’s ex-girlfriend.

PipersSon

The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
YA MARCHETTA, M.
After his favorite uncle’s violent death, Tom Mackee watches his family implode, quits school, and turns his back on music and everyone who matters, and while he is in no shape to mend what is broken, he fear that no one else is, either.

Jasper Jones

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
YA SILVEY, C.
In small-town Australia, teens Jasper and Charlie form an unlikely friendship when one asks the other to help him cover up a murder until they can prove who is responsible.

Pink

Pink by Lili Wilkinson
YA WILKINSON, L.
Sixteen-year-old Ava does not know who she is or where she belongs, but when she tries out a new personality–and sexual orientation–at a different school, her edgy girlfriend, potential boyfriend, and others are hurt by her lack of honesty.

Little Wanting Song

A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley
YA CROWLEY, C.
One Australian summer, two very different sixteen-year-old girls–Charlie, a talented but shy musician, and Rose, a confident student longing to escape her tiny town–are drawn into an unexpected friendship, as told in their alternating voices.

Winds of Heaven

The Winds of Heaven by Judith Clarke
YA CLARKE, J.
Clementine and her cousin Fan both grow up in 1950s Australia but have very different lives, Clementine coming from a stable, city family and Fan from a broken, country home, and their destinies are also strikingly divergent.

BeatleMeets

Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams
YA WILLIAMS, G.
When superstitious eighteen-year-old John “Beatle” Lennon, who is dating the best friend of his twin sister, meets Destiny McCartney, their instant rapport and shared quirkiness make it seem that their fate is written in the stars.

Anatomy of Wings

The Anatomy of Wings by Karen Foxlee
YA FOXLEE, K.
After the suicide of her troubled teenage sister, eleven-year-old Jenny struggles to understand what actually happened.

JellicoeRoad

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
YA MARCHETTA, M.
Abandoned by her drug-addicted mother at the age of eleven, high school student Taylor Markham struggles with her identity and family history at a boarding school in Australia.

DoesMyHead

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
YA ABDEL-FATTAH, R.
Year Eleven at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, would be tough enough, but it is further complicated for Amal when she decides to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf, full-time as a badge of her faith–without losing her identity or sense of style.

Murder of Bindy

The Murder of Bindy MacKenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty
YA MORIARTY, J.
Class brain Bindy Mackenzie has alienated her entire high school but when she realizes someone is trying to kill her, she has to make friends in order to get help.

tomorrowwhenwarbegan

Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
YA MARSDEN, J.
When Ellie and her friends go camping, they have no idea they’re leaving their old lives behind forever. Despite a less-than-tragic food shortage and a secret crush or two, everything goes as planned. But a week later, they return home to find their houses empty and their pets starving. Something has gone wrong–horribly wrong. Before long, they realize the country has been invaded, and the entire town has been captured–including their families and all their friends. Ellie and the other survivors face an impossible decision: They can flee for the mountains or surrender. Or they can fight.