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Must-Read YA Books Coming This Spring and Summer

Your next can't-put-it-down, stay-up-all-night, read-it-everywhere book is on this list.

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best new YA books spring summer 2021


Show of hands: Who's looking forward to spending their summer vacation with their nose deep in a book? If you're already stocking up on bookmarks for summer reading, you're in luck — but even if you're not Bookworm Number One (yet), the page-turners below might make you a convert. Get those bookshelves reinforced and clear your summer calendar for some of this summer's hottest books for tween and teen YA readers.

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney

If you were a big fan of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, chances are you’re going to be an even bigger fan of Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry. The debut novel from Joya Goffney shares the story of Quinn and her love of lists. List about her greatest fears, days she’s feeling down, and boys she’s crushing on. However, when her notebook goes missing and a list of hers ends up on Instagram, Quinn fears her biggest secrets will be exposed. Unsure of how to solve her problem, Quinn reluctantly teams up with her classmate Cater, hoping to get to the bottom of the uneasy situation. If you love a good coming-of-age story, a classic rom-com, and some topical issues, you’ll be all over this book. 

Read it on: May 4, 2021

This Is for Tonight by Jessica Patrick

Andi Kennedy needs money and needs it fast. While her YouTube crafting channel is her passion, it isn’t exactly raking in the money to help pay for college that she had hoped. To help turn a profit, Andi comes up with the idea to interview the uber-famous band headlining the hottest music festival in the world for her channel. The plan seems flawless — that is, until famous YouTube prankster Jay Bankar wants the same interview. As they compete for the interview, Andi realizes her first impression of Jay was way off and starts to question everything. If you love a good rom-com, you'll want to add This Is for Tonight to your summer reading list.

Read it on: May 4, 2021

Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson

Friends Kat and Stevie have the perfect night in the city planned out — a Broadway show and dinner at the trendiest restaurant in NYC. What could go wrong? Turns out a WHOLE lot. Join Kat and Stevie to see how the ideal night quickly gets turned on its head in the latest from New York Times best-selling author Morgan Matson. 

Read it on: May 4, 2021

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

If you've read through Harry Potter, The Selection, or Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and need a new fantasy world to dive into, might I suggest Realm Breaker? New York Times best-selling author Victoria Aveyard (and author of the bestselling fantasy Red Queen series) is back with a brand new ancient world to explore. The story follows Corayne an-Amarat and her quest to discover what happens when heroes have given up their posts. Realm Breaker is the first book in a long series to come, so get ready to fall in love with the world of Allward.  

Read it on: May 4, 2021

Made in Korea by Sarah Suk

Love K-pop, a good rom-com, and some friendly competition? Then you’ll want to pre-order Sarah Suk’s debut YA novel, Made in Korea. The story follows Valerie Kwon, a high school student who runs V&C K-BEAUTY, a crazy successful side hustle beauty business. When new student Wes Jung enters the picture — and accidentally becomes Valerie's top competition — their relationship quickly gets heated. While the pair competes to see who will end up on top, they start to realize there might be more than K-pop branded beauty projects bringing them together. 

Read it on: May 18, 2021

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

Izumi Tanaka's life has never felt quite right. The Japanese American teen can't seem to find her place in her hometown of northern California. Izumi has just gone through the motions of living out her high school life with her single mom — until one day, she stumbles upon a bombshell piece of information that changes everything. In the blink of an eye, Izumi discovers she's actually the daughter of the Crown Prince of Japan, making her a real-life princess. Izumi dives headfirst into this news and travels right to Japan to get all the details about her newfound fairytale life. Fans of The Princess Diaries series and Crazy Rich Asain will instantly fall in love with this new series from Emiko Jean. 

Read it on: May 18, 2021

Don't Breathe a Word by Jordyn Taylor

Eva has felt out of place for as long as she can remember — at school, with her family and friends, and especially at her overly lavish boarding school. So, when an opportunity to join an elite secret society opens up, Eva takes the bait, not knowing what kind of world she is committing to. As Eva learns what she is getting into, she realizes that a bigger secret and school mystery is really at play. Join in on Eva's adventure to see what really goes on in the secret society in the novel from critically acclaimed author Jordyn Taylor. 

Read it on: May 18, 2021

The Immortal Game by Talia Rothschild & A.C. Harvey

Fans of mythology will be all over Talia Rothschild & A.C. Harvey's debut novel, The Immortal Game. The story follows Galene, daughter of Poseidon, and her journey to prove her worthiness to the other Gods. However, when chaos hits Mount Olympus, Galene is blamed for the attack and banished from the island. With nothing left to lose and with the help of some friendly allies, Galene attempts to work her way back — all while trying to avoid a war along the way.  

Read it on: May 25, 2021

Gamora and Nebula: Sisters in Arms by Mackenzi Lee

If you thought there was an overwhelming amount of Marvel content already, get ready for even more! The latest book from Mackenzi Lee is diving into the backstory of two MCU favorites, Gamora and Nebula. The catch? These stories take place way before we’ve ever met them in Guardians of the Galaxy. Can't wait for this adventure? Read the first book in the series all about Loki as he attempts to become Earth's most influential hero. 

Read it on: June 1, 2021

Any Way the Wind Blows: Simon Snow Trilogy by Rainbow Rowell

New York Times bestselling author Rainbow Rowell is back with the third and final installment of the Simon Snow Trilogy, Any Way the Wind Blows. The final book finds Simon and his crew looking towards the future. For Simon, this means deciding his fate with the World of Mages and what that would mean for his relationship with Baz. Dive into this page-turner and see how this modern magical world comes to an end. New to the Simon Snow series or need to catch up? Check out Carry On and Wayward Son before the final book comes out on July 6. 

Read it on: July 6, 2021 

They'll Never Catch Us by Jessica Goodman

Looking to add a bit of thrill to your summer? Then you're going to want to add They'll Never Catch Us right to the top of your list. The story follows sisters Stella and Elli, who couldn't have more opposite personalities if they tried. They are both top cross country runners, but their similarities pretty much end after that. When new girl Mila shows up in town, the sisters find an unexpected common friend, but in two completely different ways. When Mila disappears after a training run one day, the sisters become number one suspects, thanks to their newfound friendship. Author Jessica Goodman will have you devouring this mystery all in one sitting. 

Read it on: July 27, 2021