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Page-Turning YA Books to Dive Into on a Boring Gray Afternoon

Rainy afternoon blahs, you've met your match!

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Looking for a good YA book to dive into? We’ve got you covered! Keep this list bookmarked for the next time you need a recommendation for a page-turning read. Here are all the bestsellers, classic teen rom-coms, and YA thrillers that you’ll want to devour in one sitting.

You Have A Match by Emma Lord

An instant New York Times bestseller and a Reese Witherspoon YA book club pick, Emma Lord's second novel (after Meet Cute) shares the story of Abby, a teen who has her whole life together until a DNA test reveals she has a secret little sister. If you love a good journey of self-discovery, a little summer mischief, and a story about sisterhood, you’ll be all in on this one. 

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Love a happy-with-big-feels read? Look no further than Leah Johnson’s debut novel, You Should See Me in a Crown, another Reese Witherspoon YA book club pick. The story follows Liz Lighty, a high school senior who finds herself in a sticky situation trying to win her high school's prom king and queen scholarship after her financial aid from college disappears. As an unlikely candidate, Liz tries to make the best of the situation and finds herself falling for a fellow candidate along the way. If you are a fan of rom-coms, love a good prom story, or just want a good happy cry, you won’t be disappointed with this book.

Today, Tonight, Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Love a good rom-com with a rivalry twist? Then definitely check out Today, Tonight, Tomorrow. The sharp comedy follows Rowan and Neil on the last day of their senior year. The pair have battled it out during their high school careers and Rowan is determined to beat Neil one last time. The catch? Rowan has been so focused on beating Neil, she's failed to notice he's actually the boy of her dreams, giving their final competition a whole new twist.

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

Meet Michael, a mixed-raced gay teen who has never felt quite in the right spot during his life. As Michael gets older and starts to explore London, he discovers the drag community and finds his true self, finally learning where he belongs. The coming-of-age YA novel is an inspiring story full of courage and hope.

Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez

Want a powerful, engaging story? Then add Furia to the top of your list. The Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine September Pick and the Recipient of the 2021 Pura Belpré Young Adult Author Medal shares the story of Camila, a young girl who leads a double life in Argentina. At home, Camila has to navigate a tricky family situation living in her brother's shadow and avoiding an abusive father. Outside on the soccer field, she thrives and dreams that her talent can change her life. While on this hard and complicated journey, Camila learns what it means to have perseverance, drive, and be an independent woman willing to prove many people wrong.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

When you read The Hunger Games, you probably had a million questions — such as how did President Snow get into power, and who started the Hunger Games? If you want answers to those questions and more, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is a must-read. The book is a prequel to The Hunger Games series and follows eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow during the tenth Hunger Games. As you read the prequel, you’ll definitely make connections to the original trilogy and understand the original story in a new light.

Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Series by Ransom Riggs

When you’ve finished Harry Potter and want a magical world with a spooky twist, might I suggest Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children? The New York Times bestselling series opens up with Jacob Portman on his journey to a remote island searching for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As he explores the abandoned island, he realizes that the children may actually still live there — and that they may have been abandoned for a reason. The chilling story plays out over six books, accompanied by photographs that work seamlessly with the text to tell a gripping and mysterious story.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

There’s a good reason The Selection series has been on the New York Times bestseller list since 2013. The five-book series starts off following America Singer on her journey through The Selection. The Selection gives 35 girls a chance to escape a wretched caste system by winning over Prince Maxon. However, America isn’t so thrilled with being picked and having to uproot her life. Follow America and see what happens on the journey in this dystopian and fairytale-like society.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Meet Lara Jean Song, a hopeless romantic who has zero romance going on in her life. That is until the love letters she’s written to all five of her crushes get sent out in the mail without any warning. With the letters in the wild, everything is out of Lara Jean’s control and her love life takes a turn she never expects. After you read the books, be sure to watch the super-charming movie adaptation on Netflix!

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

The Sinclair family can do no wrong — at least, it seems that way from the outside. Each summer the Sinclair family gathers on their private island where The Liars spend every waking moment together. However, during Summer Fifteen on the island, something goes wrong, yet no one can pinpoint just quite what it is. You will be stunned by the ending of this National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling novel. Just remember to lie when anyone asks you how it ends!

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Fans of mysteries will fall in love with The Inheritance Games. The story follows Avery Grambs, an unassuming high school student whose life changes in an instant when she is mysteriously left a fortune of a billion dollars from an unknown person named Tobias Hawthorne. The catch? To claim it Avery must navigate a series of puzzles and codes, and worse, Hawthorne’s family was expecting the fortune for themselves.