Unmissable YA Newcomers

It’s a new week so that means it’s time to buy new books right? No matter how much your TBR pile grows you still need books to add to it. That’s the beauty of a TBR pile, it’s supposed to be never-ending! Or else you will run out. So, in case yours is lacking, here are some great new YA books to get your hands on.

1. What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter


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What I Like About You tells the story of Halle, who lives her best life as her online persona, Kels. Kels is the creator of a blog called ‘One True Pastry’ that pairs the cover of Young Adult novels with cool cupcakes. She also has a growing platform of followers, confidence, and her best friend Nash. Nash and Kels have never met, so he has no idea about Halle, the reality of herself that isn’t cool. That is, until Kels goes to live with her Gramps for Senior year and she runs into Nash. She can’t escape him, he shows up everywhere, even at the synagogue. However, Nash doesn’t know that Halle is Kels, and while Halle is falling for him,  Nash is falling for Kels.



2. The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson


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The Lucky Ones follows two teens, May and Zach, as they deal with the aftermath of a school shooting. On the day of the shooting, May lost her twin brother, and she is struggling with understanding how she was able to survive that day. May feels alone, because no one will ever know what she saw and heard that day, and even though it’s been eleven months, it’s still rough. Zach is struggling because his mom defended the shooter,  and now he has lost his friends and girlfriend. Zach’s little sister and one remaining best friend are the only people willing to hang out with him. Zach’s best friend stays by his side and refuses to let him wallow, which is how Zach and May meet in the band room, because May’s best friend brings her to audition for the new band too. Two teens struggling to survive might just realize that being a survivor is their only option.

3. Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed


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Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know tells the story of two young girls from different time periods, Khayyam and Leila. Khayyam is an American, Indian, Muslim, and French 17-year-old girl who would rather be back home in Chicago contemplating her messy life than in Paris with her academic parents. Her boyfriend could possibly be ghosting her and her dream college might be just a dream as she may have blown her chance to get in. 200 years in the past, there is Leila, who is struggling to survive and hide her true love from the Pasha that has given her special status in the Harem. What connects these two women is Khayyam’s bond with a descendant of Alexandre Dumas, and she begins to connect some type of allusions of a 19th century Muslim woman who may have crossed paths with Alexandre, Eugene Delacroix, and Lord Byron. Centuries may divide them, but their lives are intertwined as Leila’s life is uncovered and Khayyam’s is transformed.



4. Verona Comics by Jennifer Dungan


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Verona Comics follows the story of two teens; Jubilee and Ridley. Both are the children of comic store owners, who happen to be rivals. Jubliee is an up-and-coming cellist, who spends most of her time practicing for her audition. When she’s not practicing, she’s helping her stepmom at her indie comic shop. Ridley’s parents own the biggest comic book chain store in the country. Unfortunately, his parents don’t pay much attention to him. When Ridley and Jubilee meet at a comic convention prom, they end up falling for each other even though their parents can’t stand each other. So they must see each other in secret. However, their families are the least of their problems with Jubilee’s audition approaching, and Ridley’s anxiety spiraling. Their relationship is growing, but it could ruin them.


5. Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell


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Rules for Being a Girl tells the story of Marin, a young girl who is a star student. Marin is LAO the editor of the school paper, and her main goal is to get into Brown University. Her best companion is her English teacher, Mr. Beckett, who encourages her writing, and they love to talk about books together. That is until Mr. Beckett makes a pass at her. Marin is shocked, hurt, and so confused. She doesn’t know if it was her fault or not, and when she tells the administration no one believes her. So, she uses her voice in the school paper, and even starts a feminist book club. Gray Kendall, who she thought was just another lacrosse player dud, turns out to be an unlikely ally. Now, Marin has to figure out how to write her own rules and take her power back as things begin to heat up in school and in her personal life.


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