10 of the Best New Young Adult Books in August 2017

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10 of the Best New Young Adult Books in August 2017

You’ll want to spend the final days of summer reading these thrilling Young Adult novels. The best YA books of August include a new read from Brandy Colbert (who wrote one of the greatest YA novels of all time) and Leigh Bardugo’s new Wonder Woman adventure. You’ll also find stories about demons, magic, heartbreak and mystery. There’s a lot to be excited about this month, so let’s dig in.

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WHEN_I_AM_THROUGH_WITH_YOU.jpg 1. When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn

Release Date: August 1st from Dutton Books for Young Readers

Why You’ll Love It: I always get excited when there’s a new Stephanie Kuehn book on the horizon. She pens wonderfully dark YA thrillers and mysteries, and her latest is no exception. The story of a teen accused of murder, When I Am Through With You is just so gripping and horrifying. You’ll think long and hard before going on your next hike, that’s for sure.

For Fans of: Anything by Lamar Giles (Endangered, Fake I.D.), Gretchen McNeil (Don’t Get Mad) and Kim Savage (After the Woods). Also hard-hitting reads from of Mindy McGinnis and A.S. King.

Description: “This isn’t meant to be a confession. Not in any spiritual sense of the word. Yes, I’m in jail at the moment. I imagine I’ll be here for a long time, considering. But I’m not writing this down for absolution and I’m not seeking forgiveness, not even from myself. Because I’m not sorry for what I did to Rose. I’m just not. Not for any of it.”

Ben Gibson is many things, but he’s not sorry and he’s not a liar. He will tell you exactly about what happened on what started as a simple school camping trip in the mountains. About who lived and who died. About who killed and who had the best of intentions. But he’s going to tell you in his own time. Because after what happened on that mountain, time is the one thing he has plenty of.

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THE_HEARTS_WE_SOLD_EMILY.jpg 2. The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Release Date: August 8th from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Why You’ll Love It: If you’re unfamiliar with Emily Lloyd-Jones’ Illusive series, which follows teens who develop superpowers after a virus hits humanity, oof, you need to catch up right away. Not only are her books entertaining, they’re brilliant examples of speculative, genre-bending YA. And her latest is another in that vein, blending fantasy, horror and romance into one of this year’s most unique reads.

For Fans of: Lloyd-Jones’ Illusive series, of course, and genre-mashing novels by authors like Lindsay Smith (Sekret) and Victoria Schwab (This Savage Song).

Description: When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

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LITTLE_AND_LION_BRANDY.jpg 3. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Release Date: August 8th from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Why You’ll Love It: Brandy Colbert wrote one of the greatest YA novels ever, Pointe. Her second novel, Little & Lion, was one of Paste’s most anticipated YA books of the year… and at last, it’s here. A story about mental health and the family complexities, it makes for one of 2017’s most moving reads.

For Fans of: Books about family and mental illness by authors like Stephanie Kuehn, Christa Desir, Emery Lord and Bryan Bliss.

Description: When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.

But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself—or worse.

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THE_ART_OF_FEELING_LAURA_TIMS.jpg 4. The Art of Feeling by Laura Tims

Release Date: August 15th from HarperTeen

Why You’ll Love It: It’s difficult to find books about chronic pain, so I’m really excited to see Laura Tims’ latest novel addressing it in a unique way. The Art of Feeling follows a teen living with chronic pain after a car accident…and a teen with a medical condition that leaves him unable to feel pain—period. And in the tradition of Tims’ early book, Please Don’t Tell, this novel is full of questions and mystery.

For Fans of: Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places.

Description: Since the car accident, Samantha Herring has been in pain, not only from her leg injury, but also from her mother’s death, which has devastated her family. After pushing away her friends, Sam has receded into a fog of depression.

But then Sam meets Eliot, a reckless loner with an attitude and an amazing secret—he can’t feel any pain. At first, Sam is jealous. But then she learns more about his medical condition…and his self-destructive tendencies. In fact, Eliot doesn’t seem to care about anything at all—except maybe Sam. As they grow closer, they begin to confront Sam’s painful memories of the accident—memories that may hold a startling truth about what really happened that day.

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HOW_TO_DISAPPEAR.jpg 5. How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat

Release Date: August 15th from HarperTeen

Why You’ll Love It: Books about teens getting caught up in Internet fame are trending right now, and I’m all about it. In Sharon Huss Roat’s latest novel, we meet a teen who goes viral on Instagram and then starts bonding with other lonely teens online. How to Disappear is a lovely YA contemporary story told through prose and social media.

For Fans of: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia and #famous by Jilly Gagdon.

Description: Vicky Decker has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight, quietly navigating the halls of her high school undetected except by her best (and only) friend, Jenna. But when Jenna moves away, Vicky’s isolation becomes unbearable.

So she decides to invent a social life by Photoshopping herself into other people’s pictures, posting them on Instagram under the screen name Vicurious. Instantly, she begins to get followers, so she adds herself to more photos from all over the world with all types of people. And as Vicurious’s online followers multiply, Vicky realizes she can make a whole life for herself without ever leaving her bedroom. But the more followers she finds online, the clearer it becomes that there are a lot of people out there who feel like her—#alone and #ignored in real life.

To help them, and herself, Vicky must find the courage to face her fear of being “seen,” because only then can she stop living vicariously and truly bring the magic of Vicurious to life.

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