Hey ya’ll! Today is the first day of Teen Read Week, a national initiative started by YALSA to get teens to become regular readers and library users. There are a ton of great YA books coming out this Fall from Peachtree and our publisher friends, and we want to share the titles we’re most excited about! Here are just a few:
Fifteen-year-old Jennifer has to force her family to realize she needs help for her eating disorder. But when she gets admitted into an eating disorder treatment unit, her experience isn’t quite what she expected. Punctuated by dark humor, gritty realism, and profound moments of self-discovery, Believarexic is a stereotype-defining exploration of belief and human connection.
After Alice’s boyfriend dies trying to save her from a fire—a fire her twin sister set—Alice wants to seek vengeance. The problem: Alice is stuck in a mental ward, and her sister is in another wing a few miles away. But when Chase, a mysterious and charming patient, agrees to help Alice, will she actually go through with her plan? This book has murder, revenge, and suspense—everything you would want in a great psychological thriller.
Evan comes across a mysterious hand-bound book his father had been reading before he suddenly passed away. The book is a diary of a Japanese soldier stranded on an island in WWII. As Evan tries to find answers to questions about the diary, why his father had it, and why his grandfather doesn’t want him to read it, readers will become engrossed in this suspenseful, intergenerational mystery.
Deferring her college acceptance to the dismay of her parents, McKenna is set on hiking the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia, even after her best friend backs out. While on the Trail she forms a relationship with Sam, a high school dropout escaping his abusive father. After following Sam’s suggestion to go off the trail for some extra adventure, the two find themselves lost and in danger. Romance and the wilderness, all wrapped up into one good adventure novel!
Becca and Johnny are brought together by a car accident that kills Johnny’s mother and Becca’s twin sister. Even though the crash is ruled an accident, Becca and Johnny are not so easily convinced. Both blinded by their emotions, how far are they willing to go to find the truth and get retribution? This compelling story is bound to keep you on the edge of your seat!
Twelve-year-old Jack and his parents welcome Joseph into their family as a foster child. Recently released from incarceration and wrestling with his troubled past, fourteen-year-old Joseph is determined to find his baby daughter Jupiter, whom he has never met. This powerful story of friendship and second chances will leave you reaching for a second box of tissues.
Are you starving for more recommendations? Take a look at the Teens’ Top Ten List. Read any good YA books lately that you would recommend? Let us know in the comments!