Summer Reading: High School/Young Adult
High School/Young Adult
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Outstanding chilling dystopian about a perfect world where death has been conquered and the two teens who are forced to take part in the horrible reality that lies behind it.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
The acclaimed romance, now in paperback! Maddy is allergic to everything, which leaves her trapped in her home. So what happens when she falls in love with the boy next door?
Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick
Are you living life as your true self? Nanette is the perfect straight-A student and star athlete, until a book triggers her rebellious side.
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Excellent story showing the aftereffects of war on a family. Hayley and her father, who has PTSD after the Iraq war, have travelled for years, but now they are attempting to settle in her father’s hometown so Hayley can have a regular high school life.
Devotion by Adam Makos
An epic Korean war story, telling the tale of two navy pilots, one black and one white, who broke the color barrier.
Fly Girl by Sherri Smith
Excellent book that has been somewhat overlooked. Ida Mae Jones wants to be a WWII pilot, but black women need not apply. She decides to use her light skin to pass, but although she can fulfil her dream, she is denying her real self.
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Another book that’s been around for some time, but is finding new readers thanks to the Netflix series. It still stands up as one of the best books on high school and bullying.
The epic and brilliant biography that launched the hottest musical in years! An adult book that crosses over into young adult.
A Series of Small Maneuvers by Elliot Treichel
Winner of the Reading the West award, this story tracks a 15-year-old girl after she causes an accident that kills her father. After surviving a desperate solo kayak journey, she has to negotiate the even-more treacherous transition back to ‘normal’ life.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Fast-moving sci-fi adventure. When Kady and Ezra’s planet is invaded, they escape on a spaceship, only to find that a plague is killing the evacuees.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
A complex love story about two broken teens. Can love help put them back together? And can it last? Heart-rending.
Sweet by Emmy Laybourne
Who knew the dark side of dieting and addiction could be so entertaining? A luxury cruise to launch a diet sweetener goes violently wrong when the passengers become so addicted they will do anything to get more. Older YA.
The Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
Brilliant fantasy telling the story of how the Queen of Hearts became so mean. The sequel, Blood of Wonderland, is now out in hardback
Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer
Stunning graphic novel addition to the Lunar Chronicles. Narrated by Iko, this is thrilling, romantic and witty as the team hunts down wolf-hybrids. First in a graphic series.
The Playbook by Kwame Alexander
An outstanding book of philosophy, inspiration and truths. Alexander uses sports to communicate with teens who want to understand themselves and achieve life goals.
One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
How far would you go to protect your secrets? When a teen dies, all the suspects are other teens who all have their own motivation to kill him. Who was it and why?
Life In a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos
And entertaining, wry look at the meaning of life. A dying man sells himself and his family to a reality show which takes over their lives.
The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz
This is suspenseful, creepy, and a near perfect combination of plague, zombie attack and alien invasion! Only children and teens are immune to the plague, but they must find a cure.
Gilded Cage by Vic James
This book raises issues of freedom and social unrest, along with mystery, magic and romance. As commoners, Abi and her brother Luke, must serve the Elites as slaves, but Luke is brewing rebellion and Abi is falling in forbidden love with one of her masters.
Crazy Messy Beautiful by Carri Arcos
Good realistic fiction. 16-year-old Neruda is a hopeless romantic searching for his One True Love.
A treat for lovers of horror. In an alternate Ireland, teenagers are spontaneously called to fight the brutal Fae. Violent, pulls no punches, but utterly absorbing. Older YA.
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola YoonWonderful romance! It’s Natasha’s last day in New York before she and her family are deported back to Jamaica and she is determined to somehow stop the deportation. But she keeps bumping into Daniel, who is on his way to an interview for an internship he doesn’t want.