The Ultimate YA Summer Reading List — 2017 Edition

by Dena McMurdie

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I take full advantage of the longer days and warmer temperatures that come with summer. After all, summer is the perfect time to lounge on the beach, on the patio, or at the park with a book.

Whether you’re hoping to discover some brand-new reads or continue your favorite series, there is no shortage of good YA books to read this summer. With ten school-free weeks at your disposal, it’s the perfect time to catch up on all that reading you couldn’t do during the busy school year. Here are some of the best YA books for summer.

  • Books You Can't Put Down

  • Nemesis

    by Brendan Reichs

    Beautifully strange and unpredictable, Nemesis is a twisted mystery thriller about small towns, horrific murders, and impossible occurrences.

  • Caraval

    by Stephanie Garber

    A complex performance, a disappearing sister, and five nights of the most twisted game you'll ever play make Caraval a thrill ride you don't want to miss. Summer is the perfect time to hop on board.

  • Carve the Mark

    by Veronica Roth

    The author that brought us Divergent is back with a new science fiction series set in outer space. With magical gifts, vicious rivalries, and heart-pounding action, this is an intense read that will keep you turning pages long into the night.

  • Flame in the Mist

    by Renée Ahdieh

    Inspired by the story of “Mulan,” this adventure will leave you breathless. Original characters, romance, a fierce heroine, and a secretive clan of bandits make this a story you can't resist.
    (On Sale: 5/16/17)

  • Better Than Fiction

  • Last of the Giants

    by Jeff Campbell, illustrated by Adam Grano

    Readers will be enthralled by this account of animals that have gone extinct or nearly extinct in the past five hundred years. A perfect summer read for environmentally minded teens and anyone that enjoys fascinating nonfiction.

  • The March Against Fear

    by Ann Bausum

    Tackling the intricate issues and events of the politically heated atmosphere in 1966 Mississippi, this book is a retelling of James Meredith's journey to inspire change and conquer fear.

  • Matters of the Heart

  • For Love and Honor

    by Jody Hedlund

    A tender and genuine love story about a romance that blooms between a desperate knight and a secretive maiden. A romance in its purest form, this book challenges us to see beyond imperfections and appreciate the beauty of a person's soul.

  • Once and for All

    by Sarah Dessen

    After frightening her fans into thinking she'd never write another YA novel, Sarah Dessen decided to charm us all with her newest release. Perfect for summer, this wedding planning romp will have you laughing and tearing up in equal turns.
    (On Sale: 6/6/17)

  • Midnight Jewel

    by Richelle Mead

    If you loved The Glittering Court and have been waiting anxiously for Mira's story, the wait is over! Experience this sweeping romance with the eyes of a refugee-turned-vigilante as she fights for her freedom.
    (On Sale: 6/27/17)

  • When Dimple Met Rishi

    by Sandhya Menon

    Two Indian American teens attend a summer program for future web developers, but a marriage arrangement and a culture steeped in tradition looms between them. This is a delightful summer read for the older YA crowd.
    (On Sale: 5/30/17)


What books are on your YA reading list for summer?