The Best Young Adult Books of August

A strange wood full of unspeakable dangers, a city on the brink of rebellion, and a seaside town home to an ancient curse…

Welcome to the world of irresistible young adult fiction! Every month, our team takes a look at what books are being published—and how early readers are responding to them. We use this information to curate a list of soon-to-be-beloved favorites, from contemporary tales set in high school to fantasy epics in realms of magic and mystery.

For August, we’ve got four buzzy debuts, plus a powerful tale of friendship and first love from the author of Pointe. Add the books that catch your eye to your Want to Read shelf and let us know what you’re reading and recommending in the comments.

Little & Lion
by Brandy Colbert

When her stepbrother, Lionel, is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Suzette rushes home to support him. Not in her plan? Falling for the same girl Lionel loves.

The Wood (DEBUT)
by Chelsea Bobulski

The wood is poisoned, and something sinister and supernatural lurks within. After her father goes missing, Winter teams up with a stranger to search for answers.

The Color Project (DEBUT)
by Sierra Abrams

Struggling to cope with a recent tragedy, Bee loses herself in the Color Project, a charity organization that plans weddings and funerals for families in need.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo (DEBUT)
by F.C. Yee

Genie wants to get into a good college, but her bizarre classmate Quentin wants her to focus on saving the world from the demons that just showed up. Chaos ensues.

The Arsonist
by Stephanie Oakes

Outcasts Molly and Pepper attempt to solve a decades-old mystery: Who killed resistance fighter Ava days before the destruction of the Berlin Wall?

Wicked Like a Wildfire (DEBUT)
by Lana Popovic

In a secluded seaside town, sisters Iris and Malina keep their magical abilities a secret—until a brutal attack and an ancient curse bring the girls out of hiding.

Plus we’ve got a fan Q&A with Wonder Woman: Warbringer author Leigh Bardugo and recommendations from Katharine McGee, author The Dazzling Heights.

What recent YA book would you recommend? Share it with us in the comments!

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posted by Hayley
on August, 21