Every Day is a bestselling novel about a young man who wakes up each day in a different body, but is always in love with the same girl. The sequel, Another Day, was also a hit, and now the long-awaited Someday is here. The book follows the same characters, as the protagonist, A, realizes he isn’t the only one doomed to this flighty existence jumping from body to body—and it makes him question everything he thought he knew. —Swapna Krishna
Bridge of Clay
You’re probably familiar with Markus Zusak from his universally beloved novel, The Book Thief, and now, more than a decade later, he’s back with a new novel for his fans and new readers alike. Bridge of Clay is the incredible story of five brothers living in Australia and struggling to survive without parental support after their mother dies and their father abandons them. It’s a startling story of grief and loss, but also the hope and love that comes through taking care of one another. —Swapna Krishna
Odd One Out
This thoughtful novel delves into the complicated subject of identity and how to (or more importantly, how not to) label ourselves and each other. The three main characters, Courtney, Rae, and Jupiter, are all dealing with questions of sexuality, orientation, and love as they try to maintain friendships alongside the heady feelings that come with being a teenager. —Swapna Krishna
Jason Segel might be best known as Marshall on How I Met Your Mother, but he’s also an accomplished writer; OtherEarth is the second book in a sci-fi trilogy he’s co-written with Kirsten Miller. Simon followed his best friend, Kat, into a VR world when she was near death, and they uncovered secrets there that endangered their lives. Now, Simon and Kat must fight to save two worlds—the real one, and the virtual one that a corporation wants to destroy. —Swapna Krishna
The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth
Rachel Ignotofsky puts the world in the palms of her adolescent readers’ hands, both literally and figuratively: her illustrated guide to the Earth’s ecosystems explains how they work and how each of us can work to protect them. Through stunning art, maps, and infographics, she offers clear and compelling breakdowns of everything from the carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and water cycles to how every human impacts nature. It’s a fascinating and empowering look at our shared home: “The big world we live in,” she writes, “is smaller than you think.” —Lauren Oster
Rad Girls Can
Who said young people can’t make a difference? Rad Girls Can chronicles the experiences of contemporary and historical young women who made a lasting impact on the world by age 20. Teenagers everywhere are excelling at male-dominated sports, protesting against injustice, and rejecting discrimination, and this book rounds up just a few of them. —Swapna Krishna
Let's Make Comics!
Jess Smart Smiley
If you know that young person who’s been jonesing to create their own comics but hasn’t gotten the oomph to do it, this is the perfect book. It’s fun! It’s funny! It’s interactive! Best of all, your guide is a rad cartoonist and comic book maker who offers lessons on all the essentials necessary to charge down the creative highway. —Elizabeth Anne Hartman
World of Flowers
The reigning ink evangelist lures the heart and hand into a dazzling floral adventure of fantastical realms of flowers and plants from around the globe. Her illustrations of exotic locales, from floating gardens of water poppies in South Africa to enchanted fairytale gardens, will colorize and warm many a cold winter night. —Elizabeth Anne Hartman
The Day You Begin
Jacqueline Woodson’s book is an empowering story about finding the courage to connect with others, especially when you’re feeling lonely because you’re different from the people around you: a great message for readers of all ages. —Swapna Krishna
Alex Ross is one of the most popular comic book writers and artists in the world. A multiple Eisner Award winner, he’s brought to life the likes of Spider-Man, Black Panther, The Avengers, Iron Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men, and many more. Marvelocity collects his most astonishing work, in addition to hundreds of drawings, paintings, and photographs that have never been published. —Ben Kassoy
The Nasty Woman Game
Cosmopolitan describes this game as “Cards Against Humanity with a feminist twist.” Celebrate the famous feminists of our culture—Beyoncé, Gloria Steinem, Michelle Obama, Ruth Bader Ginsburg—while you outplay the not-so-famous feminists in the room. Let the nastiest woman win. —Ben Kassoy
Meet Cute: Some people are destined to meet.
Jennifer L. Armentrout, Sara Shepard, Nicola Yoon, and Others
“Meet cute” refers to the way the stars of romantic comedies first come in contact with each other. This collection of stories features renowned YA authors each taking on the meet cute convention in love stories and turning it on its head. Featuring Nicola Yoon, Sara Shepard, Meredith Russo, and more, Meet Cute is a clever deconstruction of a romantic cliché.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
Featuring an all-star, all-female cast of narrators—including Alicia Keys, Ashley Judd, Janeane Garofalo, and Esperanza Spalding—Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls reinvents fairy tales by telling the true stories of hundreds of extraordinary women, including Serena Williams, Beyoncé, Cleopatra, and Elizabeth I
Young adult books are incredibly popular with readers of all ages. While they’re marketed toward teenagers and often (but not always) have slightly simpler prose than their adult counterparts, YA novels tell rich, complex stories that can be appreciated no matter what age you are. Every year, there are countless amazing YA books that make a splash and are passed between adoring and eager readers. Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up the newest and best young adult books that are sure to thrill any YA fan.
Editor: Eliza Smith; Featured Image: Matt McCarty