15 Best Young Adult Books You Need to Read in 2024

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Mitra Esfahani and Bea Ortega have been best friends for five years now. They have each other, and The Book. The Book is a dogeared moleskin that they have been filling up with the stanzas of an epic, never-ending poem since they were 13. This is the safe place where they can write openly and honestly about all their feelings. Things never got messy, but that changes when Mitra realizes she’s in love with Bea.

Sixteen years ago, Rachel Price disappeared, leaving her two-year-old daughter Bel—and the rest of the Price family—in the dust. She’s long been presumed dead, but the case gets dug up from the grave when the Price family agrees to a true crime documentary. Bel can’t wait for filming to end so that life can go back to normal. But then Rachel Price reappears, and there’s no way life can ever be normal again.

Tara just wants to be treated like any other girl at Ainsley Academy. But that can be difficult when you’re the first out trans girl at an all-girls school. Now she must choose whether to keep her head down and lay low, or blaze a trail for all the trans girls that come after.

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This dystopian thriller is definitely a page-turner, especially if you’re a fan of The Hunger Games or Squid Game. The story is set in a frozen wasteland, where the last warm place on Earth is a vast dome called the Snowglobe. The residents are the rich and famous, who broadcast their lives on television as entertainment for those outside. One day, Snowglobe’s biggest star, Goh Haeri, dies. A fangirl named Chobahm is chosen to replace her. This is the life she’s always dreamed of! But soon she discovers that life in the Snowglobe is nothing like what everyone sees on TV.

Amir Trudeau goes to his stuck-up half brother’s birthday party for a girl, and wouldn’t you know it? He leaves the party with her: the beautiful and wealthy Chloe Danvers. She asks him to take her home and stay the night, and everything is grand! That is, until Amir wakes up in the middle of the night and Chloe is dead. A Black teenager caught fleeing the scene of a rich white girl’s murder? All of New Orleans sees it no other way: he did it. Now Amir must race to prove his innocence.

This is a collection of poetry that honors Black girlhood. New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Renée Watson writes semi-autobiographical verses that speak to her youth, love, justice, and safety.

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Sadie Wen is practically perfect on paper. She’s the class valedictorian, school captain, and a pleasure to be around. She’s also a good daughter to her parents. The only way she can manage to always have a smile on her face is by channeling all her frustrations through e-mail drafts. Many of them are addressed to her academic rival, Julius Gong. All these e-mails sit privately in her account, until one day they all get sent. Everyone begins to resent Sadie, except the one person…Julius.

This book reimagines the legend of Icarus as a story of star-crossed lovers. Young art thief Icarus steals art and replaces them with his father’s forgeries, but then he finds himself in a conundrum when he falls for the son of the man he’s been stealing from.

College freshmen Sophie Chi and Jo Ephron are aromantic and asexual, but still enjoy secretly running their respective Instagram relationship advice accounts. Sophie runs “Dear Wendy,” while Jo has “Sincerely Wanda.” Soon the two become rivals and begin an online feud. While, in real life, the two become really good friends.

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Sade Hussein has always had misfortune follow her wherever she goes, but she’s hoping that changes as she starts fresh in a new school for her junior year of high school. That hope quickly vanishes when, on her first day at the prestigious Alfred Nobel Academy boarding school, her roommate disappears. And people think she’s had something to do with it.

Riley dreams of becoming a big Broadway director, and a step towards that is helping her high school bring back their spring musical. But she makes the mistake of borrowing her mom’s car without permission, which leads to her grounding. Now she has to work at her dad’s game shop, and has no time to save the show! So she makes a deal with Nathan, one of her dad’s nerdy teen employees. He’ll cover her shifts and, in exchange, she’ll flirt with him to make his gamer-girl crush jealous.

Everybody loves a good boarding school thriller. This one follows queer teen Cal Ware from Mississippi. He wins a scholarship to an elite boarding school called Essex Academy. Soon he finds himself swept into a world of old money, privilege, and the secret society at the heart of it all.

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Seventeen-year-old Krescent Dune is an orphan left with no choice but to deal with her deceased parents’ debt and their ruinous legacy. In order to fend for herself and earn enough money to escape the island is by battling monstrous creatures in an underground fighting pit. After a fight goes terribly wrong, she becomes banned from the pits. But someone offers her a deal: in exchange for clearing all her debts, she must work on a a rescue mission deep within the mining caves beneath the island.

This sweet love story follows queer teens Abby and Leo. The two end up on the same subway train, and embark on a life-changing adventure together as they explore New York City.

Seventeen-year-old Malik has kept his powers hidden since the sudden disappearance of his mother ten years ago. But as he enrolls at a magical HBCU in Louisiana, he wants to make use of his abilities to learn more about his roots and secrets from past.

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