10 Best Young Adult Books Coming Out in June 2015
June is the time to say "Goodbye!" to all your school work and "Hello!" to that book resting in your lap. And from superheroes to witches to religious cults, this month's array of Young Adult novels boasts some truly thrilling subject matter. But what if you don't know where to start? Luckily for you, we've rounded up some of our favorite young adult books coming out in June, as well as a few others that have caught our eye.
Check out some of this month's most exciting young adult literature below!
Silvera's debut novel is a mind-blowing story about a kid in the Bronx named Aaron and his experience with an experimental, memory-altering surgery. Aaron's had a rough life: With a distant brother and an overworked mother — not to mention his father's recent suicide — he doesn't have a lot of people to turn to. His relationship with his girlfriend is solid, but when he meets Thomas, a movie-obsessed neighborhood kid, he begins feeling things he never knew possible. These feelings aren't readily accepted, and Aaron turns to the Leteo Institute to "straighten himself out." What follows is a story about love, and acceptance that will absolutely break your heart...and then maybe piece it back together again.
Another sparkling debut, The Witch Hunter gives us a sassy magic-hunting protagonist and a mesmerizing realm in which to travel around. Elizabeth Grey has been making one too many mistakes on the job — a job which involves battling witches and other scary creatures. However, she's just been accused of being a witch herself and sentenced to burn. Her only hope? One of the more notorious wizards around, Nicholas Perevil (Pure-evil?), who offers to rescue her if she cures him of a deadly curse. This fast-paced story will lure you in and hold you until you've finished the very last page...and by then, you'll be begging for Book 2!
A surprising science-fiction thriller, this story is another debut, which just proves what an amazing month this one is for new YA authors. Deadly Design follows Kyle, the younger, genetically-engineered twin of the perfect Connor McAdams. (Star athlete, A+ student — you get it.) When Conor drops dead just shy of his 18th birthday, Kyle, who's always lived in his twin's shadow, unearths a huge mystery involving a missing document and a batch of similar genetically engineered, "superior" kids. Along the way, there's a sweet romance and some serious twists, as Kyle fights for the chance to live his life by his rules.
A YA about superheroes and villains with a kick-ass heroine? Yes, please! However, it's not quite what you would expect. Kenna is in a world of heroes and bad guys, but in that world, she is — as the title suggests — powerless. She's always assumed the world she inhabited was black and white — you can either be good or evil — but when she finds out that isn't exactly the case, she teams up with supposed baddies on a mission to find the truth.
From the author of The Truth About Alice, this novel explores a fictional 19 Kids and Counting-type situation. Rachel Walker, a part of Calvary Christian Church with her overly large family, has always had questions about her faith. Prayer doesn't come easily to her, and sometimes she can't understand certain aspects of her religion, like why she can't read fantasy books if the message is godly, or why she can't use the computer for learning. She's told her only purpose in life is to become a perfect wife, but Rachel doesn't want that at all. What follows is a strong story of self-discovery, and learning to be who you want to be.
A perfect read for a warm night, The Devil You Know follows 18-year-old Arcadia, a girl in a small Florida town that craves excitement. So what does she do? She goes on a spur-of-the-moment road trip with two cousins and a friend. However, this adventure tale isn't all fun and games: For one thing, Cadie makes a whole slew of bad decisions. Also, it doesn't help that these boys are not at all who they seem. Buckle up for a creepy thriller from Doller, and a page-turning whodunit that'll have you shivering under your sheets.
Emmy & Oliver is already getting a bunch of buzz. Just look at that adorable cover! You'd think this was just a saccharine summer romance — but it's so much more. Emmy's best friend, Oliver was kidnapped, and now her parents won't let her do anything on her own. But once Oliver returns years later, he's got a bit too much going on to have love on the brain. Emmy & Oliver definitely has some swoon-worthy moments, but in a novel with two very strong protagonists, it's more of a coming-of-age tale than anything else, as the two grapple with family issues, friendship, and everything in between.
No offense to all the other books on this list, but this release sounds really cool. The Leveller follows Nixy Bauer, a Leveller, sent into the virtual reality gaming world of MEEP to yank out kids when they're having too much fun and neglecting actual reality. Essentially, she's a teenage bounty hunter. Her greatest mission comes when she must rescue the game developer's son, who has been kidnapped, and is being held inside MEEP. As a non-gamer, to find this premise massively intriguing (hopefully) means good things for Durango and this novel. Game on.
This adorable, comedic YA is the perfect beach read. Coming from the writer of the Shopaholic series, Kinsella's brought the same sharp wit to Finding Audrey. The title character is a 14-year-old girl with an anxiety disorder (and a dysfunctional family to boot) who meets the one boy who finally 'gets' her. Though there's plenty of romance, the spotlight falls on the rest of the Turner clan, including her gaming-obsessed brother, and her wildly silly mother, who is constantly trying to break him of his habits.
An intense story on all fronts, Every Last Word greets us with Samantha McAllister, who's trying to keep her OCD disorder a secret from her "friends." That is, until she meets Caroline. Caroline introduces Sam to a misfit group called Poet's Corner, and even though Sam isn't welcomed into the group at first, she knows it's where she belongs. Poet's Corner also includes the mysterious AJ, who kicks off a roller coaster romance within this razor-sharp story about mental illness.