YA Deep Cuts

If you spend any time at all on YA social media (Twitter, Instagram, and sometimes Facebook), chances are you’re inundated with book recommendations. And because everything is so of the moment, they’re probably things that either JUST came out, or worse (if you want to read them now right now) won’t be out for another couple months or (gasp!) years. In fact, everything is so RIGHT NOW or COMING SOON, that often stuff that just came out a couple months ago is long since forgotten. But I need some new book recommendations other than what’s staring out at me from the bookstagram every day. So yesterday on Twitter I asked this question:

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And boy did I get some great responses. So many, that I wanted to share them with you!  (I probably got a lot of YA contemporary because people know it’s my favorite;  sorry for the imbalance!) If you’d like to add to the list, have at the comments below!

YA Contemporary

You Don’t Know Me by David Klass
The Weetzie Bat series by Francesca Lia Block
All The Rage by Courtney Summers
Willow by Julia Hoban
Hold Still by Nina LaCour
King of the Screwups by KL Going
Endangered and Threated by Eliot Schrefer
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
Millions by Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Play On by Michelle Smith
These Gentle Wounds by Helene Dunbar
Pointe by Brandy Colbert
Kissing in America by Margo Robb
What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton
Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor
Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy
White Lines by Jennifer Banash
Adorkable by Sarra Manning
Trafficked by Kim Purcell

YA Adventure/Fantasy/Mystery

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Every Breath by Ellie Marney
The Archived by Victoria Schwab
The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin
The Art of Wishing and The Fourth Wish by Lindsay Ribar
The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long
Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough
Are You Experienced by Jordan Sonnenblick
The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg


Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly Creight
What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson
The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose (nonfiction/memoir)
Columbine by Dave Cullen (narrative nonfiction)

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