The Best Young Adult Books of September

Posted by Hayley on September 20, 2017


A time-travel heist on the RMS Titanic, an all-out revolution at a Texas high school, and a kingdom of snow on the brink of a magical war…

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 the suburbs to fantasy epics in realms of mystery and mischief.

For September, we've got two buzzy debuts, plus a heartbreaking LGBT romance from the author of More Happy Than Not. 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.


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They Both Die at the End
by Adam Silvera

After getting the dreaded call from Death-Cast (a company that knows the day every person will die), strangers Mateo and Rufus meet up for a final adventure.



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If There's No Tomorrow
by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Lena's perfect senior year is falling apart. Barely coping with guilt over a night gone wrong, she tentatively turns to Sebastian, her childhood best friend.



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Girls Made of Snow and Glass (DEBUT)
by Melissa Bashardoust

A princess created from snow and a stepmother with a glass heart fight for power and peace in this dark and imaginative retelling of the Snow White fairy tale.



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Moxie
by Jennifer Mathieu

Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment, Vivian starts a feminist zine—and then an all-out "girl revolution"—at her Texas high school.



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Invictus
by Ryan Graudin

Time flies when you're plundering history! After flunking his final time-travel exam, Farway goes rogue and joins a dangerous heist on the sinking RMS Titanic.



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Black Bird of the Gallows (DEBUT)
by Meg Kassel

As an epic battle between good and evil takes over her town, Angie realizes the brooding athlete she's falling for may just be the harbinger of death.





Plus we've got fan Q&As with Warcross author Marie Lu and One Dark Throne author Kendare Blake as well as an exclusive excerpt from Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, one of the hottest debuts coming out in October.

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

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message 1: by Salieri (new)

Salieri I've ordered Moxie and Autoboyography for now :)


message 2: by Alison (new)

Alison I'm halfway through "They Both Die at the End" and I'm loving it!


message 3: by Janice (new)

Janice Can't get into Ya books, though I've tried several series...oh, well.


message 4: by Louie (new)

Louie I'm currently reading Marie Lu's Warcross and it is really good!


Zombieslayer/Alienhunter {comatose with common sense} No shoutout for Shadowhouse Fall? :/
I mean, I haven't read it yet, but it was one of my highest anticipated releases this year.


message 6: by Myumyu (new)

Myumyu I would like to get "They both die at the end".


Melissa (YA Book Shelf) I've read Black Bird of the Gallows, and really loved it, and I'm looking forward to reading Moxie, Girls Made of Snow and Glass, and They Both Die at the End.


message 8: by Kate (Feathered Turtle Press) (last edited Sep 21, 2017 02:45AM) (new)

Kate (Feathered Turtle Press) Loved Girls Made of Snow and Glass, one of the most refreshing YA books I've read in a long, long time!


message 9: by Kristen (new)

Kristen I can't wait for La Belle Sauvage next month! :D


message 10: by Natshane (new)

Natshane I really loved Black Bird of the Gallows and it's one of the best YA Paranormal books I've read this year!


message 11: by Kelly (new)

Kelly A lot on here that made my TBR pile, but I also loved Tower of Dawn, and really want to read Warcross and One Dark Throne.


message 12: by Jenna (new)

Jenna I just joined this. i already love it. it has my favorite books. im jenna


message 13: by Gift (new)

Gift Baskets I can't wait to see your October & Halloween book choices for Halloween. There are some good YA Halloween books this year that are both funny & spooky.


message 14: by _ (new)

_ Janice wrote: "Can't get into Ya books, though I've tried several series...oh, well."

what series?


message 15: by Dion (new)

Dion gaines I LOVE THIS BOOK


message 16: by Dion (new)

Dion gaines _ wrote: "Janice wrote: "Can't get into Ya books, though I've tried several series...oh, well."

what series?"



message 17: by Machebe (new)

Machebe No shoutout for Shadowhouse Fall?
I mean, I haven't read it yet, but it was one of my highest anticipated releases this year.
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message 18: by Angie (new)

Angie Zheng I've finished reading Lady Midnight recently and think that it's a very good book. Especially if you have read other books by Cassandra Clare that are about Shadowhunters.


message 19: by Janice (new)

Janice Twilight, Vampire Academy, Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Vampirates, etc.


message 20: by _ (last edited Dec 14, 2017 10:16AM) (new)

_ Janice wrote: "Twilight, Vampire Academy, Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Vampirates, etc."

have you tried reading the Divergent series (Veronica Roth)? The Maze Runner series (James Dashner)? the Mortality Doctrine series (also by James Dashner)? The Young Elites series (Marie Lu)? the Legend series (also by Marie Lu)? the An Ember In The Ashes series (Sabaa Tahir)? the Zodiac series (Romina Russell)?


message 21: by Joy (last edited Mar 14, 2018 04:59PM) (new)

Joy Clinton If there's no tomorrow is one hell of a book i can read over and over and over again. I so much love this book that I have to put on my noise cancelling headphones on to avoid outside distractions lol.
On the other hand, Girls made of snow gets me all excited because I could easily relate it with the popular walt disney animation pictures. By the way, its my Birthday today.
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