The Best Young Adult Books of October

Posted by Marie on October 9, 2018
Welcome to the world of irresistible young adult fiction! Every month, our team takes a look at what books are being published and how they're resonating with early readers. We use this information to put together a roundup of soon-to-be-beloved favorites, from contemporary tales set in the suburbs to fantasy epics in realms of mystery and mischief.

For October, we've got many buzzy titles including a highly anticipated collaboration from bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera. 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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After a dreamy meet-cute and several disastrous dates, Arthur and Ben can’t figure out what the universe has in store for them. Is their budding romance meant to be?

Release Date: October 9

Check out Becky Albertalli’s must-read list of inclusive love stories.


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Blanca and Roja are sisters bound by blood and a generations-old curse. In the end, only one of them will remain human, while the other will be trapped in the body of a swan.

Release Date: October 9



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In a post-9/11 world, Muslim girls like Shirin are tired of being stereotyped. Then she meets Ocean James, a boy who somehow slips past the walls she’s built around herself.

Release Date: October 16



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On the island of Sawkill Rock, an insidious monster lurks in the shadows. For decades, no one has been able to stop its reign of terror—until Marion, Zoey, and Val arrive.

Release Date: October 2

Check out our interview with Claire Legrand here.


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Cast as the lead in Shakespeare’s newest play, Lady Katherine has the perfect opportunity to complete her mission: assassinating Queen Elizabeth I.

Release Date: October 23



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Since the drought, Alyssa’s neighborhood has become a war zone. When her parents don’t return, she realizes she must make impossible choices in order to survive.

Release Date: October 2







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message 1: by MundiNova (new)

MundiNova I know I'm going to read What If It's Us because I loved Simon vs the Homosapien Agenda, but now I think I also need to read A Very Large Expanse of Sea!


message 2: by Elijah (new)

Johann Elijah Ah yes, more books to add to my read list. How nice xD


message 3: by Maïssa (new)

Maïssa Sawkill Girls seems like the perfect October read!


message 4: by Laura (new)

Laura I loved Alex London's Black Wings Beating, which to me felt like a combination of the Chronicles of Prydain books I loved as a kid plus Jandy Nelson's I'll Give You the Sun -- the perfect combination of complex characters and a fantasy world!


message 5: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Anyone else's tbr grow?


Drewthereader20 What about Kingdom of Ash? Or Odd one out? Or A very large expanse of sea?


message 7: by Rock (new)

Rock Conner I'll listen to Dry because it's Neal Shusterman. He has yet to disappoint me.


message 8: by Parastoo (new)

Parastoo Daniel wrote: "Ah yes, more books to add to my read list. How nice xD"

me too! :)


message 9: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Drewthereader19 wrote: "What about Kingdom of Ash? Or Odd one out? Or A very large expanse of sea?"
AVLEOS is on the list. As for Kingdom of Ash, I would rather hear about other books. I mean, that book is all I have heard about for months on Instagram and, to be honest, it makes me never want to read the series. It's hyped up enough, Goodreads doesn't need to add to the hype.


message 10: by Drewthereader20 (new)

Drewthereader20 Cindy wrote: "Drewthereader19 wrote: "What about Kingdom of Ash? Or Odd one out? Or A very large expanse of sea?"
AVLEOS is on the list. As for Kingdom of Ash, I would rather hear about other books. I mean, tha..."


None of those books r on the list. And if u don't like the series that's ur opinion!(:


message 11: by Hazel (new)

Hazel I have What if it's Us and Sawkill Girls on my TBR


message 12: by Tara (new)

Tara All on my TBR except the first two!


message 13: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Drewthereader19 wrote: "Cindy wrote: "Drewthereader19 wrote: "What about Kingdom of Ash? Or Odd one out? Or A very large expanse of sea?"
AVLEOS is on the list. As for Kingdom of Ash, I would rather hear about other book..."


A Very Large Expanse of Sea is absolutely on the list. Don't need to get pissy here. Just open your eyes.


message 14: by Drewthereader20 (new)

Drewthereader20 Cindy wrote: "Drewthereader19 wrote: "Cindy wrote: "Drewthereader19 wrote: "What about Kingdom of Ash? Or Odd one out? Or A very large expanse of sea?"
AVLEOS is on the list. As for Kingdom of Ash, I would rath..."


Don't need to be a jerk


message 15: by T.W. (new)

T.W. Morse I would like to add my new book. 1% Murders: The Adair Classroom Mysteries Vol. I.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JDGLLSG

At the local high school in the 1% city of Somerset, Florida a rich father of a student is murdered. Did the geometry teacher do it? Or the principal? The only people who can solve the murder is a freshman and his father, who happens to be his history teacher. Follow them in this gripping novel. Come and solve the 1% MURDERS: THE ADAIR CLASSROOM MYSTERIES VOL. I


message 16: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Flores Should add “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing” Hang Green!!!!


message 17: by Maya (new)

Maya Blunt Dry sounds like a really good one! Excited to read it!


message 18: by Anthoulla (new)

Anthoulla Drewthereader19 wrote: "What about Kingdom of Ash? Or Odd one out? Or A very large expanse of sea?"

Kingdom of Ash is considered a New Adult


message 19: by John (new)

John Willkom For those that enjoy sports, I would encourage folks to check out my new book: Walk-On Warrior
https://amzn.to/2zL66h3
The book details my experiences as a walk-on at Marquette, working for Rick Majerus, assisting the Milwaukee Bucks, and how basketball opened doors for me that I never thought were possible. Growing up in a small town, I hope this book inspires young athletes that want to play at the next level and provides a sincere and authentic look at what it's like to play division 1 college basketball.


message 20: by Holli (new)

Holli A lot of people are sick of hearing about the same books over and over again. You sound very immature and don't seem to be able to handle diff opinions than your own.


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