The Best Young Adult Books of July

Posted by Marie on July 1, 2019
Welcome to the world of irresistible young adult fiction! Every month our team takes a look at the books being published and how they're resonating with early readers. We use this information to put together a roundup of soon-to-be favorites, from tales set in the suburbs to epics in realms of mystery and mischief.

For July, our roundup is brimming with all-new voices. Among these most anticipated debuts is a high-flying historical novel about two teen circus performers, an epic fantasy billed as "Mulan meets Project Runway," and a feminist horror mystery set within a sinister boarding school.

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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Remy's boyfriend is murdered. The culprit? Her bestie and soul mate, Elise. Now Remy will stop at nothing to unravel the events of that night in this debut thriller about toxic friendships.

Release date: July 2


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In this historical debut, a gifted tightrope walker named Callie wants to become a high-wire legend just like her grandmother. But when Callie's dream crumbles, she relies on the wisdom her grandmother left behind through handwritten notes.

Release date: July 2


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Allison's small-town life is nearly picture-perfect. She's got a doting father, a tight-knit circle of friends, and an almost-maybe boyfriend. Then she learns that she isn't Allison at all but a girl named Amanda, who went missing years before.

Release date: July 9


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This mind-bending debut takes readers inside Raxter School for Girls, which is placed under a mysterious quarantine. Here three students go to unbelievable lengths to uncover the horrific truth about their confinement.

Release date: July 9


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To escape a bland life, Maia poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor. All she has to do to prove her worth is sew three mystical dresses from the sun, the moon, and the stars in this fantastical debut inspired by Chinese culture.

Release date: July 9


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This debut series introduces Fie, the future chieftain of a caste of undertakers who dispose of bodies infected by plague. Her next assignment is Crown Prince Jasamir and his cunning bodyguard, Tavin. The only catch: Neither is actually dead.

Release date: July 30




Which new YA books are you most excited to read? Let us know in the comments!

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message 1: by Faisal (new)

Faisal Ahsan the most awaited book for me would be “Past Perfect Life”. CANNOT wait to get my hands on the book.


Kate (Feathered Turtle Press) I'm looking forward to Spin the Dawn and the Merciful Crow, but The Storm Crow and Shatter the Sky are others I'm anticipating!


message 3: by Danielle (new)

Danielle Spin the Dawn and the Merciful Crow both sound really good! A story inspired by folklore and another that is reminding me of Six of Crows (but not in a way that makes me think it is a copycat).


message 4: by Tracy (new)

Tracy Griffin Spin The dawn sounds amazing!


message 5: by Jocelin (new)

Jocelin Wilder Girls by Rory Power is the YA Book Club selection of the Month @ Barnes & Noble.


message 6: by Tollie (new)

Tollie Lancaster Past Perfect Life—can’t wait for that one! But, Merciful Crow sounds intriguing, too!


message 8: by Tove (new)

Tove What she Said ☝️


message 9: by Tove (new)

Tove Or actually what tollie lancaster Said


message 10: by Shatarupa (new)

Shatarupa  Dhar I've heard so much about Spin the Dawn. Interesting!


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