The Best Young Adult Books of August

Posted by Marie on August 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 August, we have a new graphic novel written by Rainbow Rowell, a high-speed adventure coauthored by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry, plus a series of electrifying debuts, including a grisly fairy tale retelling and a heart-pounding thriller featuring a case of mistaken identity.

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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The tale of The Twelve Dancing Princesses is reimagined in this fantastical debut. Here Annaleigh shares a sheltered life with her sisters at Highmoor Manor. One by one, her sisters meet a tragic end. Could it be a curse or something even more sinister?

Release date: August 6


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In his posh New York City hotel room, Aidan wakes up next to a corpse. Things only get worse when an epic case of mistaken identity forces him to flee angry FBI agents, a cult, and a cyber-terrorist group in this action-packed thriller.

Release date: August 6


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Thelma & Louise gets updated for a new generation in this tale of fierce kinship and empowerment. After first meeting outside a police station, best friends Winona and Lucille decide to escape their town via a stolen convertible.

Release date: August 6


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Jo Kuan lives a double life in Atlanta. She is a lady's maid by day and a writer at night. In 1890, her newspaper advice column becomes a hit, forcing her separate worlds to collide in this historical novel from the author of Under a Painted Sky.

Release date: August 13


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Deena's sister might be dead. The family dutifully attends the funeral and tries to move on. Then the letters start arriving, full of secrets and whispers about a curse that spans generations. It is up to Deena to untangle the mystery her sister left behind.

Release date: August 27


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Pumpkinheads
written by Rainbow Rowell and illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks
Deja and Josiah's friendship has an expiration date. After working every fall at the best pumpkin patch in the world, it's time for their last season together. Deja's set on making it epic in this charming graphic novel from the author of Fangirl.

Release date: August 27




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

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message 1: by Haley Renee (new)

Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader I can't wait for The Downstairs Girl, and I was lucky enough to read House of Salt and Sorrows via NetGalley, I completely adored it, it was a great YA gothic/creepy read and retelling of 12 dancing princesses, I'm so glad I preordered it!


message 2: by Yuckamashe (new)

Yuckamashe I preordered Hello Girls! It sounds super good. I love Cavallaro's Sherlock series.


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

Haley Renee wrote: "I can't wait for The Downstairs Girl, and I was lucky enough to read House of Salt and Sorrows via NetGalley, I completely adored it, it was a great YA gothic/creepy read and retelling of 12 dancin..." Lucky Duck! I'm jealous. :) I've been wanting to read Salt and Sorrows, lol!


message 4: by Em (new)

Em I'm super excited for The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta and Of Ice and Shadows by Audrey Coulthurst ^.^


message 5: by Haley Renee (new)

Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader Lisa wrote: "Haley Renee wrote: "I can't wait for The Downstairs Girl, and I was lucky enough to read House of Salt and Sorrows via NetGalley, I completely adored it, it was a great YA gothic/creepy read and re..."

I got it like a week before this so I was really surprised, but it's definitely worth the wait!!


message 6: by Adaeze (new)

Adaeze Okoli Oh! House of Salt and Sorrows, sounds right up my alley. I can't wait to read it.


message 7: by Richelle (new)

Richelle Robinson The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert
Color Me In by Natasha Díaz


message 8: by Grimm (new)

Grimm I absolutely love Moira’s other books, she does creepy and ethereal so beautifully. Can’t wait to read All the Bad Apples too. :)


message 9: by Anna (new)

Anna It’s not on the list, but I can’t wait until my copy of Of Ice and Shadows comes in the mail!


message 10: by TMR (new)

TMR Pumpkin heads for sure!


message 11: by Jill (new)

Jill Hicks Pumpinheads is a beautifully drawn book!!! The story is light and fun and sweet. I got to read a short version of it and can't wait to read the complete book. Would recommend it 100%!! The art work is the best part of this book!


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