New Teen Fiction Books July 31, 2020

Posted: July 31, 2020

Home Home by Lisa Allen-Agostini
Relocated against her will from Trinidad to Canada when she is hospitalized for depression, a homesick teen struggles through cultural adjustments.

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
Two teens, destined to destroy each other, are caught up in romance, palace intrigue, and magic.

A Breath Too Late by Rocky Callen
This raw and tragic debut opens with its narrator’s inexplicit suicide and goes on to a detailed account of how years of physical and psychological abuse spiraled into depression and finally despair.

Half Life by Lillian Clark
Enrolling in an experimental clone study in the hope that she can achieve more with two of herself, Lucille is unexpectedly stymied by a double who is living and performing better in her own life.

You Say It First by Katie Cotugno
Volunteering at a voter registration call center, a teen clashes with a caller with opposing political views, and over a series of conversations they gradually lead to friendship and something more.

Say Yes Summer by Lindsey Roth Culli
Graduating at the top of her class after years of following the rules, Rachel makes plans for a summer of saying yes to new experiences.

Keep my Heart in San Francisco by Amelia Diane Coombs
The teen romance is sweet and charming, but the real love story is between Chuck and San Francisco as Coombs beautifully captures the atmosphere of the city from the perspective of a besotted resident.

My Life Gone Viral by Rae Earl
Millie navigates such challenges as a boyfriend’s move to another country, an enemy’s overtures at friendship and her mother’s budding relationship with her best friend’s dad.

My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
With a posse of werewolf hunters disguised as a traveling troupe of sharpshooters roaming the Old West, this tale is full of twists, turns, and laugh-out-loud humor.

Deep Light by Frances Hardinge
Monsters and mortals collide in this fantasy adventure that explores the hypnotic allure of fear, the adamant grip of the past, and the redeeming power of stories.

The Dark In-Between by Elizabeth Hrib
After meeting an angel fallen to earth to regain his wings, sixteen-year-old Casey finds herself in Limbo, a place between the living and the dead, where angels and demons battle for souls.

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
Bengali Irish teen Nishat can be anything she wants to be—anything except a lesbian.

Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen
An exciting companion to Dark Shores. Lydia, the daughter of a senator from the Celendor Empire, escapes across the Endless Sea to a land thought only to exist in myth.

Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson
Bound for humanity’s new colony planet, seventeen-year-old Andra wakes up from a cryogenic sleep 1,000 years later than scheduled, forcing her to navigate an unfamiliar planet where technology is considered magic and its practitioners revered as deities.

Queen’s Peril by E.K. Johnston
A prequel to the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace, as well as Johnston’s Queen’s Shadow (2019), this look into Padmé’s ascent both honors its source material and colors in its scope.

I’ll be the One by Lyla Lee
For most of her life, Skye Shin has been told that she can’t and shouldn’t do things because she’s fat. She is about to prove the world wrong when she becomes a contestant in a televised K-pop competition, which she has every intention of winning.

Fractured Tide by Leslie Karen Lutz
A group of teens are marooned on a creepy deserted island.

B*witch by Paige McKenzie and Nancy Ohlin
Anxiety-prone Iris, secretly a witch, is surprised to be welcomed by a coven at her new high school, which soon teams up with their rivals to discover who murdered one of their own.

Send Pics by Lauren McLaughlin
In this #MeToo-era novel, a group of small-town teenagers deal with the ripple effect of sexual assault, trauma, and revenge.

10 things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon
Two frenemies fake-date their way through summer vacation.

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
Tavia is disillusioned and cynical as she grapples with hatred and prejudice because she is Black and because she is a siren.

Burn by Patrick Ness
Too deeply in debt to engage human farmhands, 15-year-old Sarah Dewhurst’s father is forced to hire a dragon to clear their farm’s fields for planting. With Cold War tensions running high in an alternate 1957 America, employing a dragon, especially a rare Russian blue, is sure to be an unpopular move.

Out Now: queer we go again! : a collection of stories featuring queer teens today

Where We go from Here by Lucas Rocha
Eighteen-year-old Ian’s life is turned upside down when he learns he is HIV-positive.

Camp by L. C. Rosen
A screwball comedy that critiques the culture of toxic masculinity as it is experienced by a 16-year-old youth at an LGBTQ+ summer camp where he reinvents himself to attract a crush’s attention.

Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi
A headstrong, wreck-diving narrator becomes an informant for the American Revolution in this high-stakes historical adventure inspired by an actual spy in the Bahamas in 1776,

You’re Next by Kylie Schachte
Flora Calhoun, haunted by a history of finding dead bodies and the murder of her ex, uncovers a conspiracy, putting herself and all her loved ones in peril.

Talk Nerdy to Me (Bookish Boyfriends series) by Tiffany Schmidt
When Eliza Gordon-Fergus, daughter of famous scientists and expert rule-follower, is challenged by class-clown Curtis Cavendish, she realizes he makes her want to break all the rules.

As Much as I every Could by Brandy Woods Snow
A summer of love provides a girl with the strength needed to recover from a car accident in which her little sister and mother were killed.

We were Promised Spotlights by Lindsay Sproul
A reluctant queen bee stumbles toward discovering her true self as she contends with expectations and her sexuality in a small town at the end of the 1990s.

A Peculiar Peril by Jeff VanderMeer
Family secrets give way to a madcap marathon portal fantasy. Tasked with cataloging his dead hoarder grandfather’s mansion’s contents, 16-year-old recently orphaned naturalist Jonathan also puzzles over his grandfather’s nonsensical instructions. Strange and dangerous things lead Jonathan to conclude his grandfather was murdered.

Hard Wired by Len Vlahos
After fifteen-year-old Quinn learns that he is the first fully-aware artificial intelligence, that his entire life is a lie, he feels entirely alone until he bonds with Shea, the real girl behind his virtual crush.

Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye
It starts as a dare. Bryson Keller , the most popular boy at Fairvale Academy, is challenged to date , for a week, the first person who asks him out each Monday.

A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood
Wood has created a charmingly nostalgic romantic moment, equal parts F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Samuel A. Taylor’s Sabrina Fair, capturing what it is to live a dream and be gently awakened.

Parachutes by Kelly Yang
A teen from a privileged Asian family navigates culture shock, unexpected freedom, and a new relationship while attending school in California.

He Must Like You by Danielle Younge-Ullman
Math whiz Greer is self-conscious about her body. Maude and Mavis, as she’s named her large breasts, are causing problems for her.