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Fall 2017 Upcoming Books Preview Part 5–Young Adult

Fall 2017 Upcoming Books Preview Part 5–Young Adult

There are quite a few books I’m looking forward to reading this fall! This is part five featuring Young Adult releases. You can also check out the Christian Fiction  and Mainstream Fiction , Mystery/Suspense/Thriller , and Non-fiction pages.

Some of these I have already read for review in another publication, I will post the reviews and links as soon as they are live, but know that everything I’m choosing to post is highly recommended. Without further ado…here are my most anticipated fall releases. This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure for details:

Nothing by Annie Barrows (side note, she co-wrote The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (mainstream/historical fiction) and the Ivy+Bean (children’s chapter books) series.) is Barrows’ teen debut. It’s the story of two girls, Charlotte and Frankie, who live what they consider boring lives. They live at home with their families, they go to school, and nothing really happens. At the beginning of their sophomore year, Charlotte decides to document everything to prove that real life is nothing like it appears in the movies or in books–or is it?

Nothing releases September 5, 2017


They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera is a book where you know the ending ahead of time, but it probably doesn’t matter because it’s the journey that is the captivating part. Mateo and Rufus are strangers, but both get notified that they are going to die today. They both want to make a friend on their last day, so they consult the app “Last Friend” and become acquainted with each other. This novel follows the two through their last, great adventure before death. Sounds intriguing!

They Both Die at the End releases September 5, 2017


Besides having a cute cover, The 12 Dares of Christa by Marissa Burt looks like a cute, fun holiday book. Marissa Burt is known for her Storybound fantasy series, so this novel is a bit different from her usual book. It follows 13-year-old Christa, who is a holiday fanatic. She loves everything about the winter holidays from the gifts to the decorations to the parties. However, this year, Christa’s parents have recently separated, and Christa’s mom is taking her to Europe over winter break, without Christa’s father. Christa is devastated, but when she arrives, she finds a package waiting from her father with 12 dares for her to complete, a scavenger hunt adventure that will renew her holiday spirit.

The 12 Dares of Christa releases September 26, 2017



Other than John Green, Patrick Ness is one of the most well-known young adult contemporary fiction authors today. Seriously, A Monster Calls pretty much wrecked me in the best way. Release is his latest novel, and some of it is amazing and some I just honestly didn’t get. I read this one a few months ago because I was thrilled there was a new Patrick Ness book coming out, but I was left feeling a bit puzzled. The main story is about a teen named Adam. He’s the gay son of a pastor, and Adam is trying to hide his real identity from some people and gain trust and support from others. I could really feel Adam’s struggles and his emotional attachment to a past relationship while trying to pursue a more healthy one in the present, but not being able to fully let go. All of those feelings are so universal and any teen (and many adults) will relate to him. I would recommend purchasing the book just for the sections on Adam (with the caveat that some parts can get graphic, Ness has many parallels in this novel to Judy Blume’s Forever and all of its sexual themes) because they are worth it even if, like me, you don’t “get” the other parts (but then again you might love them and get them). The other section is something of a ghost story, with fauns and nymphs and something having to do with a meth addict. I’m not good with symbolism, so that went right over my head and I found myself skipping the ghost parts just to read more of Adam’s story.

Release releases (ha) September 19, 2017


Dare Mighty Things is by Heather Kaczynski. Cassandra’s entire life has led up to one moment–getting accepted to go to space. They will only take those who are gifted, under 25, and willing to accept the risks involved. She has to enter a competition to win a chance to go, and that competition will test her limits physically, mentally, and emotionally. She is surprised that she is forming connections to the other people she is competing against, and more frightening is the fact that this mission is not exactly what they have represented it to be. I love books set in the future with kick-ass teens standing up for what is right, this looks awesome.

Dare Mighty Things releases October 10, 2017


The Becoming of Noah Shaw, by Michelle Hodkin, is the first book in a spin-off series of the bestselling Mara Dyer Trilogy. If you have read the Mara Dyer books, you’ll be excited to see what happens next with Mara and Noah, but if you haven’t, you definitely need to go back and start with The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (link above). It features Mara, who wakes up in a hospital with no memory of what happened to her, but she finds out that she was in an accident that killed her boyfriend and friends and she was unharmed. Her family moves away for a fresh start, but odd things begin to happen and Mara doesn’t know what happened to her. Like I said, the plot will be totally spoiled if you read this one first, but if you’re a fan you don’t want to miss it.

The Becoming of Noah Shaw releases November 7, 2017


Now is Everything is by debut author Amy Giles, and is told in alternating “then” and “now” chapters. The McCauley family is hiding a secret of violence while portraying a perfect image on the outside. Hadley tries to keep her sister safe from their father while pursuing her own secret relationship with Charlie. When a horrible accident occurs, Hadley cannot handle what occurs and tries to commit suicide. Everyone wants to know why, but Hadley has things she is trying to keep hidden. Seems like it will be a very emotional book.

Now is Everything releases November 7, 2017


Are there any Young Adult books you’re looking forward to reading this fall?


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