YA Summer Thriller Reads

As you can tell from some of my previous book lists and blog posts, I’m a big fan of YA books, especially titles that also have broad appeal to Adults. Below is a list of thrillers that I’ve enjoyed this summer (some are YA, and some feature New Adult aged protagonists), and I hope you enjoy them too!

The Girls Are All So Nice Here by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Two former best friends return to their college reunion to find that they’re being circled by someone who wants revenge for what they did ten years before and will stop at nothing to get it, in this shocking psychological thriller about ambition, toxic friendship, and deadly desire.

Clique Bait by Ann Valett

Bent on revenge when the popular kids at school all but ruin her best friend’s life, Chloe dons designer fashions and reinvents herself on social media to infiltrate a clique and expose their secrets. By the award-winning author of Awake

Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys

Tired of feeling overprotected because of her cystic fibrosis, Hope jumps at a chance for excitement when she receives an invitation to join a mysterious group that promises cash rewards in exchange for competing in a few dares. 

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Growing up alongside a mother who refuses to speak about the past, a teen who longs for a family discovers a photograph that leads to her mother’s hometown, where she encounters disturbing revelations. By the best-selling author of Wilder Girls

All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? The invitation to a scholarship dinner was a trap, and now they’re locked into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill… or everyone dies. No one knows how they’re all connected – or who would want them dead. As the clock ticks down confusion turns into fear, and fear morphs into panic. Who will they choose to die? 

Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

Targeted by predatory students from a local prep school after crashing a party, 16-year-old alpha girl Jade and her circle of popular friends seek revenge against the boys who wronged them. 

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

Dreaming of a life outside the strict society that criminalizes teen girls and banishes them into the wild to be “purified,” 16-year-old Tierney discovers that many of the banished girls are being poached and sold on the black market. 

-Katie, Head of Adult Services & Acquisitions

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