SO MANY of our friends are back in school now that September has rolled around again. If you’re one of those people we a) wish you the best of luck getting back into the routine of school and b) hope you’ll find something fun to read below when you need a much needed study break. Remember: the student loans and scholarships are forÂ textbooks, but maybe you can sneak a fun read in, too. Enjoy our list of September 2012 young adult book releases! We’re so anxious to get our hands on these…
Raina Telgemeier, the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Eisner Award winner, SMILE, brings us her next full-color graphic novel . . . DRAMA! Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi, she’s a terrible singer. Instead she’s the set designer for the stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen, and when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier! Following the success of SMILE, Raina Telgemeier brings us another graphic novel featuring a diverse set of characters that humorously explores friendship, crushes, and all-around drama!
34 Pieces of YouÂ byÂ Carmen Rodrigues
A dark and moving novelâ€”reminiscent ofÂ Thirteen Reasons Whyâ€”about the mystery surrounding a teenage girlâ€™s fatal overdose. There was something about Ellie… Something dangerous. Charismatic. Broken. Jake looked out for her. Sarah followed her lead. And Jess kept her distance, and kept watch. Now Ellieâ€™s dead, and Jake, Sarah, and Jess are left to pick up the pieces. All they have are 34 clues she left behind. 34 strips of paper hidden in a box beneath her bed. 34 secrets of a brief and painful life. Jake, Sarah, and Jess all feel responsible for what happened to Ellie, and all three have secrets of their own. As they begin to confront the darkest truths about themselves, they will also find out what Ellie herself had been hiding all along…
OriginÂ by Jessica Khoury
Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile homeâ€”and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life. Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Piaâ€™s originâ€”a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever. OriginÂ is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost. This is a supremely compelling debut novel that blends the awakening romance ofÂ MatchedÂ with the mystery and jungle conspiracy ofÂ Lost.
Fathomless (Fairytale Retellings #3)Â by Jackson Pearce
Celia Reynolds is the youngest in a set of triplets and the one with the least valuable power. Anne can see the future, and Jane can see the present, but all Celia can see is the past. And the past seems so insignificant — until Celia meets Lo.
Lo doesn’t know who she is. Or who she was. Once a human, she is now almost entirely a creature of the sea — a nymph, an ocean girl, a mermaid — all terms too pretty for the soulless monster she knows she’s becoming. Lo clings to shreds of her former self, fighting to remember her past, even as she’s tempted to embrace her dark immortality.
When a handsome boy named Jude falls off a pier and into the ocean, Celia and Lo work together to rescue him from the waves. The two form a friendship, but soon they find themselves competing for Jude’s affection. Lo wants more than that, though. According to the ocean girls, there’s only one way for Lo to earn back her humanity. She must persuade a mortal to love her . . . and steal his soul.
Like Moonlight at Low Tide: Sometimes the Current Is the Only Thing That Saves You by Nicole Quigley
For Missy Keiser, returning to Anna Maria Island, Florida, means two things: her mother made another poor decision with men, and Missy will have to reenter a world where sheâ€™s known as â€œMessy,â€ a social pariah who dared to have a crush on Sam King, the most popular boy in school.
But much has changed in the three years sheâ€™s been away. Missyâ€™s next-door neighbor is no longer an elderly woman but Josh, an intriguing boy who seems genuinely interested in her. At school, sheâ€™s surprised to find few people remember who she once was. And any remaining taunts of Messy are silenced when Sam King gives her his nod of approval.
Just as things seem to be perfect, Joshâ€™s sudden distance, her motherâ€™s latest relationship implosion, and her brotherâ€™s strange behavior threaten to ruin it all. Missy is forced to decide between the boy sheâ€™s always wanted, a boy who is intent on trying to save her, and the brother sheâ€™s known all her life. And her decision could have consequences she can never undo.
And . . . action! As the uproarious trio returns, sensitive Sean takes the spotlight â€” scripting a low-low-budget film while fielding unexpected female fans.
Coop is cooking up another sure-misfire scheme (big surprise), and this time the comedy plays out from Seanâ€™s point of view. Whatâ€™s the new master plan? Making a cheapo horror movie guaranteed to make Coop, Sean, and Matt filthy rich! Itâ€™s a terrible idea, and Sean knows it. But he actuallyÂ isÂ desperate for cash â€” and for a way to wipe that big fatÂ LÂ off his girlfriend-less forehead. But when he agrees to write a script about the attack of zombie-vampire humanzees, he has no idea just how powerful a chick magnet this movie will be. Suddenly Sean is juggling not one butthreeÂ interested ladies. Thereâ€™s his accidental-girlfriend-turned-psychotic-stalker, Evelyn. Thereâ€™s the wicked hot actress from drama class, Leyna, who seems willing to do anything to land the starring role. And even his twin sisterâ€™s gothed-out best friend, Nessa, is looking at Sean in a whole new way. Will any of them wind up as Seanâ€™s true leading lady? Will Sean stop being a doormat and finally start calling the shots?
TiltÂ by Ellen Hopkins
Loveâ€”good and badâ€”forces three teensâ€™ worlds to tilt in a riveting novel fromÂ New York TimesÂ bestselling author Ellen Hopkins.
Three teens, three storiesâ€”all interconnected through their parentsâ€™ family relationships. As the adults pull away, caught up in their own dilemmas, the lives of the teens begin to tiltâ€¦.
Mikayla, almost eighteen, is over-the-top in love with Dylan, who loves her back jealously. But what happens to that love when Mikayla gets pregnant the summer before their senior yearâ€”and decides to keep the baby?
Shane turns sixteen that same summer and falls hard in love with his first boyfriend, Alex, who happens to be HIV positive. Shane has lived for four years with his little sisterâ€™s impending death. Can he accept Alexâ€™s love, knowing that his life, too, will be shortened?
Harley is fourteenâ€”a good girl searching for new experiences, especially love from an older boy. She never expects to hurdle toward self-destructive extremes in order to define who she is and who she wants to be.
Love, in all its forms, has crucial consequences in this standalone novel.
NerveÂ by Jeanne Ryan
A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly
When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the gameÂ knowsÂ her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it’s exhilarating–Vee and Ian’s fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they’re directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they’re playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?
Debut author Jeanne Ryan delivers an un-putdownable suspense thriller.
What’s Left of MeÂ tells the story of a fifteen-year-old girl fighting for her right to survive in a world where two souls are born into each body and one is doomed to disappear. Pitched asÂ The Golden CompassÂ meetsÂ Girl, Interrupted.
Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone elseâ€”two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why arenâ€™t they settling? Why isnâ€™t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasnâ€™tâ€¦
For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows sheâ€™s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginableâ€“hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yetâ€¦for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.
AdaptationÂ by Malinda Lo
Reese canâ€™t remember anything from the time between the accident and the day she woke up almost a month later. She only knows one thing: Sheâ€™s different now.
Across North America, flocks of birds hurl themselves into airplanes, causing at least a dozen to crash. Thousands of people die. Fearing terrorism, the United States government grounds all flights, and millions of travelers are stranded.
Reese and her debate team partner and longtime crush David are in Arizona when it happens. Everyone knows the world will never be the same. On their drive home to San Francisco, along a stretch of empty highway at night in the middle of Nevada, a bird flies into their headlights. The car flips over. When they wake up in a military hospital, the doctor wonâ€™t tell them what happened, where they areâ€”or how theyâ€™ve been miraculously healed.
Things become even stranger when Reese returns home. San Francisco feels like a different place with police enforcing curfew, hazmat teams collecting dead birds, and a strange presence that seems to be following her. When Reese unexpectedly collides with the beautiful Amber Gray, her search for the truth is forced in an entirely new directionâ€”and threatens to expose a vast global conspiracy that the government has worked for decades to keep secret.
BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY…
THEY GET EVEN.
Lillia has never had any problems dealing with boys who like her. Not until this summer, when one went too far. No way will she let the same thing happen to her little sister.
Kat is tired of the rumours, the insults, the cruel jokes. It all goes back to one personâ€“ her ex-best friendâ€“ and she’s ready to make her pay.
Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she’s not the same girl anymore. And she’s ready to prove it to him.
Three very different girls who want the same thing: sweet, sweet revenge. And they won’t stop until they each had a taste.
CursedÂ by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Dying sucks–and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand. After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.
Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things–including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks heâ€™s a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, sheâ€™s more than interested. Thereâ€™s just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden’s adopted father, a man she’s sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, sheâ€™s willing to do anything to hold her sister’s hand again. And hell, she’d also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn’t?
But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not’ve been an accident at all, sheâ€™s not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life. For real this time.
ButterÂ by Erin Jade Lange
A lonely obese boy everyone calls “Butter” is about to make history. He is going to eat himself to death-live on the Internet-and everyone is invited to watch. When he first makes the announcement online to his classmates, Butter expects pity, insults, and possibly sheer indifference. What he gets are morbid cheerleaders rallying around his deadly plan. Yet as their dark encouragement grows, it begins to feel a lot like popularity. And that feels good. But what happens when Butter reaches his suicide deadline? Can he live with the fallout if he doesn’t go through with his plans?Â With a deft hand, E.J. Lange allows readers to identify with both the bullies and the bullied in this all-consuming look at one teen’s battle with himself.
The DivinersÂ by Libba Bray
Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.”
When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer–if he doesn’t catch her first.
TenÂ by Gretchen McNeil
And their doom comes swiftly.
It was supposed to be the weekend of their livesâ€”an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the schoolâ€™s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.
But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message:Â Vengeance is mine.
Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isnâ€™t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?
ShadowsÂ by Ilsa J. Bick
The Apocalypse does not end. The Changed will grow in numbers. The Spared may not survive.
Even before the EMPs brought down the world, Alex was on the run from the demons of her past and the monster living in her head. After the world was gone, she believed Rule could be a sanctuary for her and those sheâ€™d come to love.
But she was wrong.
Now Alex is in the fight of her life against the adults, who would use her, the survivors, who donâ€™t trust her, and the Changed, who would eat her alive.
Welcome toÂ Shadows, the second book in the haunting apocalyptic Ashes Trilogy: where no one is safe and humans may be the worst of the monsters.