What to Read Next — YA

Click on a category to browse these lists of librarian-selected young adult books. Each category has an infographic with select book summaries and links to all books in the Evergreen catalog and on Goodreads


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▶︎ 4 Stars Rating on Goodreads

The books in this category all have a rating of four stars or higher by other readers on Goodreads. Here you'll find tragedy, romance, fantasy, dystopia, and more.

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A Very Large Expanse of Sea Place a Hold
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Eliza and Her Monsters Place a Hold
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I'll Give You the Sun Place a Hold
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Far from the Tree Place a Hold
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Girl Made of Stars Place a Hold
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We Are the Ants Place a Hold
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A Song of Wraiths and Ruin Place a Hold
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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life Place a Hold
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The City of Brass Place a Hold
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The Astonishing Color of After Place a Hold
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▶︎ Anti-Racism & Social Justice

The books in this category explore the topics of anti-racism, social justice, and diversity. These titles, both non-fiction and fiction, are intended to help educate and empower readers of all backgrounds.

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Non-Fiction

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You Place a Hold
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This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons On How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work Place a Hold
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Speak Up!: Speeches by Young People to Empower and Inspire Place a Hold
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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Place a Hold
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Just Mercy: A True Story for the Fight for Justice Place a Hold
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The Chicago Port 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights Place a Hold
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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March Place a Hold
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Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America Place a Hold
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Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage Place a Hold
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How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation Place a Hold
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Fiction

All American Boys Place a Hold
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The Poet X Place a Hold
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Don't Ask Me Where I'm From Place a Hold
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I'm Not Dying with You Tonight Place a Hold
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Dear Martin Place a Hold
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Brave New World Place a Hold
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The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali Place a Hold
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Moxie Place a Hold
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The Only Black Girls In Town Place a Hold
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American Born Chinese Place a Hold
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▶︎ Audiobooks

The titles in this category are exceptional audiobooks that let you read on the go.

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Educated: A Memoir Place a Hold
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A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue Place a Hold
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Akata Witch Place a Hold
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Notes from a Young Black Chef Place a Hold
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Sadie Place a Hold
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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing Place a Hold
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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Place a Hold
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Goodbye Days Place a Hold
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The Poet X Place a Hold
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The Fountains of Silence Place a Hold
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Brave Face Place a Hold
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Illuminae Place a Hold
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▶︎ Classic Literature

The books in this category are considered to be classic literature because of their cultural importance, timeless quality, and literary legacy.

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A Wrinkle in Time Place a Hold
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The Outsiders Place a Hold
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One Hundred Years of Solitude Place a Hold
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To Kill a Mockingbird Place a Hold
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Kindred Place a Hold
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Little Women Place a Hold
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Invisible Man Place a Hold
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The Picture of Dorian Gray Place a Hold
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The Great Gatsby Place a Hold
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Pride and Prejudice Place a Hold
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Of Mice and Men Place a Hold
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1984 Place a Hold
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Jane Eyre Place a Hold
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Brave New World Place a Hold
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▶︎ Dystopia

The books in this category explore dystopian societies and oppression, some set in the not so distant future. Here you'll find repressive regimes, zombies, ecological disasters, post-apocalyptic survival, injustice, and more.

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Red Queen Place a Hold
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The Knife of Never Letting Go Place a Hold
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Uglies Place a Hold
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Legend Place a Hold
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Across the Universe Place a Hold
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Internment Place a Hold
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Dry Place a Hold
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Want Place a Hold
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The Grace Year Place a Hold
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▶︎ Fae

The books in this category include stories about fairies (or faeries, if you prefer), fairy tales, and retellings. Here you'll find fae, magical curses, mermaids, wicked enchantments, and hidden worlds.

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The Darkest Part of the Forest Place a Hold
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The Iron King Place a Hold
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Ash Place a Hold
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An Enchantment of Ravens Place a Hold
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Echo North Place a Hold
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Splintered Place a Hold
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A Court of Thorns and Roses Place a Hold
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A Song Below Water Place a Hold
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Shadow and Bone Place a Hold
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House of Salt and Sorrows Place a Hold
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Wicked Lovely Place a Hold
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The Cruel Prince Place a Hold
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A Curse So Dark and Lonely Place a Hold
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▶︎ Futuristic

The books in this category each explore the future in unique ways, including both science-fiction and fantasy approaches. Here you'll find cut-throat virtual realities, lies and secrets in 22nd century New York, Indiana Jones in space, just to name a few.

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The Diabolic Place a Hold
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Ready Player One Place a Hold
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Nemesis Place a Hold
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Blight Place a Hold
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Feed Place a Hold
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The Thousandth Floor Place a Hold
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The Loop Place a Hold
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Unearthed Place a Hold
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Once & Future Place a Hold
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Wither Place a Hold
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▶︎ Graphic Novels

The books in this category are graphic novels, bringing together text and illustrations for an engaging, visual experience.

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Nimona Place a Hold
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Wires and Nerve Place a Hold
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Friends with Boys Place a Hold
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Persepolis Place a Hold
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Through the Woods Place a Hold
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This One Summer Place a Hold
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Almost American Girl Place a Hold
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Hey, Kiddo Place a Hold
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Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me Place a Hold
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On a Sunbeam Place a Hold
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The Prince and the Dressmaker Place a Hold
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▶︎ Historical Fiction

The books in this category are all set at various points in the past, and while fictional, each story pulls from the history, context, and culture unique to its setting to tell a new story. Explore 1977 New York at the height of summer when a serial killer was on the loose, or East Texas in 1937 where a school explosion killed hundreds, or maybe you'd rather see the glitzy underworld of 1872 New Orleans with some vampires thrown in. It's all here and much more.

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Code Name Verity Place a Hold
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In the Shadow of Blackbirds Place a Hold
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Copper Sun Place a Hold
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The Book Thief Place a Hold
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Revolver Place a Hold
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Vengeance Road Place a Hold
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Fever 1793 Place a Hold
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Salt to the Sea Place a Hold
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The Diviners Place a Hold
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The Beautiful Place a Hold
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Burn Baby Burn Place a Hold
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Out of Darkness Place a Hold
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The Light in Hidden Places Place a Hold
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The Downstairs Girl Place a Hold
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If I Ever Get Out of Here Place a Hold
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▶︎ LGBTQ+

The books in this category focus on the stories of LGBTQ+ youth, including coming-of-age, coming out, dating, homophobia, and exploring sexual orientations and gender identities.

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Everything Leads to You Place a Hold
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I Wish You All the Best Place a Hold
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Autoboyography Place a Hold
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Felix Ever After Place a Hold
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The Miseducation of Cameron Post Place a Hold
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Openly Straight Place a Hold
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Bloom Place a Hold
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Annie on My Mind Place a Hold
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Empress of the World Place a Hold
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The You I've Never Known Place a Hold
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All Eyes on Us Place a Hold
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All the Bad Apples Place a Hold
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Tell Me How You Really Feel Place a Hold
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We Were Promised Spotlights Place a Hold
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The Black Flamingo Place a Hold
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Will Grayson, Will Grayson Place a Hold
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You Should See Me in a Crown Place a Hold
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The Falling in Love Montage Place a Hold
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▶︎ Magical

The books in this category each have a unique version of magic, including supernatural powers, magical beasts, mystical realms, and even a pair of cursed red shoes.

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Rebel of the Sands Place a Hold
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The Ten Thousand Doors of January Place a Hold
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Six of Crows Place a Hold
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Carry On Place a Hold
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The Novice Place a Hold
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Caraval Place a Hold
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Children of Blood and Bone Place a Hold
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Spin the Dawn Place a Hold
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These Witches Don't Burn Place a Hold
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The Midnight Lie Place a Hold
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Girl, Serpent, Thorn Place a Hold
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Dark and Deepest Red Place a Hold
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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender Place a Hold
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▶︎ Relatable

The books in this category explore a broad range of lived experiences, with stories that help us relate both to people like us and those who live very different lives.

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Alex, Approximately Place a Hold
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The Hate U Give Place a Hold
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Darius the Great is Not Okay Place a Hold
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In a Perfect World Place a Hold
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All the Bright Places Place a Hold
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All-American Muslim Girl Place a Hold
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Boy in the Black Suit Place a Hold
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Rules for Being a Girl Place a Hold
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Looking for Alaska Place a Hold
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I'll Be the One Place a Hold
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Place a Hold
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The Sun is Also a Star Place a Hold
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▶︎ Romantic

The books in this category are perfect for readers who are in love with love. These romances have it all — meet cutes, slow burns, bad first impressions, opposites attract, and more.

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Tweet Cute Place a Hold
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To All the Boys I've Loved Before Place a Hold
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When Dimple Met Rishi Place a Hold
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Anna and the French Kiss Place a Hold
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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Place a Hold
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Stay Gold Place a Hold
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The Henna Wars Place a Hold
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Saint Anything Place a Hold
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Hearts Unbroken Place a Hold
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▶︎ Scary

The books in this category are guaranteed to give you the heebie-jeebies. Take your pick: ghosts, murderers, monsters, cults, abandoned insane asylums, and more.

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Contagion Place a Hold
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The Girl from the Well Place a Hold
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Bad Girls Don't Die Place a Hold
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The Ghost of Graylock Place a Hold
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Blood and Salt Place a Hold
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Sawkill Girls Place a Hold
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The Monstrumologist Place a Hold
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Welcome to the Dark House Place a Hold
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Party Games Place a Hold
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Place a Hold
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Shutter Place a Hold
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Amity Place a Hold
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▶︎ Sci-Fi

The books in this category all have a unique approach to science-fiction. These stories explore the topics of advanced technology, space exploration, steampunk futurism, cyborgs and artificial intelligence, post-apocalyptic survival, and alien invasions.

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Cinder Place a Hold
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Aurora Rising Place a Hold
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Alienated Place a Hold
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Reboot Place a Hold
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Sanctuary Place a Hold
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Skyward Place a Hold
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Life as We Knew It Place a Hold
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▶︎ Thrilling

The books in this category are written to keep you on the edge of your seat with suspense. Here you'll find psychological thrillers, murder mysteries, dark family secrets, and more.

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One of Us is Lying Place a Hold
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We Were Liars Place a Hold
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Wilder Girls Place a Hold
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Ten Place a Hold
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▶︎ Tragic

The books in this category are sure to make readers ugly cry in public. These tragic, heartbreaking stories reflect on what it means to be human, to experience pain, loss, and failure.

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We Are Okay Place a Hold
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Love Letters to the Dead Place a Hold
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How to Make Friends with the Dark Place a Hold
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▶︎ True

The books in this category include memoirs, biographies, histories, and personal essays. This list of non-fiction titles touches on topics such as child slavery, coming-of-age under an oppressive regime, living with mental illness, self-image, gender identity, race, true crime, and more.

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Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave Place a Hold
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Stitches: a Memoir Place a Hold
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A Few Red Drops Place a Hold
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Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers Place a Hold
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Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein Place a Hold
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All Boys Aren't Blue Place a Hold
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The (Other) F Word: A Celebration of Fat and Fierce Place a Hold
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