Read It: The Best YA of August

There are so many books that we are psyched about in August that I don’t want to use too many words in this intro. I’m getting right to it. Here are six novels we think you’ll love this month:

♥ Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly. They had me at “Sherlock meets Veronica Mars” and the two main characters sound like they’ll have the kind of chemistry we cannot resist.

♥ Not After Everything by Michelle Levy. When smart, athletic, popular Tyler’s mom commits suicide, he has to re-evaluate his whole world, and he finds solace in the friendship of a very unlikely girl.

♥ Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. It’s by Libba Bray, and if you haven’t entered her amazing worlds in previous books, do yourself a favor and start now. This is the second title in the Diviners series, and you can preview book one here.

♥ Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid. Dave and Julia are best friends with a list of “nevers” for high school — they refuse to be cliches. But Dave has been breaking the “never pine silently after someone” rule for years. And guess who he’s in love with? (Expect major swoons when they decide to do every never on their list.)

♥ The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick (pictured). A companion novel to the mega-romantic My Life Next Door, this book gives us Tim (who makes a lot of bad choices) and Alice (who always does the right thing). Let us just tell you that these two coming together makes for both a steamy and heart-stirring read.

♥ Another Day by David Levithan. First, read Every Day, then pick up this companion novel that gives us the perspective of Rhiannon, who spent one magical day with a boy who looked just like her usually jerky boyfriend, but was somehow — on that day — her perfect match.

PS-If you’re looking for something darker, a July read we adored is Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten, who gives us a thrilling twist on what it means to be Best Friends Forever.