HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER READING LIST

REALISTIC FICTION

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Xiomara is a teen growing up in Harlem. She is trying to figure out who she is as she navigates high school, falling in love, and her mother’s super-religious expectations. She discovers slam poetry as an outlet to understand herself.
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Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Though Leah feels awesome when she’s drumming for her band, the rest of her life is feeling a little chaotic. She feels alienated from the rest of her friends as an only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon. So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways, especially when Leah realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.
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What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Arthur and Ben have the perfect meet cute in an NYC post office, but fail to exchange contact information. Somehow, they manage to find each other again, and it looks like love is in the air. But are they really meant to be if their first (and second…and third) dates are incredibly awkward? Read and find out.
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We Regret to Inform You by Ariel Kaplan

Mischa has spent her high school years getting excellent grades, taking all the hardest classes, and doing as many extra-curriculars as possible to get into a great college. When she is rejected by every school she has applied to, she is devastated. She starts to wonder why this happened and begins to suspect that someone hacked her transcript. Her investigation will shake up her school community more than she knows.

 

 A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

It’s 2002, and Shirin is a 16-year-old Muslim girl who wears a hijab growing up in a small town just one year after 9/11. She deals with regular harassment at school and channels it into break dancing with her brother and his friends. When she meets Ocean James, she realizes she’s falling in love, but it seems impossible for them to be together, since they come from two very different world.
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On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Bri is a 16-year-old who dreams of being a famous rapper. Her father was an underground rapper who was killed before making it big. Her mother is a recovered drug addict who has been able to make ends meet, until she unexpectedly loses her job. Suddenly, there’s no electricity or food in the house, and Bri is even more desperate to get her big break to help out her family. After her first recorded song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, Bri has to decide if she’s going to pretend to be someone she’s not to make it big, or find her own path forward.
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Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberly & Austin Siegemund-Broka

Megan seems to be the girl that guys date just before they fall in love with someone else. She auditions for her school’s production of Romeo & Juliet, hoping for a small role to fulfill her dream college’s acting requirement for the theater directing program to which she is applying. She is shocked to be cast as Juliet, with an ex-boyfriend playing Romeo. It seems like a disaster until she meets Owen, another first-time actor in the show. Will they just be friends, or is this turning into something more?
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FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION

 The Past & Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson

Dino’s family owns a funeral home, so he’s always been pretty comfortable with death. That is, until his ex-best friend July suddenly dies–and then comes back to life. Dino and July must figure out what is going on and why their friendship fell apart in the first place.
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 Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

In this alternate Civil War story, the dead rise and begin to walk the battlefields. Jane McKeene is studying to be an Attendant, a companion to a wealthy white woman to protect her from the zombies infiltrating the cities. When families in town begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy and must fight for her life to attempt to return to her family’s home in Kentucky.
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 We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

In this dystopian novel, Dani is about to graduate and marry the son of an important politician. But Dani’s status is a lie. She carries forged identity papers to avoid being sent back to the fringes of society where her family lives. On graduation night, she is asked to become a spy for the resistance group fighting for equality. Will she refuse, or give it all up to fight for a free society and take a chance on a forbidden love?
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 Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan

Ia Cocha is a 17-year-old girl, who also happens to be a criminal mastermind terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the nation that destroyed her home. When she is finally caught, she accepts a strange offer from the Commonwealther–become part of their military. Now she’s training at the military academy, making friends, and becoming unsure if the Commonwealth is really her enemy after all.
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Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

Jack meets Kate at a party during his first college visit. They bond over their love of sugary cereal and fall in love almost instantly. But Kate is very sick with a chronic disease, and dies. After her death, Jack is sent back in time to the moment they met. He is determined to save Kate, but fails over and over and over again. He soon realizes that his actions have consequences that may affect the other people in his life in negative ways. 
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Scythe by Neal Shusterman

In this future world, death has been eliminated and Earth is controlled by an artificial intelligence system to keep it peaceful and full of food. To manage the population to ensure resources remain plentiful, Scythes are the only ones who can end lives. Citra and Rowan are both chosen to apprentice to a scythe, and must compete for a role neither of them truly wants. 
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MYSTERY & THRILLERS

Spin by Lamar Giles

16-year-old Paris, aka the famous DJ ParSec, is dead. Her pre-fame best friend Kya, and her chief groupie Fuse both suspect each other, and start to fight it out publicly until they learn something that changes everything: Paris was about to sign a major deal that would make her a superstar. Suddenly there are new motive and new suspects, and Paris’s killer wants to get rid of Kya and Fuse, too.
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Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus

Ellery and her twin brother Ezra are moving to the small town of Echo Ridge to live with their grandmother. Echo Ridge has weathered its share of tragedies: Ellery’s aunt went missing there at age 17. Five years ago, the homecoming queen was murdered. And this year, mysterious threats promise that homecoming will be just as deadly and another girl has gone missing. Ellery and her friends attempt to solve this mystery before more girls go missing. 
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Sadie by Courtney Summers

Sadie and her sister Mattie have been trying to live on their own in a small town. When Mattie is murdered, Sadie’s world falls apart. She sets off on a journey to find her sister’s killer and goes missing herself. West McCray starts a podcast about Sadie’s story, hoping to find her before it’s too late.
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GRAPHIC NOVELS

Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida

Ken Kaneki is an average college student, until a violent act turns him into a half-human half-ghoul hybrid. In this manga series, Ken must survive Ghoul turf wars, learn about Ghoul society, and navigate between his two worlds. 

 

 

Bloom by Kevin Panetta

Ari dreams of moving with his band to the big city after high school, but instead he’s stuck helping out in his parents’ bakery. His dad allows him to hire a replacement, and the new employee Hector is cute and easy-going. Suddenly Ari isn’t sure that he wants to leave after all, as sparks fly between the two of them.

 

NONFICTION

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson’s poetry memoir about sexual assault includes personal stories and calls to action. This is a must-read book for all teens in the #MeToo era.
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(Don’t) Call Me Crazy edited by Kelly Jensen

33 writers, athletes, and artists share their personal experiences with mental illness in short essays, lists, comics, and illustrations. 
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