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Heading off to college? Take these 8 books with you

Getting ready to dive into all the dorm-unpacking, finals-dreading, new-place-new-you shenanigans of freshman year? We have a few books you should take with you.


What to read when you’re struggling to find your squad: 

Seafire by Natalie C. Parker

Everyone knows finding your squad is key, and nobody knows that better than Caledonia, leader and captain of the Mors Navis. 


What to read studying has officially murdered your remaining brain cells: 

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

At some point, college is gonna pull a high school and probably make your brain want to shut down for a little while. In that case, a blast of magic, romance, and fun is in order, and Wicked Fox is for sure up to the task.


What to read when you’re still anxious post that whole application process you had to go through:

Girl Gone Viral by Arvin Ahmadi

No one knows the College Application Submission HELL better than Opal and pals in Girl Gone Viral. Maybe become a virtual reality star while you’re at it? It’s college. Anything goes.



What to read when you miss high school:

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

Nostalgia central here. Sure, everyone’ll be psyched to kickstart a new life in college, but sooner or later you’ll probably find yourself missing the sounds of lockers swinging shut and the probably-pretty-ugly color scheme of the halls you walked for years. Frankly in Love will be there for you to revisit those years in the best way.


What to read when you need to escape for a sec:

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

Let’s be honest: college will probably be amazing and you’ll probably still need an escape from reality, because literally everyone does at some point. The Beautiful is basically a portal to New Orleans. With vampires. Like, that’s the DREAM.


What to read when dating apps suck and you need to believe in love again:

Lovely War by Julie Berry

Because who needs tinder when the Goddess of Love can just drop in and find you a soulmate, ya know?


What to read when you need to cry about something other than that paper that’s due tomorrow:

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour


This one kind of speaks for itself. But if you’re new to Nina LaCour, basically, bring tissues.


What to read when you need to feel empowered:

SHOUT by Laurie Halse Anderson

A good dose of righteous rage will probably be in order. Laurie Halse Anderson’s empowering story told in verse will be one to keep on hand for that.


Looking for more great reads? Check out these top 15 must-reads before the end of 2019!


Penguin Teen Cover Reveal Bonanza!

It’s cover reveal time! Today, we are revealing not one, not two, but SIX covers, from debut authors to the return of beloved fantasy characters! We may have even snatched an excerpt for each of these new reads for you to get an early taste of each one. New books will be added here as they are revealed, … Continued
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Excerpt Alert: STORMBREAK by Natalie C. Parker

  June may be coming to an end, but we are looking forward to continuing to #ReadPrideAndBeyond all year long with upcoming spectacular 2020 reads. And we’re sharing an excerpt today from one of them! Stormbreak by Natalie C. Parker is the epic conclusion to the Seafire trilogy, applauded by for celebrating “sisterhood and queernormativity in the face … Continued
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Week 2 Recap: The Beautiful Read-Along!

It was week 2 of of sinking our teeth into Renée Ahdieh’s The Beautiful. We have been loving reading this book alongside you all this month and this book is KILLING IT! As week 2 of our Read-Along comes to a close, here are some of our favorite posts from readers who are reading (or re-reading) the book with … Continued
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Start reading They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman

One of 2020’s most highly-anticipated reads They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman is right around the corner, but we can’t wait until then to start reading. So today we’re sharing 20 pages of it! Scroll down for a sneak peek at the murder mystery of the summer! Scroll down to read and don’t forget to … Continued
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ICYMI: the cover for Super Fake Love Song is here!

Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon, author of Frankly in Love, is hitting shelves November 17th, and we are SO in love with this cover. Scroll down to take a look and read a bit about the book!     From the bestselling author of Frankly in Love comes a contemporary YA rom-com where a case of mistaken … Continued
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2020 YA Preview!

Hello and WELCOME to the 2020 YA preview! We’re talking all early info on upcoming 2020 books we cannot WAIT to read and all the amazing books out so far this year!   All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor – January 7, 2020 The saga of the Logan family–made … Continued
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The Beautiful: The Recap

Diving into The Damned by Renée Ahdieh this week? We’re here to give you a refresher on what happened in book 1, The Beautiful!     The Beautiful starts with Celine fleeing Paris, sailing to New Orleans with Pippa, her best friend, to live at a local convent. via GIPHY   Celine, by the way, is one hell … Continued
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#ReadPrideAndBeyond with these books!

This Pride Month, we’re celebrating with books that highlight extraordinary LGBTQ+ stories. Funny, heartbreaking, suspenseful, romantic – there’s a little something for everyone on this list, so scroll down on for some of our favorites and #ReadPrideAndBeyond all year long! Plus, don’t forget to enter our sweeps to win a stack!   Click here to enter our #ReadPrideAndBeyond … Continued
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Read the first 3 chapters of Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson!

Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson just hit shelves! In this smart, thrilling sci-fi adventure, perfect for fans of Renegades and Aurora Rising, Andra wakes up from a cryogenic sleep 1,000 years later than she was supposed to, forcing her to team up with an exiled prince to navigate an unfamiliar planet. Scroll down to read the … Continued
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A Mood Reader’s Roadmap

Are you a mood reader? We’ve got you! We’ve put together a list of reads perfect for all of the reading moods, including some of 2020’s hottest reads and what’s about to hit shelves next!   In the mood for a fantasy that will take you away for a bit? You should read…   The Kinder Poison by … Continued
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