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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!


5 reasons why James recommends A River of Royal Blood

Hey there, YA lovers! it’s James from Penguin Teen. Somehow November sneaked up on all of us, so it’s time for another Book Haul for our James & Joy Book Club! Check out our November Book Haul video: I’ve selected A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy as my November Book Club Pick, and … Continued
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5 Reasons FIREBORNE is the book your heart desperately desires

Welcome back to Joy (me, hi) Rants About Why You MUST Read Fireborne by Rosaria Munda. Like asap. Like what are you WAITING for. In case you missed our October Book Haul here’s a picture of me judging James for not reading it yet: Fireborne is the Game of Thrones meets Harry Potter fantasy you’re going to … Continued
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Taylor Swift’s LOVER is here and we’ve got your ultimate track match

She’s dropped the album, we’ve listened to it on REPEAT, just a few hundred times already and we’re READY: It’s your ultimate Taylor Swift Lover Album YA Book Track Match!   Track 1: I Forgot That You Existed Book Match: If I’m Being Honest Oh Cameron, she’s so blunt that her barbs come off as … Continued
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5 books to read while waiting for Children of Virtue and Vengeance

If you’re a YA fantasy fan like we are, then you’ll know that the Children of Blood and Bone phenomenon is set to continue this December with its much anticipated sequel, Children of Virtue and Vengeance. Sequels are always a waiting game, and what better way to pass the time than by diving into another … Continued
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Penguin Teen Cover Reveal Bonanza!

Summer, 2020 is packed full of amazing reads…and you’re about to get an exclusive sneak peek. IT’S TIME FOR THE SUMMER 2020 COVER REVEAL BONANZA. Today, we are revealing not one, not two, but SIX covers, from debut authors to the beloved return of our favorite witchy characters! We may have even snatched an excerpt for each … Continued
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15 Must-Reads Before the End of 2019

We know it’s only August, but tbh 2019 has been flying by and we penguins just want to make sure you don’t miss out on these top 15 reads to grab before the end of 2019!   I Know You Remember by Jennifer Donaldson This is the perfect suspenseful, October read. Jennifer Donaldson’s new twisty … Continued
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2020 YA Sneak Peek!

Hello and WELCOME to the 2020 YA sneak peek! We’re talking all early info on upcoming 2020 books we cannot WAIT for!   All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor – January 7, 2020 The saga of the Logan family–made famous in the Newbery Medal-winning Roll of Thunder, Hear My … Continued
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Seriously, you should read Rules for Vanishing

Hey, friends! Joy from Penguin Teen here. We’ve been venturing into Booktube over at Penguin Teen to share monthly book hauls with you, so in case you missed September’s you can find it below! Okay, so if you couldn’t tell from the above, I’m just a lil obsessed with Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall. I … Continued
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People who could not handle the ending of The Beautiful

The Beautiful had some…moments in it. If you know, you know. Things happened. Hearts broke. Mainly ours. Long story short, people on the internet are having some FEELINGS about it.   To put it simply:   You might say The Beautiful was…beautiful And emotions? You’ll have lots of them. Those emotions won’t go away for … Continued
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7 Vampire Books to Read Before You Die

Many of us readers stalk the night (usually because we keep saying we’ll go to bed after just one more chapter), but today we’re talking about the other kind creature who stalks the night. The swoony, immortal kind who tend to pop up in some of our favorite YA reads ever. VAMPIRES. And whether you read these classic YA … Continued
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