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Books that prove adventure is always around the corner

If the summer heat is keeping you indoors and bored right now, look no further. Scroll down for 12 YA books that prove adventure is ALWAYS around the corner!

Kings of B’more by R. Eric Thomas

Time for an adventure through an amazing city! In this magnetic YA debut, two Black queer best friends face their last day together with an epic journey through Baltimore.

A Heavy Dose of Allison Tandy by Jeff Bishop

Breakups might suck, but let’s face it: books about them are endlessly entertaining. You’ve Reached Sam meets John Hughes in this hilarious debut about a boy’s delirious summertime quest with his ex-girlfriend.

I Guess I Live Here Now by Claire Ahn

Sometimes leaving the home you knew is the best start to a new adventure. In this glittering city where the latest trends are born, Melody finds herself swept away by luxury, romance, and family drama… but is this a place she could ever call home?

Zyla & Kai by Kristina Forest

What’s more adventurous than a star-crossed love story? This romance about the will they, won’t they—and why can’t they—of first love, will leave you breathless.

Sunny G’s Series of Rash Decisions by Navdeep Singh Dhillon

As the cover might entail, this debut is non-stop adventure! Get ready for a prom-night romantic-comedy romp about a Sikh teen’s search for love and identity.

Flirting with Fate by J.C. Cervantes

We love an adventure that begins on a dark and stormy night! In her swoony, heartwarming young adult debut, J.C. Cervantes weaves an unforgettable tale about family, fate, and finding love where you least expect it.

The Noh Family by Grace K. Shim

Top tier indicators that an adventure is in store: a DNA test!

This sparkling K-drama inspired debut novel follows Chloe Chang, who is reunited with her deceased father’s estranged family via a DNA test, and is soon whisked off to Seoul to join them.

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Azar on Fire by Olivia Abtahi – August 23

Finding her voice takes on a whole new meaning when fourteen-year-old Azar Rossi sets out to win her local Battle of the Bands contest in this heartfelt and hilarious contemporary YA.

Neverlanders by Tom Taylor and Jon Sommariva – August 30

Guaranteed adventure: pick up a graphic novel.

Neverland has become a war zone and it’s up to a new group of lost teens to set things right in this gritty young adult graphic novel series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Taylor (NightwingSuperman: Son of Kal-ElDCeased, Injustice) and powerhouse illustrator Jon Sommariva (Harley Quinn)!

How to Survive Your Murder by Danielle Valentine – August 30

If you love horror movies, this is the adventure for you. Scream meets Happy Death Day in this terrifying stand-alone horror novel from YA scream queen Danielle Valentine!

The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers by Adam Sass – September 20

Micah Summers runs a popular Instagram full of drawings of his numerous imaginary boyfriends (ninety-nine so far)—though he’s never had a real boyfriend before. But when a meet-cute with Boy 100 goes wrong, Micah embarks on a Prince Charming-like quest throughout Chicago to find true love—for real this time.

Eternally Yours edited by Patrice Caldwell – September 20

And of course, this list would not be complete without otherworldly adventures! Vampires and merpeople, angels and demons—the stories in this anthology imagine worlds where the only thing more powerful than the supernatural, is love.

Penguin Teen