What I'm Reading Wednesday: Young Adult Authors To Try

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

In this week's What I'm Reading, I'd like to share with you two young adult authors whose books I discovered this summer: Karen M. McManus and Julie Buxbaum. 

As a middle school teacher, I like to keep up with what is being published in the young adult genre. I love getting recommendations from my students, and I like knowing what contemporary young adult fiction is being written so I can guide them to books they may enjoy as well. 

If you like Ruth Ware, Shari Lapena, and Clare Mackintosh, read ...

Karen M. McManus, a relatively new author who has published three books: two are a novel/duo pair, and the third is a stand-alone book. 

One of Us is Lying (Bookshop)

Five students go to detention, but only four make it out alive. It's what would happen if The Breakfast Club met ... well I can't say without giving it away. Read it, then I'll tell you!  

One of Us is Next (Bookshop)

In the wake of the shocking events of One of Us is Lying, a new mystery student starts a Truth or Dare game that turns deadly at Bayview High.

Two Can Keep a Secret (Bookshop)

Two teens are sent to live with their grandmother in the small town where their mother grew up -- and her twin sister disappeared as a teenager. Five years after a second girl goes missing, a third one disappears. Mistrust runs rampant in a town where everyone knows each other -- and everyone is a suspect. 

If you like Katherine Center, Elin Hilderbrand, and Emily Giffin, read ... 

Julie Buxbaum, who began writing adult fiction before publishing young adult novels. 

Hope and Other Punch Lines (Bookshop)

Abbi, who is 16, was the subject of a famous photo on 9/11 and is still recognized because of it. In an attempt at anonymity, she gets a job at a summer camp. There, she meets a boy who is desperate to discover what happened to his father that day, and he thinks Abbi can help. 

What to Say Next (Bookshop)

A teenage boy who is non-neurotypical befriends a popular girl at school who has just endured a tragedy, and their friendship changes both of them. 

Tell Me Three Things (Bookshop)

A teenage girl finds herself moving across the country after her father, whose wife died, suddenly remarries. She is an outsider at her new, wealthy school, and she has no friends -- until an email from an anonymous classmate offering to help guide her shows up in her inbox. 

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