3 on a YA Theme: July YA Releases for Your TBR

Tirzah Price

Senior Contributing Editor

Most of Tirzah Price's life decisions have been motivated by a desire to read as many books as humanly possible. Tirzah holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has worked as an independent bookseller and librarian. She’s also the author of the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries, published by HarperTeen, and Bibliologist at TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations. Follow her on Twitter @TirzahPrice.

This list of July 2019 YA releases is sponsored by Simon & Schuster.

Remy Tsai used to know how her story would turn out. She was happy once. Remy had her boyfriend Jack, and Elise, her best friend—her soul mate—who understood her better than anyone else in the world. But now Jack is dead, shot through the chest… And it was Elise who pulled the trigger. Was it self-defense? Or something darker than anything Remy could have imagined? As the police investigate, Remy does the same, sifting through her own memories, looking for a scrap of truth that could save the friendship that means everything to her.

It’s the height of summer, and I hope you’ve got a towering stack of books and a shady spot for all the lazy reading days! After a heavy release month in June, I’ve got a lighter load of July YA releases for your TBR, but there are a handful of books that you absolutely cannot miss!

Wilder GirlsWilder Girls by Rory Powers

When the Tox hit, the Raxter School for Girls went under quarantine. But that didn’t protect them—the teachers have died off, and many of the students have been infected. Hetty and Byatt are waiting for the cure that’s been promised, but when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will brave the Tox and the world beyond Raxter to find her—and discover the shocking truth about the Tox.

Out July 9.

The Boy and Girl Who Broke the WorldThe Boy and Girl Who Broke the World by Amy Reed

Billy and Lydia both grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, but their individual struggles—and their personalities—are pretty different. When they’re thrown together, their relationship and creative coping mechanism spark some weird consequences, including an unlikely tornado, a creepy fog, and the end of the world. This surreal novel is about what it takes to be vulnerable, and how opening up to others just may save your life.

Out July 9.

Shatter the SkyShatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells

When her girlfriend Kaia is kidnapped by the emperor, Maren is desperate to rescue her. She concocts a dangerous plan: steal a dragon and storm the stronghold where Kaia is being kept. But in order to succeed, she must befriend a mysterious dragon trainer. Only, this alliance proves far more complicated than she first anticipated, as she uncovers conspiracies and secrets that go far beyond Kaia’s abduction.

Out July 30.

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