10 November YA Releases to 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.

Surge, an imprint of Cayélle Publishing LLC.

When Adam Caspian reaches biokenretic puberty —a supernatural cellular explosion— his moral compass goes haywire, catapulting him into pessimism and misanthropy. Owing fate, Carly Wit moves to town and their supernatural bio-cores sync. Soon, the two are inseparable, but there’s an unknown element lurking about, fuddling everyone’s perception. A fight between Adam and his father leads to a car accident that lands Adam in a coma. When he doesn’t die and wakes miraculously healed, he demands truth from both his mother, Jo, and Carly. Jo’s revelation sets him on a path where he discovers his ancestry, which turns out to be more than he bargained for.

I cannot believe that it is November already, but here we are! I know many of us are ready to skip straight to the holidays and the end of the year, and I understand that temptation, but hold up! November has some great YA releases that you definitely don’t want to miss. Here are ten November 2020 YA books to TBR, or add to your holiday wishlists!

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The Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

Lila had a three step plan for after graduation, and everything was going perfectly, until it fell apart. Her parents decide to send her to England for the summer to stay with friends, but dreary England is lacking in flavor for Miami-bred Lila…until she meets Orion, a teashop clerk who decides to show Lila just what she’s missing out on and becomes her personal tour guide.

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These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Set in 1926 Shanghai, this retelling of Romeo and Juliet stars Juliette, a former flapper turned mob heiress, and Roma, Juliette’s first love and the heir of a rival mob. The two mobs are constantly fighting one another, but when rumors of a supernatural darkness permeate to the top, Juliette and Roma must work together in order to find out what is destroying their people, and their city.

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Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon

Sunny is a nerd who tends to fly under the radar, but when his crush Cirrus finally notices him he’s over the moon. Small problem: Cirrus mistakes Sunny’s brother’s love of music for Sunny’s hobby, and he lies and tells her he’s in a band. When she wants to see the band play, Sunny has to scramble to assemble his best friends to put together a band, find some gigs, and fast!

Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

Wanting to avoid parental pressure to get engaged to a guy she can’t stand, Chloe hires a fake boyfriend for the holidays to get her parents off her back. It’s all perfect…except that Chloe finds herself falling for Drew! And while Drew can fake it for the ‘rents, it turns out that his true persona isn’t exactly someone that Chloe’s parents would approve of!

Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer

Pru has lots of opinions and judgments about everyone around her, so when she wakes up one day with the ability to cast instant karma on the people she encounters, she’s delighted. But the one person her newfound powers don’t seem to work on is her slacker lab partner, Quint—her powers always backfire. But it turns out that Pru has a lot to learn about the balance between right, wrong, virtue, and fate.

The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein

Set in 1940, Louisa Adair leaves London in order to look after a German widow in rural Scotland, and finds that her life is forever altered when a German pilot crash lands in a nearby field and leaves behind clues that lead Louisa to discovering something incredible: an Enigma machine that translates German code. But she and her two friends must figure out how it works if they’re to help the Allies win the war.

Sasha Masha by Agnes Borinksy

Alex doesn’t feel like he belongs in his body, despite the fact that Tracy thinks he’s amazing and adorable and wants to kiss him just the way he is. Then Alex begins experimenting with makeup and clothes, and meets Andre, a gay teen. And Alex begins to suspect that there are other ways to be and his true name and identity have yet to be introduced to the world.

Ruinsong by Julia Ember

Cadence is a magician in a world where magic is sung, and she’s been the pawn of the evil queen for years now, forced to torture nobles for her queen. But when Cadence is reunited with a childhood friend who has grown into a noblewoman with ties to the resistance, Cadence has to make up her mind about whose side she really wants to be on.

Rebel Sisters by Tochi Onyebuchi

In this sequel to War Girls, the Biafran War has ended and Ify is living in the space colonies while Uzo and Xifeng remain in Nigeria, working to uncover data about the wars in destroyed androids and uphold the memories of lives lost, despite the government’s attempts to erase them. When a virus breaks out, Ify and Uzo find their paths crossing for the first time in years.

This Is Not a Ghost Story by Andrea Portes

Daffodil is looking to pass time quietly and quickly before starting college, so she finds the perfect summer job: housesitting for a wealthy couple in a gorgeous mansion. But it turns out that the house is haunted, and things aren’t what they appear at all. There’s an old grudge that needs to be settled, and Daffodil is at the center of it.

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