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29 YA Books About Secrets, Bullying, and Blackmail

Cassandra Neace

Staff Writer

Cassandra Neace is a high school English teacher in Houston. When she's not in the classroom, she reads books and writes about them. She prides herself on her ability to recommend a book for most any occasion. She can be found on Instagram @read_write_make

Cold CallsThis giveaway is sponsored by Cold Calls by Charles Benoit.

Three high school students-Eric, Shelly, and Fatima-have one thing in common: “I know your secret.”

Each one is blackmailed into bullying specifically targeted schoolmates by a mysterious caller who whispers from their cell phones and holds carefully guarded secrets over their heads. But how could anyone have obtained that photo, read those hidden pages, uncovered this buried past? Thrown together, the three teens join forces to find the stranger who threatens them-before time runs out and their shattering secrets are revealed . . .


So much about being a teenager makes your heart race: crushes, kisses, secrets, and sneaking out at night. But that’s not all, and anyone who has been a teen knows it. When you have the kind of secret that would change your life if it got out, well, that’s terrifying. And when it falls into the wrong hands? OH BOY.

For this giveaway, we asked you to tell us about the best YA books about secrets, bullying, and blackmail out there. Here are your favorites:

Pretty Little Liars Series by Sara Shepard

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp series by Rick Yancey

LIttle Brother by Cory Doctorow

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Shelter by Harlan Coben

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Butter by Erin Lange

Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan

The Moment Before by Suzy Vitello

Mice by Gordon Reece

Keesha’s House by Helen Frost

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick

The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Gossip Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar

Fat Angie by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

Burning Blue by Paul Griffin

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Undone by Cat Clarke

The List by Siobhan Vivian