Kerry Winfrey
December 13, 2015 10:31 am

Is your holiday wish list ready? Are you planning on spending some time shopping for youAnd what better thing to wish for than a huge stack of books to keep you warm all winter? In that spirit, here are some great YA titles that will be out in plenty of time for the holidays. You’ve got tons of time to shop (and read)!

How to Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras
When Georgia’s mother dies, it sends her reeling. So Georgia creates an intense to do list of 15 ways to be brave, which includes going after her crush. This book about grief and loss promises to be majorly heartbreaking and life-affirming at the same time.

All the Major Constellations by Pratima Cranse
After losing two of his best friends, Andrew feels alone…until Laura offers him friendship. Well, friendship and the fundamentalist religion she’s a part of. Andrew has to figure out what’s behind his attraction to Laura, as well as whether Laura really likes him or just wants to convert him. Bonus: Pratima Cranse wrote a great guide to NaNoWriMo for HelloGiggles!

Young Widows Club by Alexandra Coutts
With a title like that, it’s hard not to be immediately intrigued. Young Widows Club follows Tam, a girl who’s dealing with something most people never face: becoming a widow at the age of 17. Now, Tam has to face her old life, which includes going back to high school and finding out who she really is without her husband.

Love and Other Alien Experiences by Kerry Winfrey
Mallory Sullivan is housebound with severe anxiety…but then she gets nominated for homecoming court. Now, the girl who only attends class via webcam has to figure out how to get the most popular guy in school to be her date. There’s romance, there’s physics, there’s an extraterrestrial message board, and there’s The X-Files. Also, full disclosure, LAOAE is written by HelloGiggles writer Kerry Winfrey, AKA yours truly. Check out the killer book trailer!

For the Record Charlotte Huang
For the Record’s summary includes the phrase, “if Almost Famous was a YA novel,” and that’s all we need to hear to put this one on our TBR lists. Chelsea is the lead singer of Melbourne, which sounds like a dream come true. But add in bandmates who can barely stand her, the pressures of life on the road, and her own feelings, and Chelsea may be facing more than she can deal with.

The Trilogy of Two by Juman Malouf
Identical twins who were born on Halloween and are part of the circus? This one sounds amazing. Sonja and Charlotte have musical talents, but that’s not all…they also have superpowers, like being able to levitate their audience. When Enforcers discover the girls’ powers, the twins set off on a journey to search for the truth about their pasts. The beautifully creepy illustrations make this book even more appealing.

Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler
There are lots of YA books that focus on romance, and that’s great, but what about those equally (or sometimes more) important relationships with our friends? Just Visiting follows the friendship of Reagan and Victoria, best friends who want to go to the same college. But when their college visits start to veer in unexpected directions, will their friendship survive?


The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill
Is Lauren Morrill even capable of writing a book that isn’t supremely charming? Everything she writes is funny, sweet, and touching, and The Trouble With Destiny looks to be no different. Liza Sanders, a way-determined drum major, thinks that the cruise ship Destiny is her ticket to fixing her band’s budget woes. But when the cruise ship breaks down and the drama starts, she’s in for an unexpected voyage.

This Raging Light by Estelle Laure
Lucille is dealing with plenty of her own problems right now, like the fact that her father’s in a mental institution, her mother skipped town, and she’s stuck caring for her little sister. And then Digby (what a name!) comes along. Between all of her responsibilities, Lucille hardly has time to fall in love, but guess what? That’s exactly what happens.

Images via Goodreads

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