This month in teens' books: July 2021

Recommended reads for teens
July 15, 2021
A lot of great young adult books are getting their release day between now and the end of August. If deep, emotional stories are your cup of tea, a strong YA crossover title coming to shelves soon may be the perfect choice for you:
When-we-were-strangers.jpgWhen We Were Strangers by Alex Richards
Seventeen-year-old Evie Parker is devastated in the wake of her father's sudden death. But she knows something her mother doesn't: the day of his heart attack, her dad was planning to move out. To make matters worse, Evie soon learns the reason her father was going to leave: he had been dating his twenty-two-year-old receptionist, Bree, who is now six months pregnant. Desperate to distract herself, Evie signs up for a summer photography class, where she meets quirky and adorable Declan. Still, Evie can't stop thinking about her father's mistress. Armed with a telephoto lens, she caves in to her curiosity, and what starts as a little bit of spying on Bree quickly becomes full-blown stalking. And when an emergency forces Evie to help Bree, she learns there's more to the story than she ever knew.
Trending Now
BookTok continues to breathe new life into teen titles both old and new, as readers of all ages turn to TikTok for their next devastatingly beautiful read. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera is still one of the most popular titles on BookTok, so make sure to check out some of these equally powerful YA reads:  
What’s New This Month
Redemptor, the sequel to last year’s excellent Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko, is being released soon. Also on the way to YA shelves this month are new books from Shelby Mahurin, Nafiza Azad, Katie Zhao, Sean McGinty, and more:
What We’re Reading
The newest titles by Joan He and Maureen Johnson are on this month’s staff recommendation list, along with a nonfiction book on consent, a couple of award winners, and more:
For more lists of recommended reads from the book world and beyond, check these out: