Stuff Your Backpack with These 3 Back-to-School Reads

It’s hard to believe that summer is nearly over and that very soon we’ll be enjoying crisp fall weather in our cozy sweaters while sipping something warm and probably (okay, definitely) pumpkin flavored. It also means the return of crowded classrooms, lecture halls and fresh, new notebooks ready to take on the start of the school year. While my school days are sadly behind me, I can still relive my high school and college years through some of my favorite YA novels, and so can you! Check out a few of my top choices below and share your favorite back to school reads with us in the comments!

The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin

the big f coverMaggie Ann Martin’s debut The Big F is one of my favorite contemporary YA novels I’ve read this year, hands down. It’s a funny, smart, and relatable novel about finding your way after things don’t go according to plan. It also features one of my current favorite book boyfriends Porter, who gives off MAJOR Jess Mariano vibes. Need I say more?

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Danielle's plans for the future were easy to figure out... until she fails senior English and her single college application is denied. Suddenly she's in hot water with few options, because honestly who applies to a safety school when their mom is a "college psychic"?

Determined to get her life back on track, Danielle enrolls in her local community college with a plan: pass English and get back into Ohio State—and her mother's good graces. Romance isn't on her radar... until she reconnects with her childhood crush, Luke. With family drama, first love and finding her own way, Danielle can't help but feel overwhelmed. Luckily she has her friendship with the snarky and frustratingly attractive Porter, her coworker at the campus bookstore, to push her to experience new things and help keep her afloat.

Failure's not an option this time.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

e&p coverI fell in love with Rowell’s writing from the very first page and immediately connected with both of these unforgettable characters. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll find yourself completely caught up in this sweet and simple story that perfectly captures the feelings of first love and the trials and tribulations of high school.

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Two misfits.

One extraordinary love.

Eleanor... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough... Eleanor.

Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises... Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

tswsyl coverThere is so much to love about this book. Not only does it fearlessly examine topics such as bullying, self-harm, popularity and identity in a way that is incredibly relatable and powerful, it’s also beautifully written and one that is sure to stick with you long after you’ve finished the last page.

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Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.

Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, This Song Will Save Your Life is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.

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