10 YA September Releases to Look Forward to!

Hello, friends! 

I was scrolling and browsing through Goodreads and I noticed there are A LOT of fantastic (-sounding) YA books that are being released in September. I thought I’d help you all out** by listing ten of my favourite ones so here goes…

(**Though you might hate me for expanding your endless TBR 😀 )

September, 5th

Feral Youth: “Inspired by The Canterbury Tales, Feral Youth features characters, each complex and damaged in their own ways, who are enticed to tell a story (or two) with the promise of a cash prize. The stories range from noir-inspired revenge tales to mythological stories of fierce heroines and angry gods. And while few of the stories are claimed to be based in truth, they ultimately reveal more about the teller than the truth ever could.”

Many fantastic YA authors have worked on this book, including Shaun David Hutchinson, Brandy Colbert, and Marieke Nijkamp. 

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They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera: “On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.”

I’ve already read this and highly recommend it! My review will be up tomorrow. 

LGBTQ Rep (Bisexual + Unspecified) + Biracial main character 

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Right Where You Left Me by Calla Devlin: “In search of the perfect story to put a human face on a tragedy for his newspaper, my dad will fly into the eye of the storm. And now he’s heading to Ukraine, straight into the aftermath of a deadly earthquake. I don’t want him to leave. I don’t want to spend the week alone in a silent house with my mother, whose classically Russian reserve has built a wall between us that neither of us knows how to tear down. But I don’t tell him this. I don’t say stay.

I think I’m holding it together okay—until the FBI comes knocking on our door. Now it’s all I can do to fight off the horrifying images in my head. The quake has left so many orphans and widows, but Mom and I refuse to be counted among them. Whatever it takes to get Dad back, I’ll do it. Even if it means breaking a promise…or the law.”

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If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout: “Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances. Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.”

September, 12th

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren: “Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah.

But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity.”

I’ve heard so many good things about this one. Really excited to read it. 

LGBTQ Rep (bisexual)

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Warcross by Marie Lu: “For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.”

I rarely stray from contemporary YA but I’ll make an exception for this one! 

Own voices author

September, 19th

Kaleidoscope Song by Fox Benwell: “Fifteen year old Neo loves music, it punctuates her life and shapes the way she views the world. A life in radio is all she’s ever wanted.
When Umzi Radio broadcasts live in a nearby bar Neo can’t resist. She sneaks out to see them, and she falls in love, with music, and the night, but also with a girl: Tale has a voice like coffee poured into a bright steel mug, and she commands the stage.

It isn’t normal. Isn’t right. Neo knows that she’s supposed to go to school and get a real job and find a nice young boy to settle down with. It’s written everywhere – in childhood games, and playground questions, in the textbooks, in her parents’ faces. But Tale and music are underneath her skin, and try as she might, she can’t stop thinking about them”

LGBTQ Rep + set in South-Africa

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu: “Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with a school administration at her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.”

YAY FOR GIRL POWER!! 

Release by Patrick Ness: “Adam Thorn doesn’t know it yet, but today will change his life.
Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam’s life is falling apart.  At least he has two people to keep him sane: his new boyfriend (he does love Linus, doesn’t he?) and his best friend, Angela.

But all day long, old memories and new heartaches come crashing together, throwing Adam’s life into chaos. The bindings of his world are coming untied one by one; yet in spite of everything he has to let go, he may also find freedom in the release.”

This is the US version. Release was published in the UK on May 4th, 2017. 

LGBTQ Rep 

September, 26th

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Starfish by Akemi Dawn Brown: “Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.

But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave.”

Own voices

Trigger warnings: anxiety, emotional abuse, childhood sexual abuse, suicide ableism

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Are you going to add any of these to your TBR? Which books are you looking forward to in September? Let me know in the comments!

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28 thoughts on “10 YA September Releases to Look Forward to!

    • Confession time: I’ve never read anything by Marie Lu. Like I said, I don’t stray from contemporary all that much but I really like the sound of the blurb. I’ve also read great reviews so I’m going to give it a shot 🙂

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  1. Oh god, I’m pumped for SOOOOO many September releases! Especially WARCROSS because hello favorite author. ❤ ❤ I'm also excited for They Both Die at the End and Moxie — I could've met those authors (plus Marie Lu and others) at a book festival in fall, but unfortunately it's the day I'm leaving for California. *cries times infinity* I'm also really excited for Starfish! I'm getting it as one of my first ARCs (physical too!) so yay for that. 🙂

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    • Oh my gosh, that would’ve been so amazing! I’m sorry you have to miss out on that 😦

      Congrats on getting the ARC for Starfish! That’s really exciting. I’ve heard so many good things about it so I’m excited to read it. Also, that cover is so so pretty. I need that book in my life. 😀 ❤

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  2. Oh yes there are SO MANY good books being released this September, it’s incredible. I really want to read Silvera’s new book even if I am so nervous to read it. I don’t know when I’ll read it, it just seems so…well, emotional ahah. I got lucky enough to read Warcross already and IT WAS SO GOOD, I loved it SO MUCH – I’m glad you’re going to read it, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about that one. Starfish sounds especially great as well, can’t wait to get to that one 🙂

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  3. oh, I think I need to get They Both Die at the End! It sounds so different and cool! Also, Moxie looks fun 😀 that’s the kind of book I need when I want to get out of a reading slump!

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  4. If There’s No Tomorrow sounds really good! I’ve never read any of Armentrout’s books but I’ve heard amazing things about her writing. I have a copy of They Both Die At The End which I’m excited to get to soon! Thanks for the recommendations ☺️

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  5. September is so packed with stupendous releases. Starfish is one I wish I had requested, because all I keep hearing are raves. I am looking forward to reading a bunch of these, and hope I can keep up with the September releases.

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  6. I’m currently reading They Both Die at The End, and I’m enjoying it so much. I’ll definitely be reading Kaleidoscope Song, because it’s set in South Africa and that’s really cool.

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