The summer is almost over, and to confuse myself from this deeply depressing fact, I will be losing myself in a good book and living vicariously through its personas. I already hit you guys with my summer interpret listing, so now it’s time for a back to school reading list. These are the best works you need to read before Labor Day. Okay, I know that’s kind of a tall order unless you’re a speeding reader, so stock up on these for fall.

‘The Cheerleaders ‘ by Kara Thomas

I affection Kara Thomas’ adult thriller, The Darkest Recess, so I was expecting a lot from her YA thriller, Cheerleaders. It did not disappoint. Cheerleaders is about a small-ish municipality in which five cheerleaders and acquaintances all end up dead within the span of a few months. Two expire in a gondola gate-crash. Two are assassinated. One commits suicide. Or did she? One of the cheerleaders’ younger sisters works to unravel the whodunit surrounding these extinctions that have harassed her town and her family.

‘Mr. Nice Guy ‘ by Jennifer Miller and Jason Feifer

If you read my summer learn schedule, you’d know I’m not really a big tale novel party but I desired Mr. Nice Guy . The book is about Lucas Callahan, a neat Southern gentleman from North Carolina, who moves to New York to pursue his dream of working at Empire periodical. There he encounters Carmen Kelly, Empire’s notorious copulation columnist … and has sex with her. Only, he doesn’t realize it’s her until she writes a not-so-favorable tower about his act, motivating Lucas to start a column of his own. It’s fun, it’s cute, and holy sh* t it is so refreshing to read a book about the publishing industry that ACTUALLY gets it totally right for once. (* Glares at The Bold Type which I know is not a journal, but still *).

‘Sadie ‘ by Courtney Summers

Sadie is one of “the worlds largest” expected YA thrillers of the year, and for damn good reason. Sadie follows a girl who goes missing following her sister’s slaughter. But here’s the very best character: it alternates between Sadie’s first-person narrative and the transcripts of a podcast that’s working to find Sadie. If you’ve ever pleased Serial was a journal, this is the next best thing–maybe even better.

‘When’s Happy Hour ?’ by The Betches

F* cking duhhhh we’re putting our work on here. When’s Happy Hour? is the third Betches book, and as you may have suspected, it’s going to be about profession admonition. From crafting a resume to deliberating fixing up with the role hottie, we’re extending it all. Of course, with heavy quantities of our signature snark. It doesn’t come out until October 23, so before you@ me in the comments, you should know this thing called preorder exists.

‘The Dinner List ‘ by Rebecca Serle

You just knowing that quintessential icebreaker: if you could have dinner with five people, alive or dead, who would you pick? That’s the central pride to The Dinner List . Protagonist Sabrina invites her ex-boyfriend, estranged parent, beloved prof, best friend in the world, and oh yeah, Audrey Hepburn, to dinner. The solution is a recreation weaving through time that likewise strokes profoundly on the many different types of love we feel for others.

‘Neverworld Wake ‘ by Marisha Pessl

I know this list is kind of heavy on the Young Adult thrillers, but you’re just going to have to deal. Young adults are the only ones actually going back to school right now, anyway. And in any case, this one is so good that you’re just going to have to read it. In this novel that combines riddle with the paranormal, five acquaintances end up stuck in the “neverworld wake, ” the place in between life and death, where they prevent reliving the same day over and over until they can reach a unanimous vote on which one of them should live. Dun dun dunnnnn.

‘Where The Crawdads Sing ‘ by Delia Owens

We’re moving out of the Young Adult genre into a work that is decidedly adult. I adored this work. Full stop. The writing was gorgeous–almost like prose style. I still think about some of the imagery Delia Owens used. The story was equally interesting. Set in a North Carolina town, it follows Kya, the town’s “marsh girl” who’s developed herself in poverty in the swamps. Then, a foremost young man in the cities is assassinated, and there are many turns as the officers try to nail down a doubt. That’s all I’m gonna say.

‘The Bucket List ‘ by Georgia Clark

Getting a little meta with the titles over here, but I promise it’s not on purpose. The Bucket List is about 25 -year-old New York transplant Lacey Whitman, who learns that she has the BRC-A1 mutation. For those of you uninformed, it’s what Angelina Jolie had that resulted her to get a preventative double mastectomy. Lacey decides to do the same happening, but before she gets rid of her boobs, she makes a tit container inventory and tries to cross off everything. It’s sexy, it’s enjoyable, it’s flirty — The Bucket List is overall a breezy speak with a little bit more nerve than your typical beach read.

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