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5 YA Books to Read after Finals

December 8, 2016
Alice Min
Riveted Editorial Board
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12 days 8 hours and 42 minutes, that’s the exact amount of time I have until I AM FREE. I’m a swamped college student running on high doses of sugar in my tea (I don’t drink coffee because it’s bitter and I’m actually a child) and low doses of sleep because it’s finals time. Therefore, I’m really looking forward to winter break in part because I’ll get to hibernate but also because I’ll finally have the time to read all of the books that I didn’t get to read because my professors assign 500 pages of reading a week.

My fellow finals takers, the finish line is nearing and so many glorious books are waiting for us. In the name of procrastinating on homework and sharing my love of books, here is my list of YA books that I can’t wait to read after finals! Reading these books will be my reward to myself for working so hard, and they’re what’s getting me through this difficult time. It can work for you too!

In addition to these books, don’t forget the 12 books from the 12 Days of Reading that will be available to read for FREE on Riveted for the month of December (I’ve just already read them all!)

Are there any books that should be added to this list? What’s on your list? Comment Below!

All American Boysby Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

In an unforgettable new novel from award-winning authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.

The Way I Used to Beby Amber Smith

Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universeby Benjamin Alire Saenz

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

Holding Up the Universeby Jennifer Niven

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER.

The Sun is Also a Starby Nicole Yoon

The dazzling new novel from Nicola Yoon, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything, will have you falling in love with Natasha and Daniel as they fall in love with each other!

One Response to 5 YA Books to Read after Finals


  1. Stella Maria says:

    Holding up the Universe and The Sun is Also a Star is also on my list to read after finals – 12 days and 4 hours to be exact :)

    Good luck!

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