What YA book to read next, based on your zodiac sign

It’s crucial to get your summer reading just right – so we’ve selected your next YA read based on your zodiac sign. Naturally, our choices are all one thousand percent correct and we will hear no criticism…


What to read if you’re an Aries…

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Aries, you are passionate, competitive and the first to leap into action, so we think you’ll love the tenacity of Hetty, Reese and Byatt as they fight for survival and the truth in Wilder Girls. Our reviewer described it as ‘a smart, well-written, survival thriller that puts female friendship at the centre of the narrative and has the reader terrified as to what will happen next’.


What to read if you’re a Taurus…

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim

Taurus, you are known to be the sensual pleasure-seekers of the zodiac, so you’ll relish the descriptions of restaurant life and dumpling-appreciation in Wai Chim’s The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling. But you’ll also relate to how hardworking, organised, patient and loyal Anna Chiu is, as she navigates the stress of holding her family together and the dizziness of first love.


What to read if you’re a Gemini…

Ghost Bird by Lisa Fuller

Gemini, you sure know how to use your mind, flexing your intellect and intuition to gather as much information as possible. You’ll love Lisa Fuller’s Ghost Bird, which (not coincidentally) features twins. When Laney goes missing, her ‘mirror twin’ (twins who are as different as sun and moon) Stacey goes to extraordinary lengths to find her, drawing on her dreams and the powerful bonds of her community.


What to read if you’re a Cancer…

Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden

Cancer, you are compassionate, highly sensitive, and self protective. You should pick up Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden, and marvel at the emotional depth of this graphic novel. Two women travel by car on a magical, slightly mystical journey; attempting to return a lost cat and on their own roller-coaster journey towards healing.


What to read if you’re a Leo…

Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

Leo, it’s fair to say you don’t mind being in the spotlight. You’re going to adore Black Flamingo, a heartfelt verse novel about finding identity through creativity. Michael is Jamaican-Greek Cypriot and gay, and has struggled to fit in all his life. During his first year at university he doesn’t feel queer enough, Caribbean enough or Greek enough – but when he discovers Drag Society and his performance persona, Black Flamingo, everything starts to make more sense.


What to read if you’re a Virgo…

Making Friends With Alice Dyson by Poppy Nwosu

Virgo, we know you’re conscientious, brainy and a bit of a perfectionist, so you’re going to get along swimmingly with Alice Dyson. Alice’s quiet plans for success in Year 12 are thrown into chaos when Teddy Taualai catapults her into the limelight, courtesy of a viral video. This slow-burn romance requires Alice to drop her preconceptions, allowing friendship, compassion and understanding to flourish, despite other people’s expectations. How very Virgo…


What to read if you’re a Libra…

Angel Mage by Garth Nix

Libra, you’re into harmony, beauty and all things refined and elevated. You’ll feel right at home in the rarefied world of Angel Mage , which presents an alternate seventeenth century where select humans use icons to summon and control angels. Garth Nix has created a lavish fantasy full of wit and style; the use of multiple perspectives and the air of quietly dangerous diplomacy will suit Librans to a T.


What to read if you’re a Scorpio…

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Intense! Secretive! Dangerous! Complex! That’s not just you, Scorpio, it also describes the plot of page-turner, Truly Devious, which contains a cold case, a fresh murder and a dauntless teen detective. A classic closed-room mystery (although in this case, the room is a remote private boarding school campus), you won’t know who to trust among the cast of deceptive characters.


What to read if you’re a Sagittarius…

Tim and Tigon by Tim Cope

Adventurous Sagittarrians, buckle in. We know you can’t be contained, you set your goals high and you value your independence, so you will lap up explorer Tim Cope’s memoir of travelling through Central Asia in the steps of Genghis Khan. Cope travelled 10,000 kilometres from Mongolia to Hungary on horseback, and made a gorgeous canine friend in Tigon along the way.


What to read if you’re a Capricorn…

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Capricorn, you’re determined, disciplined and focussed. Just like Emoni in With the Fire on High, who juggles being a young mother with finishing high school. When an opportunity presents itself to not only enrol in a culinary arts class in her high school, but also to travel abroad to Spain for an immersion program, Emoni has to question how her ambitions to become a professional chef fit in with the rest of her life.


What to read if you’re a Aquarius…

Girl. Boy. Sea. by Chris Vick

Aquarius, you’re a big thinker who can’t help but swim against the tide and rally against injustice. You’ll be absorbed by Girl. Boy. Sea., a truly unique story about a British boy and a Berber girl clinging to survival in the middle of the ocean, with only a small rowboat for shelter. Tense pragmatism blends with magic, and storytelling inspired by Arabian Nights, in this lyrical novel about friendship, compassion, humanity and hope.


What to read if you’re a Pisces…

Permanent Record by Mary H. K. Choi

Pisces, you have great emotional sensitivity and it’s easy for you to get overwhelmed, or flee from reality. You’ll relate to Pablo, who feels stuck in his part-time bodega job and is in denial about his student loans debt, when he meets mega-pop star celebrity Leanna Smart. What follows is a witty and entertaining romance that is tumultuous, romantic, sweet, precarious and conflicted.

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