Great YA Novels This Month

january booksTime to spend your gift cards, and hopefully you scored a bookish credit or two, because January is full of reads to savor. Here are four we're particularly excited to dive into on cold January days: The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds (out 1/6). Matt, 17, has worn a black suit every day since his mom died, but only because he works at a local funeral home to help pay the bills. Not because he's sad or anything. He laments his hard life until he meets Lovey, who's had a way rougher time than he has, but who never cries -- she's infinitely tough. Intrigued yet? Yeah, we are too.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (out 1/6). Theodore and Violet meet on the ledge of their school's bell tower, where they've each gone to contemplate ending their lives. As they become unlikely friends, they keep finding reasons to stay among the living. This is one relationship we want to experience.

We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg (out 1/27). In this sequel to The Lonely Hearts Club, Eulberg returns to the world of Penny Lane Bloom, who still believes that boyfriends are certainly not the end-all-be-all... but now she's got one. Expect all the laughs and heart that Eulberg delivers with each novel. In other words: This one will be super fun.

I Was Here by Gayle Forman (out 1/27). When has Forman not given us a moving, stirring story full of the best kinds of achy truths? I'm halfway into this one, about a girl dealing with her best friend's death, and I can assure you: The author delivers again.