young guns

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If you’ve shunned the YA genre be­fore, th­ese three new books may just change your mind.

If you were born be­fore 1999, you’re likely not the in­tended au­di­ence of some of this month’s most-an­tic­i­pated new book re­leases, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be your next guilty pleasure – YA (“young adult” for the unini­ti­ated) is no longer just for those in the un­der-18 bracket. With Cara Delev­ingne dip­ping a toe into the genre with her de­but novel and YA mae­stro John Green’s lat­est guar­an­teed hit about to land on shelves, get ready to trade your copy of 1984 for one of th­ese new reads Teen spirit

While YA fiction might at first seem like an un­likely fit for our cover star Cara Delev­ingne’s foray into the lit­er­ary world, it be­comes less so when you re­mem­ber she starred in the film adap­ta­tion of John Green’s Pa­per Towns. And de­spite be­ing well into her twen­ties, her en­thu­si­asm for what’s in her book’s pages is gen­uine. “I love th­ese char­ac­ters so much,” she de­clared on In­sta­gram when an­nounc­ing the novel. “I love what they stand for, what this story rep­re­sents... I want us to talk about this time in life, self-dis­cov­ery, friend­ship, pain, tri­umph!” But that’s not to say the model sugar-coats the teenage ex­pe­ri­ence of her char­ac­ters – four friends and band­mates whose lives are de­railed when one dies shortly after be­ing found in the Thames – which makes for an all the more en­joy­able read. (See our full story on Delev­ingne on p66.) Mir­ror, Mir­ror ($24.99, Ha­chette Aus­tralia) is out Oc­to­ber 3

Writ­ten in the stars

Tur­tles All The Way Down is the lat­est book from John Green, the god­fa­ther of YA fiction (who was pre­vi­ously named one of

Time’s 100 Most In­flu­en­tial Peo­ple, for any­one doubt­ing the reach of the genre). It’s been nearly six years since his last hit The Fault In Our

Stars, which has sold 23 mil­lion copies world­wide (to put that into per­spec­tive, 27 mil­lion copies of the

Harry Pot­ter books have been sold in the UK) and had us cry­ing along to the film adap­ta­tion star­ring Shai­lene Wood­ley and Laura Dern. With all the hall­marks of Green’s al­ready-beloved style, in­clud­ing a lov­able pro­tag­o­nist-cum-un­likely hero named Aza, a quirky plot in which she sleuthily in­ves­ti­gates the dis­ap­pear­ance of a bil­lion­aire and a touch­ing take on her strug­gles with ob­ses­sive-com­pul­sive dis­or­der,

Tur­tles could well fol­low suit. Tur­tles All The Way Down ($27.99, Pen­guin Ran­dom House) is out Oc­to­ber 10

Gen­uine thriller

If you de­voured 2014’s run­away hit We Were Liars, pre­pare to race through Amer­i­can au­thor E Lock­hart’s lat­est tale, Gen­uine Fraud. It’s a mod­ern-day The

Tal­ented Mr Ri­p­ley, with the chap­ters ap­pear­ing in re­verse or­der to tell the story of two seem­ingly po­lar-op­po­site young women whose lives be­come en­tan­gled in each other’s – the cat­a­lyst of which ul­ti­mately leads to the sui­cide of one and sends the other on the run. The real in­trigue is in dis­cov­er­ing how it all went so wrong. q Gen­uine Fraud ($19.99, Allen & Un­win) is out now

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