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Treat Yourself: 5 YA Book / Halloween Candy Pairings to Sweeten Your Holiday

Halloween is upon us, and even if you’re too old to go trick or treating today, we exist in a world where candy will be plentiful for at least a few weeks. It’s hard to turn around in late October without stumbling upon a mini Snickers bar or a pouch of Skittles—and I’m not complaining. Bring it on, world! My dentist will thank you. I’m sure he needs a new yacht.

But what YA novel goes best with the Halloween candy you’re sure to eat this week?

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If you’re eating Swedish fish, you should read How to Breathe Underwater by Vicky Skinner

Ah, Swedish fish. If you enjoy eating delicious wax, and I do, this is the candy for you. These are best enjoyed with Vicky Skinner’s debut about a competitive swimmer who is a fish out of water in a new school.

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If you’re eating Sour Patch Kids, you should read Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

You like a candy that bites back—the kind that stick with you after it’s gone. You should be reading Moxie, which has a fierce protagonist whose sweetness has an edge, just like your favorite edible sour toddler.


If you’re eating M&Ms, you should read Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock

Is there a candy more classic and beloved than M&Ms? Is there a YA trope more classic and beloved then friends-to-lovers? These timeless treats are the perfect pairing.

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If you’re eating a Kit Kat, you should read What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

I love a value, so two candy bars for the price of one is my jam. And you get two POVs for the price of one in this new delightful queer YA romance novel. Perfection.


If you’re eating a Milky Way, you should read Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener

I mean. Space food + space book. Need we say more?

What YA novel goes best with your favorite Halloween candy? Tell us in the comments below!

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