I’m much looking forward to 2017. Partly because… well, 2016 hasn’t exactly been a barrel of biscuits and rainbows, but partly because there are so many exciting books on the horizon! Here are some of the YA releases that will be heading straight to the top of my TBR pile when they come out.
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
Pretty sure this is top of almost every YA fan’s must-read list for next year! Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, it focuses on a girl whose best friend is killed by a police officer and becomes national news. Out 6 April.
The Jungle – Pooja Puri
I think this could be an important one if done well – a story about an unaccompanied refugee boy living in the now-dismantled “Jungle” in Calais. Out 16 March.
Ink – Alice Broadway
This has such a great premise: a world where your achievements and the important moments on your life are tattooed on your skin for all to see. Alice and I did Keris Stainton’s Writing YA course together a few years ago. I got to read an early extract of Ink back then and it was incredible – I’m so excited to read the final version! Out 2 February.
Girlhood – Cat Clarke
I love Cat Clarke’s books and am particularly excited for this one: as she describes it, it’s “queer Malory Towers with a dash of Single White Female“. I haven’t actually seen Single White Female, but you had me at ‘queer Malory Towers’ to be honest. Out 4 May.
If Birds Fly Back – Carlie Sorosiak
This debut sounds really intriguing – a boy and girl brought together by their obsession with a novelist and filmmaker who has just reappeared after being missing for 3 years. Out 27 June.
History is All You Left Me – Adam Silvera
I’m currently reading Silvera’s More Happy than Not and am already excited for his second novel, about a boy with OCD whose ex-boyfriend is killed in an accident, and befriends his new boyfriend as a way of holding onto him. Out 17 February.
It’s Not Like It’s a Secret – Misa Suguira
We need more LGBTQ+ YA with POC leads, and this one sounds lovely – a romance between two girls, one of whom has just moved to California and whose father is having an affair. Out 9 May.
Dear Martin – Nic Stone
There’s something I really like about novels written in the form of letters to real people, such as Ava Dellaira’s Love Letters to the Dead. Told through letters addressed to Martin Luther King, Dear Martin features a 17-year-old boy, set for an Ivy League college, who is arrested after an incident involving his best friend. Out 17 October.
Margot & Me – Juno Dawson
This sounds quite different from Juno’s other books (which I’ve also really enjoyed) and I’m so intrigued to read it – a dual narrative split between Fliss and her grandmother Margot, based on her teenage diaries from the 1940s. Out 26 January.
A Shiver of Snow & Sky – Lisa Lueddecke
This sounds gorgeous and totally unique – set on the frozen island of Skane, where the sky speaks through its different colours, it tells the story of 17-year-old Ósa, who must find out what it means when the night sky turns red. Out in October.
The Fallen Children – David Owen
After a mysterious ‘Nightout’, in which everyone in Midwich Towers falls unconscious, 4 girls discover they’re pregnant – and the babies are growing at an alarming rate. I also love that the cover is going to be available in 360 colours, such a cool idea! Out 4 May.
Little & Lion – Brandy Colbert
I really like the title of this one, and the premise sounds interesting – a girl who falls for a girl that her brother, who has bipolar disorder, is also in love with. Out 8 August.
The State of Grace – Rachael Lucas
The first YA novel from Rachael Lucas, this features a 15-year-old girl with Asperger’s – a under-represented perspective in YA, and in fiction in general – who falls in with the popular crowd at school. Out 6 April.
American Street – Ibi Zoboi
After they leave Haiti for Detroit, Fabiola’s mum is detained by US immigration and has to leave her daughter to deal with her new life, school and American cousins by herself. It’s described as “lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture”, which sounds pretty perfect. Out 14 February.