2017 YA releases I can’t wait to read (part 2)

I wrote a post a while ago about some of the 2017 YA releases that I’m excited to read. Since then I’ve come across several more – my bank account is not so excited for me to read them, but it’ll have to deal. Anyway, here’s part two!


The Library of Fates
– Aditi Khorana

I loved Khorana’s 2016 debut, Mirror in the Sky, so I’m very excited she has a second novel coming out this year – a fantasy based on Indian folklore, in which a princess and a slave go on a quest to find the Library of All Things and change their fates. Out 18 July.

Noah Can’t Even – Simon James Green
This is the first novel from the Undiscovered Voices 2016 anthology to be published, about a geeky teen boy whose plans to become popular when his best friend Harry kisses him at a party. The first chapter is hilarious, so I’m very pleased not to have to wait too long to read the rest! Out 4 May.

When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon
A romantic comedy about two American Indian teenagers whose parents have arranged for them to marry and who spend the summer at a camp for aspiring web developers, told from their alternating POVs. Judging by the reviews, it’s a lot of fun (and has a very cute cover, above right). Out 30 May.

Who Runs the World – Virginia Bergin
SO KEEN for this one (and I love the title, too). It’s set in a matriarchal society and is about 14-year-old River, who thinks men are extinct until she meets a boy called Mason. Out 1 June.

You Don’t Know Me But I Know You – Rebecca Barrow
An intriguing debut about a 17-year-old adopted girl who, after finding out she’s pregnant, finally opens a letter from her birth mother and learns about her story. Out 29 August.

We Are Okay – Nina LaCour
Nina LaCour has become one of my go-to authors. Her latest novel is about Marin, who leaves home for college in New York with only her phone, her wallet and a picture of her mother, and is now expecting a visit from her best friend. Out 14 February.

See You in the Cosmos – Jack Cheng
This is actually a middle grade book, but I thought I’d chuck it in here as it sounds like a lot of fun: a story of a space-obsessed 11-year-old and his dog on a journey across America. Out 28 February.

Indigo Donut – Patrice Lawrence
Orangeboy was without a doubt one of the best UKYA titles from last year and Indigo Donut sounds like it’ll be just as good: a love story about Bailey, a mixed race boy from Hackney, and Indigo, who grew up in care after finding her mum’s dead body as a toddler and has just moved to London. Out 13 July.

The Gauntlet – Karuna Riazi
This is also a MG, set in New York City and described on GoodReads as “a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair”. I don’t need to know anything more than that. Out 28 March.

Release – Patrick Ness
I’d read a washing machine manual if Patrick Ness wrote it, such a fan I am. However, this sounds much more interesting: a day-in-the-life story about a gay 17-year-old and his preacher father, inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever. Out 4 May.

Starfish – Akemi Dawn Bowman
This begins with a half-Japanese teen who fails to get into art school away from home and has to stay in her small town, which I realised isn’t something you see a lot of in YA: characters quite often don’t know what they want to do, but I can’t think of many instances in which their academic plans fall through and they have to adapt. It’s also about the character dealing with social anxiety, micro-aggressions and connecting with part of her culture, all of which sounds really interesting. Out in autumn.

Out of Heart – Irfran Master
When Adam’s grandfather dies, his heart is donated to William, who has no family of his own. He then meets Adam and his family: his hard-working mum and his sister, who no longer speaks. Out 20 April.

A Change is Coming – from Stripes Publishing
After their awesome anthology in aid of Crisis, Stripes are releasing a much-needed collection of stories and poetry from UK BAME authors including Nikesh Shukla, Lemn Sissay, Patrice Lawrence and Catherine Johnson, plus several unpublished writers. (You can find details about submissions here.) It’s great to see a publisher do something to address the lack of POC voices in UKYA, and judging by the authors involved it’s going to be brilliant. Out in August.

(Note! Dates are according to GoodReads and might differ between the US, UK and other countries.)


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