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    Updated on Mar 2, 2020. Posted on Feb 27, 2020

    15 Brand-New Young Adult Novels That Are Just So, So Good

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    1. Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

    Simon & Schuster, Olga Pichkova / Via abigailhingwen.com

    Release date: Jan. 7

    What it's about: 18-year-old Ever Wong leaves her town in Ohio to learn Mandarin in Taiwan over the summer and finds herself in the middle of a group of overachieving students. This includes Rick Woo, a Yale-bound prodigy. But Ever soon learns that the Mandarin program is actually a love boat — essentially a summer-long party where adult supervision is nonexistent and students are free to participate in the city's night life. Without the restriction of her parent's rules, Ever might just push the limits to how far she'll go. This one has gotten a lot of hype this year, but the rumors are true — it's a beautiful story about finding yourself.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.19+, Barnes & Noble for $17.09, or at a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    2. A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison

    Inkyard Press, Jennifer Mancuso

    Release date: Jan. 7

    What it's about: Tyson Trice feels like he doesn't belong after moving to the wealthy town of Pacific Hills. He's recovering from being shot and doesn't care much for anything. Nandy Smith is a golden girl of Pacific Hills, so she isn't exactly thrilled when she hears her family is taking in a troubled teen for the summer. Nandy is so sure her personality will clash with Tyson's — but maybe there's a chance of them getting along? If you love a good enemies-to-lovers trope, run — don't walk — to the nearest bookstore or library near you.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.39+, Barnes & Noble for $17.09, or at a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    3. Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez

    Page Street Books, lasmusasbooks.com

    Release date: Jan. 7

    What it's about: Ximena is set on revenge after Atoc used an ancient relic to take over the land she swore to help protect. Now, when presented with a way to get revenge, Ximena jumps at the chance. However, things get complicated when a vigilante, a princesa, and healer challenge Ximena and she discovers a way to overthrow Atoc without starting a war. But in turn, she must go against her Condesa whom she swore to protect. Ibañez pens a lush, unique fantasy that's unputdownable.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.39+, Barnes & Noble for $17.09, or at a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    4. The Night Country by Melissa Albert

    Flatiron Books

    Release date: Jan. 7

    What it's about: This is the sequel to Melissa Albert’s New York Times bestselling debut, The Hazel Wood. Alice Proserpine escaped the Hinterland and just wants to have a peaceful life in New York City, but something is stalking the Hinterland’s survivors. Get ready to dive headfirst into Albert's immersive world.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.87+, Barnes & Noble for $17.09, or at a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    5. Lucky Caller by Emma Mills

    Henry Holt & Company, goodreads.com

    Release date: Jan. 14

    What it's about: When Nina decides to enroll in a radio broadcasting class her senior year, she doesn't foresee it being so...messy. Her radio team has nothing in common, and she doesn't expect to have to work with her childhood friend, Jamie — someone she'd hoped to avoid. Can everything come together, or will it implode? With a sweet romance and fun characters, Mills' contemporary isn't one to miss.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.38+, Barnes & Noble for $17.99, or at a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    6. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

    Wednesday Books, Traci J Brooks / Via goodreads.com

    Release date: Jan. 21

    What it's about: Pepper is a teen living her life in New York City while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account. Jack knows Pepper because they go to the same school, and his family owns a local deli. When he finds out that Big League Burger has stolen his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, the two unknowingly fall into a viral Twitter war with each other. Lord's quippy dialogue and lovable characters makes this read a truly enjoyable one.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.62+, Barnes & Noble for $16.19, or at a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    Emma Lord is a BuzzFeed employee.

    7. Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

    Balzer + Bray, publishersweekly.com

    Release date: Feb. 4

    What it's about: Jamie Goldberg and Maya Rehman meet during their political canvassing efforts for the upcoming election. As the polls get closer, so do Maya and Jamie. If they can master local activism, they should be able to master cross-cultural romance — right? This is a perfect timely release with two great YA voices.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.02+, Barnes & Noble for $19.99, or at a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    8. The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Via alexadonne.com

    Release date: Feb. 4

    What it's about: 18-year-old Princess Leonie “Leo” Kolburg is heir to a faded European spaceship and hopes to find an eligible bachelor to save her from financial ruin. But what happens when the one that got away returns? Much like watching The Bachelor, you'll find yourself devouring this one in three hours and going, "EXCUSE ME, I WANT MORE."

    Get it from Amazon for $12.79+, Barnes & Noble for $16.19, or at a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    9. The Queen's Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz

    G. P. Putnam's Sons, melissa-delacruz.com

    Release date: Feb. 4

    What it's about: Caledon Holt is the Kingdom of Renovia's deadliest weapon — he is the Queen's one and only assassin. Shadow has been training to join the ranks of the Guild. When an attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they must team up as assassin and apprentice to hunt down a new sinister threat to Renovia. This thrilling fantasy is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.39+, Barnes & Noble for $18.99, or at a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    10. Turtle Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario

    Simon Pulse, Flor Blake

    Release date: Feb. 11

    What it's about: After Rowena's mother died a few years ago, she and her sister Ariana grew apart as they handled their grief differently. But when Ariana disappears in the middle of a snowstorm, Rowena is left to piece together what happened. Told in verse, this story is equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.39+, Barnes & Noble for $13.39, or at a local bookstore through Indiebound here."

    11. Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland

    Balzer + Bray, justinaireland.com

    Release date: Feb. 4

    What it's about: This is the sequel to Dread Nation. Set in 1880s America, Jane McKeene — slayer of the restless dead — hopes to head west to find her mother. But things don't go as planned, leaving Jane to question everything she thought she knew. With impressive world-building and action-packed plot, Ireland knocks this one out of the park.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+, Barnes & Noble for $17.60, or at a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    12. The Life Below by Alexandra Monir

    HarperTeen, Kerem Hanci

    Release date: Feb. 18

    What it's about: This is the sequel to The Final Six. Naomi embarks into space toward Europa and away from a rapidly deteriorating Earth, while Leo stays behind, working with renegade scientist Dr. Greta Wagner. Dr. Wagner confirms there just might be extraterrestrial life on Europa, making it Leo's mission to catch up to Naomi and warn her. This sci-fi adventure is one you won't want to miss.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+, Barnes & Noble for $18.99, or at a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    13. The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

    G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, onetrueportal.com

    Release date: Mar. 3

    What it's about: This is Lu's first historical fiction young adult novel. Set in 18th century Europe, Nannerl Mozart hopes to become an acclaimed composer, but her father has forbidden her to continue her practice once she reaches a marriageable age. When the future of her younger brother Wolfgang begins to look brighter than her own, she finds a magical stranger who has the power to make her dream come true — but at a cost. Lu tells a gorgeous story about what it means to be forgotten.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.39+, Barnes & Noble for $13.39, or at a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    14. Anna K: A Love Story by Jenny Lee

    Flatiron Books, Jackson Berlin

    Release date: Mar. 3

    What it's about: 17-year-old Anna K. sits at the top of Manhattan/Greenwich society with a perfect life. While her friends navigate through their own drama, Anna is seemingly untouched — until she meets Alexia “Count” Vronsky. He's everything Anna isn't: a notorious playboy that smells like trouble. But he can't deny his attraction toward Anna — maybe even something more — and neither can she. But when something happens to shake their relationship, Anna begins to question if she really knows herself at all. This reimagining of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is one you're bound to fall in love with.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.39+, Barnes & Noble for $13.39, or at a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

    15. When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk

    Delacorte Press, ashleywoodfolk.com

    Release date: Mar. 10

    What it's about: Cleo and Layla used to be best friends. Now they're not. Cleo wants to forget Layla exists, but it's not as easy as she thinks, considering she's assigned to be Layla's tutor. But what happens when Cleo's past comes back to haunt them both? Woodfolk pens a raw story about friendships growing apart.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+, Barnes & Noble for $17.99, or at a local bookstore through Indiebound here.

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