Most Anticipated YA Releases of 2017

I am slightly overwhelmed by the amount of exciting YA books set for release in the first few months of 2017. Here are a few of my top picks:

dawsonMargot & Me – Juno Dawson
UK release date: 26 January
Publisher: Hot Key Books

Margot & Me is a story of two halves, tied together by family. One half is an LGBT romance set in the 1940s at the height of the Blitz, the other is a story of grief set in the modern day. Juno is describing it as ‘more epic’ than anything else she’s put her hand to and given how much I adored All of the Above – a book guilty of making me cry on public transport – I have high hopes!

 

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Hold Back the Stars – Katie Khan
UK release date: 26 January
Publisher: Doubleday

Released on the same day as Margot and Me is a novel from debut author Katie Khan. Despite some fantastic endorsements from the likes of Matt Haig and Emma Jane Unsworth, there is actually very little information available on Hold Back the Stars, but this love story with sci fi elements certainly has me intrigued. It seems like Doubleday are pushing it as a YA/adult crossover, so it could be a good pick for anyone who only reads the occasional YA title.

 

Williamson.jpgAll About Mia – Lisa Williamson
UK release date: 2 February
Publisher: David Fickling Books

Lisa’s debut novel, The Art of Being Normal, proved a fantastic choice for my work book club last year. All About Mia tells the story of three sisters, focusing on Mia, the middle sibling who is neither a straight-A student nor a sporting superstar in the making, but feels that everything really should be all about her.

 

Rivera.jpgThe Education of Margot Sanchez – Lilliam Rivera
UK release date: 21 February
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The Education of Margot Sanchez is described as ‘Pretty in Pink comes to South Bronx’. It’s a classic coming-of-age story about privilege, responsibility and family and I have heard comparisons made to Judy Blume – it doesn’t get much better than that!

 

thomasThe Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
UK release date: 6 April
Publisher: Walker Books

Even with four months to go until publication, Twitter is abuzz with praise for this book. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, it tells the story of sixteen-year-old Starr, who witnesses the fatal shooting of her best friend by a police officer. It comes highly recommended by John Green and the film rights have already been sold.

 

Albertalli.jpgThe Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli
UK release date: 11 April
Publisher: Penguin

I loved Becky Albertalli’s debut, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Her second novel is all about unrequited love and begins with what is quite possibly one of the greatest opening sentences of all time: “I’m on the toilet at the 9:30 Club, and I’m wondering how mermaids pee.”

 

Pratt.jpgTruth or Dare – Non Pratt
UK release date: 1 June
Publisher: Walker Books

June may still feel like a distant dream but I just had to include Truth or Dare in this list. It’s a dual narrative story about two daredevils and it’s almost certainly going to be fantastic because it’s Non!

 
So there we have it! Will you be picking up any of these books? Which other 2017 releases are you excited about? Let me know in the comments below.

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3 thoughts on “Most Anticipated YA Releases of 2017

  1. I can’t wait for some of these, notably The Hate You Give. Have you read/heard of The One Memory of Flora Banks, released earlier this month? It’s incredible 🙂

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