21 Of 2022’s Most-Anticipated YA Novels Coming This Summer And Fall (2023)

So many young adult novels are about finding something—whether it’s finding a voice, finding a family or finding a murderer. When author Jennifer Lynn Barnes was writing the final book in her Inheritance Games trilogy (The Final Gambit, which will be released Aug. 30), she knew her protagonist had the chance to inherit a billion dollars, per the opening book’s premise.

But she loved helping Avery Kylie Grambs, her tough but caring lead, discover her chosen family. “I think that I am drawn to writing stories of belonging and found family,” Barnes says. “I begin with someone who starts out in many ways isolated. They don’t have that place and those people yet with whom they feel they belong. I like to give them that. I find their place and their people.”

Of course, Avery also gets a 40,000-square-foot mansion and the four extraordinary Hawthorne brothers, who make life alternately more exhilarating and more frustrating for her throughout the series.

Barnes says not much changed about the plot of Gambit from her planning to her writing. “The easiest part of it was definitely the plot, specifically the puzzle sequence and the way it fits into the overarching mystery,” she says. “I had known so much of what was going to happen for so long that actually getting to write it was an incredible rush. I knew what all the puzzles had to be, and everything that mattered from the previous books. I had an image in my head, and I got everything I’d known for years down on the page.” That included Avery’s choice between her two Hawthorne ying and yangs, Jameson and Grayson.

Barnes will miss writing about all the characters. “One of the dominant emotional feelings is seeing her become one of them in book three. Her character is more and more attached to other people as well. More than any other series, when I was writing interactions between two characters, they felt familiar to me,” she says.

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Author Karen M. McManus also has a highly anticipated book out in August. Nothing More to Tell, also released Aug. 30, follows a high school journalist who returns to the town where she grew up after five years away—and begins digging into a local unsolved murder after landing an internship with a hot true crime show.

McManus, who wrote the hugely popular YA novel One of Us is Lying, says she had always wanted to write a book about a beloved teacher, such as Julian Morrow, the professor in Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, one of McManus’ favorite books. The teacher became the murder victim in Tell. “I love the notion of this beloved teacher, whose students view them as perfect, the ideal mentor, but you peel that back, and it's not entirely true,” she says. “You know, we're all flawed, including our beloved teachers. So that was always in the back of my mind that I would love to somehow explore a teacher relationship like that.”

Fans of McManus’ previous five novels are in for a treat with this one. “At this point, this is my sixth book, so it allowed me to plant easter eggs for all of my other books because they're all potential cases for the show that the main character works for,” McManus says.

Gambit is already on the bestseller list, and McManus’ latest won’t be far behind—Lying, after all, has spent more than 230 weeks on the New York Times NYT YA list. Here are 19 other books (some high profile, some more under the radar) to keep an eye on coming out in the second half of this year.

August

The Feeling of Falling in Love by Mason Deaver

Deaver (I Wish You All the Best) deftly tackles transphobia while weaving in some of the best romance tropes in a story about a wedding and an unexpected date.

The Honeys by Ryan La Sala

Mars, a genderfluid teen, navigates the devastating death of twin sister Caroline by falling in with her gorgeous, and troubled, friend group, the Honeys.

September

Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong

Gong became a sensation by penning bestsellers These Violent Delights and its sequel, Our Violent Ends, while still at UPenn. She returns with Fortune, about spies looking into a murder in 1930s Shanghai.

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The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson

One of the best YA writers of our time, Jackson has a gift for balancing theme and entertainment, on prominent display in Blood, which combines suspense and teen angst to tackle issues like passing and racism.

Secrets So Deep by Ginny Myers Sain

In this mystery, Avril tries to uncover what happened 12 years ago, when her mother died.

October

Scions by Josephine Angelini

The prequel to the popular Starcrossed trilogy finds Daphne, Zeus’s daughter, fighting for her life in New York City in 1993.

The First to Die at the End by Adam Silvera

The hugely anticipated prequel to They Both Die at the End explores another pair who enter the DeathCast and fall into a seemingly doomed love.

I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman

Is there a more in-demand YA author right now than Oseman? Her Heartstopper is a hit on Netflix NFLX , and the highly anticipated next Nick and Charlie book is due in January. In the meantime, she has this novel about a boy band, a young Muslim fan and the band’s trans manager.

A Scatter of Light by Malinda Lo

Lo continues to chronicle queer coming of age tales while also touching on characters from her hit Last Night at the Telegraph Club.

Love from Mecca to Medina by S.K. Ali

Ali's delightful characters Adam and Zayneb return in the sequel to Love From A to Z.

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Everyone Hates Kelsie Miller by Meredith Ireland

An enemies-to-something-more book from Ireland, whom everyone should also follow on Twitter—she brings the same insightful, warm humor to the social site as she does to her books.

November

Reader, I Murdered Him by Betsy Cornwell

As if the title alone wasn’t reason to buy it, the description also sounds good. One of a number of recent YA stories centered on revenge, Reader follows a teenage vigilante who metes out justice against her friends’ ill-intentioned suitors.

Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn

The second book in the Legendborn Cycle, Bloodmarked finds Bree on the run to try to save Nick. Deonn excels at worldbuilding, and her wonderful vision will draw readers in.

Whiteout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, Nicola Yoon

The acclaimed authors of Blackout return for a series of interconnected stories about Black teen love, this time set at Christmastime in surprisingly snowbound Atlanta.

Margot Mertz for the Win by Carrie McCrossen and Ian McWethy

Margot Mertz Takes it Down was one of last year’s most drolly hilarious books, with a serious message beneath the sarcastic barbs. The sequel follows savvy Margot on a new and different cleanup mission.

Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales

From the author of Only Mostly Devastated comes a story about two girls who were cheated on by the same boy. They appear on a reality show, where sparks fly between them.

December

A Million to One by Adiba Jaigirdar

Set on the Titanic, Jaigirdar’s latest follows a young thief who teams with other girls to pull off the ultimate heist.

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Scorched Earth by Danielle L. Jensen

The Dark Shores series wraps up after four books.

Nine Liars by Maureen Johnson

Stevie Bell, true crime aficionado and budding detective with a growing reputation, travels abroad to see boyfriend David (long distance is tough) and, of course, gets caught in a mystery across the Atlantic in this fifth in Johnson’s series.

FAQs

What is the most popular YA novel right now? ›

Bestselling Series
  • The Hunger Games.
  • Twilight.
  • Shadow and Bone.
  • Kingdom of the Wicked.
  • Throne of Glass.
  • Shatter Me.
  • Inheritance Games.
  • Crave.

What is the most popular YA book genre? ›

Some of the most common YA genres include contemporary fiction, fantasy, romance, and dystopian. Hybrid genres are also common in YA.

What is a YA contemporary novel? ›

Modern fiction geared towards teens roughly 13 to 18 years old. Main characters are usually teenagers or younger adults. Young Adult Contemporary is often realistic, but can overlap with fantasy or magic realism.

What are the top 10 fiction books this week? ›

FICTION
  • The Boys from Biloxi by John Grisham. ...
  • The Lost Metal by Brandon Sanderson. ...
  • Fairy Tale by Stephen King. ...
  • Desert Star by Michael Connelly. ...
  • Dreamland by Nicholas Sparks. ...
  • Going Rogue by Janet Evanovich. ...
  • No Plan B by Lee Child; Andrew Child. ...
  • Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus.

What types of books are hot right now? ›

The bestselling book genre is romance and the most profitable fiction book genre.
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The top five bestselling genres of audiobook are:
  • Literature & Fiction.
  • Mystery, Thriller & Suspense.
  • Science Fiction.
  • Fantasy.
  • Romance.
  • Business & Money.
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Who is the most famous YA author? ›

The Best Young Adult Authors: A Non-Definitive List
  • Patrick Ness. Patrick Ness is one of the most imaginative young adult authors on this list. ...
  • Markus Zusack. You're probably already familiar with Australian-born author Markus Zusak. ...
  • Lauren Oliver. ...
  • Maureen Johnson. ...
  • Marie Lu. ...
  • Sandhya Menon. ...
  • Dhonielle Clayton. ...
  • Jenny Han.
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Why do so many adults read YA? ›

Young adult books often remind older readers of their own teenage years, so there's an instant familiarity: every “coming of age” story is relatable in some way, because we've all “come of age” ourselves at one time or another.

How old should a YA protagonist be? ›

As a general rule of thumb, YA protagonists should typically be somewhere between 13 and 19 years old. Young people like to read up, which means they usually prefer protagonists who are a year or two older than them.

Is it OK for adults to read YA? ›

There's Something for Everyone

Even if both the main characters happen to be sixteen. It just isn't. YA contains so many genres within it. Think of every possible genre for adults and I guarantee there'll be a YA genre to match or an equivalent.

What is a good length for a YA novel? ›

For young adult fiction, the word count is once again lower, with the ideal being 55,000 – 80,000 words. Younger still, middle grade fiction (ages 9-12) should come in between 30,000 and 55,000 words. Books for readers aged 5-8 typically sit around 20,000 words.

How much does the average YA novel make? ›

The average income for a published young adult author with an agent was $31,000. The average income for one without was $5,000. Selling a book in that calendar year. The highest earning author said his/her income was 90% advances, 5% royalties, and 5% misc.

What is the #1 sold book of all time? ›

The best-selling book of all time is the Christian Bible.

What is the most read book in 2022? ›

Added to readers' shelves over 818,000 times, the most popular book of the year so far among Goodreads reviewers is "Reminders of Him" by Colleen Hoover.

Which book genre is the most popular in 2022? ›

Romance continues to dominate and is still the most profitable fiction genre worldwide. Crime/ Mystery comes in second place, with religious and Inspirational titles leading the way in most popular non-fiction.

What book genre is popular now 2022? ›

Thrillers

Thrillers are a perpetually popular genre that continue to hit the bestseller lists and continue to be made into films and shows.

How old should you be to read YA? ›

Young adult fiction (also referred to as “YA fiction” for short) describes works written for readers between the ages 12 and 18, which can emerge from any fiction genre but will always share certain characteristics specific to the young adult reading category.

Who is the richest YA author? ›

1 Nora Roberts ($390 Million)

She has since compiled a wealth of $390 million which is why she is at the top of our list with the highest net worth.

Who is the biggest Booktuber in the world? ›

  1. Jesse the Reader. With nearly 400,000 subscribers, Jesse George of Jesse the Reader is among the most popular Booktubers today. ...
  2. Ariel Bissett. ...
  3. withcindy. ...
  4. PeruseProject. ...
  5. polandbananasBOOKS. ...
  6. The Artisan Geek. ...
  7. Bowties & Books. ...
  8. NayaReadsAndSmiles.

What happens when a person reads too much? ›

However exaggerated (or ridiculous) this stereotype is, reading is indeed associated with eye strain and comes at the expense of exercise and other physical activities. Frequently related are poor diets and digestive problems, an unwelcome weight gain or loss, and generalized exhaustion.

At what age do people read the most? ›

The survey results showed that adults within this age category were more likely than older respondents to have read a book within the last twelve months.
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Characteristic20192021
65+68%68%
50-6467%72%
30-4972%77%
18-2981%83%
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What happens to a person who reads a lot? ›

They have increased memory

Readers understand just how powerful the brain really is. It can hold almost an unlimited capacity of information. The more you read and learn, the easier it becomes to retain information.

Why do adults write YA? ›

There's just something about adolescence — with all its incredible triumphs and heartbreaking failures — that makes it the perfect backdrop for powerful storytelling. That's why, if you're hoping to create something that will stay with readers forever, writing YA is a great way to do it.

How long is the average chapter in a YA novel? ›

For instance, an average YA novel is between 55,000 and 80,000 words long. Most experts agree that 3,000-5,000 words per chapter is a good guideline to follow.

Who is the youngest Final Fantasy protagonist? ›

5/12 Zidane Tribal (Final Fantasy IX)

Not only is Zidane one of the series' youngest main protagonists, but he is also the only one that has a tail; a telltale trait of the Genome race.

What percentage of adults Cannot read? ›

Nationwide, on average, 79% of U.S. adults are literate in 2022. 21% of adults in the US are illiterate in 2022. 54% of adults have a literacy below 6th grade level. Low levels of literacy costs the US up to 2.2 trillion per year.

Do men read YA? ›

Overall, 60.5 percent of the young adult books sold were purchased by women, and 39.5 percent were bought by men. That gender disparity mirrors Pew research from January showing that men read fewer books of any genre — an average of four a year, as compared to six for women.

What's the difference between YA and Na? ›

The other main differences are characters' ages and the settings. YA does not usually include main characters over age 18 or in college, but these characters are featured in new adult books. New adult can best be described as the age category after young adult.

What is the longest YA book series? ›

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: 2,256 pages. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken: 2,128 pages. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl: 2,067 pages. The Tomorrow Series by John Marsden: 2,024 pages.

How much do YA authors make per book? ›

Publishers typically pay a $5,000 to $10,000 advance to good first-time authors. This means they would need to sell around 1,000 copies of a book that costs $20 per copy to break even after printing and distribution costs. Following that, the author will receive royalties, typically about 10%.

What font size are most YA books? ›

For most books, a font size between 10 and 12 is generally used for fiction and non-fiction printed books. Basic recommendations for font selection: Fiction, memoirs, and (auto)biographies: A classic serif font that is easy to read is the safest choice.

How many pages is a 80 000 word novel? ›

320 pages = 80,000 words.

How many books sold is considered successful? ›

Want to hit top 10? You'll need to sell roughly 300 for print, or 2,000+ copies for combined formats. Those numbers aren't exactly set in stone, but they're a pretty close approximation. To get onto Amazon's Bestseller Top 100 radar across all titles you're usually looking at about 1,000 sales of your book.

What makes a successful YA novel? ›

Your characters should be children. In terms of ages, they should be a few years older than your intended audience. The second thing is age-appropriate content. In these really successful novels, you'll see that the children are front and center in the book.

Who is the best YA author? ›

We rounded up 15 authors who have published multiple books, series, etc., and whose books you can binge read for completely different, but equally amazing experiences!
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Authors You Need to Binge Read
  • Kiersten White. ...
  • Ryan Graudin. ...
  • Patrick Ness. ...
  • Kasie West. ...
  • Courtney Stevens. ...
  • Mindy McGinnis. ...
  • Maggie Stiefvater. ...
  • Lauren Oliver.

What is Colleen Hoover's best-selling book? ›

It Ends With Us

It Ends With Us is the absolute best of Colleen Hoover books, achieving #1 New York Times bestseller status even YEARS after its publication and over ONE BILLION tags on TikTok. Likewise, over a million readers have reviewed it on GoodReads.

What is the biggest selling novel of all time? ›

25 Best-Selling Books of All-Time
  • #1 – Don Quixote (500 million copies sold) ...
  • #2 – A Tale of Two Cities (200 million copies sold) ...
  • #3 – The Lord of the Rings (150 million copies sold) ...
  • #4 – The Little Prince (142 million copies sold) ...
  • #5 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (107 million copies sold)

Can you swear in YA novels? ›

When it comes to writing for Young Adults, swearing is allowed, so long as the themes of your novel demand it and you're writing for the more mature YA audience (that is, one likely to be making its own book selections).

Who is the number one New York Times best selling author? ›

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Colleen Hoover | Simon & Schuster.

What is the most read book ever? ›

The most read book in the world is the Bible. Writer James Chapman created a list of the most read books in the world based on the number of copies each book sold over the last 50 years. He found that the Bible far outsold any other book, with a whopping 3.9 billion copies sold over the last 50 years.

What is the most read novel of all time? ›

The Holy Bible is the most read book in the world. In the past 50 years, the Bible has sold over 3.9 billion copies. It is the most recognizable and famous book that has ever been published.

Which is the No 1 book in the world? ›

Top 100 best selling books of all time
RankTitleAuthor
1Da Vinci Code,TheBrown, Dan
2Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsRowling, J.K.
3Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneRowling, J.K.
4Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixRowling, J.K.
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