The Best New YA Novels Coming This Spring
Psst: Adults can read them, too
Young adult books have come a long way since Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi and Stacey McGill formed The Baby-Sitters Club.
Here are eight new YA novels everyone should be reading this spring. Yes, even adults.
“THANKS FOR THE TROUBLE” BY TOMMY WALLACH
THE GIST: Parker Santé hasn’t said a word to anyone in five years. While his classmates are planning to graduate and go to college, Parker skips school and spends his days people-watching at hotels. But when he meets Zelda Toth, a silver-haired girl who says she’s much older than she looks, everything changes.
FOR FANS OF: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
“EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR” BY E.K. JOHNSTON (MARCH 15)
THE GIST: Billed as Veronica Mars meets William Shakespeare (yesssss), E.K. Johnston’s new novel tells the story of Hermione Winters, the captain of her cheerleading team. But when someone slips something in her drink at a party, she makes it her mission to remain the strong star cheerleader and not become a cautionary tale.
FOR FANS OF: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
“WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT” BY APRIL GENEVIEVE TUCHOLKE (MARCH 22)
THE GIST: In Tucholke’s whimsical new mystery, three lives intertwine. Wink, the odd and enigmatic neighbor girl with red, wild hair and freckles; Poppy, the beautiful and manipulative bully; and Midnight, the uncertain boy caught between them. One is a hero, one is a villain and one is a liar--but who?
FOR FANS OF: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
“THE GREAT AMERICAN WHATEVER” BY TIM FEDERLE (MARCH 29)
THE GIST: Sixteen-year-old smart aleck Quinn Roberts knows he’s destined for Hollywood--but since the car accident that changed everything, he hasn’t written a word. When his friend Geoff convinces him to go to a college party, Quinn meets Amir, the guy of his dreams, and delightful, laugh-out-loud adventures ensue.
FOR FANS OF: Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
“THE HATERS” BY JESSE ANDREWS (APRIL 5)
THE GIST: Jazz camp ends up being totally lame for Wes and his best friend, Corey…until they meet Ash, a mysterious girl with an unusual sound. After the most magical jam session ever, Ash decides they need to tour. Before they know it, the trio is heading south in an SUV on the Haters Summer of Hate Tour. Do they have T-shirts? We want a T-shirt.
FOR FANS OF: The Commitments by Roddy Doyle
“SAVING MONTGOMERY SOLE” BY MARIKO TAMAKI (April 19)
THE GIST: Meet your new BFF, Monty Sole. She’s an outcast in her small high school full of jocks, but life is bearable thanks to her best friends Thomas and Naoki. When Monty buys the Eye of Know (a possibly magical crystal amulet) online, they’re determined to figure out what it does--especially because their town’s newest resident is extremely creepy.
FOR FANS OF: This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
“HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR” BY JOHN COREY WHALEY (MAY 10)
THE GIST: Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic and hasn’t left the house in three years. When aspiring psychologist Lisa arrives and tries to “fix” him, she forces herself into Solomon’s life in the hopes that it will give her a shot at getting into a good psychology program in college. (Spoiler alert: Solomon’s not too cool with it.)
FOR FANS OF: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
“YOU KNOW ME WELL” BY DAVID LEVITHAN AND NINA LACOUR (JUNE 7)
THE GIST: What happens when two celebrated YA writers team up to write a book together? Magic, that’s what. Kate and Mark have been sitting next to each other in class for an entire year, yet have never spoken. But when they unexpectedly run into each other miles away from home at Pride Week in San Francisco, they soon know each other better than anyone else.
FOR FANS OF: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli