Most Anticipated Young Adult Books of 2020

While it’s tricky to distill the hundreds of 2020 YA book releases into one short list, there are several buzzy books that we’re MOST excited about. This list only includes standalones or first-in-series novels; we broke out sequels or later-series books into a separate list. We also included a mix of genres, from fantasy to thriller to contemporary rom-com, so everyone can find something to enjoy!

1. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

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Chain of Gold is the first novel in a new trilogy that stars the Shadowhunters of Edwardian London.

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2. Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim

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Packed with high-stakes adventure, romance, and dueling identities, this gender-swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo is the first novel in an epic YA fantasy duology, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo.

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3. The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu comes a historical YA fantasy about a musical prodigy and the dangerous lengths she’ll go to make history remember her — perfect for fans of Susanna Clarke and The Hazel Wood.

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4. Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzalez

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets Clueless, inspired by Grease.

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5. All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

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This thrilling debut, reminiscent of new fan favorites like One of Us Is Lying and the beloved classics by Agatha Christie, will leave readers guessing until the explosive ending.

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6. Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

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Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.

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7. The Silence of Bones by June Hur

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June Hur’s elegant and haunting debut The Silence of Bones is a bloody tale perfect for fans of Kerri Maniscalco and Renée Ahdieh.

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8. The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

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Expertly capturing the thrill of first love and the self-doubt all teens feel, debut author Phil Stamper is a new talent to watch.

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9. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

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A fresh, irresistible rom-com from debut author Emma Lord about the chances we take, the paths life can lead us on, and how love can be found in the opposite place you expected.

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10. Reverie by Ryan La Sala

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Inception meets The Magicians, except with better wigs and a maniacal drag queen sorceress attempting to unravel the reality of Connecticut (yes, the state) and replace it with something…well something better than Connecticut. Ryan La Sala’s debut fantasy is an #OwnVoices story following Kane Montgomery, a gay teenager piecing his life back together after an attack robs him of his memories. As Kane searches for who he was, he uncovers a war for the creative rights to reality itself, each battle played out in an imagined world turned real: a reverie.

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