Looking Forward To 2020 – My Most Anticipated Young Adult Reads

It’s another day looking deeper into 2020 here on SWB! Today we’re moving onto young adult reads I couldn’t find covers for all of the releases yet but I’ve included those I could. Titles link to Goodreads or Waterstones for more information if any of them take your fancy! Release dates are correct to the best of my knowledge currently but are subject to change, one of the books I was looking forward to already seems to have slipped to 2021!

The books on my list come from scouring publishers catalogues and searching Goodreads for authors who have released books I enjoyed in 2019. Not all publishers have made catalogues available to the general public on their website, and for those that have they’re mainly focused on the first half of the year. I’m quite sure over the course of the year more books will catch my eye and I’ll feature them in monthly posts!

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer – Release date: 7th January 2020

Admittedly I’ve still to read the first one but I’ve only heard good things so I’m sure this will be wonderful once I get to it!


One Of Us Is Next by Karen McManus – Release date: 9th January 2020

I adored One Of Us Is Lying but I must confess I found Two Can Keep A Secret a bit of a let down… I’m hoping that this follow up to her debut novel is back to her best


Foul Is Fair by Hannah Capin – Release date: 16th January 2020

This one sounds really interesting. It’s potentially a difficult topic to write about, as such I think it’s either going to be amazing or terrible, I’m not sure there’s any inbetween.


Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed – Release date: 4th February 2020

On election day here in the UK Simon & Schuster ran a giveaway and I was lucky enough to win a copy. When I was younger I adored sitting down to watch The West Wing so this political contemporary novel sounds right up my street


The Pieces Of Ourselves by Maggie Harcourt – Release date: 6th February 2020

I’ve read two of Maggie’s three releases so far and absolutely adored them both. I read the Usborne sampler chapter after my dear friend picked it up for me at YALC and was hooked! I can’t wait to get my hands on this!


We Used To Be Friends by Amy Spalding – Release date: 10th February 2020

This one has a really interesting sounding concept so I’m intrigued to see how it works in practice. I think most people have some experience of falling out with a close childhood friend, whether it’s a major break up or just drifting apart so I think this has the chance to connect with so many people! I have high hopes!


Ink In The Blood by Kim Smejkal – Release date: 1st March 2020

I’ve spent many years telling myself I don’t like fantasy but YA fantasy just keeps drawing me in. This one is supposed to be dark so I’m looking forward to it!


Havenfall by Sara Holland – Release date: 3rd March 2020

After the Everless duology I think I will read anyway Sara Holland sends my way. This is another I’ve read the sampler for and it was an amazing start. This one is already preordered!


The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven – Release date: 5th March 2020

Another great sampler! Seriously everyone should have a friend they can send to YALC to pick up samplers! This was just as hilarious as I’ve come to expect from Laura and I’m really looking forward to it.


Hold Back The Tide by Melinda Salisbury – Release date: 5th March 2020

I’d never be forgiven if I didn’t include this one on my list! But seriously dark sounding celtic goodness how was this not making my list?


Unscripted by Nicole Kronzer – Release date: 21st April 2020

This book looks at toxic masculinity in the writers room. Another topical subject I’m intrigued to see how it’s dealt with


Eve Of Man 2 by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher – Release date: 30th April 2020

I can’t find an actual title for this one, however it looks like the German cover is on Goodreads and I think it translates to The Rebel. I’m intrigued to see what’s next for this trilogy


Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson – Release date: 30th April 2020

A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder was one of my favourite reads of 2019. An incredible debut, this follow up has a lot to live up to but I’m sure Holly will manage it!


Dance Like No One’s Watching by Vanessa Jones – Release date: 30th April 2020

I liked the original far more than I was expecting to. The blurb for this one sounds tragic so I’m intrigued to see how it reads! I am looking forward to heading back to Dukes though!


Camp by L. C. Rosen – Release date: 28th May 2020

Jack of Hearts (And Other Parts) was another of my 2019 favourites so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into another by this author


The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna – Release date: 9th July 2020

Another I discovered in the Usborne sampler. This has an incredible concept and I’m ready to get stuck in!

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Have any of these books caught your eye? Are there any MG books on your lists I should be keeping an eye out for? Let me know in the comments!

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