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It’s almost time to hear the age-old saying, new year, new me. 2022 might bring on more cliches, but it also brings new covers to add to your bookshelves. Picture this: the winter chills filling the air, you curled up inside with an exciting new Young Adult read and a warm cup of joe. A blissful moment. As readers and fans of the YA genre, there is a book for everyone. From fantasy to fairytale, these young adult stories will make you want to stay inside and finish from cover to cover.
One True Loves by Elise Bryant (Jan 4, 2022)
This swoony, cruise ship romance will pull you in and make you fall in love with Lenore Bennett and Alex Lee, two teenagers sailing around Europe with their families. For Lenore, her parents want her to be one step ahead of the white students in her class. Stepping into college with an undeclared major wasn’t good enough, she couldn’t afford to figure it out as the saying goes. So, of course, when she meets Alex with his ten-year plan she finds him annoying. Yet the more time Lenore’s parents spend with Alex, the more she is forced to get to know him, fall for him, and discover that she could be the center of a love story too.
The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder (Jan 11, 2022)
Sleeping beauty and Indiana Jones fill this adventurous fairytale. Pricked by a spindle, Fiona or Fi must find a way to remove this deadly curse from her life. It doesn’t help that the one thing that will save her is also the one thing she doesn’t believe in — love. The curse also happens to come with the ghost of a prince, Briar Rose, who’s stuck in a sleep spell waiting for true love or Fi’s kiss. When Fi needs a partner, she finds from the north a tough warrior girl named Shane. Together the two girls must try and break the century-old curse against Briar Rose while dealing with dark magic, witches, and a love neither one expected.
Love Somebody by Rachel Roasek (Jan 11, 2022)
Love Somebody is a rom-com story about three teenagers falling in love with one another. High school best friends Sam Dickson and Christian Powell tried dating for about six months until they soon realized being friends was their best option. Now Christian has a new crush, Ros Shew, a quiet intellect who prefers to keep to herself. When his first encounter with Ros is a disaster, Christian asks his ex-girlfriend and best friend for help. Sam agrees to help Christian communicate to his smart new love interest and win her over. But the more time Sam gets to know Ros, the more she discovers she is falling for her.
The Red Palace by June Hur (Jan 25, 2022)
Based on a true story in Korea circa 1758, a bloody massacre takes place during court, leaving a young teenage nurse, Hyeon, and a police inspector, Eojin, to clean up the mess. Hyeon, an illegitimate daughter in the capital city, does everything to prove her worth and to become a palace nurse. But when the prime suspect is Hyeon’s closest friend and mentor, she begins her own investigation to clear his name. Along the way, she teams up with Eojin, and they begin an investigation that slowly uncovers another suspect, the Crown Prince. The passion that builds between Hyeon and Eojin continues to grow as they get one step closer to uncovering the truth.
The Temperature of Me and You by Brian Zepka (Jan 25, 2022)
Dylan Highmark never thought he’d find love, let alone a boyfriend that makes his summer everything he dreamed about. Before Dylan met Jordan, he spent his time bored working at the Dairy Queen. His small-town didn’t have many options for boys like him, that is until Jordan. As they grow closer, the two become inseparable, but when Dylan gets sick for about two weeks, he’s wondering if it’s more than the crush that has him flushing. Jordan wants Dylan to keep everything to himself, but Dylan wants answers first. When Jordan reveals secrets that are out of this world, no pun intended, will their love be enough to stand even gravity?
No Filter and Other Lies by Crystal Maldonado (Feb 1, 2022)
A life filled with adventure, friends and beauty is how one on social media would describe Max Monroe’s life. Except if they met Max in person, they would know the truth: none of it is real. Online the 21-year-old has it all. In reality, she’s just a sixteen-year-old named Kat Sanchez. Kat is a meek, sarcastic teen bored in California. Her real life has a bad school year, unrequited love, and all-around bad teenage parties. Keeping up with an online persona has its perks for Kat. Posting photos and interacting with influencers has her on cloud nine. But all the little white lies eventually come crashing down, leaving Kat to face the truth about the world and herself.
Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman by Kristen R. Lee (Feb 1, 2022)
Savannah Howard is ready for college. She spent her entire high school career preparing for the moment she would be accepted. Originally her heart was set on going to an HBCU. But ivy league Wooddale University offered her a full ride, giving her no choice but to accept. But her excitement of going to an ivy school is short-lived by the racism and elitism Savannah encounters once she’s entered the campus halls. When a statue gets vandalized with blackface, Savannah could tell this wasn’t the first incident. Soon she sets off to uncover secrets of the school’s racist history and to stand up for the injustice happening around her.
Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour (Feb 8, 2022)
When two young women both working at a restaurant cross each other’s paths, they immediately connect. The story, told in alternating perspectives, shows Sara Foster as the mysterious bartender trying to escape her past, and Emilie Dubois, as a florist who is in her seventh year and fifth major of school, who is also struggling with her parents and her Creole identity. They like each other instantly, but the pain and issues surrounding each girl’s life pull them apart time after time. But when they finally connect, they learn to rely on one another and grow their love into something that could even stand their past.
The Chandler Legacies by Abdi Nazemian (Feb 15, 2022)
Chandler, an elite boarding school, will bring together five friends in ways they couldn’t imagine. Freddy, Beth, Sarah, Ramon and Amanda find themselves in the same writing group, one that’s covered by many. When their professor encourages them to write their truth — they share secrets, the painful experiences of being LGBTQ, their family betrayals, and so much more that could even shake the foundation of Chandler itself.
Queen of the Tiles by Hanna Alkaf (Apr 19, 2022)
When Najwa Bakri’s best friend, Trina Low, who died during a scrabble tournament, starts sending cryptic messages from her social account, Najwa is more than concerned — she’s freaked. Now her Instagram is sending messages that suggest Trina’s death was more than just an accident, but rather a murder. While everyone else aims to take the title of Queen of Scrabble, Najwa is investigating the mysterious circumstances surrounding her friend’s death. When all signs point to someone at the tournament being involved, Najwa must determine who.