Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Out now. I am very much into young adult contemporary fiction lately, especially approaching the warmer days. Its companion novel, Just One Year, is published in October. ‘When sheltered American good girl Allyson first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left.’
The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan
Out now. I saw The Tragedy Paper being compared to John Green, which instantly made me curious. ‘Tim Macbeth is a 17-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School… He finds himself falling for the quintessential “it” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy’. Check out the book trailer here.
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Out now. Between Shades of Gray is easily one of my absolute favourite novels. Will Out of the Easy live up to my expectations? ‘Set against the vivid backdrop of 1950s New Orleans… this novel has something for everyone: love, mystery, murder, blackmail and warmth.’
Awakening by Karen Sandler
Published April. I haven’t been reading as many young adult science fiction/dystopian novels as I used to, but I cannot wait to read Awakening because Tankborn was a surprise favourite of 2011. I really enjoyed following the story of Kayla and Mishalla, two Genetically Engineered Non-humans (GENs).
The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
Published April. Patrick Ness. That is all there is to say. ‘Wise, romantic, magical and funny, The Crane Wife is a hymn to the creative imagination and a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love’.
Vortex by S.J. Kincaid
Published July. Insignia is one of my favourite science fiction novels – a high concept story, action packed, and full of intergalactic fighting with robots – and this highly anticipated sequel promises no less. ‘The second book in S.J. Kincaid’s futuristic World War III Insignia trilogy continues to explore fascinating and timely questions about power, politics, technology, loyalty, and friendship.’
Also on my list so far: Golden by Jessi Kirby, 17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma, More Than This by Patrick Ness, Unsouled by Neal Shusterman, Undone by Cat Clarke, Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O’ Porter, Transparent by Natalie Whipple, Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins.