Anticipated 2020 Releases: The Contemporary Edition

Is it that much of a surprise that this reader and fangirl has an anticipated releases list solely dedicated to contemporary books? As per usual, I am excited for SO many new contemporary books in 2020 across YA, new adult, and adult fiction. And never fear, I have another anticipated releases list with all the upcoming non-contemporary books I’m most excited about coming next week.


The Map From Here to There by Emery Lord

Release Date: January 7

The much anticipated sequel to The Start of Me and You, I have a feeling I’ll be rereading The Map From Here to There (live love my love for Max Watson) at some point in the new year, after reading it for review in 2019.


Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Release Date: January 14

Hype for Emma Lord’s Tweet Cute has (appropriately) been all over YA Twitter, and I really want this one to be one of the first 2020 releases I pick up early next year.

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

Release Date: February 4

I’m so excited to read The Gravity of Us because it sounds super unique! It follows two teenage guys who are the sons of the astronauts involved in NASA’s first mission to Mars.


Of Curses and Kisses (St. Rosetta’s Academy #1) by Sandhya Menon

Release Date: February 18

Sandhya Menon is seriously blessing us contemporary YA readers in 2019 with two new books! Of Curses and Kisses is the first book in her new fairytale retelling series set at an elite boarding school.

Anna K by Jenny Lee

Release Date: March 3

An Anna Karenina retelling, Anna K sounds so extravagant. Many bloggers have especially loved its Gossip Girl and Crazy Rich Asians vibe.

Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Release Date: March 10

Many readers absolutely love Akemi Dawn Bowman’s Starfish, making me even more excited to pick up that and her upcoming release, Harley in the Sky. After a huge fight with her parents, Harley joins her family’s rival circus group to perform as a trapeze artist.


We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian

Release Date: March 31

The most anticipated book on my list, I have been basically waiting for another Siobhan Vivian book since I finished Stay Sweet in 2018. We Are the Wildcats has me especially intrigued thanks to my field-hockey playing self.

Time of Our Lives by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

Release Date: April 21

Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka have spoken a lot about their own long-distance relationship during college, so I’m especially excited to see them enter the college YA world with Time of Our Lives. Time of Our Livesmore-so focuses on the transition from high school to college.

Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett

Release Date: May 5

One of my top three releases on this list, I couldn’t be more than excited for Jenn Bennett’s Chasing Lucky. I love anything and everything about her books, but I’m so, so excited for Jenn Bennett to explore one of my favorite settings, A BOOKSTORE!

Bookish and the Beas(Once Upon a Con #3) by Ashley Poston

Release Date:  June 16

Ashley Poston’s Once Upon a Con series is such a fun blend of contemporary and fandom. I’m really excited for her to take on the Beauty and the Beastretelling with this third book, Bookish and the Beast! This is one of my favorite book titles ever!


10 Things I Hate About Pinky 
by Sandhya Menon

Release Date: June 30

I had a feeling while reading There’s Something About Sweetie and Ashish that Pinky would be the next protagonist to take on the ‘Dimple and Rishi’ world.

Love & Olives (Love & Gelato #3) by Jenna Evans Welch

Release Date: July 7

Jenna Evans Welch’s Love & Gelato and Love & Luck are two of my favorite summer contemporary books, so I’m really excited to see her expand this world with Love & Olives. I might’ve not read a book that takes place in summertime Greece since reading The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series!

Untitled/American Royals #2 by Katharine McGee

Release Date: Expected September 2020

Although American Royals #2 isn’t 100% contemporary, set in an alternate United States with a monarchy instead of democracy, I’m so excited for this book that I’m going to likely include in every anticipated releases post ever. There’s no official synopsis or title for American Royals #2, but I’m so interested to see where it begins, especially considering book #1’s jaw-dropping ending.

Untitled by Morgan Matson

Release Date: Expected 2020

Since Morgan Matson has published a new book every two years, it’s expected that her latest novel will come out this year. Her books usually come out between May and June. I don’t even need a synopsis in order to pick up one of my all-time favorite authors’ books, but I always end up loving her premises anyway.

New Adult & Adult


Wild at Heart (The Simple Wild #2) by K.A. Tucker

Release Date: March 3

I did not expect there to be a sequel to K.A. Tucker’s Wild at Heart, but I was so pleasantly surprised while watching one of Kristin of Super Space Chick’s News & Stuff videos. There aren’t too many details just yet, but it will follow the main characters from The Simple Wild, Calla and Jonah.

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

Release Date: March 24

Christina Lauren became one of my go-to authors in 2019. What makes this book even more of a go-to read? It’s about a book tour!!

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Release Date: May 19

I’m excited to continue my new-found love for adult romance with Beach Read. This one sounds super unique, following a romance author and literary fiction writer’s summer together trying to get over their writer’s block.


Undercover Bromance (The Bromance Book Club #2) by Lyssa Kay Adams

Release Date: March 10

The Bromance Book Club was one of my favorite 2019 book reads, and I need the companion sequel, Undercover Bromance, ASAP! I’m really glad we don’t have to wait a year, since The Bromance Book Club just came out in November.

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

Release Date: April 7

There a ton of enemies-to-lovers stories, but You Deserve Each Other is instead a lovers-to-enemies story following two fiancés who are doing anything to avoid their lavish wedding- and the nonrefundable bill.

The Heir Affair (Royal We #2) by Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks

Release Date: June 16

Another unexpected release, but another way I am BEYOND excited about, I know I need to reread The Royal We before jumping in The Heir Affair. Live love more royal contemporary in 2020.

Honorable Mentions


Lucky Caller by Emma Mills | Release Date: January 14

How to Build a Heart by Maria Padian | Release Date: January 28

A Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier | Release Date: January 28

Together We Caught Fire by Eva V. Gibson | Release Date: February 4


Running by Natalia Sylvester | Release Date: May 5

Influence by Sara Shepard & Lilia Buckingham | Release Date: June 30

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Sweaters and Stars by Laura Taylor Namey  | Release Date: expected 2020


What contemporary books are you most anticipating in 2020? Any of the above? Any that I didn’t mention? Share in the comments!

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