As I’ve been writing & researching for my 2022 most anticipated releases, I have been really enjoying scouring Goodreads, Instagram, and book blogs to gain some insight on the Young Adult books coming out in 2022. Although contemporary romance has become my favorite genre over the years – I shared my most anticipated 2022 contemporary romance & adult fiction releases on Monday-, I am still often in the mood for a good YA contemporary (or royal-inspired read or historical fiction or fantasy). SO many of my favorite YA authors are coming out with new books in 2022!
When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord | RD: January 4
I have basically been anticipating Emma Lord’s 2022 YA release, When You Get the Chance, since it was announced – I’m SO excited for this Mamma Mia meets Broadway inspired read!
I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys | RD:February 1st
I am a huge fan of Ruta Sepetys’ YA historical fiction books, as they are always so well-written and extremely well-researched and often center around a neglected or forgotten about part of history. I Must Betray You is set in 1989 Romania, following a teen who is forced by the secret police to provide the dictatorship with information about everyone & everything he knows and loves.
All the Right Reasons by Bethany Mangle | RD: February 15th
Everyone knows that I’ll almost always read any book with a The Bachelor premise… but All the Right Reasons is even better with The Bachelor meets GILMORE GIRLS! The book follows Cara and her mother’s experience on a new reality dating show for single parents. I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of All the Right Reasons – I’m considering making it my first read of 2022!
Gallant by Victoria Schwab | RD: March 1
I’m so looking forward to Victoria/V.E. Schwab’s return to YA with Gallant – I’ve reached for way less YA fantasy over the years, but anything by V.E. Schwab is a must-read.
Always Jane by Jenn Bennett | RD: March 29
I know a throw ‘favorite’ around quite a bit, but Jenn Bennet is seriously one of my FAVORITE YA contemporary authors. I’m SO looking forward to her 2022 releases, Always Jane – the book is set during the summer at a music festival and features a love triangle.
See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon | RD: May 3
Rachel Lynn Solomon’s See You Yesterday is my most anticipated YA contemporary release of 2022. The book sounds so unique, following college freshmen Barrett’s horrible day gone wrong…only to wake up the next morning to repeat the day again. I also LOVE how the cover coordinates with my favorite Rachel Lynn Solomon book, Today Tonight Tomorrow.
Rivals (American Royals #3) by Katharine McGee | RD: May 31
I was (and still am) over the moon when Katharine McGee recently announced on Instagram that we would be getting a third book in the American Royals series!! This third book wasn’t a guarantee, but the series has gotten so much love & support from readers that a third book was made possible. I’ll definitely be rereading American Royals & Majesty in May in anticipation!
The Final Gambit (The Inheritance Games #3) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | RD: August 30
Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ The Inheritance Games series has hooked in so many readers this year, including myself of course, & I’m super interested in how the series will end with book #3!
Once More with Chutzpah by Haley Neil | RD: February 1
She Gets the Girl by Rachel Lippincott & Alyson Derrick | RD: April 5
Family of Liars by E.Lockhart | RD: May 3
What YA books are you most anticipating in 2022? Any that I mentioned? Are there any books that I should add to my TBR? Share in the comments!