13 Best YA Books of 2022

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For so many of us, YA books are the stories that kickstarted our reading obsessions. And whether you’re looking to dive back into that love after many years of avoiding a bookshelf, or you’re just looking to support new (and amazing!) writers, it can be hard to navigate the thousands of books available right at our fingertips. With so many titles out there, how are you supposed to pick your next big read?? Well, we got you covered with some of the best new YA books that totally blew our minds when we sat down to read them. Whether you’re looking for a new contemporary romance or just want to explore another other world through an expansive fantasy novel, there’s something here for everyone.

Here are the 13 best YA books of 2022 (so far).

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When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord

As we all continue to cross our fingers for another Mamma Mia movie, Emma Lord brings a twist to the iconic musical, filled with plenty of theater references that make Glee seem like a newbie in the space. It’s heartfelt, funny, and an overall good time.

Release date: January 4

Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz

If the book’s stunning cover doesn’t entice you (seriously, give it another close look), then its premise totally will. Hazel just wants to be a surgeon but is unable to take classes due to being a woman. But when given the chance to take her medical exam and prove she has every right to be there, she has to team up with a “resurrection man” to pass and also figure out a mystery that’s plaguing 1800s Edinburgh.

Release date: January 18

This Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi

Another Tahereh Mafi series?! That’s all you really need to know before running to your local bookstore to grab a copy. Forbidden love and Persian mythology are at the center of this new trilogy series, and it might be Mafi’s best work yet.

Release date: February 1

Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie

What happens when who you thought you were isn’t exactly who you are? Ophelia tries to figure it all out in Racquel Marie’s debut novel. Ophelia must rediscover what she loves during one of the wildest parts of anyone’s life: her last year of high school.

Release date: February 8

Mirror Girls by Kelly McWilliams

Two twin sisters who were separated at birth had two very different experiences growing up. Before the Civil Rights Movement gained momentum, Charlie grew up as a Black girl in America while Magnolia grew up white-passing in the deep south. Their grandmothers’ final wish brings them together for the first time, forcing them to confront who they really are while they also try to solve a curse.

Release date: February 8

All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

Warning: this will definitely be one of the hardest books you’ll read this year. Sabaa Tahir writes from three POVs and doesn’t shy away from Islamophobia and the harsh reality of the American Dream. It’s brutal, honest, eye-opening, and one of the biggest must-reads of 2022.

Release date: March 1

A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin

In this magical new duology, Ning accidentally brewed a poisonous tea that killed her mother and left her sister on the verge of death. But when a competition to find the next big magical tea maker in the kingdom comes with a special prize from the crown, Ning uses it as her last chance to save her sister and prove her skills.

Release date: March 29

Magnificent Hotel by Emily J. Taylor

When the magical Hotel Magnifique finally comes to their town, Jani and her sister Zosa decide to apply and get jobs there to finally leave everything they know. But as with anything involving magic, there are dark secrets, and they soon have to figure out a way to make it back home before it’s too late.

Release date: April 5

An Arrow to the Moon by Emily XR Pan

Emily XR Pan gives us our new favorite Romeo and Juliet retelling in this fantastical new book. Hunter Yee can perfectly shoot a bow and arrow, but his life isn’t going as he thought. Meanwhile, Luna Chang’s life is all planned out, but she wants to forge her own path. They try to help each other as their love grows and they learn the truth about themselves and the world around them.

Release date: April 12

Blaine for the Win by Robbie Couch

Blaine thought everything was going perfectly until his boyfriend broke up with him in front of the entire school during their first anniversary. His reason? Blaine isn’t serious enough. Well, if Legally Blonde taught us anything, it’s that things are just going to get interesting as Blaine decides to then run for student body president.

Release date: April 12

I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston

In their first YA novel, Casey McQuiston brings their A-game once again. After Chloe kisses her biggest academic rival and prom queen Shara Wheeler, things quickly turn messy when Shara disappears. How does the most popular girl in school just vanish? Well, Chloe has to team up with some of her classmates to try and find out.

Release date: May 3

Cafe Con Lychee by Emery Lee

Theo Mori and Gabriel Moreno’s parents have rival shops, an Asian American café and a Puerto Rican bakery, that have been the talk of the town for years. But when a new café opens up and threatens both their businesses, the two boys have to work together to help save their family’s livelihoods in this fun and unique enemies-t0-lovers contemporary book.

Release date: May 10

Valiant Ladies by Melissa Gray

Based on the true story, meet Kiki and Ana, two ladies in 17th century Potosí, Peru who suddenly find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery when Kiki’s brother is found dead. Deadly balls, hiding daggers under gorgeous gowns, and one huge twist…what more could you ask for?

Release date: June 14

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