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Your Complete Guide to the Most Anticipated Young Adult Books of 2023

Your TBR list is about to get a whole lot longer.

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We’re halfway through 2023 and book lovers have, of course, one continued thought on their minds… What new books will I add to my TBR? School’s out, the beach is calling, and luckily, there are so many incredible YA books to pore over and pre-order for the rest of the summer. From fascinating fantasies to enchanting romances and spine-tingling murder-mysteries, your favorite authors deliver new and exciting titles to add to your growing book collection.

While exploring important subjects such as love, loss, identity, and race, the best young adult books tell stories that often impart poignant life lessons. So, where do you start in adding to your TBR list for the rest of the year? There are tons of titles, but we’ve narrowed it down for you. Here are the best and most anticipated young adult books of 2023.

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“The Stolen Heir” by Holly Black

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Little, Brown Young Readers

Holly Black’s The Stolen Heir is the first book in a duology series from the author. The novel returns to Elfhame and chronicles the perilous adventures of a prince and a changeling queen.

Release date: January 3, 2023

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“French Kissing in New York” by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau

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Penguin Random House

One night in Paris, Margot meets Zach and falls head over heels in love. One year later, she arrives in New York to start her career as a chef, and hopefully, reunite with Zach. But then she meets the line cook at her restaurant, Ben, and begins to question whether Zach is her one true love after all.

Release date: January 3, 2023

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“Cool. Awkward. Black.” by Karen Strong

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Viking Books for Young Readers

This multi-genre anthology edited by Karen Strong shares captivating stories that feature exclusively Black characters and per the book’s official description, “challenge the concept of ‘the geek.’” Contributors include Elise Bryant, Leah Johnson, Terry J. Benton-Walker, and Ibi Zoboi.

Release date: January 10, 2023

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“Live Your Best Lie” by Jessie Weaver

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Disney Books

Summer Cartwright is a high school student and social media influencer who chronicles her seemingly perfect life in beautifully curated posts. She’s even landed a book deal, but during her annual Halloween party, Summer is found dead — and it’s up to those closest to her to find out what happened.

Release date: January 24, 2023

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“Begin Again” by Emma Lord

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Andie Rose transfers to Blue Ridge State from community college, making her one step closer to her dream of becoming a self-help guru. But upon her arrival on campus, her plans fall apart when she learns that her boyfriend has transferred out of Blue Ridge, her roommate needs a major and Andie has no idea how to help, and her grumpy RA is seemingly determined to ruin her outlook on love and relationships.

Release date: January 24, 2023



“Promise Boys” by Nick Brooks

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Macmillan Publishers

J.B., Ramón, and Trey attend the prestigious Urban Promise Prep School, where they adhere to high expectations and strict discipline. But when their principal is murdered, the three students become the prime suspects. To prove their innocence, they must unmask the true killer.

Release date: January 31, 2023

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“The Davenports” by Krystal Marquis

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Penguin Young Readers

This is a historical romance perfect for Bridgerton fans. Inspired by the real-life story of C.R. Patterson (the first African American automotive manufacturer) and his family, The Davenports follows four young Black women — Olivia, Helen, Amy-Rose, and Ruby — living in the United States in 1910 and learning how to forge their own path in following their dreams and finding love.

Release date: January 31, 2023

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“Always the Almost” by Edward Underhill

always the almost
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Miles Jacobson is 16, trans, and determined to win back his ex-boyfriend, Shane McIntyre. He’s also intent on defeating his number one opponent in the upcoming piano competition. While Miles has never felt like enough, he then meets new kid Eric Mendez, who seems to understand him better than anyone.

Release date: February 14, 2023

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“Chaos Theory” by Nic Stone

chaos theory
Crown Books for Young Readers

A thoughtful, realistic take on mental health as told through the lens of two teens, Andy and Shelbi, who form a friendship and find love while navigating their own sets of challenges.

Release date: February 28,2023


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“The Next New Syrian Girl” by Ream Shukairy

the next new syrian girl
Little, Brown and Company

This dual narrative takes the perspective of Khadija Shami, a Syrian-American high school student who cannot wait to escape her sheltered life, and Leene Tahir, a Syrian refugee who feels lost in her new suburban Detroit high school. Although their backgrounds are different, the two girls are bonded in the pressure they feel to be the perfect Syrian daughter and soon discover a life-changing truth that brings them even closer together.

Release date: March 14, 2023

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“Stars and Smoke” by Marie Lu

stars and smoke
Macmillan Publishers

Winter Young is a pop sensation who’s been recruited by a private intelligence company, The Panacea Group, to help take down a criminal billionaire. Sydney Cossette, the organization’s youngest agent, poses as Winter’s bodyguard for the mission, and what starts out as palpable tension between the two, soon develops into something more.

Release date: March 28, 2023

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“Chaos & Flame” by Justina Ireland and Tessa Gratton

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Justina Ireland and Tessa Gratton team up to deliver Chaos & Flame, book one in a fantasy duology. After Darling Seabreak’s entire family is murdered by House Dragon and her adopted father is kidnapped in battle, she becomes intent on saving him. She soon comes across Talon Goldhoard, a War Prince for House Dragon. But rather than fight, the two learn that they must band together to save their world.

Release date: March 28, 2023

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“Never Vacation with Your Ex“ by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

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Penguin Random House

Lauded as a book perfect for fans of The Summer I Turned Pretty, Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka’s Never Vacation with Your Ex follows 17-year-old Kaylee Jordan and the boy she recently dumped, Dean Freeman-Yu. Kaylee can’t wait for the sanctity of summer… the only problem? She and Dean will be together all summer, as their families vacation together.

Release date: April 4, 2023

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“Not Here to Stay Friends” by Kaitlyn Hill

not here to stay friends
Penguin Random House

Reality TV lovers, this one is for you. Kaitlyn Hill’s Not Here to Stay Friends follows two childhood friends, Sloane and Liam, who reunite after five years when they both end up on a Bachelor-esque teen dating show.

Release date: April 4, 2023

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“Queen Bee” by Amalie Howard

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Penguin Random House

Another historical romance set in a Bridgerton-esque setting? Yes pls. After she was betrayed by her best friend and her reputation was ruined, Lady Ela Dalvi returns home under the guise of a mysterious heiress, intent on getting revenge on all who played a part in her downfall. But Ela’s reunion with her one true love, Lord Keston Osborn, makes her falter in her plans.

Release date: April 4, 2023

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“Throwback” by Maurene Goo


Samantha Kang is the daughter of a first-generation Asian American immigrant. She and her mom, Priscilla, have never seen eye to eye. Then, after one particularly bad fight, Sam suddenly realizes she’s back in high school — in the ‘90s, with her 17-year-old mom.

Release date: April 11, 2023

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“Viva Lola Espinoza” by Ella Cerón

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Penguin Young Readers Group

Lola Espinoza sets off to Mexico City to spend the summer with her grandmother. There, she meets and falls for charming Rio — but soon discovers that she’s been cursed, and to truly fall in love, she must break it. So she enlists the help of Javi, who promises to help rid Lola of the curse once and for all.

Release date: April 11, 2023

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“Imogen, Obviously”

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HarpersCollins Publishers

Imogen Scott, “hopelessly heterosexual,” is a passionate queer ally to her little sister and her best friends, Gretchen and Lili. So during her spring break of senior year, she’s thrilled to visit newly-out Lili at the college she herself will be attending in the fall. There, she learns that Lili told a tiny lie: she and Imogen used to date. A ride-or-die friend, Imogen pretends to be bisexual for Lili, but the more time she spends with Lili’s new friend Tessa, the more she explores her true sexuality and identity.

Release date: May 2, 2023


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“Flirting with Fate” by J.C. Cervantes

flirting with fate
Penguin Random House

After missing the chance to be by her grandmother’s bedside the night she passed away, Ava Granados is determined to reclaim the mythical blessing she left behind — even it means befriending the mysterious boy she got into a fender bender with the night her grandma died.

Release date: May 2, 2023



“Liar’s Beach” by Katie Cotugno

liar's beach
Penguin Random House

Dubbed as a new take on Agatha Christie’s thriller The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Katie Cotugno’s Liar’s Beach takes place on idyllic Martha’s Vineyard, where Michael Linden’s been invited to spend the summer with his wealthy boarding school roommate, Jasper. But their carefree summer is cut short when a body is found unconscious in Jasper’s pool. No one will fess up, and Linden soon becomes convinced that the house is fraught with liars. The only person to crack the case is his best friend, Holiday Proctor, who’s poised to unmask the mysterious killer.

Release date: May 2, 2023

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Leah Campano
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Leah Campano is an Associate Editor at Seventeen, where she covers pop culture, entertainment news, health, and politics. On the weekends, you can probably find her watching marathons of vintage Real Housewives episodes or searching for New York City’s best almond croissants. 

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